The reminder to do your accounting comes up every month. You hit “delete”. You just can’t face that growing pile of billings and expense receipts right now! All too soon it’s April and you’ve done no bookkeeping at all. This time, as you lock yourself in your office to finally tackle the job you swear you’re going to hire a bookkeeper and get this task off your plate for good. But where do you start? How do you find someone you can trust? How much will it cost? How do you know if the numbers are right? News flash! Not all accountants do taxes! They can do bookkeeping, prepare financial statements, perform audits, create budgets and determine product costs/pricing as well as taxes. Ask for their areas of expertise. Who you hire depends on the tasks you want done. Here’s a guide to four choices in getting that accounting task off your plate. A Bookkeeper is your data entry specialist. The bookkeeper generally performs basic tasks like paying bills, creating customer invoices, and reconciling bank statements. They may or may not have an accounting degree, and typically their fees are on the low end of the scale. An Accountant generally   Read more…