FAQs

FAQ

A bookkeeper, dependant on experience, acts much like an accountant but generally deals more with the daily running of the business. All bookkeepers deal with posting the bank transactions, purchase and sales invoices. Most submit VAT returns to HM Revenue and Customs on your behalf and prepare the payroll. Some provide monthly management accounts and have monthly or quarterly meetings to go through the figures and some also will prepare self-assessment tax returns for you.
If you do not want to do paperwork and want to outsource that part of your life or business then hiring a bookkeeper is a great option for your business. If you’re uncertain, there are a few signals that suggest it’s time to invest, for example:

  • Panic at the end of the VAT quarter about submitting correctly and on time.
  • If you’re unsure how much your business is making, or even if you are profitable.
  • If you have an ever growing box full of receipts.
I will take the paperwork off your hands and deal with it for you, I will even send you monthly management accounts as standard! You’ll know exactly how much money you are making in order to make informed decisions about your business.
Accountants do all of the above, if required. However due to their higher rates, these services are generally done by either in house accounts staff or external bookkeepers.

An accountant’s main responsibility is to take the trial balance that the bookkeeper provides and produce a set of financial statements to be submitted to Companies House, prepare the corporation tax return for submission to HM Revenue and Customs, as well as tax planning with clients and self-assessment tax returns.
This depends on how much paperwork and responsibility you would like to take on. If you have a limited company, you will generally need an accountant to do the final preparation and submission of the accounts, whether you or a bookkeeper prepares the books to be handed to the accountant.

It is also generally wise to seek the assistance of an accountant when you start up your business. For example to consult about the legal setup i.e. sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability partnership, limited company etc. An accountant would happily take you through the pros and cons of tax issues and ease of maintenance for each type.
I like to be transparent in my age and experience. I’m 22 and had been working in accounting firms for four years before setting up my own venture 2 years ago. From my experience working in accountancy practices, I learned a lot about the profession and how some accountancy firms treat and charge their clients. I started my own practice to specifically benefit small business to ensure they get the support they need at a fair and prearranged price.
As an AAT qualified accountant I am fully qualified to prepare and submit your accounts for you.
Unlike some firms, my charges are transparent and you know what you will be paying in advance. My fees will not be adjusted after the work is completed. Operating individually means my fees are not calculated to cover the cost of office rental or a team of salaries, this way I can offer my services at a reasonable rate.
Prices vary depending on how complex your accounts are. I will take into account aspects such as; your turnover, average number of monthly transactions, number of employees, business type, current accounting software, etc. to calculate a fair price for both of us.
My preferred accounting software is Xero, however I have experience in QuickBooks online, QuickBooks desktop and Sage 50. Should you prefer to use a different accounting system, I am open to learning new systems as and when the opportunity arises.
Using a cloud software enables you to use apps that integrate straight into your accounts, including; receipts, timesheets and invoices. Your bank transactions can also be pulled into the software automatically, taking out a time consuming and expensive step in the bookkeeping process. Additionally, you can raise and send sales invoices directly through the software, even automating reminders to slow paying customers.