As a freelancer you have to wear many hats. That’s part of the magic of it – you get to experience all facets of running your own career, but that’s also the challenge of it – there’s no one to bail you out if times get tough, and if a task has to be done it’s up to you and no-one else…which brings me to accounting. I don’t know about you, but every time I tried to keep my eyes open during accounting class it was an epic battle to say the least.
No matter how dry the subject may seem, however, accounting is absolutely essential for freelancers, so how can we minimize the pain and maximize the gain? Well, thankfully over the past few years personal accounting software has improved to the point that you don’t need to have a degree in nuclear physics to use it. To save you some frustration I’ve put together a list of 5 of the best accounting tools that streamline the day-to-day process and ensure that you won’t feel out of your depth when tax-time rolls around!