When you’re self-employed, or running a small business, bookkeeping is probably not at the top of your list. Bookkeeping is one of those tasks that seems pretty basic on a small scale but you’ll be amazed by how much more efficiently and smoothly your finances run with a trained professional on the case. Here are 13 reasons why you need to start bookkeeping.

1. TIME!
Your time is valuable and probably in very short supply if you’re running the show. Just take a few minutes to add up how long you spend on bookkeeping each month — including things, like taxes, that you put off until the end of the year.