10 Mar Bookkeeping… ugh.
Last year when I stepped out on my own I had an assistant, a camera, a graphic designer and a following of clients within the first week of business. It is only recently, though that I’ve hired an accountant. I have to advise everyone else out there considering starting their own business… DON’T PUT OFF TILL TOMORROW WHAT YOU CAN PAY SOMEONE ELSE TO DO TODAY! Ahh. I can finally sleep at night, now that I am my own, cozy, little US corporation. An S Corp to be exact. That means I get to add “Inc” to my business name and maybe one day own a corporate jet and hold junkets in the Bahamas. And if you thought it would take a miracle worker to set me on the straight and narrows of being fiscally considerate, you’re not far off. Enter Martin Kamenski, Rockstar CPA. Martin specializes in dealing with musicians, artists and other flakey creatives who are more likely to balance a banana on their nose than balance their checkbook. Rather than just taking things over, though, Martin is instructing as we go along. The intent is that I’ll be able to maintain everything on my own once the systems are in place and I have a thorough understanding of them. It’s pretty much the same approach Naz is taking to my website.
I always feel really comfortable on set, directing assistants, stylists and pulling images together. With Martin’s help, I might soon be just as calm when opening the books.