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Finding a small business bookkeeper is one of the most important decisions you can make in the management of your small business. But how do you choose the right bookkeeper for your small business?

1. Is the bookkeeper qualified?

This is a must! Whilst this might sound unusual – not all bookkeepers are qualified. You should look for TAFE or industry qualifications as well as ensuring they are registered BAS agents. External Bookkeepers who calculate your GST or your payroll liabilities are required to be registered BAS agents.

2. Do they know how to use your accounting software?

Always ask your bookkeeper what accounting software they use most to ensure they know how to use your accounting software well (and in an efficient manner). As a general rule of thumb, if the accounting software used in your business does not fit into the top two, then it’s probably best to look elsewhere.

At Nudge, we use only two types of accounting software – being Xero and MYOB Essentials. This ensures we are on top of how the systems work in order to get the most out of them

3. If your bookkeeper can’t answer your question, who will you go to?

If you have a question your bookkeeper can’t answer, such as a tax advice question or a question outside their area of expertise, then who will you go to? Do you have an accountant that your bookkeeper uses that you can be referred to?

At Nudge we take care of all the bookkeeping, accounting and tax for small businesses and startups. If you have any questions, get in touch @nudgeaccounting or via our contact page.

This tax tip is brought to you with love by Nudge Accounting. You can read other Tax Tips here.