How Do You Find A Worthy Bookkeeper?

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A new client recently told me of the problems he had trying to find a good bookkeeper and I thought it was a topic that may be worth sharing with you here.

When you get to the point in a new business venture that keeping the books yourself becomes an intolerable extra burden on already stretched time resources, how do you source, test, trial and finally secure someone to do the bookkeeping for you?

Do you – trust to picking the right advert in the yellow pages? listen to another business person about their bookkeeper? jump on the first person you come across that shows an interest in bookkeeping? ask your accountant? (If you have one), look for a bookkeeping institute website for member information? advertise yourself? ask one of you members of staff to deal with it?

I hadn’t really considered it from a business person’s view before but now I have, I can see the difficulties you face when tackling such an important decision.

Important decision I hear you ask?  Yes.. IMPORTANT!!

Your business records are the cornerstone of your business.  You are legally obliged to keep them in the first place, keep them up to date in the second place, and have them as the main defence when the Tax Office or VAT Office come calling.  Your bank manager will also either be impressed if you keep your books well and support you when you ask, or will run a mile when you look for an overdraft or loan simply because he can’t see any sense or method in your business due to your lack of quality records.

Neat and accurate records represent a good quality business, and untidy, incomplete records show your overall approach to your business – untidy, unreliable and confused.

A good bookkeeper is therefore VITAL to your business – but how do you find such a beast??

My best advice is to go the the website of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers site at

This is because you cannot take any chances with people dabbling with your records.  Each member of this institute has proven themselves in examination that they have a solid knowledge and understanding of bookkeeping and all associated issues.  You can trust each member to act in a professional manner and keep your detailed, personal information completely confidential.

You can rest assured that the Tax Office and VAT Office will have no chance of undermining any records kept by a member and your bank manager will be seriously impressed.

Why take a chance on such a important job being left to Auntie Joan, or Fred in sales just because they say they can work a computer bookkeeping package?  There is simply no substitute for experience!

Any ICB qualified bookkeeper will be a significant asset to your business and far outweigh their cost with the service they provide.

You could of course use a bookkeeping bureau like mine, Expert Bookkeeping, who only uses qualified bookkeepers and accountants, and get the benefits of outstanding bookkeeping coupled with the backing of practising accountants.

Ring me now if you would like us to help you on 0800 047 0731.


Ray Stewart
I am a qualified Certified Practising Accountant having passed my final exams way back in 1981. I actually can’t believe that was 37 years ago!! Anyway, I am now in my 60’s and I have been running my own business since May 1983. And before you ask, no, I have never regretted a moment of it! Part of the membership requirements of my professional body now dictate that I spend quite a lot of time on “CPD” - continuing professional education (one of their better ideas) - and over the last two years I decided to study business growth and marketing. I have learnt such a lot and that knowledge has radically changed my old “accountants” approach to business. It has made such a difference to the way I work and operate I feel that I just have to pass on this knowledge. It is simply too powerful to hold back!! - but I will try and do it in simple terms rather than expecting you to spend hours, as I had to, working through the difficult language that trainers seem to use to pass on their concepts. I hope you find the blog a useful resource and interesting place to visit as the months pass. I will do my best to keep up the flow - but if there are any topics you would like me to cover, then please let me know. Ray Stewart
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