I recently completed a six part series of posts on accounting for the small architectural or design firm. Here is a quick outline and the links to each article.
Part 1 - Invoicing
What you need to do to get the invoices out the door.
Part 2 - Paying Bills
What you need to do to stay on top of paying your bills.
Part 3 - A Simple System
How to use your online checking account and some spreadsheets to do your bookkeeping.
Part 4 - Other Accounting Issues
Other tasks to consider when you are taking care of bookkeeping.
Part 5 - Software Criteria
What to look for in an online service to help you do the bookkeeping.
Part 6 - Software Comparison
A comparison of 14 online bookkeeping services that we have used, experimented with or simply researched.
Hope this helps if you are considering a change for next year, trying to get bookkeeping set up, or looking for some resources.