A lot of small businesses have gotten by okay with a basic, working knowledge of bookkeeping processes. When it’s possible, business owners typically prefer to leave it up to a professional. However, it’s more common for them to turn to personalized, self-service systems like QuickBooks to streamline their bookkeeping and avoid the costs of hiring an in-house money manager. Today, we answer a few questions about streamlining your business’ bookkeeping capabilities with the right software, and when it’s worth working with an expert to optimize your software’s performance.
How do I choose the right bookkeeping platform?
QuickBooks is one of the most popular and established bookkeeping platforms, and has helped companies of all sizes for decades when it comes to simplifying bookkeeping. Yet, popularity doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for your business. Take stock of areas where your bookkeeping processes are lacking, or lagging, and make sure you choose a program that offers solutions for streamlining them. For example, sending statements might be a mess on your current system, or you might have trouble reconciling accounts. On top of these concerns, your software should also make it easier to take at least some of your business online.
Do I really need an online system?
When choosing the right bookkeeping software, keep in mind that, in most markets, online searching and shopping are becoming more dominant in every demographic. Making it easier to keep track of your bookkeeping is one thing, but it’s increasingly more important to make sure your bookkeeping, payment processing, inventory management, and every other aspect of your business is prepared to compete in the new online market. For example, with QuickBooks Online, you can integrate most aspects of your bookkeeping into an online business management platform for instant, accurate data and real-time access to your business management tools.
Do I know enough to do it on my own?
For businesses that are still learning to optimize their bookkeeping processes, the scope of the task and the capabilities of the right software can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, most business don’t have to hire additional employees just to successfully manage their bookkeeping systems, even when taking them online. With help from a third-party expert or team of experts, you can get professional help in setting up, managing, cleaning up, and optimizing your QuickBooks or other bookkeeping software.
Take your bookkeeping to the next level
Most small business owners aren’t experts at bookkeeping, but with the right software and a little professional guidance, many of them can run their businesses as if they were. For more information, email us at [email protected], or contact us by calling 214-273-6599.