Bookkeeping and Accounting for Garden Centers

Looking for a bookkeeper and accountant for your garden center? We manage your books, giving you more time to focus on keeping your plants and customers happy. Try us for free.

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How Bench works with garden centers

Get your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing done by experts—backed by one robust platform. Bench intelligently syncs with garden centers.

We get you set up

Our team makes it a priority to thoroughly comprehend your garden center business, address all your inquiries, assist you in connecting your accounts, and guide you through the functionalities of Bench.

We do your bookkeeping

Every month, your dedicated bookkeeper arranges your garden center's transactions and readies financial reports. If there's any additional information they need from you, they'll be sure to reach out.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of experts is well-versed in the financial needs of garden centers and will tailor their approach to your specific requirements.

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

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

At Bench Accounting, we'll keep you consistently updated with your garden center's bookkeeping details. For urgent queries that demand immediate attention? Rest assured, we'll respond within one business day or less.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Our platform enables you to automate data inputs from various major providers, helping to eliminate frequent errors. We collaborate with businesses such as Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square—ensuring your garden center's finances are always precise and up-to-date.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Say farewell to mountains of invoices and laborious manual inventory tracking—we directly automate inputs from your connected accounts. Gain insights from one comprehensive dashboard, enabling you to effortlessly comprehend the wellbeing of your garden center 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 garden centers

At Bench Accounting, we support your garden center by providing specialized, intuitive bookkeeping services that cater directly to the unique needs of your industry. We understand how the seasonality of a garden center can impact your financial flow, the complexity of inventory management amid various types of plants, seeds, and landscaping materials, and the nuances of taxes and laws tied to the horticulture industry. With this in depth knowledge, our team of expert bookkeepers and intuitive software work hand in hand to streamline your financial process, keeping your records accurate and up to date.

Moreover, owning a garden center comes with its own industry-specific tax laws and regulations. Whether you’re dealing with capital gains from the sale of property, tax benefits from agricultural schemes, local sales taxes on certain types of goods sold, or employment laws for your staff, Bench Accounting services have got you covered. We also understand the common types of bookkeeping issues that can plague a garden center. With our pairing of top-notch accounting software and experienced bookkeepers, we stay on top of your business' financial health, freeing you up to focus on what really matters: nurturing your business growth just like the plants you cultivate.

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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What specific bookkeeping considerations should I make for my garden center's inventory of living goods and seasonal products?

Inventory management for a garden center can be complex due to the nature of horticultural products. Living goods such as plants, shrubs, and trees have a shelf life and can deteriorate over time. Seasonal products have a sales window and a lot can go unsold if not managed properly. Here are a few specific considerations:

  • Perishable Goods: Keep a close track of your living goods. They can die or lose quality if not sold within a particular time frame. Timely markdowns or promotions can help move this inventory and minimize losses.
  • Seasonal Fluctuations: Inventory requirements can change dramatically with the seasons. It's important to accurately forecast demand to ensure you're not over or under-stocking.
  • Loss, Damage, and Theft: Plants are delicate and can be damaged easily. Plus, small items can be stolen. Regular inventory checks can help identify and record such losses for both accounting and insurance purposes.
  • Space Considerations: Some living goods may need more space than others, especially as they grow. It's necessary to account for this physical space in your inventory management strategies.

Given these unique challenges, it's recommended to work with a bookkeeper with experience in the horticulture industry, or even more specifically, in managing garden center finances.

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How can a professional bookkeeper assist in managing the cash flow complexities common in the garden center industry?

A professional bookkeeper can significantly aid in managing the cash flow complexities common in the garden center industry. Specially, they can assist in the following ways:

  • Seasonal adjustments: The revenue flow in garden centers is generally seasonal. A professional bookkeeper can help schedule expenses accordingly to avoid cash crunches in off-seasons.
  • Inventory management: A large part of a garden center's inventory is perishable. Professional bookkeepers can help track and manage inventory to reduce waste and improve cash flow.
  • Expense tracking: Bookkeepers can accurately track all your business expenses, ensuring that you have a clear understanding of where your money is being spent.
  • Accurate forecasting: With their expertise in financial analysis, bookkeepers can aid in generating accurate financial forecasts, helping with strategic business decisions and planning.
  • Compliance: Professional bookkeepers ensure that your financials adhere to the industry regulations, helping avoid fines and penalties which impact cash flow.

Thus, having a professional bookkeeper is invaluable for managing cash flow complexities in the garden center industry.

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What accounting practices should be in place in my garden center to handle plant guarantee or return policies?

For garden centers dealing with plant guarantees and return policies, there are several accounting practices that should be in place:

  • Sales Returns and Allowances: You should have a system for tracking sales returns and allowances, which includes refunds and credits for returned plants or guarantees. These transactions should be subtracted from your total sales.
  • Inventory Accounting: Returned plants should be added back to your inventory count if they can be resold. If not, they should be recorded as a loss in your accounting system.
  • Expense Tracking: Keep track of expenses related to plant guarantees or returns, such as shipping for returned items, and account for these costs in your financial statements.
  • Policy Reviews: Periodically review your guarantee or return policies to assess their financial impact on your business. If costs are high, you may need to adjust your policies or prices.

Proper accounting for plant guarantees and return policies will help you keep accurate financial records and make decisions that benefit your garden center business.

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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 Garden centers

Discover how we can help you have better finances with a personalized demo from a Bench expert, ready to answer all your questions. Sign up as a customer today and get a free month of bookkeeping, valued at $299.

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