So I will be the first to admit it. I am not the greatest at keeping records. I hate numbers. I hate keeping track of them. I hate records and percentages and columns and adding and subtracting.
Get the point?
BUT. Since I have three separate business, all which I am an independent contractor for, I have to kinda pay attention. Taxes are a nightmare. And so are all the expenses that go along with being an independent contractor. So I sucked it up and hired someone to do my taxes this year. (I know, I know. I hate numbers and I have been doing my own taxes for the last 20 years? I get it. Makes no sense.)
So I took a financial step forward and am working with someone to make sure I am doing all the things little things correct and that I am keeping my money! I am sure that by doing my own taxes in the past I have given the government more money than I should have. And since I need to be an excellent record keeper (and I am far from achieving that status) I have enlisted the help of a handy little app called BizXpenseTracker. It is an app on my iPhone and iPad that allows me to keep track of all of my expenses in real time. If I go to a dinner for work, all I need to do is take a picture of the receipt and enter it onto my device. It keeps track of all the categories and then I can export it to my computer and it calculates everything at the end of the year. The only problem is I am lazy and so I end up with two weeks of receipts that need to be entered…I’m working on being more efficient.
I am sure there are other convenient and efficient ways to keep track of expenses but this is one that I have found works for me. And I think that the whole point is that I realized no one can be good at everything. I consider myself an artist. A dreamer and a visionary. Typically, someone that is left-brain dominant struggles with the right-brain stuff. The numbers, the organization, the practical aspects of life. Neither is better than the other but I have come to recognize that I need help with these things. No little magic fairy is going to come in on April 16 (is that right?? or is it the 15th??) and POOF! do my taxes with no help from me.
This is my life…my dreams…all my hard work and I am the only one that is responsible for making sure the backend is handled correctly. And so, I have decided to get some help from experts.
Now that we got that boring monetary logistical post out of the way…let’s get back to feeling all the feels. Here is a picture of a puppy to feel better.