Happy Camper Bookkeeping, LLC

Happy Camper Bookkeeping, LLC

Happy Camper Bookkeeping, LLC locationFort Collins, CO, USA

Your customers are happy campers when they have no worries. Isn’t that true for you too? Let us worry for you. Bookkeeping that is on time. Every month. Guaranteed.

I have been in the camping industry for 15 years. I am a virtual bookkeeper exclusively serving campground owners. My goal is to help you get your financial life in order, freeing you up to focus on your business and giving you more time with your family. Do you worry about your books? Let us worry for you and become worry free. Bookkeeping done on time. Every month. Guaranteed.

✔ CAMPGROUND OWNERS: Has your business grown to the point where you are constantly worried about getting it all done? Let us help manage your financial life.

✔ CAMPGROUND HOSTS: Do you dread doing your books? Is it just not your thing? We provide professional bookkeeping services freeing you up to focus on other aspects of your business.

✔ CAMPGROUND OWNERS: Do you run every aspect of your small business and sometimes feel overwhelmed? Let us keep track of your finances.

✔ GENERAL MANAGERS: Do you struggle to keep up with receipts, bills, and bank accounts? Let us help you.

✔ CAMPGROUND OWNERS: Do you worry about being audited by the IRS because you're unsure if your books are compliant? Let us keep your books in order. We'll send you monthly reports so you always know exactly how your business is doing. We also take care of your taxes, so you can rest assured that we will find every deduction and save you money!

✔ CAMPGROUND OWNERS: Does a large firm currently do your books? Do you feel like they really understand you and your business? We work specifically with campground owners and help your business grow and make more money!

✔ CAMPGROUND OWNERS: Is payroll a nightmare to administer and keep track of? We work with payroll providers to ensure that payroll is done accurately and on time.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help.
Phone: 970-682-4518
Email: info@happycamperbookkeeping.com

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What kind of accounting services do you provide?

The best descriptions of what HCB offers is on our website: http://www.happycamperbookkeeping.com/services/
We offer:
Payroll Management
Financial Activity Monitoring & Monthly Reports
Budgeting & Benchmarking
Communication
Monthly Bank Reconciliation & Accounting Software Subscription
Tax Preparation & Sales Tax Reporting
Cleaning Up the Books from Previous Months or Years
Revenue Optimization & Expense Minimization
Payroll Management
Accounts Payable & Accounts Receivable Management
Independent Consultation Services

Why is it so important for businesses to hire a great accountant?

