Tips for Keeping Your Accounting Costs as Low as Possible

Posted on: 6 January 2017


If you are a small business owner, you likely have a lot of expenses already. You need to make sure that you are paying people to keep your store open, you might be paying for a website, you are likely paying vendors, and you must pay for insurance. One item that you don't want to deal with is paying for accounting. Here are some tips for keeping your accounting costs as low as possible so that you can spend your money on more important things, such as expanding the line of products that your business sells.

1. Use Cloud Time Tracking Software

The first thing that you need to do is consider moving your accounting services to the cloud. If you are using regular software, you might be paying someone for a few hours each month to synchronize all of your employees' time usages and making sure that everyone gets paid a fair amount, from the rent to the suppliers and your employees. However, you can cut this cost greatly by using an inexpensive time tracking service that is hosted in the cloud. This will synchronize everything automatically, allowing you to avoid having to pay someone to coordinate that for you. It will also allow you to stop paying for any backup services that you might be using to keep your data safe since it will already be backed up in the cloud. You are killing two birds with one stone.

2. Look for Invoicing Software That Gets Their Money From Bigger Companies

If you are a small business, there's a good chance that you only have a few employees and don't need fancy payroll services. You also probably have fewer invoices than larger companies. Many accounting services know this and want to capitalize on the fact that you might one day get larger. As a result, there are many accounting services that offer free accounts for invoicing and other services for small companies that keep their invoicing and employee levels underneath a certain level, only charging larger companies. They do this so that you get comfortable with their software and, when you get larger, will be loyal enough to pay for their services. However, while you are small, you can take full advantage of the free services that they offer.

3. Look for Small Business Accountants Who Need Experience

Finally, if you need someone that is trained in accounting to figure out your books, talk to small business groups and go on forums to seek out an accountant that is also just starting out. He or she might be willing to take a lower fee based on the fact that you might end up paying more for his or her services later and for the experience that you are willing to provide.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in small business accounting.