Our Top Picks

AcctTwo
AcctTwo
  • Payroll and benefits administration
  • Tax returns
  • Account reconciliation
This Addison, Texas-based company has served more than 800 organizations, including Kayak, SailPoint and the Cambodian Children’s Fund. It specializes in accounting services for churches and religious organizations but has experience with other industries, such as finance and technology.

AcctTwo is an outsourced accounting service that allows customers to choose partner solutions that work best for their business. Some of its partners include Avalara, an end-to-end tax compliance software, and Venn Technology, for real-time data sharing across an organization. It also has industry-specific bookkeeping solutions, such as ServiceTitan, which is designed for electrical, HVAC, plumbing and similar businesses.

AcctTwo’s proprietary financial management software, Sage Intacct, has been used by businesses for almost 20 years. Sage Intacct works on a subscription model, so users can add new features and services as their business grows. It integrates with other software applications such as Salesforce, Coupa and Adaptive Insights. A more full-featured version, Sage Intacct +, offers a higher degree of customization and automation options.

The company handles cash-basis and accrual-basis accounting, payroll and benefits administration, tax returns and more. CFO services are available. All subscribers are enrolled in an Unlimited Help Plan, which can connect them with dedicated accountants, support specialists and a customer success manager, depending on subscription level.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Solutions scale with company size
  • Dedicated customer support
  • 30-day free trial

Cons

  • Unlimited help not available for customized projects
  • Pricing not clear

What Customers Are Saying

    Summary

    • Starting Price
      • Not disclosed
    • Account Reconciliation
    • Accrual-basis Accounting
      yes
    • Benefits Administration
      yes
    • Cash-basis Accounting
      yes
    Features
    • Payroll and benefits administration
    • Tax returns
    • Account reconciliation
    Acuity-Financial-Experts
    Acuity Financial Experts
    • Dedicated bookkeeper and CFO services
    • Historical cleanup
    • Vendor management
    Acuity has been serving the accounting needs of small businesses since 2004. It primarily works with marketing agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the SaaS and cryptocurrency industries. Some of its clients include the Technology Association of Georgia and the MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta.

    Acuity offers basic bookkeeping as well as accounting services with a dedicated controller for more complex financial needs. Its tax professionals handle corporate, personal and delinquent returns. It also has a cleanup service, ideal for business owners who are new to bookkeeping or those who just want to get organized.

    Part of Acuity’s process is streamlined with tools such as QuickBooks for accounting, Gusto for payroll management and Veem for bill payment. It recommends tools tailored to specific industry types. Ledgible is ideal for cryptocurrency accounting, for example, and Acuity suggests TriNet as a nonprofit payroll solution.

    Pros & Cons

    Pros

    • Free consultation
    • Clear pricing
    • Multiple pricing tiers

    Cons

    • Quarterly plan lacks dedicated bookkeeper

    What Customers Are Saying

      Summary

      Acuity-Financial-Experts
      Acuity Financial Experts
      • Starting Price
        • Bookkeeping:
        • Tax Quick Start: Quarterly: $195/month; Monthly: $299/month
        • Most Popular: Weekly: $449/month; Daily: $999/month
        • ACCOUNTING:
        • Get Organized: $115/hour
        • Monthly Help: $115/hour
        • GAAP Compliance: $115/hour
      • Account Reconciliation
      • Accrual-basis Accounting
        yes
      • Benefits Administration
        yes
      • Cash-basis Accounting
        yes
      Features
      • Dedicated bookkeeper and CFO services
      • Historical cleanup
      • Vendor management
      Basis-365-Accounting
      Basis 365 Accounting
      • Cash-basis and accrual-basis accounting
      • Expense reporting
      • CFO services
      Basis 365 is an all-online, cloud-based accounting service catering to small businesses that aren’t yet ready for a dedicated CFO. Its team is Xero-certified, and it primarily serves the technology, eCommerce and professional service industries.

      Most of its cloud accounting services are based on Xero and QuickBooks. It builds solutions for businesses from the ground up using an open API, then integrates tools such as Shopify, Stripe and Expensify. Basis 365 uses the Float and Spotlight applications to help track critical performance metrics and provide forecasting.

