The value in not providing traditional accounting services
When most people hear CPA they immediately think tax and audit. Lavoie CPA does NOT provide either service. So, what do we do? We provide world class accounting bundled with leading technology (Accounting as a Service) to help our clients succeed . But why don’t we provide tax or audit services?
- Our focus is helping grow your business. We provide financial intelligence you can rely on to make informed financial decisions.
- We don’t want to become tax experts. Staying on top of changes to tax laws and regulations is an exhaustive process. We rather partner with tax professionals and focus on what we do best – help grow your business!
- We can’t audit ourselves. Since we provide leading finance and accounting services, we can’t audit our own work. However, our clients are always audit ready!
Why do clients come
to Lavoie CPA since we don’t do tax or audit?
- We help grow sales.
- We turn finance into a strategic asset.
- We keep cost under control.
- We eliminate distractions and let our clients focus on what they do best.
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As automation, control, and period-end tasks are embedded within day-to-day activities, accountants are freed from manual work.
Freeing finance from manual work not only saves time that can be allocated to continuous process improvement and preventative controls, it also gives accountants access to game-changing, real-time data so they can provide analysis and business intelligence at the point of need.
Technology is disrupting the way business is run, and accountants need to reskill and upskill to meet the demands of both internal and external stakeholders.
- It’s an organization win.
Strategic accounting doesn’t just benefit finance. Access to and quick analysis of real-time data helps the entire organization become more agile, responsive, and proactive.
- Increased employee engagement and reduced hiring costs.
Bored, tired, burned out staff is a flight risk. But working on something meaningful, like strategy creation, increases engagement, investment, and ultimately, retention.
- Functioning as a strategic force.
Today, finance organizations have access to the real-time information that is so crucial to functioning strategically.
This creates the opportunity for accounting and finance teams to function as a strategic force in the organization. CFOs, controllers, and other accounting leaders can now help the business act proactively instead of reactively by providing up-to-the-minute analysis and intelligence.
The Path to Success In the Modern Marketplace
Implementing necessary technologies can be expensive. Documenting current state and designing desired future state and is often time consuming. As a result, companies are turning to service providers to help with the process. This may entail a consulting project, augmenting current staff or even becoming the finance and accounting department.
Founders create businesses because they have a passion or expertise in providing particular goods or services to market and often get caught up on focusing on items outside of their expertise. Being a startup means there’s always more work to do, and not enough time to do it. It is easy to get caught in numerous non-value add tasks that take anyway from working on the business. That’s why most success startups outsource certain tasks to companies or individuals who specialize in providing valuable time-saving services for a fee.
With all the advancements in technology, it’s easier and more convenient than ever to outsource. Here are five things you should consider outsourcing to experts.
1. Accounting & Finance
Most entrepreneurs are not Accountants. However, understanding cash flows or analyzing profitability of a business is vital to its success. Too often startups neglect building an accounting process until profits go downhill or cash slowly drains away. Setting up an accounting process for your startup is critical to the long-term success. An accounting process is also important because it allows your business to look forward. Startups or small businesses that that don’t have an accounting process in place find themselves trapped by past actions or constantly worried about having enough money to pay bills.
In addition to accounting process, setting up an accounting system is important for your startup as it will allow you to see how your business is doing and allow you to make decisions to strategically position your business for growth.
Look for a firm that does more than just bookkeeping. Partnering with someone that goes beyond debits and credits and gives advice on such things as cashflow will help set you up for success. Technology is vital to help provide necessary insights.
2. Graphic Design and Web Development.
Coming up with a brand-defining logo, an attractive website, and print materials can be extremely time consuming and difficult to get right. Using a professional graphic designer will help your business look its best. They understand a lot of things that you may overlook. Whatever your goals, there’s a graphic designer with the talent, aesthetic sensibilities, and visual skills to fulfill your vision and enhance your company brand.
Look for a graphic designer that offers web development to help streamline the process and provide a unified message.
3. Web Research.
Prospecting for new business and keeping up with the latest developments in your industry can be time consuming and daunting. A web researcher can research information you, whether it’s gathering information and statistics for an upcoming presentation or looking up the names of companies and contacts for a leads list. They can also organize this material in a form that’s easy to use and read.
4. Administrative Assistance.
If half your day is spent sifting through your overflowing email inbox, returning call and making travel arrangement, a virtual administrative assistant (VA) may be just what you need to streamline that frustrating process and keep you from being inundated by a constant stream of on administrative tasks that keep you from more value-added items.
Before you waste your time on something that is not in your expertise, consider outsourcing. This will make your to-do list shorter and free you up to focus on the things you’re best at and that generate the most income for your business.
