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Still Catching up on My Bookkeeping

I've shared on bubblews previously and several times about how far behind I am with my bookkeeping for our business. As many of you know already, we have a window cleaning business, but we do other cleaning also. For the past several years, I've replaced my husband by taking out our crew of a few employees to each job, plus I am the one that sets up the appointments, does payroll, and keeps track of all the books.

Because I work another job too and because I'd rather be I'm usually behind in my bookwork. This summer when I was working at catching up, my computer started having problems. I soon found out that my hard-drive was getting ready to crash. Before it did so, I purchased a new hard drive for only $35.00. It didn't take very long before I realized that I needed to find the correct QuickBooksPro program I was using so I could bill my customers accordingly. The person helping me with my computer issues didn't think to tell me that he could check my old hard drive and determine which version of quickbooks I had on my computer. Before I found that out, I purchased a copy on Amazon. It was the wrong one. I then borrowed one for a different year from my brother, but that one didn't work either. I was beginning to tear my hair out since I couldn't remember which version I had on the old drive, but before I did that, the person helping me out told me he could not only find out which version I had but that I would be able to go to the Intuit site and download that version all over again.

I hadn't even thought about the fact that I would have registered the program and that they'd probably have on file that I owned a copy. Anyway, this all took a few weeks to figure out and by the time I had it all re-installed on my computer I was behind even further than I was already.

Yesterday, I finally got quite a bit of work done. I still have a long way to go, but I feel much better about it. I hope that after this weekend, which I don't have off, that I can continue to make more progress so that by the end of November I can at least have the invoices, payments and deposits into the computer and then all I'll have to do is double-check my vendor invoices and payments and reconcile the remaining months of the year from where I left off.

After all of that gets done, then I still need to work at filing everything away so I can find it more easily.

I may try to distance myself from all of my writing so that I can accomplish this. I know that if I continue interacting and writing, that the work that I need to do will get pushed away again

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Image Credit » Marsha Musselman 2014, from my camera.

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Scorpie wrote on November 15, 2014, 10:16 AM

Terrific reminder for me too. My fiscal year ended March 31. I have not filed my corporate income tax yet. I absolutely hate end of year paperwork, particularly inventory, long-term liabilities, depreciation and equipment. I need to set-aside a weekend for this.

MarshaMusselman wrote on November 15, 2014, 1:12 PM

I don't have all of that to keep up with, just the daily tasks that get put off so long that I can barely remember the details any longer. I send in my employee related taxes every quarter, but I'll have the end of the year stuff by February for that and the ones for the IRS will be in January.

It's all the invoices, payments, deposits and reconcilation reports that I'm behind on, plus the vendor info like I said before. It's not that it's hard to do, but I'd rather be writing, and my writing already takes back seat to my other jobs.

paigea wrote on November 15, 2014, 6:44 PM

Sounds like you have a lot of important stuff to do. Take care.

BarbRad wrote on November 15, 2014, 9:46 PM

You have my sympathy. Especially since I'm still trying to undo the mess on two computers because of a hard drive crash. I have Carbonite, but you do still have to re-install the programs. My business is so slow this year I haven't even bothered with Quickbooks. I can do it all on paper. Sad, isnt' it? And I haven't done anything since January, since that's when I had to figure the sales tax. And you have reminded me that I have to bring all those records home to figure out my sales tax. I won't be able to go get them after Dec. 1.