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Why You Should Trust a Professional Bookkeeper

Let’s focus on you for a moment.

Before we dive into the article, pause, and ask yourself:

  • Do I trust my bookkeeper?

  • What’s stopping me from trusting them?

  • Do I continue to have preconceived ideas?

  • Is my bookkeeper’s work not up to scratch?

  • Are they taking care of my books properly?

All of these thoughts and beyond are valid and deserve your consideration.

We’re about to shed some light on the differences between a regular bookkeeper and a

professional bookkeeper. You may also learn to understand the level of care these associated

professionals take each day to ensure you’re receiving the most thorough services from them.

The traditional definition of a bookkeeper is centuries-old – A person responsible for keeping

the records of the financial affairs of a business.

Anyone can call themselves a bookkeeper. However, it's the qualification, education, and

dedication to excellence that counts. Generally, bookkeeping and accounting tasks are still

largely misunderstood by many business owners. As a result, it can be hard to determine

whether you’ve hired a decent one, especially if you have little to no experience with having

one onboard.

Differences Between the Best and Worst Bookkeepers

If you are in fact questioning your bookkeeper, trust your gut. You shouldn't have doubts in

the first place, so there is likely a good reason for the contemplation regarding giving them the

boot. Below are some actions that speak loudly of bad bookkeepers and a few attributes you

want to be looking for:

A lousy bookkeeper:

o Tends to constantly keep you out of the loop and fails to provide relevant, important


  • Lacks care or attention to daily records

  • Makes frequent mistakes on all scales.

  • Appears disorganised most of the time.

  • Has no or minimal strategy, hardly ever offering professional input regarding finances.

  • Possesses minimal bookkeeping skills and terminology.

An amazing bookkeeper:

  • Remains regularly in touch and is happy to ask you questions

  • Offers transparency in their communication

  • Initiates conversations about strategy and provides expert recommendations where


  • Is a diligent, more than capable multitasker ensuring your business is always in their

best interest.

  • Demonstrates a heightened level of promptness or urgency in their time management.

Quite simply, a regular bookkeeper does the bare minimum at best. Therefore, if you have a

lacking bookkeeper, it won’t take long to figure it out.

The best bookkeepers are experienced, endorsed, have a solid commitment to professional

development, and be registered agents. In addition, they must act with integrity and honesty

and will perform in the best interest of their clients or employers.

Tasks they should be engaging in for the most comprehensive service include:

  • Fixing or amending neglected accounts and building systems that prevent you

from falling behind.

  • Recognising and managing recurring financial issues such as poor cash flow or

mounting debt.

  • Identifying the things that drive performance in your business and setting up

ways to measure and monitor them.

Points to Ponder When Finding a Bookkeeper You Can Trust

What are your needs?

Do you have particular services you need for your business? Are you lacking in a specific area

and need help fixing errors?

Your business needs to discuss and define your requirements with your bookkeeper to ensure

you will be satisfied with your services. If you can’t tell the bookkeeper what you need, how

can they personalise their services to help you more efficiently?

What size company are you looking for?

You may need a bookkeeper with a personal touch or skills suited to your business, or maybe

you need someone to take care of the numbers and just ‘get it done’.

Your bookkeeper could be from a large corporate company or a small family-owned firm. Who

you hire could determine the types and quality of the services you receive, so it’s wise to

consider the size and skillset of the companies of interest. If you think you’ll eventually need

access to extra personnel, a larger company could be a better option.

Basics or advanced?

This question relates to your needs and considers your specific business. Your business could

be beekeeping, hospitality, civil engineering, or anything else. Regardless, each will have very

different financial obstacles with specific bookkeeping requirements. You will have a range of

bookkeepers to choose from, so you will need to identify to what extent of bookkeeping help

you will need.

This could be advanced services and solutions, or it could simply be taking care of general

bookkeeping. It will take some research and many questions to decide which bookkeeper will

be a good fit. Overall, taking the extra time to find a professional that is suitably skilled to deal

with your business finances is a brilliant investment of your time, leading to fewer

complications as your professional relationship grows.

Online or in-person?

Lastly, would you like a hands-on, face-to-face consultant who will interact directly with you?

Or are you happier with online and remote services?

This is another crucial aspect of your consideration when choosing a bookkeeper you can trust.

Have you got enough time for a person to come in and ask you questions and chat? Or would

you prefer email communications with strictly scheduled online calls?

This may seem like an insignificant part of the equation, but it could make or break your

relationship with your bookkeeper. For example, if you are a person that likes to have

dedicated timelines and be ultra-organised, you may not welcome a bookkeeper popping in

and out of your workplace.

On the other hand, if you enjoy a fluid timeline with room for small talk and face-to-face

meet ups, then an in-house bookkeeper could be the best fit!

At any stage in our businesses, bookkeeping is essential to daily operations. You need to have

a well-suited, educated, accredited, and dedicated person on your team to do the finance-related hard yards.

Conduct some research and get a truer grasp of the person you’re about to hire. They need to

be someone you can trust to do a fantastic job and that will propose forward-thinking

strategies rather than hindering operations.

Good luck seeking your new accounting confidant!

Contact Ironbark Industries Bookkeeping today to discuss our bookkeeping services, your specific requirements, or any other financial management enquiries.

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