      Basis 365 performs cash-basis and accrual-basis accounting, as well as payroll administration, expense reporting and real-time transaction processing. Its team offers monthly or quarterly consultations to go over balance sheets and profit and loss statements. The Accounting Intelligence Dashboard lets users see financial information at a glance.

      Pros & Cons

      Pros

      • Cloud-based accounting
      • Meetings with management
      • Unlimited phone support for all plans

      Cons

      • No dedicated bookkeeper
      • No benefits administration, historical cleanup, tax returns or collections services

      What Customers Are Saying

        Summary

        Basis-365-Accounting
        Basis 365 Accounting
        • Starting Price
          • Not disclosed
        • Account Reconciliation
        • Accrual-basis Accounting
          yes
        • Benefits Administration
          no
        • Cash-basis Accounting
          yes
        Features
        • Cash-basis and accrual-basis accounting
        • Expense reporting
        • CFO services
        Bean-Ninjas
        Bean Ninjas
        • Account reconciliation
        • Expense reporting
        • Payroll administration
        Located in Australia, Bean Ninjas is a Xero-based bookkeeping service that serves a variety of client types, from eCommerce stores to consultants, bloggers and freelancers. Its senior team has years of experience as management accountants and CPAs.

        Bean Ninjas works by first analyzing a business to figure out its financial needs, then developing a custom implementation plan. Bookkeeping experts will provide Xero setup, as well as two one-on-one training sessions to help users learn the software. For business owners who prefer not to handle bookkeeping themselves, it also offers the service as part of its subscription plans.

        For existing Xero users, Bean Ninjas can perform a 100-point check to make sure their files are accurate and up to date. It offers a suite of advanced training programs for individuals, small group coaching and executive mentoring. Its migration service helps users transition to Xero from a different accounting package, such as QuickBooks, Wave, Freshbooks or MYOB.

        Customers who want a more in-depth business analysis can have a virtual CFO session with the company’s executive team. The session includes a nine-part questionnaire about a business’s finances, followed by a discussion with their certified accountants about potential risks and areas that need improvement.

        Bean Ninjas handles tax returns and, for clients in Australia and the United Kingdom, prepares GST/VAT summary reports. Its other services include payroll administration, expense reporting and account reconciliation.

        Pros & Cons

        Pros

        • Robust training programs
        • No lock-in contracts
        • Free month with annual plan paid upfront

        Cons

        • No vendor management
        • No benefits administration

        What Customers Are Saying

          Summary

          Bean-Ninjas
          Bean Ninjas
          • Starting Price
            • Launch: $381/mo If billed annually; $449 if billed monthly
            • Growth: $509/mo If billed annually; $599 if billed monthly
            • Established: $679/mo If billed annually; $799 if billed monthly
          • Account Reconciliation
          • Accrual-basis Accounting
            yes
          • Benefits Administration
            no
          • Cash-basis Accounting
            yes
          Features
          • Account reconciliation
          • Expense reporting
          • Payroll administration
          Bench-Accounting
          Bench Accounting
          • Cash-basis and accrual-basis accounting
          • Historical cleanup
          • Tax returns
          Bench Accounting boasts that it’s served thousands of small business owners throughout the United States. Every client is paired with a dedicated in-house bookkeeper who gets to know their business and its financial needs.

          Bench imports business transactions and provides reports on a monthly basis. It will send clients everything needed to file their own taxes or file on their behalf with the additional BenchTax service. Cleanup is available, but customers who need more than two years of historical bookkeeping will need to work with its BenchRetro team.

          The company features a network of trusted partners dedicated to helping small businesses grow. These include eCommerce options such as Stripe, Shopify and Square, as well as Keap, an all-in-one automated CRM and marketing program.

