Local bookkeepers are typically recommended because of their proximity, as they are in the same city and can come to your office or home for a meeting. That being said, the advent of remote bookkeeping and cloud-based services has made it easier than ever to work with professionals online. For businesses, this means greater security as there is no sensitive information on their local machine.
Have no fear; you can work remotely with the best cloud-bookkeepers online without feeling apprehensive or risk-averse! Here are 9 reasons for working securely online with a professional Elevate cloud-bookkeeper:
If you're looking for a local bookkeeper, it's worth considering that the distance between you and the bookkeeper may not matter at all. There are bookkeepers that work remotely, and while there may be a few more steps involved, with proper procedures you can work with your favorite bookkeeper without leaving the comfort of your own home or office, and still be more secure than working with someone local.
There are no secrets safe on your local machine! A cloud-based service means that there is an added layer of security to protect all personal data on the cloud. The data is protected in several ways - encrypted at all times (on every step of the way), expertly managed and backed up daily. You don't have to worry about losing data if your computer is stolen or damaged, because most cloud-bookkeepers will have you covered in a heartbeat.
Some small business owners are extremely overwhelmed with the amount of work they need to get done each day. A local bookkeeping & tax professional can be a great asset but they're typically working with other clients as well, so adding more pressure or stress is certainly not what you want. Instead, find yourself a bookkeeper & tax professional who can support and help you grow your business. A cloud-bookkeeper is different than a bookkeeper near you - they are committed to working with you as a partner, to provide you with all the solutions you need to help your business grow.
There are several secure payment gateways that provide a safe and secure way to pay for services. Many small business owners who choose an online bookkeeper usually use such a system, so it's worth checking out if you're getting started, too!
Digital records are easier to access and maintain while backed up in the cloud. Cloud-bookkeepers provide not only cloud-based bookkeeping, but are also extremely knowledgeable and experienced staff when it comes to being able to quickly assist clients with any issues or needs they may have with digitizing all of their source documents, records, and company & employee files. And for businesses who do not have a full time staff, this serves as an added benefit.
Most cloud-bookkeepers will offer services such as a secure payment gateways, remote access programs, online payroll with dedicated employee portals, advisory services using state-of-the-art reporting tools, as well as support other small business owners in growth through blogs and other resources.
A cloud-bookkeeper will provide you with the tools and services you need to be able to create a budget, so you have no reason to not adhere to it. Cloud-based bookkeeping software is extremely easy to use and will keep you organized and in compliance with all of the most up-to-date accounting requirements, giving you a comprehensive record of all income and expenses in real-time.
Bookkeeping software is known for its user-friendliness and simple design, and since it can be accessed from anywhere, even if you begin working with a cloud-bookkeeper right before or after the end of the year you will still be able to take advantage of that.
Hiring a professional bookkeeper can be intimidating for some small business owners and entrepreneurs, and most business owners do not have the time or budget to bring on a full time bookkeeper. No matter how tired you are of doing your own bookkeeping or how much you think that you can handle it yourself, bookkeeping is not something that should be left to chance. As long as you consider a few of the above points, then starting to work with your cloud-bookkeeper may just be the best decision you ever made.
Whether you are a business owner, partner or board member of a small business, bookkeeping & taxes can be daunting and confusing. You may not know where to begin, or you may be concerned about the details. Fortunately, your cloud-bookkeeper can help by providing tax planning services and/or reviewing your past year's taxes to ensure that you are on the right track. Your bookkeeper will also provide his or her expertise in preparing and filing the necessary tax reports required by all tax authorities. Want real-time data & information? Entrust your business to an Elevate Cloud-Bookkeeper -
"One-on-one personal service, a fresh approach to accounting solutions—no gimmicks, no pressure, just great service and great results. That’s Elevate by Welch", says Sean Duffy, CPA, CMA, and Senior Manager at Elevate by Welch, a cloud-bookkeeping service that supports small business owners with their bookkeeping & tax needs.
“Anita is a fantastic professional to our fast-growing cloud-bookkeeping service,” says Sean Duffy. “She is very professional, knowledgeable and has an eye for detail. I highly recommend Anita as a bookkeeper for any business.”
Anita will be available to assist you with all your accounting needs from an accounting point of view as well as with QuickBooks Online.
Anita and her team of Cloud-Bookkeepers provide many types of services for small business owners including financial planning, taxes and payroll services, sales strategies, as well as cloud-based bookkeeping and cash flow forecasting reports/tools for your business growth.
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It’s no secret that the future of business is changing. What might not be as well known is how quickly new technologies and regulations in Canada are impacting accounting and bookkeeping services. Accountants and bookkeepers need to be on the cutting edge of innovation to keep up with these changes, but many don’t know where to start.
