Most small to medium businesses do not need a full time bookkeeper. Most part time bookkeepers that these businesses hire generally do not stick around for long. These businesses get their work done by a bookkeeping firm.
Generally a bookkeeping firm provides two kinds of services, Onsite bookkeeping services and Offsite bookkeeping services. This article will explain in detail what each of these services are, and what their pros and cons are like.
For onsite bookkeeping, a bookkeeper physically goes to work in the business place. It is somewhat similar to the bookkeeper that you hire with some differences. The bookkeeping firm sends a bookkeeper to the client’s office.
Onsite bookkeeping service has several advantages. The biggest advantage obviously is the money you save by hiring someone only for the days you need. Small Business accounting
When you have this kind of service, you do not have to stick with the same bookkeeper if you think he/she is not working well for you. Just call the firm and you can have a different person working for you. When you find the perfect bookkeeper, you can ask the firm to send the same person to work. You never get to do that if you hire a bookkeeper.
Another benefit is that you do not have to worry about employee benefits. You pay directly to the bookkeeping firm, so there is no paycheck involved.
Accounting and Taxation rules are complex and chances are most bookkeepers do not know these rules completely. When you get an onsite service, there are other bookkeepers that your bookkeeper can ask questions to. Most of these firms are ready on their toes to help them.
There are some disadvantages in onsite bookkeeping too. Onsite bookkeeping service differs from one bookkeeping firm to another. Some firms have minimum service purchase requirement. For example, this might mean that you must get at least certain number of days per week to be able to get onsite service.
Since your onsite bookkeeper is not working full-time for you, you will still need to do some work like collecting invoices and bills during when your he or she is not working.
For Offsite bookkeeping, the bookkeeping firm does the work in their office. This kind of service is also called virtual bookkeeping service (no it is not a computer working for you, a real person works on your files). Basically, it is like as if your bookkeeper’s office is away from your business location. You will have to send your documents like invoices, bills, bank statements, etc to the bookkeeping firm.