Time is money: it’s a cliché, but it’s true for any business, whether we talk about a small business or a large enterprise. And as much as online accounting solutions simplify the data recording process (sometimes to such extent almost the whole process can become fully automated), data entry, verifying and processing still takes a considerable amount of time.
This can be especially annoying if the task is urgent, small (compared to other tasks) or you have no idea how it can be resolved. While you may be perfectly able to do most of the basic bookkeeping work on your own, there are often times when you wish you could pick a bookkeeper’s brain on a certain matter. For situations like these you don’t want to close a contract with an accountant just so you could consult the person every once in a while. Let’s think outside the box and look for ways to temporarily enlist the services of an accountant.
Online Accounting Is Half the Battle
Investing in an online accounting solution is already a huge leap in getting rid of as much of the manual bookkeeping process as possible. Since such a program uses real-time data processing, meaning that your books are made the moment you enter the necessary data, you can partially or fully automate the business report creating process. In short, your accountant just has to take a peek at the reports (and make corrections where necessary), while everything else is done by the software itself.
Furthermore, such painstakingly tasks as tax filing can be “outsourced” as well: certain accounting solutions like Xero and QuickBooks Online can integrate with various third party solutions, to which you can import data processed by your accounting solution, further speeding up things while also keeping costs at bay.
Accountant for Hire
Although online solutions can automate much of the accounting tasks, sometimes you still need human interference to get things done. Many SMB/enterprise owners make the serious mistake of trying to do the accountant’s job by themselves; but unless they have a degree in accounting/bookkeeping with the necessary certifications (from the AICPA, for instance), their tampering with sensitive data can easily end up in catastrophe. In other words, don’t do work you are unqualified for; instead, hire an accountant temporarily.
There are plenty of freelance accountants out there, all certified for doing the necessary job in a workmanlike manner. The easiest way to find a qualified accountant is to go to a freelancer website and search for those professionals who are familiar with U.S.-based accounting. You can already tell by our wording that your accountant doesn’t need to be based in the U.S.: anyone who is familiar with our reports and tax system qualifies for the job, regardless of where they’re located. However, there is an even better solution: finding an accountant through your accounting solution’s directory. This way you can be sure that the chosen person is not only qualified, but he/she can work with your software as well. Once you’ve found a suitable accountant who is up for the task, you can give the person temporary access to your books.
However, don’t forget that no matter from which source you find the ideal candidate and for how long you want to cooperate with said person, apply the 5-step process of hiring your new accountant, whether the cooperation is temporary or for a long-term: decide who/what you want, choose candidates, narrow down the list, interview, and hire.