Empower Your Business: 5 Effective Bookkeeping Strategies for Neurodiverse Minds

Bookkeeping can be a daunting task for any small business owner, but for some neurodiverse individuals, it may be especially challenging. Neurodiversity refers to the natural variation in human brains and the ways they process information, and includes conditions such as ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and others. For some people, tasks like bookkeeping can be overwhelming due to differences with attention, organization, and processing information.

However, bookkeeping is a crucial aspect of managing small business finances. Fortunately, there are strategies and tools available that can help you effectively manage their business finances and maintain accurate records. Here are some tips:

Simplify and streamline the process

To make bookkeeping more manageable, simplify and streamline the process as much as possible. Use a simple spreadsheet or accounting software such as QuickBooks Online or Xero to track income and expenses, and set up automatic payments and deposits to reduce the number of transactions that need to be manually entered. Connect your business bank accounts and accounting software so the transactions automatically appear in the accounting software. Accounting software often allows you to create rules or recurring transactions to make your work easier.

2. Create a routine

Establishing a routine can help make bookkeeping a more consistent and manageable task. Set aside a specific time each week or month to review and update your records. Consider using a reminder app or calendar to help you remember when it’s time to work on your finances. Think about how you prefer to work — in short bursts, or long, focused sessions. Remember that any bookkeeping errors are best found early — so we don’t recommend waiting a whole quarter or year to do your bookkeeping, if possible.

3. Use visual aids

Visual aids can be a helpful tool for individuals who struggle with organization and memory. Use color-coding or symbols to distinguish different categories of expenses, or create a chart or graph to visualize your spending habits.

4. Seek assistance

There’s no shame in asking for help! Consider enlisting the help of a trusted friend or family member to assist with bookkeeping tasks, or consider hiring a professional bookkeeper. SCORE of Greater Seattle offers free business mentoring. And some bookkeepers offer quarterly “check ups”, where you do the day to day work, and the professional bookkeeper will check your work and provide feedback and adjustments.

5. Practice self-care

Managing business finances can be stressful and overwhelming, so it’s important to prioritize self-care. Take breaks when needed, and engage in activities that help you relax and recharge. This can help reduce stress and improve focus and attention, making it easier to tackle bookkeeping tasks.

Don’t struggle alone — SimpleBooks LLC is here to answer your bookkeeping questions and simplify your business finances. We meet you where you are — we will never judge you for having messy books!  Schedule a free consultation or email us at hello@simplebooks.cloud.