Accounting vs. Bookkeeping

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Bookkeeping and accounting are imperative for any business. Being on top of your finances is essential for a thriving business. Many people use these terms interchangeably but there are important distinctions between the two. So let’s break it down below: Accounting vs Bookkeeping.

What is a Bookkeeper?

A bookkeeper is an individual who keeps a record of a business’ cash flow; everything that comes in and goes out. They prepare financial statements based on this data for accountants and business owner’s to decipher as well. 

Generally, bookkeeping duties include:

  • Record financial transactions
  • Post debits/credits
  • Produce invoices
  • Manage payroll
  • Maintaining and balancing ledgers

What is an Accountant?

An accountant can also be considered a bookkeeper, but not the other way around. The main function of an accounting role is keeping and interpreting financial data. Accountants can work in-house, for a particular company or as part of a firm, or an outsourced business services.

An accountant is responsible for:

  • Analyzing and verifying financial data
  • Generating reports
  • Auditing
  • Financial Reporting
  • Preparing and filing tax returns
  • Advising business owner on impact of financial decisions

CPA

A CPA is a certified public accountant or an individual that has passed the CPA exam and is licensed by the state they work in. An accountant can be a CPA, but not all accountants are CPAs.

Outsourcing Accounting and Bookkeeping

In summary, bookkeepers record financial data and accountants analyze that data, guiding business owners on how to be as profitable  Both roles are essential for business. There are many reasons to outsource your accounting and bookkeeping but the most important one is doing so will save you time and money! 

Greenlight Financial has a dedicated team of experts in bookkeeping and accounting that will guide and support you every step of the way. Worry less about your books and focus on building your business with our outsourced accounting services. Contact us today for a free quote.

8 Responses
  1. Thanks for helping me understand that an accountant would be able to keep and interpret financial data. I just wanted to know how important they are for businesses. It seems that they are vital to ensure that your money will move seamlessly and keep you from being short in budget and finances.

  2. I found it interesting when you talked about financial professionals and their different roles in a business. Recently, one of my friends mentioned he’s interested in starting a business. I believe any big or small company could benefit from working with a financial expert, so I’ll be sure to suggest it to my friend. Thanks for the information on bookkeepers and their main tasks.

  3. I liked it when you shared that a bookkeeper is an individual who keeps a record of a business’ cash flow. This will help to make sure that all financial transactions are recorded in an organized manner. I would like to think if a company needs to hire a bookkeeping service, it should consider hiring the one that is reliable and experienced.

  4. My friend has been having issues with managing his taxes for his business. It makes sense that getting a bookkeeper might be beneficial. That seems like a good way to ensure that I put everything together properly.

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