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Do You Love or Hate Your Bookkeeper?

Feb 7, 2022 9:41:00 AM Kathy Dise Small Business, For Accountants, Bookkeeping

bookkeeperSometimes bookkeeping for small businesses can be frustrating--both for you as an entrepreneur and for your bookkeeper. They slow you down by asking questions about things that you would rather not deal with, like: 

  • What did you buy at Wal-Mart for $147.52 last September, and where is the receipt?
  • What checks were included in one of the January deposits?
  • Do you have the social security or tax id number for each of your independent contractors?
  • Did you ever send an invoice to the customer for the last minute work you did?
  • You don’t have enough money to pay all of your bills. Which bills would you like to pay?

Sometimes you want to say, “Just GO AWAY! I’m trying to get some business done here!”

Why a Bookkeeper Needs Your Love

But you love your bookkeeper, don’t you? Your bookkeeper provides information to the accountants, bankers and future investors. They maximize your cash flow. They keep track of your receivables and contact your customers that haven’t paid you if they run even a day late.

They know who your most profitable customer is and which customer you need to fire. They can tell you how much of your bank balance is available, including outstanding checks. They organize your files so you can find things without having to dig through piles of papers. They respond to the unexpected letter from the IRS that you have no idea what to do with. They even prepare checks for you to sign, and the envelope and the stamp. They do the work that you hate to do and may even cause you intense anxiety.  

Sometimes you just want to jump across the desk and give them a big hug for making your life so much easier--but a smile and a thank you will do! Bookkeepers are a key part of your financial process. They must understand several aspects of accounting, have a strong sense of time management, and be organized. If you are in need of a bookkeeper, reach out to us at to see how we can make your financials (and QuickBooks) work for you.

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Kathy Dise

Written by Kathy Dise

Kathy has over 30 years experience helping small businesses succeed. As a commercial lender, commercialization expert and now as a QuickBooks diamond level advisor, Kathy understands the challenges small business owners face. Her experience helps business owners quickly accomplish their financial goals. As the owner of BudgetEase, Kathy works with clients to develop a plan to efficiently process 1,000s of small transactions so owners can make informed decisions. She lives in Shaker Heights, OH with her husband Ralph and enjoys golf, curling and walking in Cleveland’s fabulous Metro Parks.