Jobs are still scarce, the purchase is still down, money is still tight, and business owners are cutting costs by allowing more workers to go and take their own play. Accountants and bookkeepers are being replaced with software that is a mystery to most people. Business owners know how to make clothes, fix plumbing, and baking pies, not how to make books. Accounting software can provide valuable information, insightful, but if these reports are correct, the picture may be distorted. The business owner is confused, frustrated, and mistakes can be costly. He is not sure if the books are correct or if the bank account is in balance.
To help meet the demand for low-cost accounting, a new “middle man” appears as online book-keepers, also known as freelance contract, and virtual bookkeepers. These are certified professionals who know what they are doing and can do it for a fraction of the cost of a full-timer doing a full-time salary, plus benefits. The average cost of office space per employee is 2.7 times their base salary. The Virtual Accountant working from home or office at a monthly rate of 1 / 4 to 1 / 3 of full-time accountant, and no benefits. They cost more than if the business owner has the books himself, but could save the owner a lot of money for doing things right. When owners spend valuable time doing the books, they’re not growing their business, are operational. Combine the money saved by avoiding costly mistakes with the value of time better spent on growing business, and the output counter source makes sense.
Business owners taking advantage of this option must ensure that the bookkeeper you select is certified by one of the two major national associations; The ICAs (American Institute of Professional Accountants) or NACPB (National Association of Public Accountants). The training and testing of both organizations is complete and current. Child protection is not necessary for accounting functions and can charge more for their services due to the training necessary for that title. Counters many have certifications or degrees in Accounting and Business Administration.
Accounting Assistance Areas to consider include A / P and A / R, Invoicing, Inventory, Payroll, Business and payroll taxes, the month-end adjustments, depreciation, and reconciliations. Online Accounting Services, they may go, so I know what you need.
Independent accountants, in various ways. Some work directly with the computer software over the Internet. Applications such as “Go to my PC” and “go to meeting” that direct access from person to person meetings can be done easily without the need to travel. Giving access to your computer accounting may sound scary, but it is not. Simply add the counter to your PC as a “user” and allow access only to the program (s) you choose. Some bookkeepers will launch a software system for you in his office and simply provide it with reports. Some accountants act as liaison between you and your clients or employees to answer questions about billing and paychecks. Some require the delivery of your data in person, by you, and some data is collected from your office. Many accept data by fax, email or U.S. mail. Some accountants may work at night to have access to an updated system the next day.
If you think this option could be beneficial for your business, decide what services you want an accountant to do and that the rights (if any) you want to keep. Check out some websites, make some calls, and evaluate the personalities of accountants to determine whether it will be a pleasant working relationship and feel you can trust. Once you’re free of the documentation, you can concentrate on more important as increasing its customer base, implementing better inventory control, employee training, or just get home in time for dinner.