As an accounting and tax firm owner, you always have to put getting things done more efficiently and at a lower cost. Even after the grueling tax season gets over, your clients come in every day with more work and queries. Managing everything can become quite overwhelming.
An excellent way to streamline your workflow is by outsourcing specific tasks to external accounting teams like QXAS who can turn them around faster and more accurately than your in-house staff.
If you haven’t outsourced before, you may be uncertain about whether or not it can profit your business. Trust us - keep the following tips in mind to make the most of outsourcing, and you will be fine:
1. Decide which tasks can be profitably outsourced
The main thumb rule when it comes to outsourcing is to choose those functions that can be done more efficiently by a vendor or which are less profitable for your in-house team to do. For instance, tax return management is a routine task that can be done much faster by an outsourced accountant.
Outsourcing also frees up your in-house team to concentrate on building long-term relationships with your clients or offering high margin consulting and advisory services. Come, see us at XeroCon San Diego 2019 to learn more.
2. Schedule interviews to assess skills
While a staffing agency can shortlist outsourced accountants, it is essential for you to personally interact with the candidates to ensure that their skills and professional attitude are the right fit for your business.
You can even give them a quick test to judge the qualification for which you are hiring them, such as bookkeeping or tax filing. To make the right call, these are the six traits of a perfect accounting outsourcing service provider.
3. Communicate clearly and often
Given that you don't physically interact on a daily basis, clear communication is the most critical aspect of working with outsourced accountants. Schedule regular calls with them to ensure that work is happening as per the schedule, and assist them if they have any difficulties.
Workspace tools such as Slack, Trello, and Jira are useful for ensuring regular communication among all your employees and also to share important announcements. Interested to know more, let’s meet at XeroCon San Diego 2019.
4. Do not micro-manage
The biggest mistake CPA firm owners make concerning outsourcing is to continually micro-manage the outsourced accountants. You have hired them because you believe that they are qualified and experienced enough to do the job. Thus, give them enough space to do so freely and at their own pace.
One useful tip in this regard is to set up guidelines for outsourced accountants, such as project deadlines and email or instant messaging response times.
5. Consider moving to the Cloud
Businesses around the world are embracing the cloud technology, and the accounting industry is no exception. If you haven’t already moved your business to the Cloud, consider doing so as that will not only make it working with outsourced accountants much more comfortable but also help you retrieve your data whenever you need it.
Most accounting & tax firms we work with face difficult decisions regarding their growth. Based on our understanding, their key challenges include increasing margins, improving efficiency, and freeing up the time of senior staff to focus on business development.
That’s where QXAS enters the picture to address these issues with its professional and reliable accounting services.
Our 500+ qualified accountants, including 50+ Xero-certified professionals, can deliver day-to-day accounting & bookkeeping, routine taxation work along with monthly financials and financial consult - so you can scale up your business in a cost-effective and risk-averse way.
If this is something that interests you, then let’s meet and have a quick discussion!
The good news is we will be attending the XeroCon San Diego 2019 this June 18-19, and we were hoping if we could meet there.
Please consider this email as a personal invitation to meet us and learn how our services can reduce your pain points. We are a team of XERO-certified accountants serving many Xero silver, gold and platinum partners - we know what we are doing.