56. Finding a Bookkeeper
October 4, 2019
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Where do you find a bookkeeper? This can be tricky, especially if you’re trying to not go with a CPA firm, but with someone independent and you’re trying to find someone who knows about your industry.
This can also be tricky if you’re trying to find someone to be a contractor and not an employee of your business. If they are a contractor, then you just have to pay them a monthly fee and they take care of their own taxes. If they’re an employee, then you have to manage them, have them on payroll and pay for all of their supplies and computer and things that they need.
So, where do you find these bookkeepers who are qualified, independent and available?
- Ask your friends in business! I’ve seen so so so many posts in different facebook groups of people who are looking to outsource this and they ask around there. If you’re looking for someone anywhere in the country because you have quickbooks online or another online platform for your bookkeeping, then asking there is a great place to start.
- Ask your CPA! Oftentimes, if your CPA doesn’t offer bookkeeping in house, they can refer you to someone locally who does bookkeep. Sometimes they will have many clients that they refer to certain people and other times they will have a list for you of people.
- Google it. This may be tricky because you’re not getting a personal recommendation for someone, but you can always do a good ole google search for someone local to you.
- Temp Agencies. Sometimes they will have bookkeepers who are looking for additional clients put out their information there.
- Friends who are bookkeepers. Bookkeepers do know each other! They can either refer you to a friend who is exactly what you’re looking for or sometimes they take on additional clients outside of their 9-5.
- Chamber of Commerce. This is basically a society of business owners. Most towns and cities have one and sometimes there are multiple. You can look at their directory for someone who is in bookkeeping even if you’re not part of the chamber.
- Other service providers. If you have a graphic designer that does some work for you that you just love, ask them if they have a friend who does bookkeeping. If they don’t, they probably have someone that can help you find someone else.
No matter how you find someone, you definitely want to interview them and read over their contract just in case there’s any question on what they’re offering.
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