How To Increase Your Profits With Online Accounting
Accountants are pictured in TV and the movies as generally living dull and boring lives until they figure out how to embezzle millions from the company and flee to Brazil. Stodgy is the word that comes to mind when picturing accountants. Be that as it may, accounting in the USA has undergone changes in this new age of technology that we live in. Today, online accounting is offered through individual computer programs and Inter companies which work with businesses in a number of different ways.
Once, online accounting services were viewed as experimental. Today they are now widely accepted. Some, like TAD Accounting, offer complete financial managing packages, including bookkeeping, quarterly taxes, general ledger maintenance, monthly financial reports, cash flow management and a number of other services. Other, like CBIZ, restrict themselves to providing only information on employee benefit programs
TAD Accounting, for example, has established a system for a number of Blockbuster stores in several regions of the US. All stores are processed in the same manner to provide consistent reporting to the owners. The information is broken into daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports. Within each time bracket, the data is broken down into each accounting cycle. This gives owners, at a glance, information regarding procedures being performed. They can also see when specific tasks and reports should be completed. The owners get quick, up to date information sales, payroll, expenditures, deposits, payment of invoices, vacation hours and many other things in highly specialized reports.
As well, TAD offers services to help a company catch up on back work or prepare for the annual audit. This includes a financial trend analysis, budget preparation and planning computer software conversion and many other things. It is generally quite cheaper for the business owner to outsource the bookkeeping and accounting to TAD Accounting than to hire and supervise it in-house. It is the responsibility of the accounting firm to bring on extra staff when needed, not the client. Savings for the business owner can be as much as 30% for some clients.
CBIZsolutions.com is an example of an online accounting firm which uses technology to provide a company's employees with access to their personal financial information, improves company service and communications with its employees, and gives the company timely reports to help to effectively manage employee benefits.
By outsourcing work and engaging online accounting firms, businesses save money and get rapid access to the data they need in the format they want to make the correct financial decisions. Online accounting very effectively reduces the time required to exchange information between the clients and the accounting firm. The accounting firm no longer has to wait for the client to physically deliver its financial records. It is able to access to the client's data base anytime information is needed.
Accounting services are moving from billable hours to a fixed fee for services rendered. This has forced them to become more efficient and more competitive. Online accounting gives clients immediate access to their financial information, in reports customized to their needs. This allows the client to make more accurate financial decisions. This translates into increased profits and happier clients.