We'll continually provide you with up-to-date bookkeeping information, tailored for your gift shop business. Got urgent queries that can't be put off? Count on us to respond within one business day, or even quicker.
Our platform simplifies your bookkeeping by automating data inputs from most major providers, preventing common errors. We collaborate with major merchants such as Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square—ensuring your gift shop's finances are consistently reliable.
Wave farewell to mountains of invoices and the draining task of manual record-keeping—Bench Accounting automates inputs directly from your linked accounts. With a unified dashboard, gain accessible insights into the health of your gift shop, simplifying business analysis and strategic decision-making.
DR. BUKKY KOLAWOLE
Gift shops have specific accounting requirements that are unique to their industry. These include accurate record-keeping of inventory due to high turnover and seasonal variation, appropriate calculation of the Cost of Goods Sold (COGS), tracking and applying retail sales tax, and managing cash flow during peak and off-peak sales periods. Additionally, gift shops often need to factor in expenses related to packaging, shipping and handling, and vendor returns and exchanges. Expert bookkeeping will ensure these factors are taken into consideration for efficient financial management.
Bookkeeping can greatly improve the inventory management of your gift shop in several ways. Firstly, it allows you to keep accurate records of your stock levels at all times, helping you to avoid under or overstocking. You can also keep track of your most popular items, so you can ensure you always have sufficient supply available. Secondly, it aids in forecasting future sales trends based on historical data, helping you plan your purchases in advance. Lastly, bookkeeping can help you manage your cash flow better by providing a clear view of the costs associated with goods buying and storing, enabling you to make more informed financial decisions.
Proper and rigorous bookkeeping provides numerous opportunities for tax deductions for gift shop owners. Understanding these benefits can help you save a significant amount of money each financial year. Here are some common deductions;
- Cost of Goods Sold: If your gift shop purchases merchandise to sell, these costs can often be deducted, including freight, storage, direct labor costs, and any expense associated with making the product ready for sale.
- Operational Expenses: In running your store, most operational expenses are deductible. This could range from anything like rent, utility bills, property taxes, insurance, and maintenance.
- Advertising: Keeping a good record of your advertising or promotional expenses allows you to deduct them during the tax season.
- Employee Wages: If you employ others in your gift shop, their wages are generally tax-deductible.
- Travel: If business-related, travel expenses can be deducted. This includes meals, lodging, and transportation costs.
- Depreciation: If you have a physical storefront for your gift shop, you may be eligible for deductions on its depreciation.
Engaging a good bookkeeper can help you take advantage of these deductions by keeping accurate, comprehensive records of your expenses throughout the year. Remember to consult with a tax professional to ensure you're meeting all the requirements and maximizing your potential savings.
Nope! All bookkeeping is completed in-house.
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.
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.