          Pros & Cons

          Pros

          • In-house bookkeepers
          • Free one-month trial
          • Plans to fit any budget

          Cons

          • Tax returns and complex accounting needs cost extra
          • No benefits administration, payroll administration or CFO services

          What Customers Are Saying

            Summary

            Bench-Accounting
            Bench Accounting
            • Starting Price
              • Starter: $149/m if billed annually; $169/m if billed monthly (Monthly expenses below $1k)
              • Micro: $169/m if billed annually; $189/m if billed monthly (Monthly expenses from $1k to $7.5k)
            • Account Reconciliation
            • Accrual-basis Accounting
              yes
            • Benefits Administration
              no
            • Cash-basis Accounting
              yes
            Features
            • Cash-basis and accrual-basis accounting
            • Historical cleanup
            • Tax returns
            Flatworld-Solutions
            Flatworld Solutions
            • Tax returns
            • Payroll administration
            • Dedicated bookkeepers
            Flatworld Solutions is an outsourced accounting service based in India, with other office locations in the United States and the Philippines. It’s served thousands of customers globally, with some of its biggest clients including MSN, Fujitsu, D Magazine and the Yale School of Management.

            The company offers a full suite of bookkeeping solutions for small businesses. It prepares tax returns for businesses of all sizes, processes invoices and collections and more. Bookkeepers at Flatworld Solutions are experienced with some of the most popular accounting software, such as QuickBooks, Peachtree and Quicken.

            Flatworld Solutions’ analysis service gives owners a picture of their business’s financial health. Some of its other specialized solutions include forensic accounting, as well as bookkeeping for banks and real estate companies.

            Pros & Cons

            Pros

            • Hourly rates available
            • Pay by the project option
            • Experience with sizes of businesses

            Cons

            • No benefits administration, vendor management or historical cleanup

            What Customers Are Saying

              Summary

              Flatworld-Solutions
              Flatworld Solutions
              • Starting Price
                • $8/hour
              • Account Reconciliation
              • Accrual-basis Accounting
                yes
              • Benefits Administration
                no
              • Cash-basis Accounting
                yes
              Features
              • Tax returns
              • Payroll administration
              • Dedicated bookkeepers
              Fourlane
              Fourlane
              • Dedicated bookkeepers and CFO services
              • Vendor management
              • Tax returns
              Fourlane has received Intuit’s Elite QuickBooks Solution Provider award every year since 2010. It’s helped thousands of customers with their bookkeeping needs, including companies such as Wanner Engineering, Mass Polymers and Austin Foot & Ankle Specialists.

              The company specializes in QuickBooks solutions for small business owners, including setup, integration, training and analysis. Its full-time programmers provide conversion of existing accounting systems to the QuickBooks system. With its review service, customers get a 65-point inspection of any existing QuickBooks file.

              For larger businesses, Fourlane offers consulting and implementation of Acumatica enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. This includes custom reporting and programming, system design and CFO analysis.

              Customers on a bookkeeping plan receive payroll processing, account reconciliation and tax services. Fourlane can file taxes for business owners or provide organized year-end financial data to their existing CPA.

              Pros & Cons

              Pros

              • US-based team
              • Robust QuickBooks courses
              • 65-point inspection of Quickbooks files available

              Cons

              • No payroll or benefits administration

              What Customers Are Saying

                Summary

                Fourlane
                Fourlane
                • Starting Price
                  • Not disclosed
                • Account Reconciliation
                • Accrual-basis Accounting
                  yes
                • Benefits Administration
                  no
                • Cash-basis Accounting
                  yes
                Features
                • Dedicated bookkeepers and CFO services
                • Vendor management
                • Tax returns
                FreeAgent
                FreeAgent
                • Account reconciliation
                • Vendor management
                • Expense reporting
                FreeAgent provides award-winning cloud accounting software specifically designed to meet the needs of small businesses, contractors, freelancers and their accountants. More than 100,000 UK businesses use FreeAgent to manage their business finances.

                They empower business owners to look after much of the day-to-day bookkeeping admin, which means accountants can spend more time delivering valuable services such as providing tax or business advice.

                FreeAgent won the Best Small Business Accounting Software category at the 2020 Accounting Excellence Awards and is a former winner at the British Accountancy Awards. The company is a FCSA partner and has been listed twice on the Deloitte Fast 50. They've also been named “one to watch” in the Tech Track 100.

                In 2018, FreeAgent was acquired by the NatWest Group, where it is run as an operationally independent entity.