In my time as a campground-specific bookkeeper and financial consultant, I have run across campground owners with different levels of bookkeeping expertise. Some campground owners try really hard to stay on top of their books every month. They feel that knowing how their business is doing is really important. Some campground owners keep receipts and have a "general feel" for how their business is doing. They say that they can tell how their business is doing by how much is in their account and how many spots are rented each night. Others keep receipts in a shoebox and give them to their CPA at the end of the year. Those folks tend to find out how much money they made (or lost) in March or April of the following year. Some owners have trouble keeping business and personal expenses separate. Others don't really know what the best credit card processing company is, or why they should choose one over the other.
Regardless of the level of their bookkeeping expertise, all them have a few things in common.
1. They all struggle with bookkeeping.
You didn't go into the campground business to keep great books. You're a people person. No campground owner truly enjoys keeping the books. Most do it out of necessity. Therefore, campground owners struggle with keeping great books and using that information to help their business grow.
2. None of them actually have time to keep great books.
Let's face it. The campground owner is also the head of maintenance, store manager, desk clerk, computer technician, gopher, customer satisfaction specialist, and the customer complaint department. Who has time to keep great books when all of that other stuff has to get done right now?
3. All of them are seeking great unbiased advice.
Whenever I help my clients save money on credit card fees, taxes, or employees, they are grateful. Often times, being a campground owner is like being on an island. You don't have a lot of people to bounce ideas off of or ask random financial questions. One thing that I have found is that my clients are always seeking someone to offer ideas or bounce ideas off of, and it's nice when that person has no financial interest in the outcome.
4. All of them would benefit from having great books.
Whether you do it yourself or outsource it, you will benefit from knowing how your business is doing each and every month. Why, you ask . . . Read on!
Why is it important to keep great books?
1. It is the only way to know how your business is actually doing every month.
Do any of these situations sound familiar?
You get to the end of the year, and you give your financial information to your CPA. He or she says something like, "Wow! You made $42,000 this year." You smile, but you secretly wonder where the heck that $42,000 went.
It feels like you did more business this year than any other previous year (you certainly worked harder this year). You feel proud, but when you do the math, it turns out that you actually made the same or less money this year and you're not really sure why.
You've said something like, "I'd really like to take a monthly salary, but I have no idea how much I can take."
You've wondered what the best way to pay employees is. Pay them as independent contractors? Pay them as employees? What are the rules surrounding each?
All of these situations are pretty typical. I will say that there is a common solution to each one. Keep great books. Knowledge is power. You will know your business by knowing your books. I recommend using Quickbooks Online or Xero for your bookkeeping software. Both will help you keep track of your business and help you track income and expenses. If you want to figure out where that $42,000 went, or if you want to figure out how much you can take as a salary per month, having this information is essential. Keeping great books gives you control of your business instead of letting your business control you.
2. If you are planning to sell your campground in the future, prospective buyers (and their financial institutions) will want to see well-kept books.
If you are planning to sell your campground at any time in the future, you need to have at least three years of great books. Five years is stronger, and can result in a higher selling price. When I say great books, I mean that you need to have some sort of accounting software that helps you keep your books. Receipts in the shoebox and three years of tax returns works on occasion, but you won't be nearly as competitive. Think about it. Would you rather have 5 prospective buyers all competing to purchase your business, or would you rather have one prospective buyer that you have to convince to buy your business?
3. The government requires you to do so.
When you started your business, you filed with a government entity. When you did that, you were informed that you are required to keep records of your business. Maybe it hasn't been an issue, but if you were to get audited, it will be an issue. Having great books helps you ensure that an audit won't end with lots of fees and penalties.
4. Keeping great books will help you understand where you're money is coming from and where it's going.
How would you like to cut $1,000 in expenses? I'll bet your answer is a resounding yes! In order to do that, you have to know what you spend monthly on every single thing. That means that you need to know how much you spend on credit card fees, cleaning supplies, inventory for your store, repairs and maintenance, and employees. Keeping great books is the only way to know what you're spending and where you can cut back.
How do you keep great books?
Well, there are many different online courses that can help you do it yourself. I recommend checking out 50 Free Accounting Courses and Classes for Small Business Owners. Most of the courses on here can help you. After you do that, I recommend signing up for Quickbooks Online or Xero and learning that software. This will take some time. There are some complicated things in both systems, but they both have great customer support.
Of course, if you'd like to save both time and money, Happy Camper Bookkeeping can help. We will keep great books for you, be a partner you can rely on, and help you save time and money. You can schedule a free consultation or contact us at any time. www.happycamperbookkeeping.com

What do you love most about your job?

I love helping campground owners save time and make more money!

What inspired you to start your own business?

I've worked with campground owners for 15 years. I saw that many of them struggled with finances and bookkeeping. Many of them were great people and GREAT at running a campground. But, I've watched as many of them couldn't keep their business together. I started a business to help them out!

Why should our clients choose you?

15 years experience in the campground industry
Excellent customer service
I offer a wide range of financial services
I know campgrounds. Do you really want someone that doesn't know the difference between 30 and 50 amp service running your books?

Services provided by Happy Camper Bookkeeping, LLC

Services

Financial Activity Monitoring & Monthly Reports

The first step in understanding your business better is to understand where your money is coming from and where it's going. The core service of any bookkeeper is to provide and explain detailed monthly financial reports. The advantage of choosing Happy Camper Bookkeeping is that we only work with campground owners, and we understand how your business works. We also guarantee that our reports will be on time. Every month. The following services are part of financial activity monitoring and monthly reports. Document management. We help you organize all of your invoices & receipts. Recording and classifying all financial activity that has to do with your business. Presentation and discussion of monthly financial reports based on that financial activity in language you can understand. Those reports include: Balance Sheet Profit & Loss Statement Statement of Cashflows Annual reports sent directly to your CPA. Let us worry about making sure your CPA has the correct information.

