Bookkeeping and Accounting for Translators

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How Bench works with translators

Get your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing handled effortlessly by experts—powered by our robust platform. Bench collaborates seamlessly with translators.

We get you set up

Our team takes the effort to thoroughly comprehend your translation services, answer your inquiries, assist you in linking your accounts, and demonstrate how Bench works with your operations.

We do your bookkeeping

Each month, your dedicated bookkeeper sorts through your translation transactions and crafts essential financial statements. If there’s any information they require from you, they’ll make contact promptly.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of experts is proficient in the financial needs of the translation industry and will tailor their approach to your business' special requirements.

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

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

Our team will consistently provide you with updates on your bookkeeping. Are you a translator with urgent queries that can't be put on hold? Rest assured, we’ll respond within one business day or even sooner.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Our platform enables you to streamline data inputs from majority of top providers to dodge frequent errors. We team up with key players like Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square—ensuring your financial records are always precise. As a translator, you deal with intricacies. We're here to simplify your bookkeeping process.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Say farewell to tedious stacks of documents and monotonous manual record management—we automate inputs straight from your associated accounts. As translators, you can gain insights from a single comprehensive dashboard, making it easy to comprehend the wellbeing of your business and formulate 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 translators

Navigating financial management and taxes in the translation industry can be a daunting task. This sector often deals with intricacies like international taxation, job-specific expenses, and varying income streams, which can make bookkeeping and tax compliance complex. That's where Bench Accounting comes in. By offering online bookkeeping services tailored specifically to meet the needs of professional translators, we aim to simplify your financial obligations. Our intuitive software paired with a team of human bookkeepers takes care of the nitty-gritty details, ensuring precision and accuracy.

At Bench, we understand the unique requirements of the translation industry and have the expertise to handle industry-specific taxes and laws. Whether you're dealing with cross-border transactions, grappling with the expenses of translation software, or managing income from multiple sources, we've got you covered. Our team stays updated with industry trends and regulations, ensuring you're always in compliance. We offer a streamlined bookkeeping process that allows you to focus on what you do best - breaking language barriers and connecting global communities.

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 freelance translator, what kind of expenses can I deduct for tax purposes?

As a freelance translator, there are several expenses you may be able to deduct for tax purposes:

  • Home Office: If you use part of your home specifically for your work, you may be able to deduct a portion of your housing costs, including rent, mortgage interest, property taxes, utilities, and repairs.
  • Professional Development: The cost of seminars, online courses, books, and professional memberships related to your translation work may be tax-deductible.
  • Office Supplies and Equipment: Any materials or technology you use for your work, such as a computer, printer supplies, and software, can be tax-deductible.
  • Travel Expenses: If you need to travel for work, you may be able to deduct your transportation, lodging, and meal costs.
  • Advertising and Marketing: You can deduct the cost of any advertising or marketing efforts for your translation business.

The specific deductions available may vary based on your location and other factors, so be sure to consult with a tax professional or bookkeeper for personalized advice.

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How should I be tracking my income from different translation projects for accurate accounting?

Managing income from different translation projects can be a bit challenging but with proper bookkeeping, it becomes seamless. Here's how you can track your income accurately:

  1. Create separate accounts: Consider creating separate accounts for each translation project. This makes it easier to track income, expenses, and overall profitability for each project.
  2. Use accounting software: Modern accounting software can help automate the process. When you receive payment, simply record it in the appropriate account in the software. This will make it easier to track income and also help come tax time.
  3. Record income immediately: Whenever you receive payment, record it immediately. This will prevent any forgetting or misplacing income amounts. Make sure to include details like client name, project title, and payment date.
  4. Regularly review your records: Regularly reviewing your records can help you catch errors or omissions early. It also allows you to see trends or patterns over time.

Tracking income for each translation project allows not only for accurate accounting, but it can also give you insight into which projects are most profitable. Remember, a professional bookkeeper can also help manage this aspect of your business, letting you focus on translations.

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What specific bookkeeping requirements or considerations are there for translators working with international clients?

Translators working with international clients have several specific bookkeeping requirements or considerations to keep in mind. Primarily, they need to manage and account for multiple currencies, often necessitating a good understanding of currency conversion and exchange rates. They may also need to track international sales tax and manage international invoices, which may require knowledge of different tax laws or value-added taxes (VATs). It's equally important to understand and comply with the various fiscal regulations in the countries they do business. This could mean managing foreign bank accounts or setting up international payment processes. Given these complexities and potentially time-consuming responsibilities, many translators enlist the assistance of professional bookkeepers to ensure their financial matters are handled appropriately and effectively.

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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 Translators

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