Bookkeeping is something that every business has to do. It doesn’t matter how large or small your business is and it doesn’t matter where you are based – whether in an office or factory, or working from home as a remote contractor.
Getting your bookkeeping done promptly is not only important as part of your compliance requirements for the Australian Taxation Office, but the information you get from this bookkeeping data entry helps you understand how your business is performing and if there is anything that you need to change.
The bookkeeping process begins the moment you start out in business and incur expenses and most of the time spent in bookkeeping is involved in data entry and what accountants call “coding” – ie. putting each expense, income, asset and liability in the correct “account”. A simple example of demonstrating this is that costs for petrol need to go into the Motor Vehicle expenses category in your accounting software, in MYOB these expense categories start with the number 6.
When you are looking for a local bookkeeper you will most likely want to find someone who has the following attributes:
- Bookkeeping and Accounting Qualifications
- Using Accounting Software like MYOB and Xero
- Computer Software skills in programs like Microsoft Excel
Although some business people want to have an expert do their bookkeeping you might find that it is not necessary and it can be very expensive. It’s important to have an expert help you with your initial chart of accounts – the categories you use for expenses and it’s also important to work with an expert when you lodge your end of period (BAS, EOFY) financials. For these important events you need either a BAS agent or a TAX agent, but for the day to day data entry you need someone with skills and/or experience.
Mums and Dads who stay at home have long been a source of workers to fill the need for day to day bookkeepers because:
- Much of bookkeeping is repetitive work and data entry
- Data entry is often the same type of information entered over and over again
- Some bookkeeping can be done outside of work hours
- Bookkeeping can be performed on a once a week/month basis
- Bookkeeping work can be performed remotely
At the end of the day you want to find someone to help you do something that you MUST do because it is a legal requirement and as with all matter relating to hiring staff or “human resources” you need to hire based on a persons personality, particularly if your bookkeeper will come to your office and help you with other administration tasks.
We’ve assembled this service to help you find the most ideal bookkeeper for your business. You can see the skills and experience of each member as well as how they prefer to work.
When you make a request for a bookkeeper your requirements are sent to our membership so you may receive more than just one response. At any time you can also request a specific person to make contact with you.