Most people in business for themselves, especially those starting out, believe they can keep their own books. After all, they find plenty of good accounting software on the market, programs that practically fill the spreadsheets out by themselves. They believe they can save money and at the same time keep a closer eye on expenses when they write every check themselves and balance every account.
Those arguments have a lot of appeal. But I’ve found that in the long run, a bookkeeper or accountant is not just someone who keeps track of the pennies and receipts, but a key member of your management team. I ask my accountant whether I should lease or buy a car, extend a business trip into a vacation, and how much I should put aside for retirement. In short, specialists are worth their salt because they know how to save you time and money.