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Four reasons to outsource your accounting function

October 25, 2021 Article 3 min read
Authors:
Jeff Dolowy Mark Scovera Rebecca Kelley

Now’s the time to get creative to improve efficiency and save money. Here’s an idea you may not have thought of — and four reasons why you might love it.

Man working in a modern looking office working at his desk alone.In the wake of disruption, you may feel that you need to play it safe, but surviving requires transformative action. Ideas that once seemed like too much effort or too much change are now being given a second look by savvy leaders trying to get the most out of their people, processes, and technology to save money, increase efficiency, and create more predictability.

A wise entrepreneur once said, “If you’re not an expert in it, outsource it.” When it comes to accounting, we wholeheartedly agree, especially for startups, small businesses, and companies that are accustomed to, or have adjusted to, working remotely. Outsourced accounting will be most beneficial if you have a small accounting team or none at all, aren’t getting what you want out of your current accounting department or feel trapped by burdensome accounting issues. This article explains the benefits of outsourcing accounting. If you’re still not sure what path to take, take our outsourced accounting assessment. The results may surprise you.

Outsourced accounting is most beneficial if you have a small accounting team or none at all or feel trapped by burdensome accounting issues.

1. Outsourced accounting can save you time and money

Saving money is often imperative — the future is unpredictable, and disruptions can cause businesses to quickly lose revenue. The unknown costs of finding and hiring the right accounting staff, paying salaries, and equipping your team with the best devices and technology can all be replaced with one predictable cost when you outsource. Having fewer employees may also mean you’ll need to lease less office space. And whether or not you have a significant reduction in costs with outsourced accounting, you can definitely expect a more efficient use of your money and a lot of time saved.

Hiring, equipping, and training staff also takes an immense amount of time and can be quite frustrating if accounting isn’t your expertise. Do you know how to pick the right accountant and the right accounting software? You could probably figure it out, but outsourced accounting experts already have what you need. They’ll have the depth of knowledge required to give you the exact information you want and an expert to interpret the results for you. That means you’ll have the right data to empower your decision-making and the time to focus on growing your business.

2. Remote work is easier and more efficient than ever

Savvy accounting firms have been investing in cloud technology and other tools that make it easier to work remotely for quite some time; however, many of these firms haven’t taken their technology to the next level to optimize their service. When you outsource your accounting, you’ll be working with a team that already has all the technological tools they need to get the job done right without being on-site. And if remote work makes you miss walking over to someone’s desk to ask a question or give direction, you’ll be relieved to know that outsourced accounting will provide high-quality work, right on time, without having to ask.

3. Outsourced accounting services give you the power of a full accounting firm

It’s hard to beat the efficiency and effectiveness of an actual accounting firm. While you may only work with a small team at the firm, that team has access to experts who specialize in a range of topics like federal tax, state tax, technical accounting, and employee benefits, to name a few. They also have great resources and industry connections for further support. When you engage a firm like Plante Moran that does much more than just accounting, your team can easily connect to other consultants in the firm from cybersecurity consulting to wealth management — the service you get is so much more than what’s possible with one or two internal people.

Another convenience factor — when your point person goes out of town, there’s a whole team of people to seamlessly fill in. You won’t need to worry about vacation time or illness, hiring and firing, benefits, or anything else that comes with staffing. The firm will handle it all for you.

4. Outsourced accounting services enable transformation

Taking a creative and innovative approach to your finance and accounting functions will soften the blow when disruption inevitably strikes. This is a transformational moment. Use it to your advantage. If you’ve been frustrated with your current accounting situation or it no longer serves you as well as you think it could, take our outsourced accounting assessment or give us a call. We’d love to talk through your options with you.

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