Continuing with our pointers to show you what you need in a good bookkeeper (part 1), make sure your bookkeeper makes the grade in each of these areas:
4. What about technology?
You’ve heard of ‘the cloud’. That term scares so many but has changed the face of how we all do business.
Has your bookkeeper embraced these changes? Are they excited to tell you about new options available to you to save you (and them) time and money?
5. Will your bookkeeper add value to your business?
The worst thing you can do as a business owner is select your bookkeeper based on their price.
Some bookkeepers charge quite a bit less than their competitors. You may be tempted to go with them because the hourly cost-saving is worth the risk… but is it?
Will that bookkeeper process the information at the same pace as a bookkeeper who has invested their time and money in learning about all of the options available to you to save time? Will that bookkeeper feel threatened by the options available to you like Bank Feeds which save hours and hours per month because they are worried about their income?
The bookkeeper you need is someone who is priced right for the job. They are there to add value to your business, not just clock some hours until the job is done.
6. What is it that you want most from your bookkeeper?
The primary answer here is trust. Your bookkeeper could be the only other person that intimately knows your businesses financials from day to day.
You want someone who is going to ‘have your back’. If they see a transaction on your credit card that doesn’t seem quite right, you would want to know. If they see that one of your team have purchased soft drink or cigarettes on the fuel receipt, you would want to know.
You want to know that they know how your business ticks. They can look at your Profit and Loss Statement and know if something isn’t quite right. They will talk to you, ask you questions and push you for details – because they care.
They aren’t a machine that churns through information without thinking about you. They are as much as a part of your business as you let them.
You deserve an amazing bookkeeper. Let them into your world and trust them as they are there to help you and you will never have to worry about your books again.
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