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The Spandex Rule: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should...

Updated: Jun 26

DIY Financial Management:

The Risks of Going Solo


Managing your business finances solo can seem tempting, especially with so many DIY tools available. But just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.


Think of it like wearing spandex: it might seem like a good idea, but one wrong move and things can get ugly fast.


Handling financial planning, tax compliance, and cash flow management on your own can lead to costly mistakes. Missteps could mean penalties, missed opportunities, or even cash flow crises. Here are some examples of DIY gone wrong.

DIY Move

Potential Pitfall

Filing your own taxes

Incorrect filings can lead to fines and/or audits.

Filing your own taxes (Part 2)

Missing tax deductions and credits can cost you thousands of dollars that would be better spent on your business.

Mismanaging cash flow

Not having enough money to cover payroll and other essential expenses.

Doing your own books

Your financials won't be correct (I promise). You won't be able to get a loan without accurate financials, and you'll waste time and money redoing them to get them done correctly.

Doing your own books (Part 2)

You might miss something very important like fraud. When's the last time you've done a bank rec? Are you sure you know all the vendors are legit? This could cost you so much more than just money.

Instead, consider bringing in a pro who knows the ins and outs of financial management. They can provide insights, ensure compliance, and help you plan for growth.


So, while spandex might work for your morning run, leave financial management to the experts. Your business will thank you, and you’ll avoid those awkward financial missteps!


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