listen, to be honest, my book keeping as far as records is poor at best. i was in Staples today looking at book keeping books, and things like that. they look very involved and overkill for a small business. i'm talking solo to maybe 3 guys at most. any advice or help? i'm looking to step it up this year. i have bascially been running my business for 7 years by the seat of my pants, estimating cost 99% of the time. even if you ask me how much i make, it'd be an estimate. i know i always have checks coming in, bills paid, etc. do i really need the spread books they sell in the office stores? what would a routine be for keeping track of your paperwork weekly? do you come home at the end of each day and actually write down "i spent $30 on gas, 5 on lunch, 1.50 for amigo's bus fare?" looking ot actually be alot more professional in this area. any help without directly ripping me a new one for running it like this so long ? this is only referring to the cost tracking areas, not house scheduling, etc. that i have golden... i can tell you the date of every cut i have done in the last 6 or 7 years.