How to Know Who to Choose for your Bookkeeping

As your business grows, so too does your dependence on someone to handle your accounts records. Realising that keeping on track with your bookkeeping is a struggle is a point where you need to outsource this particular branch of your business operations.

You could call on someone you know, but the realistic and protected option would be calling on bookkeeping services to handle the bloodline of your business. Google will offer up plenty of options locally and nationally, but understanding exactly what you are looking to achieve with the relationship saves a lot of searching.

Knowing your Needs

You may be a business owner who knows how to be very hands-on with your accounts who has to spread it out to someone due to lack of time. Otherwise, you could be a business owner who admits that accounts are just not the right exercise for your time and effort.

In both scenarios, you are sure someone is better equipped to handle it, but probably unsure as to who and to what level. Only you know how much support and accuracy is required from the individual, and if that person is better suited to your geographical area or comfortable working at a distance. Maybe you only want to deal with them once a month, or have virtual meetings – or maybe they can be of help on a more regular basis.

Whoever you choose must fall in line with your levels of comfort and their ability to deliver on the service you require – so be sure to do some homework.

How to Approach

It is okay not to know exactly what you require from bookkeeping services in Manchester, but it helps to understand where you currently find yourself to find the right person.

Writing down all the problems you face and where you currently are, as well as the concerns you have before meeting a bookkeeper gives you pretty much the fuel to find the right person. Having a small document of what you ideally want help with will provide better insight as to whether the bookkeeper is the right fit for you – especially in communication.

The bookkeeper then can inform you of ways they can help and provide you with insight into their experience in working in this area with similar businesses as a speciality.

Working Together

Checking out reviews and client testimonials on bookkeeping services in your area helps you to gain a better understanding of their levels of commitment and professionalism, and understanding that a bookkeeper is there to help you make money – not spend your money.

Contact the team at Pebbles Bookkeeping today for all bookkeeping requirements.

Don't just take our word for it...

Nick Aldrich, Only The Brave

Only The Brave have used Pebbles Bookkeeping for a few years now and we treat them instinctively like an integral department of our business.

I have worked with Sean for over two decades in my previous businesses and when Sean and Diane went on their own it was a no brainer to get them involved with our day to day accounting.

Pebbles manage our bookkeeping, expenses, credit control and PAYE and have a keen eye for detail and help us spot important financial matters before they become issues.

Their integrity and honesty are unquestionable and as a result, Pebbles are an asset to our business and will continue to work with us for many years to come.

Anne-Marie Armstrong, Amberry Marketing

I just wanted to thank you both for the help you’ve given me thus far in setting up my new cloud-based bookkeeping system ‘Clearbooks’.

Having used Microsoft Excel for more years than I care to admit, I had more than a few reservations when considering changing the way I managed my books, yet understood that I had to make the change sooner or later.

After an intense training session with Sean, (where I probably asked 101 questions), my fears quickly dissipated and I can honestly say that although it’s likely to take me a little while to really get to grips with the new interface, I’ve no doubt that this simple system will save me so much time and hassle in future.

And less time spent doing my books, almost certainly means more time with the family and an end to rushing around like a mad woman at quarter-end!

Thanks again and I’m looking forward to working with you again soon.

Wayne Dinning, Managing Director, SD Waste Paper Limited

Diane has been providing her services to my company for approximately 6 months now and I can honestly say that due to her assistance, my company is running a lot more smoothly than it has at any time over the previous 30 years that it has existed.

I would just like to say that I would recommend her services to any business, whatever the size, as I can only see that her services would be beneficial to any company that may choose to employ her services.

Steve Price, BWP Inspire

“We have now been working alongside you with various clients. In some cases, we have introduced you to our clients and in other cases you have worked as part of our team. Every time we have brought you in you have done a great job. We now see you as an extended part of our team. You have proved to be professional, flexible and above all competent in getting the work done. We would not have any hesitation in recommending you again, and we look forward to working with you more in the future.”

Steve Tanswell, Manchester Facades

I changed book-keepers around a year ago because of a disagreement.  I employed Diane of Pebbles and having been with the same firm for 10 years, I was amazed by how easy working with Diane was.  Not only did the change save me money but also saved me time.  Utilising new technologies (to me) have massively improved the amount of money I can claim back in VAT and has made the whole process speedier and well as easier.  Even when Diane is chasing me for information she does in a friendly professional manner.  I’m thrilled to be working with her and would recommend her to anyone.