There are many money issues that neither add to my code base nor user base. For example:
- payroll taxes and excise taxes
- W2 W3 W4 I9 941 940 1120 + all the equivalent state forms
- all of those accounting filings to the government (quarterly federal, monthly in some states, etc)
- and a whole bunch more that I'm not yet aware of but could still put me in jail :(
How do I not spend all my time immersed in IRS publications or QuickBooks?
I have been told to find people & services like:
- Enrolled agents at the IRS
- Bookeeping products & services (Like QuickBooks, SmartBooks, InDinero, OutRight)
- Payroll services (Like ADP, Paychex, SurePayroll, or Intuit Payroll)
- Tax attorneys
- Temp CFO services
(AHH there's so many!)
but for a startup that (and I feel like this is many of you):
- Makes very little (or no) revenue
- Needs to pay people meager salaries
- Only spends money on things like rent, computers, and servers
- Has a little bit of money in the bank
What are the best ways to find help on the aforementioned issues?
I personally do not know anybody in the professions listed above. Are there firms people can recommend?
How much of this do you believe is reasonable to expect startup entrepreneurs to do themselves at this kind of stage?
Who is the right type of person to find to help me with these issues?
Is there a Yelp-like site I don't know about for these types of people?
I am wary of random Google or Craigslist ads offering these services because of fruad and embezzlement concerns.
I realize that "A solution to all the money stuff" is not a realistic expectation to have of a startup at my stage within a system that is so fundamentally complex. Nonetheless, I would greatly appreciate any pointers or lessons people have had dealing with these housekeeping issues and specifically how they overcame them with as little disruption to their greater goals as possible.
Thank you all very much.