The qualities of a great bookkeeper

A great bookkeeper can be a real asset to your business, and in this guide we look at just some of the qualities that make for a great one, including attention to detail, accurately being able to estimate costs and value for money.

In this post, we look at the ten vital assets of a great bookkeeper:

  1. Value for money: Most businesses hire a bookkeeper in an attempt to save both time and money, thus allowing them to concentrate on other areas of the business. A great bookkeeper will demonstrate immediate value for money in both areas.
  2. Attention to detail: A great bookkeeper will pay a real attention to the smallest points, ensuring that your accounts are mistake free.
  3. Knowledge: It is vital for a bookkeeper to know their job inside out. A great bookkeeper should be able to explain key accountancy terms (such as ‘profit’ and ‘loss’) to you without a second thought.
  4. Working to deadlines: Great bookkeepers will work to deadlines for the likes of returns and PAYE with the minimum of fuss and professionalism, ensuring that all deadlines are comfortably met.
  5. Ability to work independently: A great bookkeeper will be very comfortable working independently and prompting you for vital information or documents.
  6. Experience in your industry: Different industries have different financial regulations, and whilst a more than capable bookkeeper will have good general experience, a great bookkeeper will possess experience relevant to your business.
  7. Ability to estimate costs accurately: A great bookkeeper will have the ability to create projections for you, not just in the current financial year, but also into the future, thus allowing you to manage your finances a whole lot better.
  8. In tune with industry developments: A great bookkeeper won’t just stick to what they were taught, they will adapt to new methods and techniques as well as keeping on top of any new rules and regulations that are implemented.
  9. Good communication: Great bookkeepers will be clear and concise communicators, providing you with all the information that you need to know in jargon-free language you can understand.
  10. IT skills: In the modern age of SAGE and online returns, it is vital for books to be kept online. A good bookkeeper should be competent in the use accountancy software and able to records and financial projections in spread sheet or database form as appropriate.

So there you have it! If you’re looking to hire a great bookkeeper, you should be looking for much more than simply their ability to add up; factors such as their organisational ability, estimation accuracy and their value for money should all be key considerations.

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