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Contractors Spend 19 Million Hours on Their Finances

When it comes to balancing the books as a contractor you would think the logical thing to do is hire an accountant. Apparently not.

A new survey just published shows us that contractors and the self employed in general are wasting an estimated 19 million hours every month on doing their own finances. That’s roughly 2.5 million working days that are lost, which isn’t exactly ideal if you think about it.

Contractors in the UK struggle with tasks such as keeping accurate finance records, managing cash flow and completing their annual tax return for HMRC, although a third of those surveyed said they were stressed out because of it.

Not only that, but nearly half admitted they didn’t really have any confidence in their own abilities to manage the finances, so it makes you wonder why they are doing it? Perhaps they just haven’t found the right accountant yet.

15% of people in the survey commented that managing their finances was the least enjoyable part of their business, while 43% said they were frustrated and 54% admitted to regularly making mistakes.

Surprisingly, 25% mentioned they often ask family and friends for help with things like balancing the books and filling in tax returns, but in my opinion, they should just spend a bit of money and hire a contractor accountant instead. No need to bother your family and friends if you ask me.

It’s not all doom and gloom though as 34% said they are in control of their finances (probably because they’ve got a decent accountant) and 42% even went on to say they “rated themselves highly” and were “confident” about their abilities.

What I always tell contractors and anybody that is self employed…if you find it even slightly difficult to do your own books and get everything right, then start looking for an accountant right away.

Yes they do cost a bit, but the right one will actually save you money. Also, it leaves you to do what you are best at, which is running your business and becoming more profitable.

At one point it did appear the government were going to make things easier for contractors and the self employed with the whole “making tax digital”, but it now seems that has been forgotten about.

Who knows if it will come back into favour at some point, and even be introduced to the self employed? For now the best advice I can give you is to hire a contractor accountant and let them handle everything for you.

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