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Salt Lake City Bookkeeping Blog

Differences Between Bookkeepers, Accountants and CPAs

Posted by Matt Roberge on Sep 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

If you’re considering bookkeeping services or other financial services, you may eventually see words such as “bookkeeper,” “accountant” and “CPA.” For many people, these words are used interchangeably and refer in general to financial professionals. However, there are important differences between these roles and understanding these variances can help you determine who you need to work with for the best results. If you run a business, knowing which financial professional to call can help you make the right decisions.

The Role of a Bookkeeper

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Topics: Bookkeeping, Small Business, CPA, Small Business Accountant

SLC Bookkeeping is Hiring; What we Look for from Employees

Posted by Matt Roberge on Nov 10, 2014 7:00:00 AM

SLC Bookkeeping is hiring at all times of the year because we are always looking for top talent. If you are a good cultural fit and have the right skills chances are we have a job for you. In an economy that still seems challenging for many people to find a good job we are thankful to be in a position to hire. We are also proud to offer competitive jobs, employee benefits and perks, and the ability to provide small business jobs in our local community. So what do we at SLC Bookkeeping look for in a new employee?

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Topics: Small Business Bookkeeper, Hire A Bookkeeper, Small Business Accountant

Why Did You Start Your Business Anyway?

Posted by Matt Roberge on May 29, 2013 7:00:00 AM

So why did you start your business anyway?  Was it for money? Freedom?  The thrill?  All of these are common reasons for wanting to start a business.  In a typical one on one networking situation I am commonly asked these two questions: How long have you been in business?  How did you start your business? When I tell the story of how and why I started my business it is a pretty entertaining story that results in a response of "wow that is pretty cool."  I realized that I have a unique start up story that people actually enjoy.  So why did I start my business?

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Topics: Starting A Business, Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Scaling A Business, Business Start Up, Small Business Accountant

3 Ways To Use Your Bookkeeping System As A Tool

Posted by Matt Roberge on Feb 11, 2013 7:17:00 AM

I talk a lot about how to grow your small business.  My passion is watching a small businesses grow and become more successful.  The success or failure of a business always comes back to the leader.  No matter what, the leader of the business is responsible for the end result.  Every leader has a different management technique that I feel is based upon education and experience.  For example, a person with an accounting background may not run a restaurant in the same manner as someone that primarily has a background in restaurant management.  However, completely ignoring the financial aspect of a business is insane, yet I see it happen every day.  I think many business managers and owners avoid the financial aspect of a business because it is intimidating to them.  They find accounting and financial statements confusing and therefore they try and avoid them.  I'm going to show you a few different ways that you can make sense of your bookkeeping and use it as a tool to help run your business.    

Cash Flow Tool

Managing cash flow is a concern for just about every small business.  As a small business owner you need to stop relying on your online bank balance and start using QuickBooks as a cash flow tool.  Simple steps like entering daily sales, posting automatic bill payments and printing checks from QuickBooks will all lead to better cash flow management for your business.  You should also reconcile your QuickBooks checking account to your online banking daily balance.  If you sort your QuickBooks checking account by cleared status you can see two crucial things that allow you to manage cash flow.  You will see your most recently reconciled balance, which should match to the most recent daily ending balance of your online banking checking account.  Additionally you should see your "real' bank balance.  That would be your QuickBooks checking account balance that takes into consideration all deposits that have not cleared you bank account, but also all payments that have not cleared the bank.  By using QuickBooks in this manner you know your actual bank balance at all times and you will have complete control of your cash flow.  

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Topics: Bookkeeping, Small Business Bookkeeping, Cash Flow, Grow Your Business, Inbound Marketing, Small Business Accountant

Three Pros and Cons Of Self-Employment From A Bookkeeper

Posted by Matt Roberge on Dec 7, 2012 7:18:00 AM

Pros and Cons of Self Employment As a small business entrepreneur, you learn the pros and cons of self-employment pretty quickly. It can be a roller coaster ride with huge highs and deep lows. Here are some of my thoughts about the truth of being self-employed.   

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Topics: Business Bookkeeping, Business Ideas, Salt Lake City Bookkeeping, Small Business Accountant

Accountants In Salt Lake City You Can Trust

Posted by Matt Roberge on Nov 12, 2012 6:41:00 AM

When looking for an accountant you trust in Salt Lake City there are a number of factors to
consider. Small businesses need accounting services that can provide services that small businesses need to grow and compete in their markets.

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Topics: Accounting Reconciliation, Accounting Services, Small Business Accounting, Small Business Accountant

A Salt Lake City Accountant You Can Afford

Posted by Matt Roberge on Oct 26, 2012 6:57:00 AM

Finding a Salt Lake City accountant that you can trust and afford is not as hard as it may seem. Being able to trust the accountant that you use is an important part of your decision making process. There are several
factors to consider when looking for affordable accountant services.

