Mani Malarvannan
Mani Malarvannan is cofounder of Cybelink, a company specializes in small business financial and accounting outsourcing like Bookkeeping, Tax, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, etc. For more info visit
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Solutions to Reduce Your Accounting Expenses

Mani Malarvannan

July 26, 2007

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A good number of small business owners overlook the basic importance of accounting and bookkeeping to curtail regular expenditure. You may often come across many other small business houses that are in constant search for lower and lower account expense. Every small business owner knows that major portions of account management costs are eaten up by accounting software and accounting professionals.
Is there any solution that can save our accounting expenses!

Using Accounting Software

If you are not using a small business accounting software, consider using it right now. Small business accounting software will empower you to manage your accounts and financial information effectively. It will also reduce the time and money spent on overall accounting. Effective use of small business accounting software can make it possible to review all the data relevant to accounts payable, accounts receivable, invoices, and inventories. Such software may also be used with other popular software such as Microsoft Office for better results. By reducing personnel needed for accounting not only are accounting expenses reduced but also the possibility of errors in accounting is reduced drastically.

Outsourcing Accounting to an Offshore Service Provider

Outsourcing accounting and financial related tasks to an offshore service provider can reduce accounting costs significantly. Small business owners can avoid hiring full-time or part-time accounting professionals; instead they can use an offshore accounting services provider for all their accounting tasks. Many small businesses have reported savings of thousands of dollars by outsourcing to a reliable and competent service provider capable of providing accounting services like bookkeeping, business taxes, accounts payable, accounts receivables, and account settlement. One such example is of a real estate company in St. Paul, MN that benefited from the expertise and experience of Cybelink, an offshore service provider. Cybelink translated the company's accounts, which were mainly in Excel files and converted them into QuickBooks. This change in accounting allowed the client to review easily the weekly, monthly and yearly reports of financial transactions of the business. The accounting system set up by Cybelink allowed the client to communicate easily with their CPA and helped the real estate company to make informed business decisions.

Accounting Processes Standardization
Small business owners should see their entire accounting processes and standardize them within their company. The standardization should occur within their accounting processes and in their technology. For example, if two different employees engaged for accounts receivable and accounts payable and say if they use the customer list stored in two different computers, it is a problem. As a small business owner you should ask following questions:

  • Can these two different processes be combined?
  • Why the customer list stored in different computers?
If you look around the company you may see several inefficiencies in your accounting processes and how it is carried out. Fixing them will save you time and money.

Financial Controls
Financial controls are used to ensure that financial transactions are recorded accurately and the financial management system is not tampered with intentionally or unintentionally. Mere generation of accounting information is not enough, it is also important to make use of it for the growth of the business. All business owners should understand basic accounting and they should be able to read financial statements like balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and cash flow statement.

Indirect Expenses Related to Accounting
By creating a systematic and efficient accounting setup a small business can also lower the costs it would bear for tax return preparation or the fees to pay to the tax professionals. All the required information and data is easily found and well presented. For example, say you use QuickBooks for all your accounting and financial transactions, then with a click of a button you can export all the data to sent to you CPA for year-end tax purposes. If you are keeping your financial data in different software like Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word it is difficult to consolidate the data, it will be a time-consuming and error prone process for the staff to prepare the data to send to CPA.

If you want to reduce accounting expenses, than streamlining the whole accounting procedure is a better idea than cutting corners. However, if you follow the steps mentioned above, you can easily save a lot of money.


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