Valuable resources for your business
Numble loves to share valuable and helpful information with all Australian businesses. Hence, we have created a Resources section which will offer you insights, links and expertise on getting the best out of your bookkeeper as well as bookkeeping tips and tricks. These links include:
- Differences between a bookkeeper and an accountant;
- What does a bookkeeper or BAS agent offer your business;
- What you get with a Numble bookkeeper;
- Real cost of employing a bookkeeper;
- Useful links and references (including ATO, Fairwork Australia and software sites, blogs and other business information)
- How to survive uncertainty – our latest COVID-19 resources and updates
- FairWork Australia Pay Calculator 1st July 21
We are always keen to add relevant information to this section so if you have any suggestions or requests for information you would like to see, please email email@example.com.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Accountants are big picture specialists. They are qualified to give advice on tax management, and to plan a financial infrastructure for a business.
Bookkeepers are fine detail specialists. Bookkeepers record financial transactions into categories, produce reports for accountants and the tax office and help manage business cash flow. Provided they are registered BAS Agents, they are qualified to administer systems that fulfill a business’s BAS obligations.
Think of it this way. You may not be qualified or have experience as a hairdresser, but you can purchase a pair of scissors and you can operate them. Over time you may learn the tricks of the trade, and you may even become good at cutting hair. But along the way you’ll probably suffer through some very sad haircuts and you may end up at a salon paying exorbitant prices for a fix-up. Occasionally it might take months (or years) to recover from a botched haircut. Bookkeeping is the same. There are many things you need to know and a range of experience you need to have in order to be a good bookkeeper. You also need to keep up to date with changes in payroll, tax, GST, PAYG and other ATO legislation.
Until 2010 pretty much anyone could call themselves a bookkeeper. They still can, but it is now illegal to charge a fee for providing a BAS service unless registered as a ‘BAS Agent’. Specific academic qualifications and substantial levels of experience are required for registration as well as participating in ongoing professional development. Always ask for a BAS Agent number if you’re going to hire a bookkeeper.
We have hourly bookkeeping fees and fixed package rates. Since we tailor our book keeping services to suit your needs, we need to have a chat with you to discuss which business solutions will best suit you.
A number of factors go into how we work out bookkeeping service rates: The size of your organisation, the type of business you’re in, whether you’re behind in your bank reconciliation, cash flow management and BAS, and also whether there are bookkeeping jobs you need to do yourself.
We’ve found that some clients are keen to have support with their bookkeeping processes; set-up and regular reviews of their bookkeeping software, training, advice on how to organise receipts and invoices, and assistance with BAS preparation, while others want a certified bookkeeper to provide a fully outsourced book keeping service that uses a specific accounting package.