When Should Photographers Hire a Bookkeeper?

So, you’ve been editing away, booking gigs, and maybe even starting to see some serious dough rolling in from your photography hustle. But let’s face it, dealing with finances can be about as fun as shooting in bad lighting. That’s where a bookkeeper can swoop in like your trusty sidekick, saving you time, headaches, and maybe even some cash. But when should you make that leap and bring in some financial backup? Let’s break it down:

  1. You’re Drowning in Receipts: If your desk (or, let’s be real, your floor) is buried under a mountain of receipts, it might be time to call in reinforcements. A bookkeeper can wrangle those pesky pieces of paper into tidy expense reports faster than you can say “shutter speed.”
  2. Numbers Aren’t Your Jam: Sure, you can work magic with a camera, but when it comes to spreadsheets and tax codes, you’re lost in the woods. That’s where a bookkeeper shines. They speak the language of numbers fluently, leaving you free to focus on what you do best – capturing those perfect moments.
  3. Tax Season Sends Shivers Down Your Spine: The mere mention of “tax season” makes you break out in a cold sweat. But fear not! A bookkeeper can navigate the maze of deductions and credits like a pro, ensuring you keep as much of your hard-earned cash as possible.
  4. Your Business is Booming: As your photography business grows, so do the financial complexities. More clients, more transactions, more invoices – it can quickly spiral into chaos if you’re flying solo. Bringing in a bookkeeper can provide the peace of mind that your finances are in capable hands, allowing you to scale your business without the stress.
  5. Time is Money: Let’s face it, time spent wrestling with spreadsheets is time taken away from shooting, networking, and growing your business. Hiring a bookkeeper frees up valuable hours that you can reinvest into doing what you love.
  6. You’re Ready to Level Up: Maybe you’ve been DIY-ing your finances up until now, but you’re itching to take your business to the next level. Enlisting the help of a bookkeeper can provide the professional support and guidance you need to elevate your game.

So, if you find yourself nodding along to any of the signs above, it might be time to consider bringing a bookkeeper on board. Whether you’re drowning in receipts, struggling with taxes, or just ready to offload the financial nitty-gritty, a bookkeeper can be your secret weapon for success. Plus, think of all the extra time you’ll have to focus on capturing those perfect shots – now that’s something to smile about!

Sarah Zeenberg Bookkeeper specializing in photographers


I'm Sarah

I believe that entrepreneurship is the best path to lifestyle and financial freedom, and my life goal is to help as many people as possible find that freedom. I want to take the scary out of money so that you can live the life of your dreams. My catch phrase is “that’s a write off” and I’m always looking for a ways you can keep more profit in your pocket.

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