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BG Bookkeepers & Tax

Grassy Park, Cape Town, WC (9.2km from Westlake)
We provide bookkeeping, tax & payroll services for individuals, NPOs & small organizations

Quotient Financial Solutions

Westlake, Cape Town, WC
Tailored Solutions Although we are an accounting firm at heart, we go the extra mile to ensure that our service is tailor made to your specific requirements. Onsite or Offsite We pride ourselves in providing a personal service to you whether it be at your offices or ours. Leave it to us We have experienced and qualified staff to find a solution for your accounting related requirements. Whether it be a simple accounting task or complex tax query we can meet your needs.

Harry Curtis & Co

Plumstead, Cape Town, WC (8.7km from Westlake)
Harry Curtis & Co is a firm, which is Registered as Accountants, Auditors and Tax Practitioners. The practice was established in 1988, its founder Harry Curtis having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1979. The practice, since inception, has been registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA), formerly the Public Accountants and Auditors Board (PAAB). The practice operates from Cape Town’s, southern suburbs and has clients which include corporations with small turnovers to retail companies with turnovers exceeding R150 million p.a, non-profit organisations, schools, body corporates, trusts, medical practitioners...

Kirkman Lanfear

Gardens, Cape Town, WC (16.7km from Westlake)
Kirkman Lanfear is a firm of chartered accountants, which has, between the partners, more than 75 years of experience. We like to believe that we offer our clients personalized and prompt services made possible by the use of systems and staff which ensure that all our clients needs are dealt with in an innovative, efficient and value-for-money basis. We are based in Cape Town, but have clients as far as Johannesburg and a few in Europe, the UK and USA. With the assistance of up-to-date technology we are able to service our long-distant clients with the same efficiency and timeliness...

eye design studio

Salt River, Cape Town, WC (16.9km from Westlake)
WE'RE CREATIVE It is our ability to meet the increasingly complex needs of our clients with innovative thinking that sets us apart. This is reflected in the broad range of sectors we work in. We design identities, brochures, reports, marketing campaigns, packaging and responsive websites. WE'RE PROFESSIONAL Our design services are tailored to your business needs and our mission is to create memorable print and digital campaigns with attention to details and with the results you want. We value intelligent, informed creative responses and our process is supported by research and strategic alignment. This approach ensures that our response is...

Frymer & Associates

Woodstock, Cape Town, WC (17km from Westlake)
Frymer and Associates was established in 1979 and with the knowledge and experience gained during the past 30 years are able to offer small and medium size businesses personalised and professional services at affordable rates. Today we are in the fortunate position of being affiliated with various members of the Cape Town Society who provide further specialised services in the fields of legal, financial advisory, brand strategy, business strategy, HR, wealth management, insurance and other critical business disciplines. Our staff composite is energetic, experienced and always eager to assist. Besides audit and accounting (including cost and management accounting), we specialise...

Bayside Accounting

Cape Town, WC (17.4km from Westlake)
Bookkeeping, tax and related services for your small to medium business enterprise.... Bayside Accounting will provide your small to medium business enterprise with bookkeeping and financial services, tax compliance and other business services. Our team focuses on managing compliance and other challenges faced by our clients in a professional, cost effective and timely manner.

K2 Accounting

Cape Town, WC (17.4km from Westlake)
We provide the full spectrum of accounting services from start to finish. All our work are done remotely and by Chartered Accountants. This makes our service affordable to everyone as our cost-saving we can carry over to you.

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Why hire a bookkeeper?

Many small to medium sized businesses and organisations employ the services of a bookkeeper in order to keep their financial records in order and to ensure that debtors pay their accounts as agreed and creditors are paid timeously. A bookkeeper tracks the daily financial movements within a business and is able to provide requested information on matters pertaining to the financial health of the business.

What can a bookkeeper help with?

