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Small Business Accountant
Posted Fri, January 31, 2020
The strongest reason for using a professional accounting or bookkeeping service is- you do what you do best with your time. Let us do what we do best with ours. Sure, you trot down to BestBuy and buy the latest and greatest of QuickBooks. Or better yet launch a new QuickBooks Online account. But the negative effects of that move can be insidious.
First, QuickBooks makes everyone feel like an accountant. Accounting is a profession, not a hobby. Yeah, that was harsh. What we know about business owners is that they are great at making widgets and typically lousy at accounting. No biggie, but most business owners are smart, do-it-yourself types who really need to let go and focus on the widgets.
Let’s not forget the 5 years of business school plus a killer exam that CPAs are required to do. QuickBooks is a garbage in garbage out system- it won’t prevent you from depreciating real estate under Section 179 (which is a No-No by the way). QuickBooks won’t prevent goofy payroll or balance sheet entries either. Your balance sheet will balance… QuickBooks will make sure of that, but it won’t ensure accuracy… only a human can do that.
Most importantly, would you rather be closing your next sale or BBQing on a Sunday with buddies, or getting sucked into the world of accounting at the hands of your latest QuickBooks purchase? Focus on growing your business, and we’ll focus on analyzing the data for operational considerations and reporting it to the IRS while minimizing the tax consequence.
What We Offer With Accounting Services
WCG offers accurate and comprehensive financial reporting with our accounting services and small business bookkeeping. An in-house bookkeeper is good, but another set of objective eyes can prevent errors and possible fraud. Banks, lenders and IRS agents prefer a set of accounting records and financials that have been prepared by a small business accountant with the involvement of a Certified Public Accountant. Remember, these professionals review financial records every day, and they can quickly spot accidental inconsistencies and errors. Heck, even PaySimple which offers ACH and credit card processing might require financial reports to judge your credit worthiness.
Therefore, WCG has recently introduced a new bookkeeping function for business owners as your Fractional Controller. We will use Bench as our back office engine since we believe they remain an amazing and cost-effective approach to small business bookkeeping and financial reporting. However, we take over the interfacing, monitoring and financial statement delivery… a hands off option for you. Your first and only call is to us.
We have a similar relationship with ADP, and for the past 3 years it has worked very well. They do all the heavy lifting, and WCG does all the interfacing.
A one throat to choke approach. Does this sound like a solution worth considering? We believe so! Keep reading…
Bench Small Business Accountant Pricing Model
Bench takes a unique approach to pricing its small business bookkeeping services by basing it on the amount of monthly expenditures. Huh?! Yeah… certainly interesting! Here is a quick table-
|Plan||Monthly Spend||Bench Fee|
|Starter||0 to 1,000||139|
|Micro||1,000 to 7,500||159|
|Boutique||7,500 to 25,000||179|
|Venture||25,000 to 50,000||219|
The monthly spend does include payroll expense, but it does not include draws or distributions. So, a business who has revenue of $600,000 annually and who also spends $500,000 annually would fall under the Venture plan above at $219 per month.
What about WCG’s fee for its Fractional Controller interface between you, the small business owner, and Bench, the back office bookkeeping department? No one works for free, and in the spirit of WCG’s commitment to transparent fee structures, we offer the following fee arrangement which includes Bench’s fee. Another quick table-
|Plan||Monthly Spend||Vail Add-On||Telluride Add-On||Aspen Add-On|
|Starter||0 to 1,000||300||280||260|
|Micro||1,000 to 7,500||340||310||290|
|Boutique||7,500 to 25,000||470||420||380|
|Venture||25,000 to 50,000||650||600||560|
How many accounts? This is straight from Bench.co “Plans include monthly bookkeeping for up to 15 financial accounts (e.g. bank accounts, credit cards, loans, merchant processors). If your business requires additional accounts or custom services, you may be custom priced.”
What about goofy stuff? Again, straight from Bench.co “You’ll require a specialized Bench team if your business needs any of the following: property tracking, third party revenue collection, or cash and revenue tracking.” As such our fee to you might change depending on your unique situation.
What about discounts? Of course! If you are using our Telluride or Aspen Business Advisory Service plans, then we offer a wonderful discount as you can see above.
Fractional Controller Role
What the heck does this mean? Yeah, another good question! WCG will interface with Bench in a Fractional Controller role with our primary duties being-
- Monitoring Bench’s progress on the preparing and delivery of financial statements.
- Assist Bench in obtaining missing information and clarification from the business owner.
- Examining the financial statements for obvious errors and omissions.
- Analyzing the data for tax savings and operational opportunities.
Not trying to sound harsh, but bookkeeping is a profession, not a hobby. Interested? Let’s chat!
Industry Statistics, Comparisons
As your small business accountant and Fractional Controller, WCG can also create charts and graphs to determine trends in your sales, or other expense categories that are sensitive to your success. For example, cost of goods sold is critical to those in the fast food industry (quick service restaurant)- how do you compare to yourself in previous months or years, and how do you compare to others in the same business?
Statistical comparisons and trend analysis is a service we provide to each owner to identify action items and areas needing improvement. We can leverage Fathom reporting and First Research to When factoring the impact of cost of goods sold, labor and rent on business profits, the variations can be dramatic. We will work with you to keep more of your money as you continue to develop your business.
Anyone can crunch numbers. But we crunch numbers and tell you what they mean, plus offer business consultation and coaching to create a successful future.