Does Your Small Business Need an Outsourced Financial Controller?

By Tim Garrison

Many small business owners launch their business to follow a passion, whether that passion is writing, programming, Web design, art, sound & video, or any number of other industries. Your business begins to grow by word-of-mouth and soon, you’re hiring employees or independent contractors to take over part of your responsibilities rather than doing it all yourself.

Somewhere along the line, you grow large enough to hire a small business bookkeeper. Until now, you’ve managed your books yourself, either through QuickBooks or another bookkeeping software, or some system that you’ve devised yourself. Now, you’ve just gotten too big for this system to work anymore.

You hire a bookkeeper who understands financial accounting software and can manage your books on a full-time or part-time basis. This person could be an in-house employee, or maybe a local contractor. Or maybe you’re one of the growing number of smart business owners who hires an outsourced bookkeeper based in the U.S. who works virtually and communicates with you via phone and email.

Things go along well, but now that you’re not doing your own books anymore, you feel a bit out of touch with your company’s broad financial picture. Your bookkeeper can send you the reports and spreadsheets, but it doesn’t always make sense. You need someone to interpret all those numbers in boxes for you. Most importantly, you’ve grown large enough that you need a trusted financial advisor with the knowledge to help you make the best decisions for your rapidly growing business.

If you know anything about financial controllership, you might think a full-time financial controller comes with a 6-figure salary. And you’re probably right. Your business doesn’t have the budget for that — and it’s not what you need anyway.

You just need someone on a part-time basis to review your books with you monthly, provide checks-and-balances for your in-house or outsourced bookkeeper, and help you with financial planning and budgeting on a monthly or quarterly basis. If you think you can’t afford a financial controller, think again. Outsourced controllership services are less expensive than you may think, and will save your business money in the long run with better financial planning.

You may be concerned that, by hiring an outsourced controller, you’ll be giving up “control” of your company. That couldn’t be further from the truth. A financial controller provides you with the information you need to make the best decisions for your company — but all decisions remain yours. A financial controller doesn’t “control” your business. As a trusted advisor, he gives you the information you need to be more in control of your company.

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Our approach is to provide a definitive yet thorough assessment allowing you, and your company, to consider a broad overview of alternatives to manage the challenges and enhance the performance of your business.

In short, we identify opportunities, work with you and your organization, and enable you to take advantage of business potential and growth. The move to part time, on call, and virtual services has become more accepted in the business world over the past few years. For a fraction of the cost of a full time employee, a small business can have the Controller / CFO function filled by an experienced professional.

We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; a portion of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, RealWorld, Peachtree, Great Plains, Dynamics, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software) experience, as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons. Peter DeSmidt’s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

We provide part-time offsite and onsite CFO, Controller, Accounting, Cost Accounting, Forecasting, Inventory Management, Cost Control, QuickBooks Problem Solving, and QuickBooks Training Services to small and medium sized businesses.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

Visit our mobile website www.desmidtconsulting.mobi

Contact us www.desmidtconsulting.com/contactus.html

813-252-9490

Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt, BA, MBA, PA

QuickBooks Certified Advanced ProAdvisor

Microsoft Certified Accounting Application Specialist

Microsoft Certified Installation Specialist

Contact us to inquire about our CFO and Controller Services.

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QuickBooks Accounting – Things You Can Expect From An Outsourced Accountant

By Amitaabh Saboo

The QuickBooks accounting software is becoming to be one of the most popular products in the business realm. There are a lot of reasons for this. First of all, you can easily monitor the performance of your business. You can also keep track of your expenses and especially those bills and checks that you have to pay on time. You may also use it in determining the inventory you have for your products.

Indeed, QuickBooks accounting program is a very powerful one. The problem nowadays is you basically don’t have that much time to work on it. This is because there are far more important things that you have to have to take care of, such as marketing your products and services. Your best option therefore is to look for a company who can take care of QuickBooks accounting.

Fortunately, there are already a lot of them, most you can find in the World Wide Web. What’s more, their services are not only limited in entering data into the program. As a matter of fact, here are their top 3 possible services in relation to QuickBooks accounting:

1. Customization and Training for QuickBooks. Do you have your own bookkeeper, and yet he still needs some orientation when it comes to QuickBooks accounting? Definitely, you don’t have time for this. You can then allow somebody else to take care of this for you. Several online bookkeeping companies will not only customize your program but even train your staff on the proper use of the software. This is especially necessary once you opt to personalize the settings of the program. You can ask for the customization of the lists and even of the accounting process. You can even create templates, so you can already print reports with accompanying heading or logo of your company.
The main reason why you may want to pick this kind of service is that your QuickBooks accounting should fit the business that you have. Most of all, this is so you can derive a more accurate financial information of your business.

2. Consultation and Education. Do you already have a QuickBooks accounting system in place but are not sure if it’s the right one? Do you think you need to update it? You can allow accounting specialists to help you out in answering these questions. They can analyze the flow of your transactions through QuickBooks and recommend possible modifications. They can also pinpoint errors in the processes, so you and your team, particularly your bookkeeper, will be able to devise the proper remedies. With consultation, there’s a huge possibility that you can reduce the time spent in QuickBooks accounting from an hour to even minutes, allowing you to save from the hourly wage you pay for your freelance bookkeeper.

3. Review of Transactions. This is in relation to no.2, only that you will permit the company to do the changes themselves. You also don’t have the burden of looking for your own freelance bookkeeper since they already have their own. Most of all, you can relieve yourself of the fixing and the tweaking. All you need to do is to ask for status and financial reports.

Outsourcing QuickBooks Accounting improves financial operations as well as increased the level of efficiency while at the same time curtailing risks and costs. There are many QuickBooks Accounting Service providers that cater to small and medium businesses worldwide.
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We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; a portion of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, RealWorld, Peachtree, Great Plains, Dynamics, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software) experience, as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons. Peter DeSmidt’s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

Ask us for help.

We provide part-time offsite and onsite CFO, Controller, Accounting, Cost Accounting, Forecasting, Inventory Management, Cost Control, QuickBooks Problem Solving, and QuickBooks Training Services to small and medium sized businesses.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

Visit our mobile website www.desmidtconsulting.mobi

Contact us www.desmidtconsulting.com/contactus.html

813-252-9490

Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt, BA, MBA, PA

QuickBooks Certified Advanced ProAdvisor

Microsoft Certified Accounting Application Specialist

Microsoft Certified Installation Specialist

Contact us to inquire about our QuickBooks services; or to set up a free consultation telephone call.

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