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Will I Give Away Too Much Of My Business If I Outsource Bookkeeping

Actually just the opposite! Instead of spending your time managing and entering information into your books you’ll be able to spend more time analyzing the books and managing the operations and sales functions of your business. Having an outsourced bookkeeping service is like having a trusted adviser monitoring your books to make sure things run appropriately, while you focus on what you do best – running your business.

Is My Data Safe

Yes, bookkeeping software is used that requires password protected login, firewall protected servers and the same encryption technology (128 bit SSL) that is used by the world's top banks.

Do You Take The Place Of My CPA Or Tax Preparer

No, SMF Bookkeeping works with your CPA or tax preparer to complete your accounting team. As a cloud outsourced bookkeeping company, CPAs are encouraged to offer proactive advice to their clients and provide them full access to your data at all times! SMF Bookkeeping does not prepare taxes, but does get you ready for tax time!

Can A Bookkeeper Do Payroll?

Sure can! SMF Bookkeeping payroll services covers everything from setting up payroll taxes to direct deposits. Bookkeeping training is regularly attended to keep up to date on the latest industry updates. SMF Bookkeeping takes pride in keeping clients compliant and streamlining business processes.

How Will A Bookkeeper Help My Business

Create time for your business

It’s amazing how many clients first came to us as time poor individuals! During initial consultations and enquiries, clients frequently say “I just do not have enough hours in the day” or “accounts is just not my thing”. That's understandable, creating more flexibility for you inside and outside of your business is one of the many things loved about this profession.

Keep you compliant

As a small business owner, you’ve got enough to worry about without having to stay up to date with all the legislative compliance changes. That’s exactly how your bookkeeper can help; it’s a bookkeeper's job to know about industry updates and compliance changes so you don’t have to. Bookkeepers stay aware of changing laws, so it is ensured that your company is compliant with payroll and tax laws, as well as any other financial rules and regulations that affect your business.

Teach you about your business' numbers

A great bookkeeper is someone who doesn’t mind sitting down with you and running through the “ins and outs” of all things bookkeeping. They will take the time to explain your business numbers, show you the insights behind them, provide suggestions, tips of the trade and answer your questions without any accounting jargon.

bookkeeper keeps track of your company’s financial health and advises you on decisions that can help you grow your business. They can also warn you if you’re about to make a decision that could hinder your longer-term growth.

In addition, bookkeeping services usually include support for you to ask questions around payroll, software or general bookkeeping (for example, common questions asked are, “What is double entry bookkeeping?” and “Why is my net profit not in my bank account?” 

Bringing a professional on board can seem pricey for a small business owner, but a bookkeeper’s expertise could mean considerable long-term benefits for your company. 

What Do Bookkeepers Do?

What do bookkeepers do on a day-to-day basis? The answer is most likely “more than you might think!” SMF Bookkeeping handles all aspects of bookkeeping and more, including:

  • Setting up or streamlining current systems

  • Recommending and setting up bookkeeping software

  • Data entry (NOTE: it is impossible to complete data entry without also being involved in determining tax codes and therefore the allocation of GST which requires tax invoice documentation)

  • Expense Tracking

  • Invoicing & Receipt Management

  • Transactional Checks & Bank Reconciliations

  • Accounts Payable & Receivable

  • Online Banking

  • Calculating GST

  • Cashflow Management

  • Budgeting

  • Compliance & Reporting

  • Payroll, Awards and Superannuation changes

  • BAS Agent Services (IAS, BAS Preparation & Lodgement)

  • Taxable Supplier Payments (TPAR)

  • EOFY Processing

  • Management Reports

  • General Business Administrative Support

  • Business Planning

  • Profit & Loss Reporting

  • Keeping educated on the industry, compliance, best practice bookkeeping and any changes that may affect clients.

What Is The Difference Between Accounting & Bookkeeping?

Bookkeeping and accounting are often assumed to be the same profession. This is not the case!

Both are extremely important for every business, especially when used together. While bookkeeping is responsible for the recording of financial transactions, accounting is responsible for interpreting and analysing the financial data.

A bookkeeper will be the person who assists you with the ongoing financial recording, transactions, compliance and lodgements that keep your business running smoothly. Your accountant will be the person who analyses the data produced by your bookkeeper to minimise your taxation and make recommendations. Accountants have a strong understanding of tax law & requirements and will be best to assist in this area.

Instead of perceiving a “bookkeeper vs accountant” situation, it is important to understand that your accountant and bookkeeper work best together to serve the financial requirements of your business. 

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