2017 · Life: The Freelancer Lifestyle

On the importance of upgrading

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve been having some weird computer problems lately that culminated yesterday in the death of my book keeping program. I’ve used it since 2011 because at the time it was the best and perhaps only program on the market. It’s difficult though because you have to know what you’re doing and I… usually don’t. I’ve gotten by with googling and whinging it and then, yesterday, right as I was about to do my taxes the program shuts down on me. A little bit of googling tells me that hey, this version isn’t supported anymore and the company has changed over to a subscription style which wow, I’m a tiny freelancer, I really can’t justify spending $20 every month just to get basic functionality. Hiring someone would be cheaper than that.

This sounds like dire straits (well) but for once, this story for once ends happily. Needing a new book keeping program led me to Bokio,  a site that allows you to do all your book keeping and invoicing for free. I’ve only just started working with it but it seems to be brought into the modern era, with warnings when something isn’t put in right and the option to pay someone to do your taxes for you at the end of the year. It even calculates how much I’m supposed to pay in tax for me! Isn’t that kind of what a book keeping program should do? And yet my old one didn’t and I paid for that!

I’m just really happy right now. Unfortunately Bokio is only available in Sweden at the moment (from what I can tell) but considering how complicated taxes seem to be abroad, that’s probably no surprise. Maybe now I can actually learn how to do this properly instead of fumbling around and hoping I’ve done it right.

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