Do Accountants Outsource To Bookkeepers?

accounting and bookkeeping

One question we at Pebbles Bookkeeping seem to hear a lot from people unsure of the difference is – is accounting and bookkeeping are the same thing. The answer is yes and no.

The truth is there are a lot of things that can cross over, but both tend to do their best work when working together for a client due to their specific specialities. This is why an accountant will either have an in-house bookkeeper with their firm or will form a relationship with an external bookkeeper – such as one their client is already working with.

Busy Bodies

Accountants are very busy through various parts of the year with many clients – especially during tax season. This is where the taking to updating your books will take up valuable time best served to file every client’s tax returns.

When pushed for time, mistakes can happen which is why it is best to have bookkeeping services ready to take the task as their specialist focus for the client. A bookkeeper can focus all of their attention on ensuring a client’s numbers are up-to-date and accurate so that the accountant can file the tax return without worry, and that helps the client’s growth.

Outsourcing to bookkeeping services in Manchester, therefore, frees up the accountant’s time to solely focus on their area of expertise, safe in the knowledge that their clients will be in safe hands.

Key Outsourcing Benefits – accounting and bookkeeping

An accountant outsourcing the bookkeeping to a professional is not because they don’t care about keeping their client’s books up to date, it is a practical move so that they and their team can keep on top of the core area of their service to the clients instead of doing bookkeeping as an extra.

It also helps to save money for their client as time becomes very stretched towards the end of the year, and getting their staff to do bookkeeping on top would result in overtime hours you would be billed for. A bookkeeper can do that work in a smaller amount of time (as it is their sole focus) and they bill only for that time used – much better than hiring additional staff to focus solely on this matter.

As an added benefit, a bookkeeper provides a higher advisory level when it comes to your business financials, including helping you identify key areas where your business can save money, adding a lot of real value that you may miss out on with your accountant.

Contact the team at Pebbles Bookkeeping today to create a perfect partnership for your business’s financial health.

What our clients say…

“Pebbles have provided professional and personal approach to all our accounts needs from processing invoices to management accounts. Based in-house they have become a valuable asset to the business and have given us a more strategic and analytical approach to our finances.”


Robert Flinn, Director, The Drawing Room

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.

Steve Tanswell, Manchester Facades

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.

Anne-Marie Armstrong, Amberry Marketing

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