Every company is going to have different ideas on how it should run itself. A lot of people feel that they should focus on having as few expenses as possible. In the world of individuals, this makes sense. However, when you’re a business, you have to realize that you must spend money in order to make money. There’s really no way to get around this. If you try to run a business on a shoestring you could end up running out of resources to take care of the things that really matter.
For example, you might be okay with accounting software, but it really doesn’t replace having a true professional looking over the unique points of your situation. The reality here is that software can only solve part of the problem. It doesn’t do a good job in situations where human judgment is required. You need an accountant for that. In fact, you might need a team of accountants looking over things.
Does having an accountant mean that you don’t have to keep good records? Not at all. In fact, it’s even more important to have good records because no accountant in good faith will touch your case without them. You want to always be able to account for every last penny that flows in or out of your business — no question about it.
So where do you go from here? You need to gather your records and keep them organized. That will make it much easier for the accountant to tend to your tax needs and preparation. It will also make it a lot cheaper to actually get an accountant in the first place. Their time needs to be spent on the actual accounting duties and not trying to figure out how to make sense of your records.
Business owners worried about spending too much should realize that this is really just another investment in your company, when you really step back and look at it. If you’re not willing to make these investments in your company, how long are you honestly going to have a company? Probably not very long at all. It would be a lot better in many ways to really ensure that you have your accounting needs met.