Sometimes, common sense and what we believe don’t go hand in hand. For example, if we put our logical brains to work we’ll eventually arrive at the conclusion that achieving rock solid computer security compliance is impossible if we don’t enlist the help of experts. It makes perfect sense. But on the flipside of that same understanding comes the arrival of every single fear that’s ever been ingrained in us about the inherent dangers of handing over control of sensitive operations to a third party.
So go our thoughts about outsourcing accounting. But the fact is, unless you’re adept at bookkeeping yourself and know how to use simple accounting software to balance your company’s books, you’re eventually going to have to hire someone else to do it. Ultimately, the question comes down to: is it smart to hire an outsourced bookkeeping firm? Your common sense – the part of you that understands that outsourcing is far cheaper than keeping a fulltime employee on the books – is probably urging you to take the outsourced route, but your fears are likely screaming at you to trust no one.
When this happens, you have to learn how to separate logic from fear. The fact is, most people have been lied to about the safety and security of outsourced accounting. You may have even heard some of these unfortunately effective zingers:
· Cloud accounting is risky; you can’t trust the technology.
· Change is bad – if it works, don’t fix it.
· Small business bookkeeping requires no special skills, so might as well do it yourself.
· Simple accounting software can ably handle all of your bookkeeping needs.
· Computer security compliance shouldn’t concern you if you’re a small business.
All of the above are outright fallacies. Cloud accounting via remote channels is only as risky as your failure to verify the security procedures of the outsourced company. Bookkeeping requires skill and experience, and software is no replacement for that. As for computer security compliance, it’s critical whether you’re a sole proprietor or a major corporation – and change, as much as some of us may detest it, is inevitable.
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