TIP #4 - How to choose a [good] bookkeeper?
First top 4 reasons why working with a professional bookkeeper is important!
Choosing a [good] bookkeeper should be like choosing any other expert - through research, credibility, trust and integrity. You need to make sure that your Bookkeeper is:
1. Licensed - YAD Ontario is licensed by the IPBC.
There are many bookkeeping firms, and bookkeeping "specialists" who may claim that they are experts. But, unless they are familiar with accounting and bookkeeping laws, which can only be proved through their licenses, you may want to think twice before trusting an unlicensed professional with your most precious possessions.
2. Has Experience - YAD Ontario brings over 70 years of combined experience.
Having a license and education is not enough to ensure that the professional you are trusting with your most previous possessions knows what she is doing. She needs to have practical experience and has come across some of the worst situations possible - like walking someone through an audit, which is never fun and could be a nerve-wracking experience.
3. Knowledgeable and Competent - We have worked on thousands of books across all provinces in Canada - from East to West coast.
Just like with experience, you want to make sure that the bookkeeper you are talking to is fully competent in your field of work and has practiced in your province as every province has different tax regulations.
4. Up to date - YAD Ontario has partnered with the latest software technology providers and is able to provide extensive discounts on our services.
Just as our day to day lives are impacted by technology - from smartphones, to smart fridges, to smart cars - so is our bookkeeping and accounting software. Working with a bookkeeper who is knowledgeable in the most current software - like QBO, HubDoc, or CosmoLex - will ensure that your books are done in the most effective, time efficient, and accurate manner, and that the software that the bookkeeper is working with is also up to date on governmental regulations. Because let's admit it, what is the point of working with a software that hasn't been updated since the early 2000's? Or downloading a 2019 CandyCrush app to a 2009 iPhone?!
All said, here are just a few reasons why you should work with YAD Ontario for your Bookkeeping needs!