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There Has Never Been a Better Time for an Online Accountant
Bookkeeping is no different. However, some businesses may still have concerns or questions about virtual bookkeeping services, particularly if they are considering virtual accounting solutions for the first time.
Here we take a look at the key benefits which virtual accounting can bring to your enterprise, along with various common queries you might have. Read on to discover the surprising ways Geekbooks could transform the way you work, as well as information on everything from security to task management.
What Do Virtual Bookkeeping Companies Actually Do?
Why Are Businesses Outsourcing Their Bookkeeping?
Virtual Bookkeepers Can Generate Direct & Indirect Income
A skilled bookkeeper will pick up on errors, non-payments and other irregularities which could result in additional income. From incorrect bank charges through to spotting customers who haven't paid, bookkeepers will do their utmost to ensure you get every cent that's due to you.
Good-quality financial information is the backbone of sound financial decision-making. Armed with the correct figures, you and your SMT (senior management team) are in a far stronger position to make the right choices for optimal business success.
Save yourself some fines! A late tax return could see you incur a financial penalty from ATO. Bookkeepers have a key role in ensuring your information is ready to complete your tax return on time.
Virtual bookkeepers ensure your financial records are accurate
Ensuring Compliance With the Law
While most business owners are aware of the basic financial tasks they need to do in order to stay compliant, they may not be aware of recent changes, or requirements in every aspect of their financial record keeping.
For virtual bookkeepers, ensuring they're up-to-date with all relevant requirements is always a priority. This means that when new requirements come on stream, your bookkeeper will know what's needed and ensure it's in place.
For example, it's surprising how many people aren't aware that, in Australia, it is a legal requirement to inform the Australian Tax Office of payroll for Single Touch Payroll. Do you know if your business is compliant? When you use a virtual bookkeeper there are no unpleasant surprises - your financial record keeping will be 100% compliant and 100% accurate on all counts.
Experienced, Highly Qualified Bookkeepers for Less
When you contract with an online bookkeeping service, you'll be getting work completed by a time-served, certified and fully qualified bookkeeper. This means you'll be enjoying a premium bookkeeping service for a relatively small outlay. A good bookkeeper will do far more than simply sort out your record-keeping; they'll also be alerting you to any areas of financial concern, as well as pro-actively suggesting ways you may be able to reduce costs or even improve turnover. A good bookkeeper will be able to tell you when accountancy expertise may be needed, in addition to bookkeeping skills.
Concentration on Core Business
Managing staff takes time; explaining tasks to staff takes time; dealing with staff HR matters takes time. A virtual bookkeeper requires none of these activities.
When you hire a virtual bookkeeper, they come to you fully trained, inducted and aware of your current software/requirements/goals. You're not required to monitor or support them in any way.
Once it's clear what's needed, a virtual bookkeeper will go about completing the required tasks to an impeccable standard.
Strong Systems & Real-time Information
It's surprising how many business owners still do their own bookkeeping, along with all the other tasks needed to run a successful venture. Inevitably, if an owner has to keep financial records as well as everything else, they may not be as up-to-date as desired. It's all too easy for invoices to accumulate, or bank statements to remain unchecked for months. Falling behind on record-keeping increases the possibility of error or omission - receipts can get lost or a non-paying account may be overlooked. A virtual bookkeeper can change that: not only do they ensure your financial records are up-to-date, they can also put in place strong, transparent and user-friendly financial systems. Particularly if you've previously operated with ad hoc systems (the glove box of your company's van as a repository for receipts to be filed at some point, for example, or hand-written invoices that may (or may not) be recorded as sent out - these practices do happen), the positive difference which a virtual bookkeeper can make is enormous.
Simple, reliable systems make life easier, as well as ensuring your financial information is robust and compliant. Up-to-the-minute financial data provides a valuable snapshot of your business's effectiveness. It allows fast operational change to ensure you're optimising opportunities and/or resolving glitches or areas of your business which aren't performing as well as they might. Pro-active, rapid action is crucial in ensuring your company is best placed to meet your customers' needs; virtual bookkeeping gives you the data required to act with confidence, sure that the information on which you're basing decisions is accurate and complete.
Flexible Virtual Bookkeeping
One of the key challenges for any enterprise is coordinating supply and demand, and bookkeeping is no different. Taking on new employees, setting up fresh financial processes or training staff members in your bookkeeping methods may mean you require more bookkeeping input than usual. If you use virtual bookkeeping services, gaining additional input is fast and straight-forward. Similarly, if you find that you're in a good routine with your bookkeeping and need less support, you can request fewer hours. A major strength of virtual accounting is its customer-friendly focus: we are here to meet your needs, accommodating your workload no matter how big or small it might be.
Common Queries About Hiring Virtual Accountants
What is the difference between virtual accounting services and virtual bookkeeping services?
In many circumstances, the two terms are interchangeable. On a technical level, bookkeepers predominantly focus on record-keeping: their key task is to ensure smoothly operating financial systems and processes that create accurate, reliable financial data.
They are also able to provide a degree of data analysis, adding value to decision-making processes. In comparison, an accountant tends to focus on tax efficiency in all its forms. Accountants aim to save clients money on their tax bill through a range of strategies. These range from short-term assistance with annual tax returns through to in-depth, longer-term strategies for wealth creation.
A good bookkeeper will recommend when they think you might benefit from accounting services, or when a financial task is beyond their remit; similarly, an accountant will tell you when a bookkeeper is needed to ensure your data is of suitable calibre for the ATO and other interested parties.
What about the security of financial, client and personal data?
This is why Geekbooks uses state-of-the-art software and advanced encryption tools to ensure the security of your information. We have invested heavily in technology which is designed to optimise data security at every stage of the information journey.
We work with both XERO and MYOB - widely acclaimed platforms that put user security first. If you have any concerns about security or want further information, we are happy to help.
What Industries Are Best Suited to Virtual Bookkeeping?
The short answer is that any business, in any sector, can take advantage of the benefits which a virtual bookkeeping service can bring. The principles of bookkeeping are universal and cross-cutting: every business will need to keep records of its income and expenditure, as well as make sure that bills are paid, workers are paid, appropriate financial information is prepared for submission to ATO and that there are suitable financial systems in place.
This commonality means that virtual bookkeepers can work successfully with a wide range of enterprises. We have public, private and not-for-profit ventures on our books - if you need a bookkeeper, we're here for you! As we operate commonly utilised software, it's highly unlikely that we'll be unable to meet your needs.
As well as providing a one-stop solution for businesses that wish to outsource all their bookkeeping, we are also able to work in partnership with in-house bookkeepers: some companies use us just for payroll matters, for example.
Accountability & Management
The good news about using virtual accounting companies is that there are minimal monitoring and management required. Beyond the normal requirements of contract management, a virtual bookkeeper can be relied on to produce the data you need and maintain your books in an acceptable fashion without further input.
This makes them an ideal choice for busy business owners who need to hand over responsibility for creating high-calibre financial data to a reputable, dependable, source.
Start Enjoying the Advantages of Virtual Accountants
Flexible, versatile, pro-active and responsive, we're the virtual bookkeeper of choice for a growing number of SMEs across the country - being virtual, we are able to work on books for businesses in remote, inaccessible locations, as well as those in towns and cities. No matter where you are, what type of bookkeeping you need or the size of your business, we can work with you to help you realise your business goals.
Although we mainly work with SMEs, we have the expertise to work with almost any sort of organisation to ensure they've got the financial information they need for sustainable success. Get in touch to find out more about Geekbooks, or to tell us what you need.