Bookkeeping and Accounting for Bookstores

In search of a bookkeeper and accountant for your bookstore? We'll manage your books, freeing up more time for you to immerse in the world of books. Give us a try for free.

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How Bench works with bookstores

Take the headache out of bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing with Bench. Powered by an advanced platform and supported by industry experts, we tailor our services to the unique demands of bookstores. Bench is in your corner.

We get you set up

Our team diligently works to fully comprehend your bookstore business, responds to your inquiries, assists you in connecting your financial accounts, and guides you through the Bench process.

We do your bookkeeping

Each month, your personal bookkeeper will meticulously organize your bookstore's transactions and prepare detailed financial statements. If they require any further information from you, they’ll reach out promptly.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of experts are well-versed in tax rules relevant to bookstores and will tailor their strategy to meet your unique business requirements.

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

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

We'll make frequent contact with all your bookkeeping updates. Any pressing inquiries related to your bookstore's finances that just can't be put on hold? Rest assured we'll respond to you in one business day or less.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

At Bench Accounting, our platform simplifies the process of bookkeeping by auto-routing data inputs from leading providers—drastically reducing the likelihood of errors. We have partnerships with renowned merchants such as Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square to ensure your financial data is always accurate and up-to-date. Perfect for bookstores, we take the hassle out of managing your finances.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Wave farewell to stacks of invoices and the grind of manual bookkeeping—we instantly automate data from connected accounts for your bookstore. Glean insights from a unified dashboard, enabling you to effortlessly gauge your bookstore's financial health and make informed strategic decisions.

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Bench integrates with your favorite small business tools

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 bookstores

Running a bookstore involves managing inventory, sales, and often a range of other revenue lines such as events or cafes. This diverse mix of income sources can make bookkeeping complicated, particularly when juggling sector-specific tax obligations and laws. With Bench on your team, you now have access to bookkeepers who are well-versed in the intricacies of the bookstore industry. Our real, human bookkeepers not only understand the ins and outs of consignment stocks, tax exemptions on educational materials, and specialized sales tax laws that apply to your bookstore, but also streamline the entire process through our intuitive software.

Furthermore, the Bench team understands the common financial challenges within the book industry like unsold inventory, narrow margins, and seasonality of sales, ensuring that these are taken into account during your financial planning and reporting. While you focus on curating the best reading materials for your community, Bench takes care of your bookkeeping and tax, saving you from the hassle of dealing with spreadsheets, receipts, and tax forms. You'll be able to see your financial health in real-time and make data-based decisions to grow your business. At the end of the year, we make tax time stress-free by preparing tidy financial statements and ensuring that you take advantage of all industry-specific tax deductions. All delivered in a way that’s never been done before—by pairing intuitive software with real, human bookkeepers.

Simple, straightforward pricing for everything your business needs.

Get bookkeeping, tax prep, advisory, and filing with Bench's powerful, easy-to-use platform.

Choose Plan

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 a bookstore owner, what specific accounting challenges should I be aware of and how does Bench Accounting address these?

As a bookstore owner, you may face several specific accounting challenges. These include tracking of inventory, managing complex cash flows due to variations in sales, and dealing with sales tax considerations on various products. Furthermore, depending on the specificities of your business, you might also have to handle royalty payments or deal with unique issues like returns and exchanges.

Bench Accounting is designed to help you overcome these challenges. Our bookkeeping services help you manage and track your inventory with a level of sophistication that takes into account the unique needs of a bookstore. Plus, we'll help you navigate cash flow management, no matter how complex, ensuring your bills, employees, and vendors get paid on time. As for sales tax, our experts will handle the calculations, filings, and payments, ensuring you remain compliant with all the laws.

Bench Accounting's financial reports also provide you with deep insights into your bookstore's financial health, including the overall profitability. This allows you to make data-driven decisions to grow your business. We consider all these specific industry needs and tailor our services to provide stress-free, reliable, and efficient bookkeeping for your bookstore.

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How can Bench Accounting support my bookstore in efficiently managing inventory and related costs?

Bench Accounting provides comprehensive bookkeeping services that can improve your bookstore's inventory management and cost control. Our robust, user-friendly software tracks inventory, monitors costs and integrates with major point of sale programs for real-time inventory updates. We also offer expert support from seasoned bookkeepers who understand your business and can help streamline all aspects of bookstore inventory management.

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Can Bench Accounting help me streamline the management of sales revenue, royalties, and other income unique to the bookstore industry?

Yes, Bench Accounting is highly skilled at managing the unique finances of the bookstore industry. We can efficiently sort out and manage sales revenue, royalties, and other income sources, streamlining your accounting process and giving you a clear picture of your financial situation. Our team of professional bookkeepers has extensive experience dealing with the unique financial complexities associated with running a bookstore, and we're excited to show you how we can help.

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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.

Bookkeeping Services for Bookstores

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