Finding a Bookkeeper
- Check out the list of tips below.
- Then go to: FIND A BOOKKEEPER
- Type in your postcode (and select a distance from the postcode) where indicated on the Bookkeepers Association website.
- Click on search (There are also search filter options by industry)
What to ask/consider when selecting a bookkeeper
Consider the following items for discussion:
- The accounting software they are proficient in. This is important if you already have software in your business as you need your bookkeeper to be an expert in this.
- Fees - how the bookkeeper charges. Will work be charged based on hourly rate or monthly fee and what the price is. The advantage of the hourly rate is you pay only for the time taken to do the work, whereas a monthly fee provides cost certainty for your business. When considering price, popular wisdom is that cheapest is often not the most cost effective option as a great bookkeeper can add more value to your business than they cost you.
- The types of business they work with. Some bookkeepers specialise in dealing with a particular industry and can bring insights and best practice to help you grow your business.
- Certifications and qualifications held. These show that the bookkeeper knows what they are doing and takes their profession seriously. an ICNZB Certified Bookkeeper™ has passed one or more of our bookkeeping assessments and are required to comply with our strict Code of Ethics.
- A great bookkeeper will add a huge amount of value to your business based on experience and knowledge. They will be detail focused and great problem solvers.
- It is essential to get references from existing or previous clients or employers of the bookkeeper. We recommend you specifically talk personally to referees, even if there are testimonials for the bookkeeper provided.