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What's The Difference Between An Accountant And A Bookkeeper?

Do you know which one you need?


Posted by Alison Mead on 29/04/2024 @ 8:00AM

Bookkeeping and accounting are two essential aspects of running any business. But what's the difference between the two? And how do you know which one you need?

Bookkeeping and accounting are two essential aspects of running a business!

Bookkeeping and accounting are two essential aspects of running a business!

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Let's take a look at the key differences between bookkeeping and accounting, and help you decide which one is right for your business:

  • Bookkeeping is the process of recording and tracking financial transactions. This includes everything from sales and purchases to payroll and expenses. Bookkeepers typically use accounting software to track these transactions and generate reports.

  • Accounting is the process of interpreting and analyzing financial information. Accountants use this information to help businesses make financial decisions, such as how much to invest or where to cut costs. Accountants also prepare financial statements, such as income statements and balance sheets.

The key difference between bookkeeping and accounting is that bookkeeping is a transactional process, while accounting is an analytical process. Bookkeeping is focused on recording and tracking financial transactions, while accounting is focused on interpreting and analyzing that information.

Bookkeepers can help you:

  • Stay organized and compliant with financial regulations

  • Track your spending and make informed financial decisions

  • Generate financial statements and reports

  • Get a clear picture of your business's financial health

Accountants can help you:

  • Make informed financial decisions

  • Avoid costly mistakes

  • Maximize your profits

  • Comply with financial regulations

  • Get a clear picture of your business's financial health

The best way to decide which one you need is to consult with a qualified financial professional. They can help you assess your specific needs and recommend the best solution for your business.

In conclusion, bookkeeping and accounting are two essential aspects of running a business. Understanding the key differences between the two means you can make informed decisions about which one is right for your business.

Until next time ...



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About Alison Mead ...


Alison loves bookkeeping and supporting bookkeepers. She has been helping clients to be better bookkeepers in Sage 50 for over 24 years and has been Xero Accredited in accounts and payroll for a number of years too.

She specialises in a very unique hand-holding method of training, helping bookkeepers and business owners to use their accounts software as and when they need support in setting up and producing their invoices, reports and financial information.

Alison combines her role at Silicon Bullet with her Forever Living network marketing businesses and is often to be seen at business networking meetings as she likes to keep busy.

You know what they say: if you want something done well ask a busy person!


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