The Qualities of a Great Bookkeeper

Value for money: Most businesses hire a bookkeeper in an attempt to save both time and money, allowing them to concentrate on other areas of their business. A great bookkeeper will demonstrate immediate value for money in both areas.

Attention to detail: A great bookkeeper will pay close attention to the smallest points, ensuring your accounts are mistake free.

Knowledge: It is vital for a bookkeeper to know their job inside out. A great bookkeeper will be able to explain key accountancy terms (such as ‘profit’ and ‘loss’) to you without a second thought.

Working to deadlines: Great bookkeepers will work to deadlines for the likes of returns, payments, and payroll with a minimum of fuss and professionalism, ensuring that all deadlines are comfortably met.

Ability to work independently: A great bookkeeper will be very comfortable working independently and prompting you for vital information or documents.

Experience in your industry: Different industries have different financial regulations, and while a more than capable bookkeeper will have good general experience, a great bookkeeper will possess experience relevant to your business.

Ability to estimate costs accurately: A great bookkeeper will have the ability to create projections for you, not just in the current financial year, but also into the future, thus allowing you to manage your finances a whole lot better.

In tune with industry developments: A great bookkeeper won’t just stick to what they were taught, they will adapt to new methods and techniques as well as keeping on top of any new rules and regulations that are implemented.

Good communication: Great bookkeepers will be clear and concise communicators, providing you with all the information that you need to know in jargon-free language you can understand.

IT skills: In the modern age of QuickBooks and online returns, it is vital for books to be kept online. A good bookkeeper should be competent in the use of accountancy software and able to record financial projections in spread sheet or database form as appropriate.

So there you have it! If you’re looking to hire a great bookkeeper, you should be looking for much more than simply their ability to add up; factors such as their organizational ability, estimation accuracy and their value for money should all be key considerations.

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