                Pros & Cons

                Pros

                • Budget friendly
                • Self-guided
                • Good support

                Cons

                • No historical cleanup, collections or CFO services

                What Customers Are Saying

                  Summary

                  FreeAgent
                  FreeAgent
                  • Starting Price
                    • $12/month for 6 months
                    • then just $24/month
                  • Account Reconciliation
                  • Accrual-basis Accounting
                    yes
                  • Benefits Administration
                    no
                  • Cash-basis Accounting
                    yes
                  Features
                  • Account reconciliation
                  • Vendor management
                  • Expense reporting
                  Kashoo
                  Kashoo
                  • Payroll and benefits administration
                  • Vendor management
                  • Collections
                  Designed specifically for small businesses, Kashoo calls itself “the world’s simplest accounting system.” Kashoo is a cloud-based accounting program that handles the most essential bookkeeping tasks, from invoicing and expense tracking to bank reconciliation.

                  One of Kashoo’s main features is the Smart Inbox, which recognizes frequently used vendors and keeps track of transactions automatically. Users can take photos of receipts to instantly categorize them, and the software lets business owners get paid via Stripe or KashooPay. Payroll and benefits administration are also supported.

                  The company offers free workshops and educational guides; topics include accounting basics, filing taxes and other subjects relevant to small business owners.

                  Pros & Cons

                  Pros

                  • Inexpensive plans
                  • Unlimited users
                  • Designed specifically for small businesses

                  Cons

                  • No dedicated bookkeeper, CFO services or historical cleanup

                  What Customers Are Saying

                    Summary

                    • Starting Price
                      • $16.65 per month
                      • 14-days free
                      • $19.95 per month
                    • Account Reconciliation
                    • Accrual-basis Accounting
                      yes
                    • Benefits Administration
                      yes
                    • Cash-basis Accounting
                      yes
                    Features
                    • Payroll and benefits administration
                    • Vendor management
                    • Collections
                    MAVENTRI
                    MAVENTRI
                    • Tax returns
                    • Account reconciliation
                    • Dedicated bookkeepers
                    Located in Washington, DC, MAVENTRI handles accounting needs for small and medium-sized businesses. More than just a bookkeeping agency, it also offers administrative support and design and marketing services.

                    MAVENTRI performs basic bookkeeping both on- and off-site using cloud-based accounting software, such as Xero, QuickBooks Online and Netsuite. For customers who want more hands-on control, it also provides Xero setup and training on how the software works.

                    Tax services include filing, W-9 requests and 1099 compliance. It can reconcile up to 400 bank and credit card transactions per month, depending on subscription plan. For businesses that need more financial advice but aren’t ready to hire a dedicated CFO, part-time controller services are available.

                    MAVENTRI partners with Expensify for expense reports and T-sheets for employee time tracking. Other apps it uses include the Vend POS system, Fathom financial analysis tool and Bill.com for automated payables and receivables.

                    Pros & Cons

                    Pros

                    • Xero/QuickBooks setup and training
                    • Quarterly performance meeting for Growth and Scaler plan
                    • Offers administrative support, design, and marketing services

                    Cons

                    • No CFO services, vendor management or historical cleanup

                    What Customers Are Saying

                      Summary

                      MAVENTRI
                      MAVENTRI
                      • Starting Price
                        • Not disclosed
                      • Account Reconciliation
                      • Accrual-basis Accounting
                        yes
                      • Benefits Administration
                        no
                      • Cash-basis Accounting
                        yes
                      Features
                      • Tax returns
                      • Account reconciliation
                      • Dedicated bookkeepers
                      Maxim-Liberty,-Inc.
                      Maxim Liberty, Inc.
                      • Dedicated bookkeepers
                      • Account reconciliation
                      • Historical cleanup
                      Maxim Liberty is based out of Virginia, with bookkeeping operations performed remotely by a team in India. It mainly serves CPAs but has worked with many other industries, including consulting, real estate and legal. The company uses QuickBooks for all its accounting, with service options including local, online or remote access.

                      Users send their existing QuickBooks file to Maxim Liberty or allow the team to log in and work via their QuickBooks Online account. With the remote access option, bookkeepers will connect to a business’s own computer via remote desktop, where they can access the QuickBooks file directly.

                      Maxim Liberty handles payroll services and reconciles accounts for banks, credit card and merchant services. It will calculate and pay state sales tax, as well as generate bookkeeping reports daily, weekly or monthly depending on business needs. Its team also performs historical cleanup.

