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How to choose a bookkeeping or accountiong service

21st June 2015

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You are looking for a bookkeeping service, but may ask “What to look out for when choosing a bookkeeping or accounting service”. Bookkeepers are generally contracted to provide a full range of services but invariable they can be contracted to provide just one or two services, payroll or credit control, for example. They are usually engaged by small to medium sized businesses and business start-ups across all sectors, which opt to outsource their bookkeeping obligations in order to focus their time on other important aspects of the business.

What role does the professional book keeper take? What to look for before choosing a bookkeeping service provider? Are they customer friendly?
Bookkeepers can be employed to undertake some or all of the accounting tasks of a business allowing the owner to focus on other aspects of the business. It is primarily a collation of information as opposed to an advisory service.
It should save you money instead of adding a book keeper to your staff.
It should save you time by removing the accounting tasks from the business owner.
Speed and accuracy is paramount in any business, it saves time and money. Your book keeper should be up to date with technology, to ensure they can deliver your bookkeeping on time with accuracy.
As service providers they directly represent their clients. They deal with each of their clients staff, their customers, suppliers and their tax officials. In order to be effective they must always be courteous, professional, efficient and committed to their clients business.
They must focus on what is best for the client. They may have to streamline the process and remove any over complications, but as service provider they must adapt to and exceed their clients needs.
They must recognise that the books are owned by the client therefore the books should be readily available for the client to review, even outside normal office hours. Knowing where the books are maintained whether locally or offshore must also be a consideration.
Good news is always welcomed by business owners as it reinforces that their business operations are going to plan and bringing positive results. However, it is the service providers responsibility to inform the client of any adverse findings to enable them to address and solve problems as they arise.
As facilitators they are part of the process, understanding and taking a keen interest in how each business works and what goals the owner has, are all important requirements to providing a successful service. However above all, B2B is about people dealing with people, therefore it is essential to develop a trusting relationship with key personnel.

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