Getting Started with Bookkeeping

Sitting down to write my first blog post, I think “who wants to read about bookkeeping?”  Show of hands, please.  That’s what I thought.  Looking at a pile of receipts or downloading transactions is not sexy or exciting.  Quite the contrary, it can make your palms sweat and your blood pressure go up quickly.  

Q: Why is that?

A: Fear of the unknown. And that is all it is – UNKNOWN. So make it known! The situation is not usually as bad as you imagine it to be, but you will never know unless you open that mail; sort those receipts; and classify those transactions.  

Q: Where do I start?

A: Just start!

Q: What if I make a mistake?

A: Everything is fixable no matter what accounting software or system you are using.  Even if you are using a pencil and paper, an eraser will take care of the problem.

Q: What if I am late paying some bills?  

A: It will only be more late tomorrow. As tempting as it is to shut that shoe box, this is not the best option. With every passing day or week, the stresses grow greater! I have experimented with this tactic, and know it to be true. 

My goal with this blog is to chat about the realities small businesses face, and offer tips and ideas to make it less scary, more sexy and help you be more successful.

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