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3 Signs it's Time to Hire a Bookkeeper


By: Stacie Genereaux
Owner of Counting Creative

You’ve thought about it before but because of costs, timing, or a host of other reasons, it’s never seemed like quite the right time to hire a bookkeeper...but then again, when is? Today I want to help you decide if it’s the right time to hire a bookkeeper by asking you these 3 simple questions. If you find yourself answering these questions with “yep, that’s me”, or “how does she know what I’m thinking?” then maybe it’s time to reconsider if a bookkeeper is right for you. 

QUESTION 1: ARE YOUR BOOKS UP TO DATE?

Now answer honestly, is your bookkeeping up to date or is it a bit behind? How long? 5 months, 10 months….more? If just reading that sentence gives you a headache then it’s probably time to hire a bookkeeper.

Of course there are many (and mostly valid) reasons your bookkeeping is behind such as your business is growing and you thought you would have time next week, you don’t know how to do it, or you are so far behind that you don’t know where to start. The truth is if you have left it this long it’s most likely because every-time you sit down at your computer to do your books, you stare at your excel sheet or accounting software dreading every moment that lay ahead and hating your life and then 30 minutes later find yourself watching YouTube videos of cute cats and no bookkeeping actually gets done.

You might believe that one day you will actually follow through and complete you books but it’s okay to admit that you hate bookkeeping and that you don’t want to do it. Believe me, you are with the majority of people out there. But by not doing your books you are actually do a disservice to yourself and to your business that you put so much hard work into. The good news is there are people (like me) who do this as a career and would love to take your messy books and turn them into clean files that are actually useful for you and your business (I know it’s weird right?). 

QUESTION 2: IS YOUR BUSINESS GROWING SO FAST THAT YOU CAN’T KEEP UP WITH ALL YOUR TASKS?

Is your business growing at a steady rate that all the business tasks such as marketing, sales, networking, producing, etc are taking so much time it’s hard to keep up with your admin tasks such as bookkeeping. Is your business growing in a way that you now need to send out invoices, collect payments, have payment plans, you need to pay bills, etc? Does it all feel a little overwhelming and that its slowly starting to slip through your fingers?

Of course growth is not a bad thing when it comes to your business, in fact you should be celebrating, not stressing out about how you are going to accomplish everything, or staying up till the wee hours every morning to make sure you enter in that last expense, or to send outstanding invoices. If you find yourself using up your precious time to do your books when it could be better spent selling product or providing a service that results in billable work/invoices, you could actually be losing money by keeping up with your bookkeeping (who would’ve thought that being on top of things could be hurting you).

If don’t think you are big enough yet to have a full scale bookkeeper, why not look for hourly packages with a bookkeeper who will help you out with a few tasks each week freeing up enough time for you to focus your time where it really matters.



So you have read the first two questions and think “nope I am all caught up on my books and I don’t feel like bookkeeping is taking too much of my time”, so my last question for you is are you a good bookkeeper? Are your books correct and reconciled? Have you properly calculated expenses such as home office and vehicle based on CRA/IRS guidelines? Are your numbers just a little bit off each month? Lastly, are you constantly making mistakes and then spending more time fixing those, or when you give your books to your accountant at year end, do they need to spend a lot of time going through them, asking you questions, fixing mistakes, etc resulting in a large and quite expensive accounting bill?

First get me straight, I do believe in giving everything a go and trying your best, but there are just some things like bookkeeping that just making even one tiny error can cause a headache and mess of problems. Sometimes just that one tiny problem can lead to bigger problems and more mess and eventually more money when you have to hire a professional to clean it up. If this sounds familiar then it might be time to start thinking about hiring a bookkeeper.

If you are still the DIY type of person then why not look into training. Some bookkeepers, Counting Creative included, offer training programs that focus on teaching how to do bookkeeping using programs such as QBO or XERO, which will allow you to have a better understanding of the program and of bookkeeping as a whole. This way you will learn the proper way to record your books but still remain in control of your bookkeeping. 

QUESTION 3: ARE YOU GOOD AT BOOKKEEPING?

IT’S TIME!

If any of these questions dig deep and ring true to you then it might be time to consider hiring a bookkeeper. At Counting Creative I believe in quality, professional books, and I want my clients to succeed. I believe that taking the pain of bookkeeping out of their hands is one way to help them do so. If you want to chat about my services please book a call, or check out the bookkeeping services that we offer.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email me and don’t forget to check out my other Free Resources online! 



