Bookkeeping and Accounting for Surf Shops

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How Bench works with surf shops

Ride the wave of financial clarity with Bench. Get your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing handled by our experts—backed by one powerful platform. Bench works flawlessly with surf shops.

We get you set up

Our dedicated team invests time into fully comprehending your surf shop operations, answering any queries you may have, assisting you in connecting your accounts, and demonstrating how Bench can simplify your bookkeeping needs.

We do your bookkeeping

Each month, your dedicated bookkeeper categorizes your surf shop's transactions and prepares detailed financial reports. Should they require any additional information, they’ll reach out to you promptly.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of experts is well-versed in tax laws applicable to surf shops and will tailor their approach to your business' specific requirements.

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

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

At Bench Accounting, we are dedicated to providing regular updates on your surf shop's bookkeeping needs. If you encounter challenging questions that simply can't wait, rest assured that we will respond within one business day or less.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Our platform enables you to automate data entries from the leading service providers, significantly reducing common errors. We team up with prominent merchants such as Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square—ensuring your surf shop's finances are always spot-on.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Wave goodbye to towering stacks of receipts and tedious manual tracking—we automate all financial entries directly from your linked accounts. With Bench Accounting, you get a comprehensive view of your surf shop's financial state from one centralized dashboard. It's now easier than ever to understand the health of your business and make strategic decisions to keep riding the wave of success.

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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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“This is the first year where it’s tax season and I don’t feel anxious one bit.”

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We know bookkeeping for surf shops

Running a surf shop means facing a wave of unique challenges, including industry-specific taxes, inventory management, and fluctuating seasonal demand. At Bench, we understand the ebbs and flows of your business. We know that in the surf industry, your sales can heavily depend on the time of year and weather conditions, which is why we provide tailor-made bookkeeping services to cater to these unique requirements. With our intuitive software coupled with real, human bookkeepers, we'll keep your financial records current year-round, allowing you to focus on chasing the perfect swell, rather than chasing around invoices.

Our trained experts at Bench are familiar with the specific laws and taxes affecting your profession. For instance, sales tax can become a complex issue with online and physical sales across state lines. We will take care of these complexities, ensuring that your sales tax records are accurately maintained and all applicable taxes are correctly filed. Additionally, we can navigate the inventory challenges, managing and keeping track of your surfboards, wetsuits, and other surf-related merchandise. With Bench, your bookkeeping and tax concerns are handled, bringing you the serenity you seek on the open wave.

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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How can accounting services help manage unpredictable income from my surf shop?

Accounting services, like those provided by Bench Accounting, can greatly help you manage unpredictable income from your surf shop. With fluctuating seasonal customer volumes, varying weather conditions, and changing surf gear trends, your income can certainly vary.

The role of accounting services is to ensure that you are keeping track of all your income and expenses accurately. These services can predict your monthly incomes based on historical data and seasonal trends, help you budget for leaner months, and guide your major financial decisions. Proper accounting can also provide insights into the profitability of different items in your shop, drive cost-saving measures, and ensure your tax obligations are met correctly and on time.

Therefore, employing reliable accounting services is a wise decision to effectively manage your unpredictable surf shop income and streamline your business finances.

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What specific accounting practices should I follow to appropriately track inventory and sales in my surf shop?

To effectively track inventory and sales in your surf shop, you should implement a few key accounting practices. First, it's integral to use an inventory management system to monitor stock levels and manage cost of goods sold. This system can help you avoid selling out-of-stock items, identify slow-moving products and reduce excess inventory.

Ensure you follow the accrual method of accounting for recording your sales. This method records sales when they are earned, not when the cash is received. You also need to track sales tax if applicable, keeping accounts for payable tax for each sale you make.

Another important practice is integrating your point-of-sale (POS) system with your accounting software. This allows for automatic updates on your inventory levels every time you make a sale. It also provides real-time insights into your financials and simplifies the accounting process.

Finally, regularly perform physical inventory counts and reconciliation to ensure the accuracy of your records. This can help you quickly spot any discrepancies and prevent potential losses or inaccuracies in your financial reports.

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How can a bookkeeper help me manage the seasonal fluctuations in income commonly experienced by surf shops?

A bookkeeper can be instrumental in managing the seasonal fluctuations in income often experienced by surf shops. They do this by providing accurate financial records, analyzing financial performance, and forecasting future revenue and expenses. This aids in budgeting and cash flow management, critical for such seasonal businesses.

During the high season, a bookkeeper ensures that the increased income is correctly accounted for and used effectively for necessary expenditures. During the off-season, they assist in minimizing expenses, managing debts and making the most of the income available.

By working with a bookkeeper, surf shop owners can have a better understanding of their financial situation, allowing them to make informed decisions that enhance their business's longevity and profitability.

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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 Surf shops

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