                      Plans above $260 per month provide access to a supervisor as a single point of contact. According to the company, these supervisors have more advanced accounting skills and oversee the quality of work done by the overseas team.

                      Pros & Cons

                      Pros

                      • Accounts payable/receivable included
                      • Affordable plans
                      • Low Price Guarantee

                      Cons

                      • No collections, expense reporting or CFO services
                      • Nonrefundable deposit required for historical cleanup

                      What Customers Are Saying

                        Summary

                        Maxim-Liberty,-Inc.
                        Maxim Liberty, Inc.
                        • Starting Price
                          • Monthly Bookkeeping Plans (per entity)
                          • $50 per month - Monthly updates
                          • $100 per month - Weekly Updates
                          • $200 per month - Daily Updates
                          • Bookkeeping Services for CPA's (Roll all clients into one plan): $225 per month
                        • Account Reconciliation
                        • Accrual-basis Accounting
                          yes
                        • Benefits Administration
                          no
                        • Cash-basis Accounting
                          yes
                        Features
                        • Dedicated bookkeepers
                        • Account reconciliation
                        • Historical cleanup
                        Michael-Silver-_-Company
                        Michael Silver & Company
                        • Payroll/benefits administration
                        • Vendor management
                        • Expense reporting
                        Founded in 1944 and based in the Chicago, Illinois, area, MichaelSilver has provided accounting and tax services to businesses both nationwide and internationally. Many of the staff have been with the firm for more than 25 years. Industries served include retail, manufacturing and distribution, hospitality and general professional services.

                        Aside from accounting, it offers management consulting and registered investment advisory services. Its private client team can assist with matters such as international taxes, asset protection and payroll administration. For potential clients, MichaelSilver provides a free, no-obligation analysis of financial statements, internal reports and most recent tax returns.

                        MichaelSilver’s international team specializes in helping overseas businesses enter the United States market. It’s served clients in more than 25 countries, with services including repatriation of profits, equalization agreements and audit representation.

                        Pros & Cons

                        Pros

                        • Experienced accountants
                        • International tax services
                        • Free analysis of most recent tax return

                        Cons

                        • No historical cleanup
                        • No dedicated bookkeepers or CFO services

                        What Customers Are Saying

                          Summary

                          Michael-Silver-_-Company
                          Michael Silver & Company
                          • Starting Price
                            • Not disclosed
                          • Account Reconciliation
                          • Accrual-basis Accounting
                            yes
                          • Benefits Administration
                            yes
                          • Cash-basis Accounting
                            yes
                          Features
                          • Payroll/benefits administration
                          • Vendor management
                          • Expense reporting
                          Padgett-Business-Services-of-NC
                          Padgett Business Services of NC
                          • Tax returns
                          • Payroll administration
                          • Dedicated bookkeepers
                          Voted best accountants in Raleigh for 2019 and 2020, Padgett Business Services caters specifically to the needs of small businesses. It’s a certified advisor for both Xero and QuickBooks and can help business owners get set up and trained on the platform of their choice.

                          Padgett’s profit coaches are an alternative solution to a full-time CFO. Profit coaches will work with a client’s accountant to identify key performance indicators (KPIs), track finances and improve cash flow. Its monthly and quarterly accounting services include preparation of income statements, financial reports and general ledgers. For eCommerce businesses, it provides inventory management solutions, as well as analysis for Square, PayPal, Shopify and eBay transactions.

                          The company offers tax planning and preparation services, plus assistance with IRS audits. Padgett partners with ADP for its payroll services. Service includes a training course in HR fundamentals, plus an analysis of the client’s current HR practices.

                          Pros & Cons

                          Pros

                          • Small business focused
                          • Profit coaches
                          • Free estimate

                          Cons

                          • No benefits administration, collections or vendor management
                          • No historical cleanup

                          What Customers Are Saying

                            Summary

                            Padgett-Business-Services-of-NC
                            Padgett Business Services of NC
                            • Starting Price
                              • Not disclosed
                            • Account Reconciliation
                            • Accrual-basis Accounting
                              yes
                            • Benefits Administration
                              no
                            • Cash-basis Accounting
                              yes
                            Features
                            • Tax returns
                            • Payroll administration
                            • Dedicated bookkeepers
                            Thompson-Greenspon
                            Thompson Greenspon
                            • Account reconciliation
                            • Historical cleanup
                            • Tax returns
                            Founded in 1956, Thompson Greenspon is one of the biggest CPA firms in the Washington, DC, Metro area. On average, its staff has more than 20 years of public accounting experience, and it’s earned the Best of Accounting Award in 2017 through 2019. Its industry specialties include government contracting, nonprofits, real estate and other professional services.

