Need someone to ask questions when bookkeeping gets too difficult? Here is a web site that might be of interest.
We collect a lot of web sites that could be handy if you run a business. Rather than keep the list to ourselves, we figure we might as well share them.
Today's site is the Australian Bookkeepers Network. The site pitches itself as a place for bookkeepers to email "qualified accountants and ABN representatives" for help and technical support.
The catch is you have to be a member, which costs $462 per year (monthly payments are accepted). That's not pocket change, but you do get the following:
- "...qualified accountants offering one-on-one communication that is fast and reliable."
- Topics the ABN team can help with include "bookkeeping questions on BAS-related matters, GST, income tax, PAYG, superannuation, FBT, legal issues and any other topics relevant to bookkeeping."
- They can also comment on "ethical issues that may arise or offer professional advice as a second opinion."
- We notice they are currently offering members an email publication called "Getting Technical" with includes advice on "emerging technical issues that bookkeepers face in practice." This includes "Instant asset write-off & Hire purchases & GST."
You can also join the Australian Bookkeepers Association. The ABA will go beyond the ABN's scope by providing members with additional training opportunities, and reducing the number of hours of relevant experience needed to apply for or renew BAS Tax Agent registration.
ABN members are invited to join the ABA as founding members, and their first year ABA membership fee (initially $55) will be waived.
Running any type of small business can be a lonely life, especially for sole practitioners or traders, and establishing and maintaining connections with peers might help.