Today my accountant fired me. In retrospect it was the best thing that could have happened because I found Bench.

She didn’t fire me because I’m a bad person or because I’m trying to pull a fast one with my finances. I’m just really bad at bookkeeping. Bad as in, I don’t do it.

I’m just really bad at bookkeeping. Bad as in, I don’t do it.

It’s proven to be an activity that I cannot and will not fold into my daily processes of running a business. It’s caused problems like for example; I haven’t filed my 2012 taxes yet. I will probably pay penalties for doing so. It’s something I think about every day and it’s stressful. I haven’t begun to reconcile my 2013 expenses. You can see where this is going.

I own a copy of Quickbooks but I can’t bring myself to use it.

I live and work in Brooklyn, NY. I’m a User Experience Design Consultant (and also have an ice cream business) and I have many of the needs that most consultants and freelancers have.

Most of those needs are simple but the bookkeeping still eludes me. I own a copy of Quickbooks but I can’t bring myself to use it. The best thing about it is the “cha-ching” sound it makes every time you reconcile and expense. That feature though does not make me a better bookkeeper. I even tried a cloud based solution…that didn’t take either.

When you’re running a small business, there’s tons of other things to be doing besides organizing receipts and reconciling expenses. I’d rather be doing those things and I look forward to doing those things without having to think about bookkeeping now that Bench is in my life.