How to choose the right bookkeeping service

How to choose the right bookkeeping service

Finding the Ideal Bookkeeping Services: More Than Just Numbers

Flashing your financial figures can feel as uncomfortable as wearing the wrong size reg grundies. That’s why choosing the right bookkeeping services is critical, as good bookkeeping is not just about business; it’s a personal affair too.

When it comes to staying compliant and keeping up-to-date with your data entry, analytics, and reports, any qualified provider of bookkeeping services should suffice. However, the realm of bookkeeping services, much like any industry, presents a variety of service levels, pricing, and factors to consider. The right bookkeeping service doesn’t just track your finances or ensure legal compliance; it becomes a valued, supportive partner, enhancing your business operations.

This guide is designed to help you navigate the process of finding the perfect bookkeeping service for your business.

1. Check your bookkeepers skills and qualifications

Verify that provider of your bookkeeping service  has the necessary skills and qualifications. Look for certifications like Bachelor’s Degree of Accounting or a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping  from a reputable provider.  BAS agents will need an additional qualification.

Xero and QuickBooks have a points system for bookkeepers that’s really helpful for clients looking for someone to handle their books. The more training and experience a bookkeeper has, and the more clients they successfully manage, the more points they get. This is great for clients because it makes it easy to see who the top bookkeepers are. When a bookkeeper has a lot of points, it means they know their stuff and have a good track record. So, clients can feel more confident choosing a bookkeeper who has a high points score, knowing they’re getting someone who’s skilled and reliable

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2. Find someone who gets you

You’re going to be spending a fair bit of time with your bookkeeper so it’s important you choose someone who will take the time to understand your business’s unique needs and goals, plus what success means to you. A bookkeeping service that aligns with your business philosophy and understands what you want out of your business can significantly contribute to your growth and success.

3. Ask questions about the scope of work

Get a clear scope of works and ask questions. What range of services will they offer for your investment? Is there a limit on the number of transactions? Are there any tasks that you will need to complete for them? Does the service include tax preparation, payroll processing, financial reporting, or a combination of these? Understanding the scope of their work sets clear expectations and ensures they can meet your business requirements.

4. Is the bookkeeping service experienced with your industry?

Industry experience in bookkeeping services can be invaluable. Different sectors have unique accounting demands and challenges. A service with experience in your field will understand these nuances, providing insights and advice that can be crucial for your business.

5. Can they talk your way?

Effective communication is key in any partnership personal or business. Pick a bookkeeping service that is comfortable with your preferred communication style, e.g. email, phone, video calls, or in-person meetings. They should be responsive, approachable, and capable of explaining complex financial concepts simply.

 

6. What is the investment?

Understanding the fee structure of bookkeeping services is essential. Do they charge a flat rate, hourly fee, or monthly retainer? Are there any additional costs for extra work at peak times? Transparent pricing that aligns with their services is crucial for effective budgeting.

 

8. Do they love to proactively solve problems?

Inevitably, challenges will pop up with you business finances. Does your bookkeeping service provider welcome your open and honest communication and have the initiative to problem solve and get to the bottom of issues? 

 

9. Go with your gut!

Our gut instinct is pretty amazing! Think back to a time where you had that niggly feeling that something was off and later down the track, you wish you trusted that instinct. We’re all different and not everyone can be your people. There are several bookkeepers in the Sutherland Shire and it’s important to pick the one you resonate with most. 

 

That’s a wrap

Finding the right bookkeeping service is a crucial decision. You want a skilled team that understands your business, communicates effectively, and feels good to work with.  It’s about finding a partner that offers more than basic accounting; one that contributes strategically to your business’s financial management. Trust your gut; it’s often a reliable guide to finding the best match for your business needs.

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