Sunday, October 14, 2007

How to Save Money on Business Accounting and Bookkeeping

It is a well-known fact that as your business becomes larger and more successful you will probably have to hire some type of extra help in dealing with financial calculations and bookkeeping. The larger you company becomes, however, the higher your accounting costs are likely to be, often making the need to pay for financial services a frustrating drain on your profits.

There are ways to minimize these expenses, however, by increasing the efficiency of your company’s financial infrastructure.

Since most accountants charge by the hour, your primary goal should be to make the work as easy (and non-time consuming) as possible for your accountant. One of the easiest ways to do this is to ensure that all records are stored in a manageable and orderly fashion. This usually means getting in the habit of storing your monetary figures on a computer, often in the form of a spreadsheet, chart, or other easily accessible document.

When entering figures into your computer it is often a good idea to get the simple calculations out of the way yourself before an accountant comes in. After all, it doesn’t make sense to pay someone else a high hourly rate to do something that you could very easily do all by yourself.

Finally, when it does come time to hire help, you should compare offers from a number of accounting firms before making a choice. It might also be a good idea to hire temp bookkeepers for the more routine record keeping work, as they will generally charge you a lot less than a fully-qualified CPA.

About the Author: Jeremy Maddock is a successful web-based freelance writer, who covers financial services and other business issues.


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