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Bookkeeping Outsourcing Services: How Your Small Business Can Benefit

Bookkeeping Outsourcing Services: How Your Small Business Can Benefit

Lets face it, bookkeeping is one of the worst activities that all businesses both large and small have to do; it’s boring and is usually the activity that gets left until the very last minute.  How many of us are good at keeping our own household budgets?  Like our New Year resolutions, we create budgets and have every good intention of keeping track of our income and expenditure.  Like so many things we start well, by keeping a track of our expenses, and then inevitably in the same way that the proverbial treadmill ends up in a corner, so do our budgeting plans – except this time it is usually a corner of our desk.

For many people, bookkeeping can be a daunting task.  For some, it is a living nightmare!  Most people who can’t stand accounting and maths will hire a bookkeeper.  Of course, this service comes at a small cost and isn’t for free!  The truth is bookkeeping does not have to be difficult.

It makes sense for many small business owners to outsource their bookkeeping activities which can makes accounting procedures less of a hassle for them and helps to keep an eye on the financial status of a business.  No business owner can afford to miss any transactions which could potentially hamper the growth of their business.

The double entry method of bookkeeping was developed in medieval Europe and it is the system that is most commonly used.  It is used by all businesses that are required to produce a statement of its assets and liabilities.

Bookkeeping records are necessary for the preparation of tax reports.  Businesses will generally hire an accountant to look after these aspects of the business, but can neglect the initial bookkeeping stage.  There are differences between bookkeeping and accounting and what is sometimes misunderstood is that both activities are vital for the financial success of a business.

The accountability of making accurate entries in the ledgers will ultimately rest with the bookkeeper and they will be answerable to you in case of any mistakes.  Hence bookkeepers ensure accuracy in maintaining accurate financial records and statements.  Bookkeeping is a key factor of any business because it not only helps to handle the company’s financial transactions but also provides the best financial accounting bookkeeping solutions and techniques, which in turn are significant for a company’s growth plans.

People who are in business want to focus their time on development, growth and enjoying their business.  Part of the reason why many people go into business is for the element of freedom and enjoyment and many people don’t like the prospect of handling the books for themselves, and this is why it makes good business sense to outsource this activity.

Bookkeeping is very time consuming and involves a significant amount of effort and paperwork, but it is a necessary component of every business.  Of course there is the option to employ a bookkeeper, but many now take advantage of the flexibility of using a bookkeeper who works remotely saving them valuable time and money.

 

 

 

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The rise and rise of the VA – Why more businesses are looking to outsource

The use of virtual assistants in the UK is on the increase and it’s not surprising considering the impact they can have.  According to Gartners’ predictions, almost half of online customer self-service search activities will be through a VA by 2015 for at least 1,500 large enterprises.

The purpose of a virtual assistant (VA) is to make situations less stressful, tasks more productive and inject control where there may previously have been chaos. A VA is a professional who provides administration services for you and your business, particularly for those who do not have the time or resources to do so using existing capacity.  Virtual assistants can be agile but most usually work from home. They are self-employed and work as independent contractors.

Virtual assistants can undertake a variety of functions including:

–          Bookkeeping

–          Event planning

–          Marketing Support

–          Mail, Email services

–          Research

–          Secretarial and telephone assistance

–          Internet marketing and social media

–          Transcription

–          Proofreading, Writing and Editing

–          Presentations

–          …. And many more!

Putting it simply, VAs can buy you more time, save you money and increase productivity. Other benefits include:

–          You can grow your business, instead of just running it – having a VA do your routine tasks and one off activities allows you to dedicate thinking space to strategy and planning.

–          You can have a better Work/Life Balance – Having a successful business is no fun if you can’t share the advantages with friends and family and partake in leisure activities.

–          You can save on space – A VA doesn’t need a desk or equipment. They usually work from home and are very self-sufficient.

–          You can benefit from Expert help – VA’s are highly skilled professionals and can be relied upon to have the technology know how, knowledge and education to provide you with a high quality service.

VA’s make financial sense. There are no recruitment or training costs. A VA is only paid for the work that is completed and not for the time they spend in the office or at home sick. The chances of office politics and complaints are also vastly reduced! There are no legal or Health and Safety regulations to contend with as VA’s are self-employed and make their own arrangements. Similarly, there is no need to deal with tax or insurance processes.

Once you have found the right VA, you will agree that it is just the same as having a trusted business partner who enables you to have the time and energy to accomplish more.