Unsure of Your Company’s Accounting Software Needs? Hire a Consultant

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By Susan Slobac

The profession of accounting is almost as old as civilization itself, but  long gone are the days of counting shells in Mesopotamia or keeping tablets in  Rome. Even the pencil and paper ledgers of just a few decades ago seem like an  ancient memory. The digital age has brought about the fast and efficient  computer accounting software that most companies have come to rely on for record  keeping and management of their daily business operations.

A quick Internet search for “computer accounting software” yields a  staggering array of results. There are countless options available from familiar  names such as QuickBooks, Peachtree, Sage MYOB, BusinessWorks and many more. With so  many to choose from, how can you tell which is the best selection for your  unique business?

This is where an experienced accounting software consultant can be an  invaluable asset. As seasoned professionals in the bookkeeping, finance and  technology fields, these advisors work with various companies and organizations  to determine effective solutions. Your consultant will walk you through the  entire process, from planning and implementation to training and support.

First, he or she will sit down with you to discuss your accounting goals.  Perhaps your motivation is to improve the company’s bottom line, streamline  shipping procedures, eliminate confusion in the human resources department, or  all of the above. Then, the consultant will help you select the software package  that most closely resembles your needs. For instance: a small restaurant that  simply desires to run more efficiently may do just fine with QuickBooks.  However, a large shipping corporation that wishes to expand internationally may  require a full MAS 90 or MAS 200 conversion. Your accounting software consultant  will ensure your business has all the tools it needs to succeed without becoming  bogged down with unnecessary extras.

Next he or she will assist with the implementation of the new software, as  well as the migration of important data from the old system to the new one. This  important step ensures account details, customer information, transaction  history and other crucial data is kept safe and accessible.

Training and support round out the benefits of hiring a consultant. Not only  can this professional provide detailed instructions to help you and your staff  thoroughly understand how to use the new software, he or she will also offer  ongoing technical support to answer any future questions and resolve issues that  may arise.

With so many accounting software choices out there, hiring a consultant to  help guide your selection can ensure a smooth transition from old methods to  new, efficient solutions.

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Peter DeSmidt.

 

7 Top Benefits of Small Business Consulting

By Mark Polman

Almost every small business experiences a moment when it seems everything is just stuck in time. It seems like no matter what you do you are stuck where you are and taking the business to the next level appears impossible. Right about then is when you should investigate what’s available to you in the way of small business consulting. Being the boss of a small enterprise can be a lonely job and one where a fresh pair of experienced eyes can provide you with the practical and emotional boost that you need. Here are a few benefits that you can expect to receive.

1. Clarifying your vision

Can you even remember what you had in mind when you started the business? Are you so caught up in the everyday issues of receivables, marketing, sales, financing and all the rest that what you really own is a job and not a business? A qualified consultant can get you back on track. He or she can help you to once again identify what you really want. Having a defined mission and understanding how all those independent functions work towards meeting it, makes the business far more satisfying.

2. Map out the way to your vision

Just knowing what you want to accomplish isn’t enough. You need a business plan that maps out step by step how you are going to get there and how you are going to know you have arrived. It must be measurable and realistically attainable. A consultant who specializes in small business can make this process immeasurably simpler than trying to do it yourself.

3. Build to scale

Your organizational structure has to be scalable if you want to handle growth. In many small businesses, outsourcing functions that are not key core competencies like accounting and human resources can be the difference between a company that can accommodate growth and one that simply collapses under the weight. Your consultant can help you design that organization.

4. Professional marketing

Your consultant can realistically analyze your market and estimate its value and use that information to develop short term and long term marketing goals. Developing marketing strategies, including internet marketing which is particularly attractive for small businesses, is another function of the consultant.

5. Freeing you up from the “job” so you can be the leader

An analysis of your operation will uncover those functions or processes that are eating up your time. A talented consultant will find a way around or through those roadblocks to productivity allowing you to do what you do best..run the company.

6. Build a better you

If your consultant also does business coaching you can look forward to a hands on education in how to be a better manager, problem solver and sales person. By assisting and challenging you through the problem solving process you’ll develop practices that allow you to make faster, and more accurate decisions. You’ll gain confidence and optimism and you’ll be a better leader.

7. Brainstorm on demand

Consulting doesn’t end after an analysis of the business. The relationship that you develop with the business consultant becomes a personal one and he becomes your business buddy. He or she is the one you can pick up the phone and brainstorm new ideas. Because the consultant is intimately knowledgeable of your business, these brainstorming sessions can prove phenomenally successful.

Small business consulting, particularly in these difficult times is almost a necessity for many smaller organizations. Isn’t it worth at least investigating the possibilities to see how you can benefit?

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Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt