Why do I need a bookkeeper? This one is very common. My first answer is always why not? Why not pay someone else who has a passion for numbers to take care of that, so you can focus on driving your business? Hiring a bookkeeper not only gives you back valuable time better spent elsewhere, it also gives you the peace of mind that you will never miss another ATO deadline, or need to keep up with all the tax changes. Let someone else stay on top of regulatory changes, while you focus on your passion.
What is the best Software? Answer to this one is really about preferences. There are several software options available that will all produce the same end result, it is more about which one suits your business the best. I am Xero certified, and I have used MYOB for 15 years, as well as having some experience with Quickbooks/Reckon.
Are qualifications really needed? YES! Would you let a mechanic service your car if they had no training? I have a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping, I am a registered BAS agent (which means I can legally lodge your BAS/PAYGW with the ATO) and I have over 15 years experience as a bookkeeper. All of this means I have the expertise and knowledge to handle your accounts, and give you the peace of mind that I do know what I am doing.
What is your rate? This one varies depending on if you would prefer a flat hourly rate ($60 – $120 +GST) and the tasks I am actually doing. I do have packages available on request, and I am always happy to work to a budgeted amount.
Can I contact you with questions? Yes, absolutely. I believe the best working relationships come from asking lots of questions, and getting to know how your business works in side and out. I have very flexible working hours, and always aim to respond within the hour.
What is reconciling, and why do you do it? This one is a very important part of what a bookkeeper does. I go through your bank statement and make sure that all the entries in your accounting package match what the bank statement says. I then reconcile to make sure the ending balances are the same. This is a great way to make sure all expenses and income have been recorded.