Updated: Aug 23, 2021
Are the bookkeepers you have in mind A N Lewis Bookkeeping? if the answer is no you have been looking in the wrong places! If you have clicked on this post you either need a bookkeeper or already have one and would like to find a new bookkeeper. Whatever your reason may be, here are 5 important questions to consider when choosing the right bookkeeper for your business.
1. What does your business need?
In order to hire the right bookkeeper, we suggest that you should first assess your business’s needs and priorities. You need to understand your own requirements because this is the only way you will be able to find the right person for the role. Consider the type of business you run, the number of transactions you handle, the accounting software you use, and the services you need. This will allow you to know exactly what you need from your bookkeeper and what to expect.
2. Do your bookkeeper’s values align with yours?
We don’t all have the same beliefs and values, no two people are the same, however when you are working on growing your business it is important to align yourself with other individuals who have similar values to you. Just like in any relationship whether business related or not, these shared values create a strong foundation for which both parties can agree on and understand what the most important aspects of your business are. At A N Lewis Bookkeeping we believe your happiness and the satisfaction of your customers with your products or service are key driving forces of your business. We want you to fall in love with your business again and not have to worry about the bookkeeping but instead focus on how you can provide better services to your customers.
3. Do they provide a personalised approach?
There is no “one-size fits all” approach to bookkeeping and the services you may need. For example, if you are a business owner who places a high importance on communication, will your chosen bookkeeper go the extra mile to ensure you have an open communication channel? We understand that your requirements may differ from other businesses so we tailor our bookkeeping services to ensure you are delivered not just what you ask for but also what we believe may also benefit your business structure. If you already have a bookkeeper for your business, ask yourself, am I happy with the services I receive from them or do I need more? Do I need more regular updates and a clearer picture of my business’ performance? Communication is indeed key to anything in life so when it comes to your business, DO NOT settle for less than you deserve. If you are not happy with the services your current bookkeeper provides and require a more, maybe it’s time to choose a new bookkeeping service provider.
4. How much does a bookkeeper cost?
It is true, some bookkeeping service providers are more expensive than others and there may be a justifiable reason for this. Some bookkeeping service providers may be cheaper, but does this mean you should choose them? Firstly, look at your goals for your business. Do you believe your chosen bookkeeper will aid you in achieving these goals and be a driving force towards these goals, if the answer Is YES, what is your budget for a bookkeeper based on? Is your budget based on not wanting to spend as little as possible as your costs are already high, and you are not generating as much revenue as you would like? If that is the case, then you may want to consider how having a bookkeeper can give you more time to focus on attracting new clients to generate more revenue and grow your business rather than spending hours on tasks you could outsource. At A N Lewis Bookkeeping, we offer fixed fee services, so you know what costs to expect in the future and can plan accordingly. Send us an email or get in touch and let us discuss how we can begin to start helping you to grow your business.
5. Is your chosen bookkeeper up to date with technology?
Up-to-date software knowledge is a must. Bookkeepers who are familiar in using online accounting software can automate many processes and reduce the amount of time spent on data entry. Cloud based software such as Quickbooks Online and Xero help bookkeepers to keep accounts up to date and enable business owners to identify issues more quickly to make decisions to improve performance and promote business growth. Using excel spreadsheets to keep track of your business’ finances can be inaccurate and harder to gain insight into how your business is performing .
By answering these 5 questions, you should be able to find the right bookkeeper who will look after your business. Whoever they are make sure you choose carefully !
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