How to Choose the Right External Bookkeeper

Working with a bookkeeper should start with the inception of the business. But in reality, bookkeepers in Brisbane are only hired when business is growing and the accounts start to overwhelm the owner. Or when filing for taxes, seeking a loan, and forging an expansion. Bookkeeping is an integral part of any business. It is the framework that keeps everything in place and provides a bird’s eye view of the enterprise.

It is for this reason that entrepreneurs should hire early, and choose the right bookkeeper for their company.

How do you choose the right bookkeeper?

As much as I want to say “Hire me!” I simply can’t. I have a set of skills that are more specific to some businesses, and are next to useless to others. I have turned down clients simply because there are other bookkeepers in Brisbane who can help them better. And I also received referrals from my colleagues because they believe I can do a better job in servicing a certain client.

A bookkeeper has to have the training, knowledge and skills that will perfectly fit your needs. He or she should be available, and should believe in your goals as an entrepreneur. Here are some tips that will help you find the right bookkeeper for your business.

  1. Certifications – Bookkeeping is an evolving profession. It is not enough that your bookkeeper passed the bookkeeper’s accreditation exams ten years ago. It is the responsibility of a bookkeeper to stay updated with the current bookkeeping trends, improve his or her skills through training and education, and comply with the required certifications.
  2. Professional Expertise – Some Brisbane bookkeepers prefer working with corporations, while other like the dynamics of small businesses. You can review their previous and present clientele to assess the bookkeepers’ industry exposure and preferred working environment.
  3. Range of Services Offered – During the interview, make sure that you will have a list of the services you will need and expect from the bookkeeper. Aside from basic bookkeeping, do you need help in your tax returns? Business advice? Credit accounts management? It is best to hire a bookkeeper who can help you with most, if not all of the services you need.
  4. Payments and Charges – You should always have a clear understanding with your bookkeeper on the amount of fees, payment methods and schedule, and of any extra charges. Avoid any misunderstanding and unpleasant surprises by asking for a signed contract that will state basic rules of engagement and payments. Only hire a bookkeeper that your business can afford.
  5. Technology and Tools Used – What tools will be used in the bookkeeping? If you required convenience and flexibility, choose a Brisbane bookkeeper who is adept with cloud computing. Ask what bookkeeping application they use and then research on the features and value it offers. Hire the bookkeeper that uses the right bookkeeping platform for your business.
  6. Communication and Availability – It is important that you have an open line of communication with your bookkeeper. Regular business meetings for updates can be help quarterly, monthly or even twice a month. But you also need to be able to connect with him or her for quick questions, clarifications, and for business crisis management. If the bookkeeper offer you their assistant’s direct line, ask how soon you can expect a callback, or a reply to an email. It is important that your bookkeeper is available and works on a schedule that matches yours.
  7. Reports and Deadlines – Discuss the reports you will need, on what form, when, and how often you will need them. Ask when you can expect the reports, how you will get them, and your options to access to the files. Set clear a deadline for each report.

Your bookkeeper in Brisbane is an essential part of your team. It is then important that you find someone who believes in your goals, will work with you to achieving it, and has the right work ethics, professional expertise, and uses the right tools that will provide the best value and service.