What’s the difference between the two professions anyway?
And which of them, if any, would you really need to help untangle your Small Business taxes?
There’s a guy down at Smokey Joe’s Small Business Bar called DIY Donald who defiantly insists on doing just about everything himself.
“I’m a perfectly capable human being and I can grasp most basic concepts,” he’ll happily tell you at the bar.
“I don’t see why I should pay over the odds to call in so-called ‘professional’ help. Big waste of money if you ask me. Just use your own brains and skills. If you’re as passionate about business as I am, you’ll probably end up doing a better job anyway.”
So, DIY Donald fixes his own computers whenever they develop a fault, prints out his own business cards, designs his own websites, and even cuts his own hair.
And he sorts out his own taxes, too.
He once brought all his business tax books into the bar to help him prove some point or other to a fellow entrepreneur with whom he was enjoying a petty argument.
I can’t remember now what that particular argument was all about, but I do clearly remember that these books eventually ended up in the hands of an accountant friend of mine who had been enjoying a fizzy apple cocktail with me at the bar.
He glanced through the books, and made a quick-fire rough estimation of how much money DIY Donald could have saved over the course of the last ten years if he’d called in the professionals.
When he actually said the number out loud, poor old Donald seemed to go a little dizzy, and he eventually had to be carried out of the bar by Smokey Joe himself.
By the way, I should also point out that DIY Donald never seems to have a computer that works properly, his website is a mess, his business cards are cheap and tatty, and his hair looks terrible.