Strong mathematical skills and analytical thinking

Bookkeepers have been in practice for centuries, with the descriptive name of “Bookkeeper” first appearing in the English language around 1555. In those far-off days, bookkeepers were responsible for manually recording and reconciling financial records in large books called ledgers, and all of their work was performed by hand, including all the necessary calculations. These days, calculators and computer programs perform many of these tasks automatically, but a bookkeeper is nevertheless required to have an excellent understanding of mathematical skills.

Payrolls, overtime and wages management

A bookkeeper is responsible for the accurate recording and historical storage of the records relating to all monetary transactions and assets such as property, machinery or vehicles within a company or organisation. Bookkeepers are responsible for the compiling of payrolls and paying of employees and in this regard they need to ensure that the information they have regarding the working hours of each employee is very accurate and takes into account factors such as overtime, sick- or unpaid-leave, and up-to-date details relating to the wages of each employee. Employees are the lifeblood of any business, and unhappy staff who may have been incorrectly underpaid may bring the organisation to a critical halt very quickly.

Bookkeepers handle many aspects of the financial affairs of a business, including responsibilities such as bank deposits, calculating VAT returns and payments, submitting accounts to clients and following up on payment, paying creditors, handling and recording cash, credit card and online EFT payments, daily checking and reconciling the online bank account/s of the business, and preparing business accounts up to trial balance stage on an annual basis for presentation to the accountant or external auditors to sign off. Bookkeepers are tasked with preparing monthly accounts which are provided to management and may be presented at monthly Board meetings. It must be noted that a bookkeeper does not shoulder the full accountability relating to the business accounts, as this falls within the responsibility of a qualified accountant, but is a vital component in the preparation, compiling and recording of the daily accounting functions which are required.

Fulltime or per-project basis

A bookkeeper may be employed as a full- or part-time permanent member of staff, but very small businesses may choose to use the services of an external bookkeeper as and when required.  In such cases, the bookkeeper is provided with all the necessary information required by the business owner but will probably not have access to the online bank accounts of the company, and is reliant on monthly bank statements provided to him or her to reconcile debtors and creditors accounts and VAT returns. Appointing an external bookkeeper is a viable and cost-effective method of keeping financial records accurate and updated and presenting professional accounts and monthly statements to clients without having to carry the cost of a permanent employee. This arrangement suits many bookkeepers who prefer to work for a number of different clients and can arrange their working lives around family commitments. Such contract bookkeepers are very professional in their dealings with clients, although one must be aware that sometimes they may not be immediately available during periods when they are out of office during the preparation of annual accounts for another company, or may be away on leave. If this is not going to be a major problem for the small business owner, then this is probably the best route to follow.

How to choose the right bookkeeper?

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Your company or small business is important to you, and you obviously want to use the services of an experienced and conscientious bookkeeper who can be relied on to keep the financial wheels of the business turning smoothly. If you are planning to permanently employ a bookkeeper, you can either advertise the position directly or use the services of a recruitment company to find the right applicant. Professional recruitment companies will check references and present the best candidates for interview, thus giving you peace of mind and preventing you having to interview many possibly unsuitable people. If you are looking for a contract bookkeeper, the best option would be to use word of mouth referrals from business associates or friends. Alternatively, you can contact reputable bookkeepers who advertise their services online or through newspapers, and make arrangements to meet with them personally to discuss your needs and budget. Always check testimonials from previous and existing clients, either by asking for telephone numbers and contacting them directly, or checking online reviews that they have posted. Uptasker is a valuable resource in finding contract bookkeepers in your area and checking their online reviews.

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Top bookkeeper tips

Do not cut corners when selecting a bookkeeper for your business, particularly when opting to use a contract bookkeeper. Choose a professional with whom you feel comfortable, has contactable references who provide good feedback, has an understanding of your business if possible and whose work is promptly and professionally delivered. Agree a monthly retainer fee which suits you both, and you will then be able to concentrate fully on your business, knowing that the financial aspects will be well taken care of. For more tips, see our bookkeeper articles.

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