The team in the accountant's office is very important. When the staff is knowledgeable, courteous and helpful when you call you have the hallmarks of a well run and managed office. The staff in any accounting office is of critical importance in getting your work done accurately and efficiently. When the team works well together the benefit to you is enormous.

When you have a business it is important to have the accountants you are working with understanding your needs. Are you a small business that needs special help in setting up a workable accounting system for your office? Are you an established business that needs tax advice on changes in your business? Do you have a long term bookkeeper leaving? There are so many times that speaking with an accountant can really get your business rolling in the right direction without a huge surprise down the road.

Communication with an accountant that is clear and easy for you to understand is another very important step. If what you are being told all sounds like gibberish it is of no help to you. You hire an accountant to take care of some complex items for you but you need a basic understanding of what is going on. Communication is key in that regard.

While cost is an important consideration it is also important to consider the other factors listed above. When making the final decision it is great when you can get all the things you need in an accountant with a great and affordable price.

An affordable Salt Lake City Accountant that can give you the service, communication, business expertise and affordability is Salt Lake City Bookkeeping. They can offer an exceptional staff, expertise, communications but also great and timely service. What could Salt Lake City Bookkeeping do for you?  



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Topics: Accounting Services, Small Business Accounting, Small Business Accountant

Are You Searching For Small Business Accounting Services?

Posted by Matt Roberge on Aug 18, 2012 7:52:00 AM

When you first start a business, there are generally no paid vacations, sick days or holidays off work. There are rarely even half days or long lunches. When you first start a business, you dedicate every waking moment to growing your dream into something tangible. Eventually you reach that point at which your vision has come to fruition, and it is at this point at which you can finally delegate some of the tasks to others. No longer do you have to handle your own customer service, billing, shipping or other similar tasks. Best of all, you can now hand off your accounting to small business accounting services.

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Topics: Accounting Reconciliation, Accounting Services, Small Business Accounting Services, Small Business Accountant

What 10 Years Of Fly Fishing Has Taught Me About My Small Business

Posted by Matt Roberge on Jul 31, 2012 8:04:00 AM

I have officially now spent 10 years chasing fish (primarily trout) around the western United States.  I tend to get an itch each year to write an article about the similarities between fly fishing and small business.  Ten years seems like a long time, but when you look at your career and life in general it is just a small percentage of the total.  So I still feel like a green horn; in both fishing and small business.  It's always interesting to look back at last year's article on this subject to see how my thinking has changed; if at all (I always write the current article first before looking back at last year's thoughts).  In 2012 here is what fly fishing has made think about and apply to my business:

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Topics: Small Business Bookkeeper, Entrepreneurship, Fishing and Business, Small Business Accountant

Looking For A Small Business Accountant Or Bookkeeper?

Posted by Matt Roberge on Jul 7, 2012 8:21:00 AM

All small companies certainly have specific needs which must be met in order to survive and eventually thrive, yet no matter what type of product is sold or service is provided, one key factor that they all have in common is finances. This is the reason that a competent business accountant or bookkeeper is a very important piece of replace of with to any company's puzzle. 

Of course eliminate of course it's a fact that cash flow can make or break your business. Therefore, dealing with the details, which pertain to this department on a daily basis, requires adequate and professional attention. Although there are computer programs that claim to take care of your typical accounting necessities, they're usually only efficient if the user has sufficient knowledge of them, not to mention that this still takes up a significant amount of time.     

In addition, there are also companies that offer temporary or periodic help with things such as annual taxes, reports, reviews, or reconciliations. Though this can be convenient and economical, there is nothing quite like constantly having an expert in your corner that you can continuously count on. When they're capable and reliable, a good Business Accountant can be trusted to keep track of everything that has to do with your dollars by utilizing their skills and intelligence along with the latest software.   

From payroll processing and tax preparation, to data collection and organization, these are
the types of tasks that a business accountant should not be capitalized can complete so that you can concentrate on other aspects of the company. Bank statements, balance sheets, and budgeting can often impose on your already hectic schedule. Implementing an effective accounting system will ensure that you can finally unwind and have the energy to address other issues.         

Are you currently looking for a small business accountant for your company? If so, or you are simply curious as to what they can do for you, then it would be smart to start by contacting an experienced agency in order to obtain additional advice and information. Remember, a business is bound to operate a whole lot better with a brilliant small business bookkeeper.   






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Topics: Bookkeeping Salt Lake City, Bookkeeping Services, Accounting Services, bank reconciliation, Small Business Accountant