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Stacie Genereaux
Owner of Counting Creative

3 Signs It’s Time to Hire a Bookkeeper


By: Stacie Genereaux
Owner of Counting Creative

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You’ve thought about it before but because of costs, timing, or a host of other reasons, it’s never seemed like quite the right time to hire a bookkeeper...but then again, when is? Today I want to help you decide if it’s the right time to hire a bookkeeper by asking you these 3 simple questions. If you find yourself answering these questions with “yep, that’s me”, or “how does she know what I’m thinking?” then maybe it’s time to reconsider if a bookkeeper is right for you.



Is your business growing at a steady rate that all the business tasks such as marketing, sales, networking, producing, etc are taking so much time it’s hard to keep up with your admin tasks such as bookkeeping. Is your business growing in a way that you now need to send out invoices, collect payments, have payment plans, you need to pay bills, etc? Does it all feel a little overwhelming and that its slowly starting to slip through your fingers?

Of course growth is not a bad thing when it comes to your business, in fact you should be celebrating, not stressing out about how you are going to accomplish everything, or staying up till the wee hours every morning to make sure you enter in that last expense, or to send outstanding invoices. If you find yourself using up your precious time to do your books when it could be better spent selling product or providing a service that results in billable work/invoices, you could actually be losing money by keeping up with your bookkeeping (who would’ve thought that being on top of things could be hurting you).

If don’t think you are big enough yet to have a full scale bookkeeper, why not look for hourly packages with a bookkeeper who will help you out with a few tasks each week freeing up enough time for you to focus your time where it really matters.



Question 2: Is your business growing so fast that you can’t keep up with all your tasks?

Question 1: Are your books up to date?

Now answer honestly, is your bookkeeping up to date or is it a bit behind? How long? 5 months, 10 months….more? If just reading that sentence gives you a headache then it’s probably time to hire a bookkeeper.

Of course there are many (and mostly valid) reasons your bookkeeping is behind such as your business is growing and you thought you would have time next week, you don’t know how to do it, or you are so far behind that you don’t know where to start. The truth is if you have left it this long it’s most likely because every-time you sit down at your computer to do your books, you stare at your excel sheet or accounting software dreading every moment that lay ahead and hating your life and then 30 minutes later find yourself watching YouTube videos of cute cats and no bookkeeping actually gets done.

You might believe that one day you will actually follow through and complete you books but it’s okay to admit that you hate bookkeeping and that you don’t want to do it. Believe me, you are with the majority of people out there. But by not doing your books you are actually do a disservice to yourself and to your business that you put so much hard work into. 

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The good news is there are people (like me) who do this as a career and would love to take your messy books and turn them into clean files that are actually useful for you and your business (I know it’s weird right?).

Question 3: Are you good at bookkeeping?

So you have read the first two questions and think “nope I am all caught up on my books and I don’t feel like bookkeeping is taking too much of my time”, so my last question for you is are you a good bookkeeper? Are your books correct and reconciled? Have you properly calculated expenses such as home office and vehicle based on CRA/IRS guidelines? Are your numbers just a little bit off each month? Lastly, are you constantly making mistakes and then spending more time fixing those, or when you give your books to your accountant at year end, do they need to spend a lot of time going through them, asking you questions, fixing mistakes, etc resulting in a large and quite expensive accounting bill?

First get me straight, I do believe in giving everything a go and trying your best, but there are just some things like bookkeeping that just making even one tiny error can cause a headache and mess of problems. Sometimes just that one tiny problem can lead to bigger problems and more mess and eventually more money when you have to hire a professional to clean it up. If this sounds familiar then it might be time to start thinking about hiring a bookkeeper.

If you are still the DIY type of person then why not look into training. Some bookkeepers, Counting Creative included, offer training programs that focus on teaching how to do bookkeeping using programs such as QBO or XERO, which will allow you to have a better understanding of the program and of bookkeeping as a whole. This way you will learn the proper way to record your books but still remain in control of your bookkeeping.

If any of these questions dig deep and ring true to you then it might be time to consider hiring a bookkeeper. At Counting Creative I believe in quality, professional books, and I want my clients to succeed. I believe that taking the pain of bookkeeping out of their hands is one way to help them do so. If you want to chat about my services please book a call, or check out the bookkeeping services that we offer.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email me and don’t forget to check out my other Free Resources online!


It’s Time!

By: Stacie Genereaux
Owner of Counting Creative

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