Choosing a bookkeeper can be a difficult task to accomplish, given that you are literally giving somebody who you have just met the keys to your business bank account and letting them work largely unsupervised.
However, this doesn’t mean that you are stuck trying to manage your own books because you can’t find somebody you trust for the job.
Below are some tips to help you find the right bookkeeper.
How Can They Help Your Business?
The majority of bookkeepers out there will be able to adequately manage your business finances. However, there is only a handful that can help you progress your business.
For example, while all bookkeepers will know how to manage fuel receipts, not all will know all of the available concessions and grants which your company is eligible for. This could mean lost revenue for your business and a bloated workflow. While you shouldn’t expect them to know everything about every tax law, look for a bookkeeper who is well versed in your area of business and can help you take advantage of everything that is available to you and your business.
What Software Can They Use?
There is a range of accounting software available and it’s likely that you use one which is purpose designed for your business needs. For example, if your office takes advantage of sites like the Groupon Coupons page for Kaspersky Lab to help secure business infrastructure or utilizes a car sharing program then be sure to find a bookkeeper who can not only use the software you use to manage all of these well, but actually make use of its features to potentially speed up your processes and systems.
How Do They Check Out?
It’s one thing to ask a candidate for their references but it is quite another to check. You see, many candidates who are unsure about their employment past will either provide false information or ask a friend to give a reference for them. Either way, you won’t know unless you pick up the phone and make the call.
During your reference checks, be sure to ask any and all questions you have about the bookkeeper you are considering along with any other information that the reference wished to provide to help you have your decision.
Will They Fit In?
Of course, a modern workplace has evolved to be much more than a simple space to do business. Social interactions and nuances are present in the workplace and require everybody to fit in, to some degree. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t hire somebody based on their social life, but it is worth considering if they will be able to make a smooth transition into your workforce and teams or if they will struggle, with this affecting their performance, job satisfaction, and engagement.
Choosing the right bookkeeper is no easy task, but with these tips in your mind, you will be in a better place to start your interviews.