Bookkeepers are a necessity for any business today, and prudent business owners consider hiring one when their business reaches a certain size. There are many benefits to hiring an accountant, but it can be difficult to know what kind of person and service to look for. These 5 essential questions can help address these concerns and provide a good starting point for the recruitment process.
1) What services can you expect?
When hiring an accountant, it's important to accurately assess your bookkeeping needs. This assessment helps create a basic plan of what your bookkeeper needs to master. Bookkeepers offer a variety of services, as featured in EasyBooks, and should be tested to meet your current and future needs.
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2) What is your area of expertise and qualification?
Qualification and experience are important when selecting an accountant. They must be registered and suitably qualified for the job, as well as have relevant experience. Skipping this step is strongly discouraged as the bookkeeper knows your financial information and is managing your financial records. Faulty accounting can have negative business effects due to a lack of background checks.
3) How are your communication and teamwork skills?
Determining communication channels and their affinity with accountants is a fundamental requirement in the hiring process. If you find a candidate who ticks all the boxes in terms of skill and experience, but has a non-cooperative attitude, it is best to walk away. Similarly, some bookkeepers may use channels such as Slack or Direct Messages that are inconsistent with their practices. Find a bookkeeper who can fit in well with your operations and communicate effectively and professionally.
4) How is your information protected?
Sharing sensitive information like financial records can be difficult and is one of the biggest concerns when assigning accounting to an employee. Dark Reading reports that according to a survey by tech research firm Vanson Bourne, 52% of all cyber security breaches were due to employees not following protocol and policy. Therefore, it is best to inquire and investigate the methods by which your information is kept secure. Most bookkeepers use encryption programs to prevent outside breaches, while others may use secure cloud servers. Whatever the method, it is a good idea to thoroughly review these methods before hiring.
5) Should you hire an outsourced accounting service or an in-house bookkeeper?
Another important decision to consider is whether to hire an in-house bookkeeper or find an outsourcing company. In short, outsourcing can be a better option for many companies. Considering the above questions, an outsourcing company can be the best option. You can expect a trusted outsourcing partner with expertise to offer highly qualified specialists in the US at only 40 percent of the cost. Good outsourcing companies also ensure data security and put in place controls to prevent and detect any fraud or errors.
Although important, accounting is a mundane task in most organizations and management may consider outsourcing or increasing staff to allow management to focus on matters of central and strategic importance.
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