Budgeting & Benchmarking

The most successful businesses have a budget that has been carefully developed, and that budget is followed. There is no point in having a budget if it's never followed. There is no point in developing a budget without the right information. Happy Camper Bookkeeping will help you develop a budget based on your financial history that is right for you business. The following services are part of budgeting and benchmarking: Developing a budget that's right for your business. Developing a budget that is based on your past financial performance Developing a budget that is based on your future financial goals Monthly budget monitoring. Quarterly goal setting and quarterly review of your budget. Monthly budget reports and interpretation to help you meet your financial goals. Benchmarking. Comparing your expenses with that of other campgrounds Ensuring that you are not overspending in any category Incorporation of benchmarking into your budget

Communication

At Happy Camper Bookkeeping, we believe that great communication is key! We believe in being proactive, not reactive when it comes to communication. Rather than just communicating with you when something goes wrong, we communicate in advance to make sure everything goes right! We return all communications within 24 hours. The following services are part of communication: One hour of direct communication per month. Presentation of monthly financial reports via Skype or FaceTime Quarterly goal setting via Skype or FaceTime Questions or concerns that cannot be handled by email Unlimited email support for financial questions and concerns.

Monthly Bank Reconciliation & Accounting Software Subscription

Monthly bank reconciliation for up to 2 accounts. Matching bank statements with actual expenses and revenue Ensuring your financial activity is correct Fraud and embezzlement monitoring More bank accounts can be added for a small monthly fee Accounting software subscription. Subscription to Quickbooks Online or Xero is included in your monthly fees

Tax Preparation & Sales Tax Reporting

he preparation and submission of your taxes is vitally important to the health of your business. Matt Muncey has been providing tax and financial consulting services for nearly 10 years. He is dedicated to helping you take advantage of every possible tax deduction. Pricing is based on the size and scope of each company. Contact us for details. The following services are part of tax preparation and sales tax reporting: Tax planning. Entity planning. Is Sole Proprietor, Limited Liability Company, or S Corporation right for you? Business start-up and licensing Tax goal setting Proper categorization of equipment and depreciation Tax form preparation and tax filing. One hour per month of direct communication and consulting. Monthly or quarterly sales tax reporting.

Cleaning Up the Books from Previous Months or Years

How do your books look now? Regardless of their current condition, Happy Camper Bookkeeping is happy to help you clean up the books from your past. Many business owners are hesitant to ask for help in this area. That's understandable. You're proud of your business. Don't let your pride stand in the way. We are here to help you succeed, regardless of the condition of your books. Pricing is based on the amount of time and work that needs to go into getting the books in order. Contact us for more details, or schedule a consultation today.

Payroll Management

Is managing your own payroll a pain? Is trying to keep it all straight taking up way too much of your time? If so, then let Happy Camper Bookkeeping take that off your plate as well. We partner with ADP to make sure your payroll is done on time for every pay period. Payroll tax reporting and withholding is included, along with W-2 or W-9 preparation. The best part is that you're no longer liable. ADP assumes liability and guarantees their work. Already use ADP? Happy Camper Bookkeeping's payroll services will save you money! We have a special relationship with ADP, which helps to save you money! Contact us for more details, or schedule a consultation today.

Accounts Payable & Accounts Receivable Management

Do you have monthly renters or regular customers that pay you after they're billed? Happy Camper Bookkeeping will help you monitor and collect your accounts receivable, saving you time and money. We can also help you with bill pay and accounts payable, making sure your bills are paid on time. Pricing varies based on the number of accounts. Contact us for details, or schedule a consultation today. The following features are included: Payment service optimization. We will help you find the best way to collect from the people who owe you money. Accounts receivable organization. Bill pay. We can help you automate your bills. We will track them for you to make sure they are correct, saving you time and money!

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Work History

Owner & Managing Partner

Happy Camper Bookkeeping LLC

From January 2016 to present.

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