running a business

You Have a Business! Do You Need a Bookkeeper Next?

Whether you have started as a sole trader, a partnership or a limited company, you no doubt have many questions about running a business.

Concerns over what needs submitting, when things would be due and what would need to include are questions that sometimes lead to overcomplicated Google search answers. Another question pondered is whether you can hire someone to take care of it while you work on more pressing areas.

The simple answer is yes! You can when you work with bookkeeping services in Manchester.

What Can a Bookkeeper Do?

A bookkeeper has many more roles than keeping your business’s financial records in order. They can take on many responsibilities that free up your time for areas of the job that need you the most.

Bookkeeping services can work on areas to find savings to reduce your tax liability, handle your VAT and CIS returns and offer payroll outsourcing services – and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Some say that whatever an accountant can do, a bookkeeper can do just as well. Many accountants work with bookkeepers to better assist clients and provide a more structured financial landscape.

Do You Feel Confident About Your Business Expenses?

Many new business owners are unsure what exactly constitutes business expenses. The purchase of stock is obviously business expense, but there are a lot of grey areas where you begin to question if they qualify.

Many expenses are less obvious, and can save you thousands over the year, and a bookkeeper can advise you on not just what they are but how they fall into this category. Some avenues of using a home office, vehicle mileage, subsistence and personal capital items introduced to the business play into your verifiable business expenses.

Running on Payroll or Becoming VAT Registered

Payroll and VAT are two areas that can become very complicated. Most accountancy software has a payroll module, and you may feel confident running it for a handful of employees and directors – but do you know how to calculate sick or maternity pay or what the most tax-efficient salary for a director is?

You may also feel comfort with VAT through your accounting software – but do you know if you are even on the correct VAT scheme? A bookkeeper not only provides training on accountancy software such as Xero but can also provide payroll outsourcing services so you avoid any mistakes.

These areas quickly become complicated when you shelve them for another day to concentrate on what  you should with a new business. If you’re running a business and need help, contact the team at Pebbles Bookkeeping today to discover the support you need.

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

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.”

Sarah Rekia, Site Welfare

“In bringing Pebbles onboard, it has made me wonder why we decided to try and do our own bookkeeping at all. Pebbles came in and sorted 18 months worth of mess we had unwittingly created, and we cannot be more grateful. I wish I had been told about them years ago and I hope every business out there struggling would give them a call to fully see the benefits they are missing out on.”

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.

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.

Robert Flinn, Director, The Drawing Room

“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.”