Why are people weird about book-keeping?

Posted: 10th January 2018


By: Jenny Bracelin

Why are people weird about book-keeping?

Why are people weird about book-keeping?

I have always thought, people avoided their book-keeping, because they didn’t want to know the answer!

As a money coach, it is usually because things aren’t going well.

But I have been helping a client with her book-keeping, in time for that January Tax Return.  It was too scary for her, even with no tax to pay and she didn’t want to pay for an accountant. Her figures were fantastic!!

So I have asked around to see what everyone else thought? 

Apart from “it’s personal, I am not answering!” People said:

  • lack of responsibility
  • no discipline
  • not very good at being consistent
  • well it’s not fun is it!

The most popular reply was still “I don’t want to know”

The most fascinating answer, was people think they can get by without it!?

“You don’t need to do your books… until it comes to tax return time.”

Oh the stress of trying to do it all in January, working out what that receipt was for?

Plus none of the benefits of knowing your figures, weekly or monthly, and the opportunity to make changes in your business.


For my client, I created a couple of brightly coloured charts, in the hope of exciting her about book-keeping.

She did get excited and wondered about this years…

I am so pleased. I will help her get up to date and do this years, but I am sure she will be fine after that.

Hopefully I have motivated her to do her books regularly now.

Awareness is the first step, so working out how you feel about book-keeping, is a great place to start.


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My name is Jenny Bracelin, from  I Explain Money