Once you have decided to outsource your bookkeeping tasks, it is time to find a bookkeeper. There are a few things you should consider when looking for a bookkeeper.
Location: Do you want someone you can see in person, or are you comfortable with the idea of only communicating via phone, email, and online? If you are fine with hiring someone you won’t physically meet with, it opens up your options a lot. You could have a bookkeeper who lives in a different city, state, and even country than you. If you want someone more local, your options become more limited.
Services: Figure out what services your business needs. Once you know what you need, you can look for a bookkeeper who offers those services.
Cost: Some bookkeepers will charge you by the hour, while others will charge you a flat monthly/per-project fee. Depending on what your business needs, one option may be cheaper than the other. Get a quote from a few different bookkeepers to see what works best for you.
Reputation: The reason you are outsourcing your bookkeeping needs is probably to lessen your stress and headaches, so finding a bookkeeper who is reliable, knowledgeable, and a great communicator is a must. Check reviews and talk to current and previous clients of any potential bookkeeper.