That’s why we’ve partnered with Dext — a leading accounting solutions provider — to examine how creativity can lead to innovation in the accounting and bookkeeping space. For this four-part series, Kevin Durham from Dext talked to Sean Duffy, Senior Manager at Elevate by Welch, about his mission to bring innovation into the mainstream of accounting services.
The discussion centered around innovation, changing business models, technology and how to position yourself for success in the future. Sean Duffy discussed how technology is not only changing how businesses operate but also changing the workplace as we know it.
Caroline Proulx, Onboarding Manager at Elevate by Welch , is a compassionate leader and is always eager to support her community. With the aim to support both families in need as well as local businesses, Caroline organized the Meals that Heal campaign with Naturally Vero, a local vegan café and food delivery service.
Caroline says she has always wanted to get involved with the Ronald McDonald House Charities. “I knew about the Meals that Heal program from when I stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Toronto many years ago,” Caroline tells us. “Many families are required to travel in order for their children to receive medical care and this can be very stressful, emotionally and financially.”
Elevate by Welch’s Meals that Heal program helps relieve families from a stressful night of cooking. Having a sick child can be extremely draining, and the Meals that Heal program takes away the worry of having to create a healthy home-cooked meal for the whole family. Meals that Heal allows members of the community to support these families. RMHC – Ottawa normally opens up their kitchen to the volunteers to prepare a dinner or brunch for up to 30 people. However, there were some changes required due to the pandemic.
“Covid-19 did interfere with how the Meals that Heal program was intended to work,” explains Caroline. “Prior to Covid-19 restrictions, a group would cook the meals for the families in the RMHC kitchen. Due to the restrictions we could only drop off the meals and we were not able to interact with the families.”
Caroline contacted an Ottawa-Gatineau business community stalwart - Veronique Daoust – chef and owner of Naturally Vero, with the hopes of collaborating on this community-driven campaign. Naturally Vero has been a business leader in the Ottawa-Gatineau community for a number of years.
“It seemed like a perfect fit: to be able to partner up with a business leader who crafts wholesome meals that fill the heart as well as the stomach,” says Sean Duffy, Senior Manager at Elevate by Welch.
Together, Caroline and Veronique wanted to do something to give back to the community during the holiday season. They wanted to create a meal that was healthy and also comforting for the families staying at the RMHC – Ottawa; it was important to provide a nutritious meal to the exhausted families. “My personal story and the stories of countless families that benefitted from RMHOTT and the staff – inspired Naturally Vero to craft something special,” adds Caroline.
December 30th, 2020 was a cold, quiet winter day. The team at Naturally Vero organized the meal prep at their café located in Chelsea, Quebec. Veronique and Caroline were thrilled to personally deliver the meals to RMHC, despite not having the opportunity to meet and interact with the families at RMHC due to COVID-19 restrictions. The menu for the evening was created specifically for the families at RMHC and the theme was health and comfort. The starter was a Butternut Squash & Sage soup. The main course was a Vegetable Lasagna served with Maple Balsamic Roasted Root Vegetables and a Spinach Pear Salad. Naturally Vero also included a bright yellow lunch box for every meal.
Elevate by Welch and Naturally Vero intend to continue running this campaign each quarter. “We want to be a presence and an expectation for the families that are staying at RMHOTT – and help to lift some spirits along the way,” says Veronique.
If you want to get involved with helping RMHC Ottawa, visit their website and check out the Get Involved page. They have a number of ways you can help. Once the Covid-19 restrictions lift, Caroline and Veronique will need the help of some volunteers to assist in making dinner for the families at RMHC - Ottawa.
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In the business world it’s not unusual for entrepreneurs and owners to manage their own business bookkeeping and accounting. The reasons for doing so are relatively simple. Many business owners believe the DIY approach saves them money, or that it keeps them closer to the business and therefore more informed.
This isn’t necessarily true. And, as we move into a second year of business overshadowed by COVID-19, handling your business bookkeeping in-house may actually cost you money and further separate you from your work. Even medium and large-sized companies with dedicated administrative and accounting personnel may want to consider bringing in a little extra help.
Here’s why you should consider hiring a cloud-based bookkeeper in 2021.
To anyone who’s tried to decipher the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website this year, we salute you. The reality is that navigating the ins and outs of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), along with the various loans and tax credits available, has been a challenge for many businesses—to say the least!
The job of professional bookkeepers and accountants is to stay current so that they can apply their knowledge to elevate your business. As we head into 2021, a year of uncertainty but also of recovery, there will undoubtedly be further policy adjustments made to bolster the economy. A qualified bookkeeper with a leave-no-stone-unturned mentality can evaluate your operations and identify which subsidies and tax credits are relevant to your business. They can also flag new opportunities as they arise, enabling you to act quickly and proactively.
