Hindsight is 20/20. About 12 years ago, my uncle hired me for some “data entry” – some of which was in Quickbooks. As a product of the computer age, I had no problem “figuring out” how to use Quickbooks. The work I did was confined to customers and invoicing, and yet, looking back, I had no idea what I was doing. I am sure, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I botched things up. And I didn’t even know it. (Uncle Mendel, I owe you one.)
- Yes, Quickbooks is deceptively ‘easy’. But as easy as it is to figure out how to write a check, it’s equally easy to mess up weeks or even months of work with just one click. Unless you have a pretty good handle on bookkeeping/ basic accounting principles – you will likely make mistakes without even knowing it – and when you finally realize it, spend hours trying to fix it.Beware of opening pandora’s box – often, one “minor” transactional error snowballs into many.
- You’re not a bookkeeper. So you probably don’t want to have to learn every possible bookkeeping procedure – only the ones you will be employing on a regular basis. A professional can help you lay the foundation to ensure the accuracy of your entries.
- A good professional bookkeeper or accountant can, like a doctor, diagnose any issues and anticipate potential problems, saving you lots of aggravation..
- If you have the tools at your fingertips, you are more likely to use them. Having a professional on call to answer any questions that crop up will make it easier for you to get quick answers and avoid guesswork or “I’ll figure it out later” crises.
MY ADVICE: Get a professional to review your work regularly – and to whom you can ask questions on an as needed basis. This will save you much time, money and frustration down the road.