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What is a bookkeeper, accountant, and CPA?

Jun 12, 2024

I’m currently in the middle of packing for a beach trip. Yes, I’m already dreaming of the ocean waves and sand between my toes!

You know how it is — getting all those last-minute things done, so I can truly relax and not think about anything business-related while I’m away.

But before I hit the road, I wanted to share something super exciting with you all. I just released a new YouTube video that dives into a topic we’ve all pondered at some point: What is the difference between a bookkeeper, accountant, and CPA?

I know when I started my photography business, figuring out who I needed to help with my finances felt like trying to pick the right sunscreen in a sea of SPF options. So, in this video, I break it down in simple terms, making it easy for you to understand who does what and who you might need at different stages of your business.

Let’s face it, talking about taxes and finances can be as dry as sand. But it doesn’t have to be! Think of it like packing for a trip, once you know what essentials you need (and what you don’t). Everything becomes so much clearer and way less stressful.

So, if you’re curious about whether you need a bookkeeper to keep your day-to-day finances in check, an accountant to help you with the bigger picture, or a CPA to navigate the more complex financial waters, this video is for you. Once you know the difference, you’ll feel like you’ve packed the perfect beach bag and are ready to relax.

Check out the video below, and let’s figure out what is a bookkeeper, accountant, and CPA!

I hope it helps you feel more confident and prepared to tackle your business finances. Now, you can spend less time worrying about money stuff and more time doing what you love. Maybe even taking a little vacation yourself.

XOXO ~ Heather Marie

If you found this helpful, you may also be interested in something big coming very soon. Make Taxes Suck Less Course: A Beginner Photographer’s Guide to Taxes. A course that fast-tracks you through everything you need to know as a small business owner when correctly preparing your taxes for your accountant most efficiently and beneficially!

Click HERE to join the waitlist.

More HMP Blog Posts for Photographers:

Self-Employment Tax Overview

How to Pay Estimated Taxes?


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Based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania