Bookkeeping and Accounting for Public Speakers

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How Bench works with public speakers

Get your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and speaking engagement finances handled by experts—backed by one powerful platform. Bench works with public speakers.

We get you set up

Our team will invest the time to thoroughly comprehend your public speaking engagements, address any inquiries, assist you in connecting your accounts, and guide you on the workings of Bench.

We do your bookkeeping

Every month, your designated bookkeeper efficiently organizes all your speaking engagements, transactions, and prepares your financial statements. If additional information is required from you, they’ll promptly reach out.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of specialists is well-versed in the finance intricacies of the public speaking industry and will tailor their approach to your profession's specific needs.

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

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

We're committed to providing regular bookkeeping updates catered to your public speaking profession. Have urgent inquiries that demand immediate attention? We ensure to respond back within one business day or less.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Our platform enables you to automate the input of data from major providers, helping you prevent common financial errors. We collaborate with renowned partners such as Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square— ensuring your finances as a public speaker are always accurate and hassle-free.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Wave farewell to mounds of admin work and labor-intensive manual tracking—we streamline inputs directly from integrated accounts. Gain insights from a centralized dashboard, designed for public speakers like you, enabling you to effortlessly comprehend the financial health of your profession and make 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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“Bench has lifted a giant weight off my shoulders and freed up my time so I can focus on earning money and working with clients, meetings and calls.”

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We know bookkeeping for public speakers

Our dedicated team at Bench understands the unique financial needs and challenges that come with being a public speaker. Income streams can be vast and varied, from speaker fees, to book sales, royalties, and even online content creation—making the tracking and managing of these finances complex. Moreover, public speakers often navigate through specific tax implications like business travel deductions, home office expenses, and self-employment taxes. Fret no more - our team of expert bookkeepers at Bench are not only proficient in typical bookkeeping tasks but also fluent in the industry-specific tax laws that apply to public speaking.

Bench pairs intuitive software with human intelligence to maintain detailed financial records, deliver immaculate bookkeeping, and prepare you for tax season. Beyond standard financial statements, we provide monthly income statements and balance sheets, allowing you to understand and keep track of your speaking engagements' financial health. Additionally, our expert team eliminates the headache of sifting through complicated tax guidelines and laws by handling your tax filing for you. Every public speaker's dream: to focus more on captivating audiences, and less on number crunching. That's what Bench is here for.

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 public speaker, are travel expenses and accommodation tax deductible?

Yes, as a public speaker, your travel expenses and accommodations are generally tax deductible. Expenses linked to travel, such as transportation, meals, and accommodation costs, may be deducted if they are necessary for your speaking engagement. However, it's important to note that these expenses must be directly related to your work as a public speaker, with the intention of generating business income. Rules on tax deductions can vary, so it is recommended to consult with a professional tax advisor or bookkeeper knowledgeable in your field to ensure you are correctly following tax laws.

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What specific expenses can I claim as a public speaker for my annual income tax return?

As a public speaker, you may be eligible to claim several specific expenses on your annual income tax return. These can include:

  • Travel Expenses: If travel is required for your speaking engagements, you can usually deduct travel costs, including airfare, accommodation, meals and incidental expenses.
  • Home Office Expenses: If a portion of your home is used solely for your work as a speaker, then you can typically claim a portion of your housing costs such as rent, utilities, and home insurance.
  • Marketing and Promotion: Any cost associated with promoting your service, including website maintenance, business cards, and advertisement expenses can generally be deducted.
  • Professional Development: Fees associated with professional development seminars, workshops, or events aimed at improving your skills as a public speaker can often be claimed.
  • Equipment: The cost of any equipment essential to your work, such as a laptop, mic or sound system may also be deductible.

As always, it's important to consult with a professional accountant to ensure that you're making appropriate deductions. Tax laws can vary greatly by location and individual circumstances.

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How can a bookkeeper help me manage my royalties, speaker's fees, and other income streams?

A bookkeeper can play an invaluable role in managing your diverse income streams, including royalties, speaker's fees, and more. They can keep track of all incoming payments, ensure you are paid promptly and correctly, and record these transactions properly for taxation purposes. Furthermore, if you have multiple income sources, a bookkeeper can provide a clear, organized overview of your finances, allowing you to make informed financial decisions. Finally, a bookkeeper can also take care of paying any associated expenses, ensuring you meet all your financial obligations in a timely manner. By entrusting this task to a professional bookkeeper, you can free up more time to focus on your primary professional endeavors.

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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 Public speakers

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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