Bookkeeping and Accounting for Shoemakers

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How Bench works with shoemakers

Get your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing done by experts—backed by one powerful platform. Bench specializes in serving shoemakers.

We get you set up

Our specialized team takes the effort to thoroughly understand your shoemaking business, answer any queries you might have, assist in connecting your accounts, and walk you through how Bench functions seamlessly with your business.

We do your bookkeeping

Each month, your Bench bookkeeper neatly arranges your shoemaking business transactions and prepares detailed financial statements. If any additional information is needed, they won't hesitate to reach out.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of experts is well-versed in tax regulations related to the shoemaking industry and will tailor their strategy to your footwear business' specific requirements.

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

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

At Bench Accounting, we understand how busy your day as a shoemaker can be. On top of producing high-quality footwear, managing your bookkeeping can be a daunting task. That's where we come in. We provide regular updates about your financials so you can stay in the loop without the stress. Have urgent inquiries that just can't be put off? We promise to respond within one business day or even less. At Bench, we're not just about numbers - we're about providing the best bookkeeping service for busy shoemakers like you.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Our software effortlessly automates data inputs from a wide range of providers, helping you evade common errors in your shoemaking business. We've teamed up with major merchants such as Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square—ensuring your financial records are always precise and updated. Choose Bench Accounting for your shoe business and focus more on your craftsmanship, not your accounts.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Say farewell to mountains of receipts and laborious manual recording—we automate data directly from your linked accounts. Get insights for your shoemaking business from one centralized dashboard. Now, understanding the financial status of your business and making strategic decisions becomes an effortless task with Bench.

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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 shoemakers

The shoemaking industry comes with its own unique set of financial intricacies. From tracking leather and material costs, labor costs, dealing with unique shoemaker taxes, to adhering to industry specific commerce laws, it can be overwhelming to shoemakers, especially for small business owners who prefer to focus on honing their craft, not bookkeeping. That's where Bench steps in. Our intuitive software combined with the expertise of real, human bookkeepers automates much of the financial tracking, allowing shoemakers to focus on what they do best.

Our expert team at Bench understands the specifics of taxes, laws and other financial hurdles linked specifically to the shoemaking industry. We keep up with changes in regulations such as the tariffs that impact imported materials or the sales taxes that must be collected for different types of footwear. Additionally, we help you navigate common bookkeeping issues like inventory valuations and product pricing. No need to stress during tax season either, as Bench also takes care of your yearly income tax filings. We do bookkeeping differently—combining industry-specific knowledge, cutting-edge software, and human assistance—to streamline your financial management like never before.

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 shoemaker, what specific expenses can I claim for tax deductions in relation to my craft and materials?

As a shoemaker, there are many occupation-specific expenses you can claim for tax deductions. Key expenses include:

  • Supplies and materials: All the raw materials you purchase such as leather, laces, sole material, and other shoemaking tools can be deducted.
  • Office expenses: If you have a home office or rent a commercial space, you can deduct a portion of this cost including utilities, internet, and rent.
  • Training: Any courses, books, or seminars you pay for to improve your shoemaking skills can be claimed.
  • Machinery and equipment: Any shoemaking equipment or machinery you need to purchase to produce your shoes is tax deductible. This includes sewing machines, hammer, lasts, etc.
  • Travel expenses: If you need to travel for work, whether it's to buy materials, meet clients, or attend trade shows, these costs can be deducted.

Always remember to keep detailed and accurate records of your business expenses as you'll need these for your tax return. Consult with a professional accountant to ensure you're taking advantage of all the tax deductions available to you.

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How should I be managing my inventory and related costs for my shoe production business?

Managing your inventory and related costs for a shoe production business requires a comprehensive and efficient system. You should regularly track your inventory, calculate cost of goods sold (COGS), forecast future inventory needs, and assess new sourcing channels if necessary. Using inventory management software can significantly streamline these tasks.

At Bench, our bookkeepers have expertise in inventory management and can work with you to recommend the best systems and practices to optimize your expenses and the profitability of your shoe production business. They will also take care of updating and maintaining all your financial records accurately and timely.

This will ensure you have a clear picture of your current inventory and related expense situation, and can make informed decisions to direct your business growth.

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What are the key accounting considerations I need to take into account when scaling my shoemaking business?

As you scale your shoemaking business, there are several key accounting considerations to take into account:

  • Inventory Management: Properly managing your inventory is crucial as it affects costs, revenues, and taxes.
  • Cost Accounting: Understanding the total cost of producing your shoes, including direct materials, direct labor, and manufacturing overheads, can help you correctly price your products, plan for future expenses, and manage your cash flow.
  • Sales Revenue: Tracking your sales revenue accurately ensures you have a clear understanding of your business' financial health. It can also help you recognize patterns, trends, and areas for growth.
  • Payroll: As you hire more staff in response to demand, managing salaries and deductions becomes more complex. A robust payroll system and scheduling mechanism are important.
  • Tax Planning: Growing businesses often face increased tax responsibilities. It's important to be aware of and plan for these obligations.
  • Auditing: Frequent audits can ensure your financial statements are accurate and can help prevent fraud.

Partnering with a professional bookkeeper can help you navigate these considerations and provide the financial insight required to successfully scale your shoemaking 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 Shoemakers

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