Even if you’re financially savvy (or have a member of staff who is) chances are you aren’t dedicating 100% of your time to tracking shifts in government assistance and tax policy. At best, this means you could be missing out on subsidies, tax credits, or other forms of assistance that could help your business. At worst, you may be receiving assistance that you will have to pay back down the road.
Bookkeepers who are CPA certified, or who work closely with CPA-certified accountants, can help that you’re colouring within the lines and have the necessary documentation to prove it. And regardless of how many times a policy shifts, a bookkeeper truly worth their salt will help
you to track, organize, and maintain the documentation required to ensure that your business is and remains CRA compliant.
Plenty of businesses have pivoted their operations this year. Consider an example. Let’s say you’re a brick and mortal retail operation. You’re popular, but being too small to compete with the likes of Amazon you’ve shied away from e-commerce in the past. The pandemic pushed you to launch a 100% contactless online purchase and delivery option in order to stay in business—and it’s working. So much that you plan to maintain an e-commerce platform indefinitely. We couldn’t be happier for you! But if you’ve been brick and mortar for a long time, chances are your old bookkeeping system just isn’t going to cut it in 2021.
You need integrated and automated systems that track, cost, and synchronize sales across your in-store and online inventory, not to mention an online payment system that syncs seamlessly with a top-notch bookkeeping/accounting software. And the latter ideally needs to automate sales orders, invoices, receipts, etc. Have you even taken a look at your new expenses evaluated the old ones, and examined your claims potential? It’s a lot, we know, but a bookkeeper well-versed in cloud-based bookkeeping and accounting can help you establish the right infrastructure to support your newly evolved business.
None of us were prepared for the impacts of COVID-19, but the experience of the pandemic has presented an opportunity for business owners (aided by their bookkeeper and accountant!) to create a better plan for tomorrow. Your bookkeeper can help you to establish an operating budget that accounts for the payback of loans, the eventual cut-off of government subsidies, the replenishment of reserve savings, and much, much more.
Moreover that tidy, up-to-date, detailed, and accurate ledger your bookkeeper maintains will make it far easier for an accountant to offer you the high-level financial advice and performance data you need to make informed business decisions. Your bookkeeper can also help you to develop tools and tracking systems that tabulate everything from day-to-day transactions to the relative value and profitability of your products and services (useful when evaluating which COVID pivots to keep over the long term).
Administration, bookkeeping, and accounting inevitably take up far more time than most business owners anticipate (as much as one day a week or more). We have no doubt that you’re capable of wearing many hats (and masterfully, we might add), but the hat you wear best is not a green eyeshade. Whether you’re managing the ledger alone or assisting an in-house bookkeeper or accountant, you must come to accept this truth:
In 2021, your time will be better spent growing your business and exploring the new opportunities and potential that COVID pivots and a post-COVID era provide. The creative inspirations, networking connections, and strides in business development you can make will far outweight the cost of paying a bookkeeper to handle the nitty gritty.
For you, reconciling accounts and issuing payroll is an added stressor, and if you fall behind, well, let’s just say your staff don’t need the stress either. A qualified bookkeeper can support you and your staff by ensuring that the ship runs smoothly. They can help existing administrative staff who may be out of their depth when it comes to keeping up with COVID-related policy changes. They can also help streamline and even automate processes like payroll to ensure that all employee benefits and subsidies are properly accounted for and that your obligations are met.
COVID-19 work-from-home edicts were easy to adapt to for those of us who’d already been working in cloud-based accounting (or any cloud-based, digitally nomadic industry). But for those businesses whose operations, record-keeping, and administrative interactions were largely conducted in person or on paper, it was a substantial obstacle to overcome.
If you got your digital feet proverbially wet in 2020 - It’s time for the canon ball! Cloud-based accounting apps and software make it possible for you to outsource your business bookkeeping to skilled bookkeeping and accounting professionals. Moreover, a well-designed and fully integrated digital financial bookkeeping and accounting infrastructure gives you 24/7 access to the most up-to-date and accurate financial data on your business. And that data is accessible anytime, anywhere.
Never before have business owners had so much information at their fingertips. It’s time to take advantage. The services of many outsourced, cloud-based bookkeeping and accounting firms, like Elevate by Welch LLP, allow you to customize the level of service and input you require, enabling you to seamlessly integrate cloud bookkeeping and cloud accounting solutions into your business.
If you would like to learn more about how cloud-based bookkeeping and accounting services can help elevate your business in 2021, contact Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org