                            The company provides bookkeeping and accounting services on a weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual basis. It provides temporary and long-term solutions, such as account reconciliation, forecasting, cash flow projections and financial analysis.

                            It offers a number of tax services, from tax preparation and filing to IRS audit representation. Its accountants can consult with business owners about employee benefits, such as welfare and pension plans, as well as Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan assistance.

                            Pros & Cons

                            Pros

                            • Award-winning service
                            • Large resource library
                            • Offers temporary and long-term solutions

                            Cons

                            • No CFO services or vendor management

                            What Customers Are Saying

                              Summary

                              Thompson-Greenspon
                              Thompson Greenspon
                              • Starting Price
                                • Not disclosed
                              • Account Reconciliation
                              • Accrual-basis Accounting
                                yes
                              • Benefits Administration
                                yes
                              • Cash-basis Accounting
                                yes
                              Features
                              • Account reconciliation
                              • Historical cleanup
                              • Tax returns
                              Xendoo
                              Xendoo
                              • Tax returns
                              • Historical cleanup
                              • Dedicated bookkeeper
                              Xendoo provides bookkeeping, tax assistance and historical cleanup for small businesses nationwide. It has expertise working with eCommerce businesses, as well as franchise owners and franchisees.

                              Xendoo’s software integrates with some of the most popular accounting solutions, including QuickBooks, Xero and Gusto. ECommerce users can connect Xendoo with Stripe and Shopify, allowing them to save time by syncing financial data between accounts.

                              For businesses that need cleanup services, Xendoo claims it usually organizes months or years of data in less than a week. Its CPAs provide bookkeeping on a weekly basis, and they can file both business and personal tax returns, as well as Schedule C forms for single member LLCs and sole proprietorships.

                              Pros & Cons

                              Pros

                              • Custom plans depending on budget
                              • Annual billing discount
                              • Free trial

                              Cons

                              • Accrual-basis accounting for Thrive and Venture plans only
                              • No tax service for Hustle plan
                              • No vendor management, expense reporting or CFO services

                              What Customers Are Saying

                                Summary

                                • Starting Price
                                  • Hustle: $195 per month (Bookkeeping for less than $20K in monthly expenses)
                                  • Boost: $295 per month (Bookkeeping for less than $40K in monthly expenses + business & state tax returns)
                                • Account Reconciliation
                                • Accrual-basis Accounting
                                  yes
                                • Benefits Administration
                                  no
                                • Cash-basis Accounting
                                  yes
                                Features
                                • Tax returns
                                • Historical cleanup
                                • Dedicated bookkeeper

                                How We Chose the Best Bookkeeping Services

                                From small, independent agencies to major accounting firms, you have a lot of choices when it comes to selecting a bookkeeping service. Your company's unique financial needs will determine which one is best for you. We evaluated bookkeeping services using three key criteria most businesses will find important.

                                Tax Returns

                                For many business owners, tax season can be the most dreaded time of the year — but it doesn't have to be. The best bookkeeping services handle all things tax-related, so you can focus on actually running your business instead of crunching numbers. We chose companies that offered tax advice, preparation and filing, plus IRS representation in the event of an audit.

                                Payroll and Benefits Administration

                                Whether you have a few employees or dozens of them, handling payroll and benefits administration can be a big hassle without a dedicated HR department. Outsourcing these tasks to a bookkeeping service saves time and money over hiring in-house human resources staff. We prioritized bookkeeping companies that managed it all, with services including tracking employee hours, paycheck distribution, benefits enrollment and more.

                                Personal Relationships

                                When you've got questions about your books, a dedicated bookkeeper can help. They'll work directly with you and your team, giving you a detailed picture of your company's financial health. CFO services take it a step further with more personal advice, including projections and forecasting, so you can make sound decisions that keep your business growing.

