Bookkeeping and Accounting for Audiobook Narrators

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How Bench works with audiobook narrators

Secure your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing tasks with expertise—enabled by an advanced platform. Bench seamlessly integrates with audiobook narrators' businesses.

We get you set up

Our team takes the time to thoroughly comprehend your unique process as an audiobook narrator, answer any queries you may have, assist you in linking your accounts, and demonstrate how Bench seamlessly integrates with your business operations.

We do your bookkeeping

Each month, your expert bookkeeper categorizes your narration transactions and generates clear financial reports. If they require any additional information from you, they’ll promptly reach out.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our crew of experts are well-versed in Audiobook narrators' tax requirements and will tailor their methodology to your narration business's specific needs.

Here’s why audiobook narrators like you trust Bench with their bookkeeping and accounting

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

We'll continuously keep you posted with your bookkeeping status as an audiobook narrator. Got urgent inquiries that need immediate attention? We'll respond within one business day or even sooner.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Our platform enables you to automate data inputs from most leading platforms to prevent frequent errors. We collaborate with major industry players like Audible, Google Play Audiobooks, Apple Books, and Storytel—ensuring your financial records are always precise.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Wave farewell to the hassle of unorganized receipts and tiresome manual financial tracking. At Bench Accounting we automate inputs directly from your linked accounts. Gain access to your financial insights from a centralized dashboard, expertly tailored for audiobook narrators. This allows you to focus on your narration work while comprehending the financial well-being of your business, enabling you to make strategic decisions with ease.

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We sync seamlessly with your financial accounts and tools to keep your books up-to-date and save you the time and effort of manually uploading documents.

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We know bookkeeping for audiobook narrators

As an audiobook narrator, your profession comes with unique financial roadmaps that meld artistic creativity and business savvy. Unpredictable income, diverse income sources, and industry-specific tax deductions are just a few of the challenges that audiobook narrators face when handling their bookkeeping duties. Bench Accounting understands these idiosyncrasies and can take care of the complexity for you. Our team of real, human bookkeepers uses intuitive software to organize your financial data, manage your books, and help you understand your financial position at any given time.

Beyond standard bookkeeping, Bench is also proficient with the unique tax laws applicable to audiobook narrators. For example, we know that you can claim your home recording studio equipment, or any subscription services that you use for work purposes as business expenses. Also, if you frequently travel for narration work, we can help you understand and manage your travel expense deductions. By choosing Bench to handle your bookkeeping and taxes, you will not only free up more time to concentrate on your narration craft, but also rest assured knowing your financial matters are being handled by experts who understand your industry intricacies.

Simple, straightforward pricing for everything your business needs.

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Essential

Best for those looking for peace of mind and accurate financials done by professional bookkeepers.
$249/mo

billed annually

Dedicated bookkeeping experts
Accurate monthly books and year-end tax-ready financial packages
P&L, balance sheet and 1099 reporting
Unlimited communication with your bookkeeping team

Premium

Best for those looking for an all-in-one bookkeeping, tax advisory and income tax filing service.
$399/mo

billed annually

Everything in Essential plan
Dedicated team of licensed tax professionals to file your income tax return on time
Annual income tax filing for businesses (partnerships, S corps, C corps)
Annual income tax filing for individuals (sole proprietors, contractors)

Essential

Best for those looking for peace of mind and accurate financials done by professional bookkeepers.
$299/mo

billed monthly

Dedicated bookkeeping experts
Accurate monthly books and year-end tax-ready financial packages
P&L, balance sheet and 1099 reporting
Unlimited communication with your bookkeeping team

Premium

Best for those looking for an all-in-one bookkeeping, tax advisory and income tax filing service.
$499/mo

billed monthly

Everything in Essential plan
Dedicated team of licensed tax professionals to file your income tax return on time
Annual income tax filing for businesses (partnerships, S corps, C corps)
Annual income tax filing for individuals (sole proprietors, contractors)

Frequently Asked Questions

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As an audiobook narrator, what specific expenses can I deduct from my taxes?

As an audiobook narrator, you have various industry-specific expenses you can deduct from your taxes. These include:

  • Home office expenses: If you use part of your home exclusively for your narration work, you can deduct a portion of your housing costs, such as rent or mortgage, utilities, and home insurance.
  • Professional dues: Any fees or memberships required for professional associations such as the Audio Publishers Association can be deducted.
  • Equipment costs: You can deduct the cost of equipment such as microphones, headphones, soundproofing, and audio editing software required for your work.
  • Training: Courses, webinars, or workshops specifically related to improving your narration skills can be deducted.
  • Marketing: This covers any expenses related to promoting your narration work, including website design and maintenance, social media promotion, and advertising.

Please consult with a professional accountant to ensure your specific situation is accounted for and you are making the most of your deductions.

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How does accounting for royalty payments from audiobook sales work?

Accounting for royalty payments from audiobook sales involves keeping a detailed record of all sales transactions and the corresponding royalty rates agreed upon in the contract. Generally, a percentage of the sales proceeds is set aside as a royalty fee. This amount is payable to the author or owner of the copyrighted material. Royalty payments can be made on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis as per the agreement. The bookkeeping process involves tracking every sale, calculating the royalty amount, and recording entries in the general ledger as royalties payable and royalties expense. It also involves making adjustments for returns, discounts, and allowances. Having a professional bookkeeper ensures accurate and timely tracking, calculation, and payment of royalty fees.

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What are the best bookkeeping practices for freelancers in the audiobook industry?

Freelancers in the audiobook industry should follow certain bookkeeping practices to ensure seamless financial management. These include:

<ul><li>Consistently tracking and recording all income and expenses related to your projects. This can involve invoice payments, studio fees, equipment costs, or royalties.</li><li>Keeping a record of receipts for business-related expenses to claim on your tax return.</li><li>Separating personal and business finances by opening a dedicated account for all business transactions.</li><li>Setting aside a portion of your income for tax obligations. This can be a significant cost for freelancers.</li><li>Consider using bookkeeping software that matches your business needs. This can make it easier to organize and manage financial data.</li><li>Work with a professional bookkeeper who understands the unique needs and complexities of the audiobook industry.</li></ul>

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Does Bench outsource bookkeeping?

Nope! All bookkeeping is completed in-house.

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Will I have one point of contact?

Your bookkeeper will be your main point of contact, but at times you might hear from another member of your team. This is usually when your bookkeeper goes on vacation, is sick, or otherwise unavailable.

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How much time each month will I have to spend managing my Bench account?

We handle the bookkeeping for you but sometimes we’ll need your input, especially at year-end. On average, expect to spend 15 minutes each month answering questions for your bookkeeper, or uploading supporting docs.

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