Finding a bookkeeper
Where do you start? Obviously you don't need a full-time person to do your books, so your best bet is to look for someone who works part-time as a bookkeeper or a reliable remote assistant who has the knowledge in bookkeeping. There are also bookkeepers with their own small business who are looking for clients. If you don't have any other employees,any of these situations will work for you because you can pay them as a subcontractor instead of an employee on payroll. However, you will need to give them a Form 1099 at year end for tax purposes. But, since they should have some knowledge in that area,they can help you with that task too.
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You should interview your prospective bookkeeper just as you would if you we're hiring him/her as an employee. Ask for a resume and references, and check them out. Since this person will be handling your confidential records, you want someone who is trustworthy and experienced in your type of business finances.
Depending on your location, you should expect to pay between $15 and $50 an hour. Don't necessarily hire the one who offers the lowest rate remember, sometimes you get what you pay for. More experienced candidates will cost you more, but will provide valuable input and suggestions to streamline your business that will wind up saving you money in the long run.
Don't rush the selection process, you've waited this long, you can wait another few weeks or a month to find the right person. Ask business colleagues, accountants, and visit sites like Elance-oDesk.
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Posted in Business Service Post Date 08/31/2015