If we do your accounts, then we will often do your bookkeeping for you as a free extra service. We can do everything very quickly using advanced technology. Many businesses trade only through their bank account, and all we ask here is that you put your bank statements in sensible order and write up your cheque book stubs clearly. Otherwise leave the rest to us. Just put everything in a box and give it to us after the year end. That does mean everything, so never throw anything away and never lose anything. If you have cash income, then obviously you need to keep a daily record of takings, but this could just be in a notebook or an exercise book rather than a ledger. We can give you a free book to get you started, and our book has a page to record pre-trading items like a computer and a van. This book is part of a looseleaf system and you can print off extra pages yourself. Should you have cash expenses, then you need to keep a record, but again this could be in a notebook or in our free book. In some cases, you could use a credit card for business expenses, so just let us have any statements you receive. If you are VAT-registered, and we do your VAT returns, then we will give you a 25% discount on your accounts fee. We work all the time on improving the advanced technology which we use to prepare your accounts. To repeat our message, we have a general preference for us doing the bookkeeping rather than letting you do it, though if you have cash income then you will need to keep a basic record. Generally though, you should only do as much bookkeeping as you actually need to do, which will be none at all if everything goes through the bank or the credit card. Warning: if you need to submit a tax return by January 31st 2019, then the first thing you need is a Unique Taxpayer Reference, and you are going nowhere without one. Click on the link for more details.