3 Reasons Why Your Accountant Should NOT Be Your Bookkeeper

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  • On September 12, 2017

If you are a small business owner, and you are looking for help with your bookkeeping, should you use your accountant?  The answer is clearly, No!  As a small business owner or a self-employed person, you have to wear a lot of hats for your business.  While most business owners know the importance of hiring an accountant, a bookkeepers service is enormously beneficial to your business and is something all business owners would benefit from.  While it may seem to make sense to have your accountant do your bookkeeping at year end, it’s important to remember these 3 reasons why it is in your best interest to NOT use your accountant for your bookkeeping needs.



Your accountant’s hourly fee will be significantly more than if you hired a professional bookkeeper to complete your bookkeeping for you.  Why would you pay double the cost for the same service?  The obvious answer is…you wouldn’t!  But don’t feel bad, as a business owner it’s easy to think that your accountant who handles your financial statements might also be a good candidate for running your books.  In reality, though, it is MUCH more cost effective for your business to have a professional bookkeeper do your bookkeeping for you.   In addition to saving money, most accounting firms do not employ certified Pro-Advisors and therefore might be referring your job to an outside firm that doesn’t really know you or your business.



Your accountant’s job is to save you money in the area of income taxes and to prepare you for filing with the IRS.  Your Bookkeeper’s job is to help you manage your books on a consistent basis so that they can help you get organized and save you money when you submit your financial information to your accountant at the end of the year.  While your accountant can drop your numbers into place to file your taxes, they are also only doing your books to get them in order so they can file your taxes.  A bookkeeper is preparing your books so that they are organized and functional for your business, and to help you make informed business decisions throughout the year, and well as giving you a consistent snapshot of how your business is doing.  These are very different goals and therefore yield different results….you want someone who is going to help you and your business succeed; not just file taxes.



A Certified Pro-Advisor can turn your Quickbooks experience from a dreaded one to a fun one when you see all the benefits of using Quickbooks to save time and make more money!  While your accountant focuses on what the IRS needs to know, your Bookkeeper is focused on what you as the business owner needs to know in order to successfully run and grow your business. 

If you’ve been thinking of using your accountant as your bookkeeper, or have had them do your books in the past, it’s time to see the real value of a bookkeeper and how their service can help your business save money and ultimately make more money!  As a Certified Quickbooks Pro Advisor, I focus on working with small businesses to help them get their books in order, training them on how to manage their books on their own, and advising them on how to use their Quickbooks information to help their business run and grow.  I’d love to talk to you about your business and how Quickbooks and myself can improve your bookkeeping experience!  Contact Lee Davis & Company today!

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