Most companies that are thriving view accounting as a strategic function. Companies relying on bookkeeping have a hard time keeping up in today’s changing climate. Bookkeeping by itself does not provide opportunities. In a fiercely competitive work environment, companies that properly manage finance can grow and protect themselves from risk.
The opportunities are exciting for the future but it also comes with lots of challenges. Too many companies are stuck looking into the past because of lack of expertise and or technology. It is important to understand the past, but essential to have the knowledge and tools to be able to see in real-time and make educated predictions into the future. As companies grow, hiring and retaining qualified employees can be a difficult task with lots of uncertainty.
A growing number are relying on Accounting as a Service (AaaS) to gain a competitive advantage. AaaS combines tactical and strategic accounting and includes leading software.
Top 3 benefits of Accounting as a Service:
- Focus on Core
- Concentrate on growing the business
- Efficiency gains
- Eliminate staff turnover complexities
- Ability to scale as you grow
- Professional Expertise
- Qualified controlled/CFO leading accounting and finance department
- Improve cash flow
- Reduce financial risk
- Audit ready at all times
- Real-time visibility into your business performance
- Increased security
- Reduced IT headaches
- Integration with other applications to eliminate information silos
Forward thinking companies put themselves a head of the curve. Interested in learning more about Accounting as a Service? Contact us.
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are often driven by a passion or cause – not spending hours on accounting and financial management.
SMBs face many financial challenges that affect cash flow including hiring new employees, increasing profits, employee healthcare, growing revenue and properly managing expenses.
Fortunately, technology has changed the game for SMBs. In the last decade, new technologies have enabled SMBs to compete with large enterprises.
Technology is only part of the equation. Accounting as a Service (AaaS) is a hybrid solution that combines services with software; thus, the client can enjoy the benefits of professional expertise and leading cloud technology. This lays a great foundation, allowing companies to focus on revenue generating activities. They are able to focus on future growth instead of being stuck analyzing the past.
10 Benefits of Accounting as a Service
- Real-time visibility to your business performance via dashboards
- Reduce financial risk
- Increase productivity
- Be audit ready at all times
- Improved process flow and automation
- Eliminate staff turnover
- Cost savings
- Increased security
- Reduced IT headaches (upgrades and maintenance)
- Integration with your other applications to eliminate information silos
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Outsourced Accounting or Accounting as a Service (AaaS) provider can be the catalyst to take your organization to the next level. For some SMBs, accounting is not looked at as a strategic function of the organization, but it should be. It also shouldn’t take focus away from growing your core business. Lots of SMBs don’t consider Outsourcing. Here are 5 main reasons why.
1) They think it is too expensive
By using Accounting as a Service, you have access to shared service center. Providers have put a lot of investment, thought, and execution into their model and have staffed accordingly. With an AaaS provider you now have access to a full accounting department that often is less expensive than one full-time FTE. This doesn’t even figure in technology costs that come with the service.
2) It is the same as bookkeeping services
Bookkeepers are responsible for recording daily financial transactions. Controllers are responsible for financial reporting, internal audit and internal controls. CFO are responsible for financial planning, financial data analysis and strategic planning. By relying only upon a bookkeeper you are stuck looking in the past and cannot see into the future to effectively make critical decisions for your business. AaaS providers ensure daily transactions are done correctly but also greatly reduce risks and provide necessary forward-thinking strategy to help growth your business.
3) We can just do the same in-house
For most SMBs it is hard to justify the expense of having a bookkeeper, controller, VP of finance and CFO. All positions have importance. You don’t want to pay a senior level person to do daily transactions and you definitely don’t want to ask an entry level person to manage financial risks.
4) We cannot have any finance staff in-house
Often AaaS providers work with internal staff to fill voids. Yes, providers can function as the entire finance department but often work with existing staff to help maximize their production.
5) We have more control and stability by utilizing in-house staff
Employees turnover and training are always on the minds of companies. If you don’t have a defined professional develop plan for each employee, you are at risk of losing your top talent to other opportunities. By using an AaaS provider you eliminate the risk of employee turnover. You also will not miss a beat when people people are out sick, on vacation, or on leave.
What do I get with an AaaS?
- Enterprise software platform (workflow, automation, dashboards etc)
- Vendors paid on-time
- Customers billed on-time and accurately
- Employee expenses captured and reimbursed
- Cash transactions reconciled
- Timely payables collection
- Accounts analyzed and reconciled on an ongoing basis
- Financial and management reports delivered on-time and accurately
- Scalability and rapid deployment, when needed
- Regulatory compliance delivered
- Audit ready
- A finance and accounting function that is STRATEGIC