Accounting Services provides full charge bookkeeping services to clients throughout Texas out of our office in Austin and via onsite visits. We recognize that all companies are different, and we custom design the bookkeeping services we provide to meet your individual needs. We offer the following services.
Full Charge Bookkeeping Services
Why Outsource Your Bookkeeping to a Part-Time Bookkeeper?
- Accounts Payable: We prepare your checks for signature and send them to you to sign and mail out.
- Accounts Receivable: Accounting Services will invoice your customers and manage collection as necessary. Accounting Services can receive your payments and deposit them directly into your bank account.
- Payroll: Accounting Services will manage your payroll and maintain your payroll records.
- Assist with Cash Management: We will prepare collection letters for you to sign and send to your customers, and we will make sure your bills are paid on-time, but no earlier than necessary.
- Vendor and Customer Files: We will maintain vendor and customer files for all those you do business with.
- Input Transactions: We enter all your transactions into a QuickBooks file on a monthly basis.
- Assign Items to Appropriate Accounts: We assign all transactions to appropriate income and expense accounts.
- Reconciliation of Bank Statements: Your bank statements can be mailed directly to your financial institution for reconciliation.
- Financial Statements: Accounting Services will provide monthly financial statements for your review as part of our basic bookkeeping services package.
- Assist with cost control: Based on our experience working with many customers, we will let you know if you appear to be paying too much for specific items or services.
- Online Access: We will provide you with online access to all your bookkeeping information and reports.
- Year End Reports for Your Accountant: We will provide your accountant with the information they need to quickly and inexpensively prepare your taxes.
There are many good reasons to hire a part-time bookkeeper. A good bookkeeper will:
What Should You Look for in a Bookkeeper?
- Save You Money:
- Efficient bookkeeping. A knowledgeable bookkeeper will get your bookkeeping done quickly and efficiently, meaning less time spent on bookkeeping.
- Decreased employee costs. You only pay a part-time bookkeeper when they are actually doing bookkeeping. You don't pay benefits to your part-time bookkeeper and you don't incur payroll taxes or the costs of training and turnover.
- Decreased accounting costs. By increasing the accuracy of your books, an experienced bookkeeper will save you money at tax time.
- Allow you to Focus on Your Business:
- By turning over your bookkeeping to a qualified bookkeeper, you can focus on your expertise: running your business.
- Provide Useful Feedback:
- A skilled bookkeeper will know how to structure your books in such a way as to provide the maximum feedback on your business results.
When hiring a bookkeeper it is important to make sure they are the right bookkeeper for your company. If the bookkeeper you hire will be in charge of your books (rather than just fulfilling a specific bookkeeping function such A/R or A/P), then it is important that they have a thorough understanding of your business and your specific needs. We recommend the following before hiring a bookkeeper:
- Talk to potential bookkeepers about your business and your needs. An experienced bookkeeper should be able to relate to the specific issues you are facing and should have ideas as to how to address them.
- Ask your potential bookkeeper what types of companies they have worked with. It is helpful to find a bookkeeper who has experience with companies similar to yours.
- Ask for references. If the bookkeeper you are interviewing has worked well for others, then it is likely that they will for you as well.
- Inquire about their hours. Many bookkeepers work part-time or from home. This is not usually a problem, but it is important to make sure your bookkeeper will be available when you need bookkeeping services.
- Ask about their rates. Qualified bookkeepers generally charge from $30 - $60 per hour. It is often worth paying more if your bookkeeper will be in charge of your books. A competent, efficient bookkeeper will charge you for less hours and will save you money and time in other ways. On the other hand, if your bookkeeper will be doing pure data entry, then you shouldn't pay much more than $30 per hour.