There are many online bookkeepers and bookkeeping softwares that propose to be cheaper than the traditional, local bookkeeper. This may well be true, however in many cases local bookkeepers are not much more expensive, and the additional benefits make the cost well worth it.
- Your information will be kept locally, by someone you have personally met
Should you want to recover your books at any time, or your relationship with your bookkeeper deteriorates, you will be able to access your books more easily with a local bookkeeper than hiring one many miles away.
- Easier to verify reputation
Hiring local makes it much easier to verify the reputation of any local bookkeeper you choose for your business. You can ask people you know, or speak to any of their past clients to verify that they are a reputable bookkeeper to work with.
- Better communication
Sometimes it’s far easier to sit and talk to someone face to face rather than sending endless emails back and forth. Local bookkeepers have good relationships with their clients, they know the business well and take more time to get to know you as a person. This is something that is often more difficult to achieve with remote individuals or organizations. Getting to know your bookkeeper better will give you more confidence in them making recommendations and decisions that can have an impact on your business.
- Quicker and easier to drop off paperwork at the last minute
As much as we have the will, many of us don’t find the time to dedicate to our books. With a local bookkeeper managing your books, you can always drop off any receipts, invoices and documents quickly and easily.
- No hassle of scanning and uploading receipts, invoices, etc.
Not everyone likes to do everything on a computer, or on the internet. There is a massive trend of doing everything online when it comes to managing your bookkeeping. If you prefer to keep paper copies and don’t get on so well with technology, a local bookkeeper may be a preferable option.
Article by Balanced Books by Joe, a local bookkeeper serving businesses in Meriden, CT and the rest of CT.