How to Manage Your Budget as an Accountant
Accountants have no problems at the end of the year as they are prepared continuously for the tax season and you can be as organized as the professionals when it comes to budgets and taxes. Here are some tips and tricks from the experts who will keep your accounts in order:
Get Organized (Now)
Stop procrastinating, the main advice of professionals is to start organizing your budget and receipts / bills right now. For most people, “tomorrow” is a myth that never arrives and when we say we are going to organize our “tomorrow” budget, it never happens. So here’s what you should do:
- Look at the clock and check your schedule for the rest of the day.
- Determine a block of 30 minutes in which you can organize your budget.
- Stick to this block. Work fast, organizing for thirty minutes and then stop.
- Repeat this process tomorrow, and every day until you are organized.
Choose a place for your documents
When you have a place for your financial documents it is easier to track them. When an account to be paid arrives, place it in a certain area immediately, and when the receipts arrive at the house in bags, file them in the same manner. In this way you will ensure that everything you need financial nature will be available when you are ready to start organizing each day.
Learn to organize yourself as a professional
Once you have begun sorting receipts and bills for 30 minutes each day you may wonder if there is an easier way to do it. This is what experts do to keep their budgets in order:
- Buy a folder that has a tab for each month and order your receipts per month.
- Get a calendar and note the due date of each invoice. Check this calendar every day to see what payments are coming.
- Use useful software to fill your invoices, credits and recurring payments. Find out how much your savings would be if you eliminate some unnecessary expenses (eating out, cable, etc.).
- Make a plan to save a percentage of your income (experts recommend 10%).
Experts and financial gurus like Mark Weinberger did not get the success overnight. They planned and prepared, just as you should.
Make the applications do the work for you
If tracking your finances manually is not an option, consider one of the following applications:
- Mint : You can consolidate all your bank accounts, your credit cards, bank accounts, savings accounts and other investments in this application. Mint also sets a budget for you, knowing the next payments and when you have spent your budget.
- Billtracker : Keep track of your upcoming bills and current with this simple but useful application.
- Shoeboxed : This application lets you take great photo to your receipts and then processes and organizes data so you can get rid of printouts.
Take your future seriously
Accountants and bookkeeper have plans for their day-to-day budgets, as well as their retirement budgets, and you have to be as serious as them in your own finances. Once you have your daily finances organized and you have begun to organize yourself as an expert in the use of tools and software, all you have left is the savings. Find out what kind of retirement plan you are most comfortable with and take it. Whether through a pension fund company or yourself through mutual funds, you have to start today.
Your finances do not have to be confusing or messy, all you need is a little attention and organization. With only 30 minutes a day focused on organizing and classifying and with tools online, you can become a tax accountant dreamed by any client: informed, prepared and ready for the unexpected.
Banking commissions, software, tax preparation, if you are not careful managing your money can cost a lot. Do not pay to manage your money.