                                What Are Bookkeeping Services?

                                At the basic level, bookkeeping services keep track of a business’s profits, losses, revenue and expenses. Accountants then use this data to create financial reports so the business owner can see how money is being spent and where profits are coming from. Bookkeepers usually use accounting software to do this; some of the most popular ones are QuickBooks and Xero.

                                Most bookkeeping companies will handle other finance-related tasks, such as filing taxes, payroll administration and vendor management. Many offer a cleanup service for out-of-date or disorganized books. Some offer the services of a Chief Financial Officer (CFO). A CFO provides detailed analysis and financial projections, allowing businesses to make strategic decisions for maximizing profits and minimizing risks.

                                Some companies provide setup and training for programs like Xero so business owners and staff can perform bookkeeping themselves. It’s an ideal solution for small businesses that don’t need or can’t yet afford a full-time CFO. More traditional accounting firms typically employ Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) with advanced skills and a strong knowledge of the ever-changing tax laws. This type of service may be a good choice for growing businesses or those with complex financial needs.

                                Benefits of Bookkeeping Services

                                Business owners can have a seemingly never-ending workload and not enough hours in the day to get it all done. Hiring a bookkeeping service lets you leave the accounting to the pros and get back to what matters most. Bookkeeping services can help you:

                                • Save time. Balancing the books, preparing taxes and keeping your financials in order — all of these things take hours every week or month. With a bookkeeping service, you’ll get to spend those hours working on your business instead.
                                • Get caught up. Making sure your finances get organized — and stay that way — is a constant job for business owners. Disorganized, out-of-date books can quickly snowball into a major headache. Bookkeeping services that offer historical cleanup services will update months’, even years’, worth of accounts.
                                • Forecast and strategize. Flying blind and hoping for the best is never a good business strategy. Bookkeeping companies with CFO services give you valuable insights with detailed forecasting so you aren’t left in the dark when it comes to your business’s financial future.
                                • Protect your business at tax time. A dedicated bookkeeper shoulders the burden of filing taxes for you. They can help find little-known deductions your business may qualify for, so you’ll keep more money in your pocket. Most offer protection in case of an IRS audit for extra peace of mind.

                                Must-Have Features for Bookkeeping Services

                                Your accounting needs are as unique as your business, but there are several features any bookkeeping service should have, including:

                                • Cash-basis and accrual-basis accounting. With cash-basis accounting, revenue gets reported only when money is received. The accrual method records anticipated expenses and revenue. The cash method is simpler but can be less accurate, so look for a bookkeeping service that offers both.
                                • Payroll and benefits administration. Business owners with employees should choose a service that handles payroll processing, as well as benefits enrollment, claims management and other HR-related tasks.
                                • Account reconciliation. Accountants use reconciliation to compare two sets of books and ensure they’re complete and accurate. Discrepancies can indicate accounting errors or possible fraud.
                                • Tax returns. A good bookkeeping service can offer advice on tax planning, including business write-offs and deductions you’re eligible for. They’ll handle tax preparation, filing and audit representation.
                                • Industry experience. Tax laws can vary by industry, so choose a bookkeeping service that has experience working with yours.
                                • Dedicated bookkeepers. A dedicated bookkeeper is assigned to your business and acts as your go-to person for every accounting need. They’ll get to know your business, provide financial advice, answer questions and offer support when you need it.

                                The Cost of Bookkeeping Services

                                Bookkeeping services can be billed on an hourly, monthly or annual basis. Hourly services are often located overseas in countries such as India. At around $5 to $8 per hour, these services tend to be the least expensive option but may lack features like dedicated bookkeepers or access to a CFO.

                                Pricing can vary greatly depending on the level of service and support needed. Rates range from $12 a month for basic bookkeeping to $999 per month for a complete accounting package with CFO services. Companies with lower prices sometimes outsource bookkeeping work to teams in other countries and pass the savings on to their clients. Higher rates are usually found at large accounting firms with the most experienced staff.

                                Many companies have custom plans that allow subscribers to choose only the services they need, either on a temporary or long-term basis. Some offer a free trial period, which can include bookkeeping service or access to accounting software for up to one month. The best bookkeeping services provide a free initial consultation so you can make sure they’ll meet your business’s needs.