Accounting

10 things to do this Christmas!

Posted on 15/12/2017

Hey CPA, are you going to let an extensive workload ruin Christmas this year? We hope not. Avail outsourced bookkeeping and accounting services, and do these 10 things to keep stress at bay and live it up this Christmas. May the joy and cheer of the season keep your spirits high, and workload low. So read on to know how you can steer clear of long hours this holiday season.

10 things to do this Christmas!

It isn’t realistic to say holidays can be stress-free. Anyone who has been through caroling, greeting cards, shopping, eggnog, stockings and lighting, knows for a fact that holidays are anything but stress-free.

But the point here is, what kind of stress do you prefer these holidays – planning Christmas, or working long hours at the office? Honest to God, we hope you said “planning Christmas”, because that kind of stress is bittersweet. The memories and happiness Christmas brings, lasts an entire year! Although, if you’re about to spend the holidays in front of your computer, we really do feel sorry for you.

How can CPAs and Accounting Firms, steer clear of workload this Christmas?

The simple answer to this is to outsource your accounting and bookkeeping to Velan Bookkeeping. We can help you tackle the entire workload with dexterity. We set realistic expectations with our clients when it comes to delivery times and rest assured you get the highest quality output. So this holiday season, if you want work to be completed while you’re spending time with your family, call Velan Bookkeeping at  +1 (516) 717 2049  or email us at  info@velaninfo.com  and we’ll make sure that you get enough time off from work to decorate the best Christmas tree ever!

Here are 10 things you absolutely need to do this Christmas

10. Sing Christmas Carols

Here are 5 most popular Christmas Carols to sing this year.

  • Silent Night
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Once in Royal David’s City
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • God rest you merry, Gentlemen.

9. Send Christmas Greetings

Missed it last year? Prep up for the perfect family picture and log in to one of the many online portals for sending Christmas Greetings. Make sure everyone in your family knows that this CPA is sipping warm cocoa with his family this Christmas, and not working late!

8. Shopping

No more last minute gifts. Thanks to outsourced bookkeeping and accounting, you’ve got more time on your hands and that means a better shopping experience! No more rush hour shopping – pick the best and plan your budget. You can do budgets like no one can!

7. Watch Movies

Yes! Spend time with your loved ones and watch all the movies you missed the entire year! Or if you’d rather, cuddle in and check out this list of top-grossing holiday films complied by CNBC.

6. Attend Parties

Go on and meet all your friends & relatives or just take your special someone to that happening nightclub, because after outsourcing to Velan, you’re going to have a relaxed winter knowing for a fact that we’re already working on delivering terrific quality in a commendable TAT!

5. Drink that eggnog

If you’re out of the “love it or hate it” dilemma, take a look at George Washington’s very own recipe for Eggnog – just remember that he forgot to record how many eggs he used! A dozen sounds likely to us though.

4. Make cookies

Or stock them up and start munching. We’re serious.

3. Hang stockings

Santa can drop by you know.

2. Bring out the lighting

Show some Christmas love to your home. Bring out the lights and get down to decorating. What’s Christmas without lights and a makeshift snowman?

1. Decorate the Tree

Decorate your Christmas tree with stars, turtle doves, candy canes, and what not. While some Americans get to have a real tree, an artificial indoor tree is a great option too! So put your DIY skills to good use and decorate a mind-blowing tree this time!

Outsource bookkeeping and accounting to Velan Bookeeping and find time to do all that’s listed on the “10 things to do this Christmas” list! Call us @ +1 (516) 717 2049 or email to info@velaninfo.com and we’ll ensure your work continues as usual while you get time to enjoy Christmas.

Topics: Accounting


Outsourcing Issues? 3 Minutes to Ace Outsourcing

Posted on 04/12/2017

If you’re wondering how your competitors sail smoothly with outsourcing – there is no magic trick to it. Every business faces issues with outsourcing and you’re not alone – especially if you’re a first-timer with outsourcing. But just like any other business function and every other industry, outsourcing has its share of potholes and pitfalls. But doesn’t it strike you uncanny that 78% of Fortune 500 companies outsource major business processes like Payroll, Accounting, Financial reporting Services etc.? We’re going to reveal in this post how the biggies have aced outsourcing – in 3 minutes.

Now that we have your precious 3 minutes, we’re going to tell you about the top 3 problems that plague the outsourcing industry by no real fault of the outsourcing provider. No, we’re not clearing the air but outlining the responsibilities of businesses that choose to outsource. More often than not we’ve seen businesses walking away from the benefits of outsourcing with the “grapes are sour” feeling. Most of such businesses have associated reluctantly with Velan but have ever since, been long-term clients of Velan. Identifying problems are the first step to overcoming them – we’re going to help you with the former and expect you to mitigate effectively.

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3 Minutes To Ace Accounting

1. Understanding the Contract and the post-contract processes

While enrolling in a contract, not just first-timers but even old-timers may go wrong. When old-timers sometimes bring in a notion of “this is how we worked with my last association”, they fail to fathom what the outsourcing provider has currently outlined in the contract and worse yet, fail to communicate their granular expectations to the outsourcing provider. A few questions worth asking:

  • With the new outsourcing model in place, who in the client entity are eligible to make requests to the provider?
  • Does the client entity have an established workflow of sending tasks to the outsourcing provider?
  • Are new software tools/systems required? Who pays for those?
  • What kind of services can be availed?How to educate the client-side employees?
  • How are “emergency” change requests handled? What constitutes an “emergency”?

When it comes to ill understanding of the contract, it often happens that both parties dig their heels in and be reluctant to bend (e.g., the client feeling “Why is your contract different?”& “You have to deliver because I’m the customer” and the service provider feeling “we are delivering everything promised in the contract”).

2. Lack of support and failing to identify a Spoc on Client side

A significant problem in outsourcing implementations is lack of support from the client side. When an implementation is underway, it is imperative that the senior management at the client side has an active role and displays sufficient buy-in into the handshake. The case deteriorates when clients fail to identify a Single Point of Contact (SPoC) who will and is responsible to communicate regularly and delegate tasks to the outsourcing provider. This results in opt-out situations and the following may arise:

  • The outsourcing provider will shuttle deliveries of all tasks handed out and will be passive when the basket is empty.
  • The client is unprepared when they hit a roadblock.
  • Both the above cases pose a threat of “expectations not met”.

3. A pent-up demand for services

Let’s face it – outsourcing comes along ONLY after requirements have spent a long time without getting addressed! Requirements sit right in front of you but firms don’t outsource until the requirements go from desks to their seats and start pinching where they’re not supposed to. This can happen for two reasons:

  • The client is waiting for the right kind of expertise and experience to come along in the form of a reliable outsourcing provider or organization.
  • The client has designated limited funds for that function or outsourcing in general.

Both cases give rise to a pent-up demand which starts to look like a bunny being pushed through a hose when it reaches the outsourcing provider. You guessed it – the outsourcing provider struggles to fulfill this demand. This comes last on our list because we believe the outsourcing provider has a responsibility to set realistic expectations, timelines and service agreements prior to undertaking a contract. But even in cases where the outsourcing provider has clarified these nuances, the client feels unsatisfied because they’ve simply waited too long.

We hope your three minutes were put to good use and thank you for trusting us and reading this far. When outsourcing to Velan, we understand the above and strongly believe in educating the client beforehand. Rest assured, the “bunny through a hose” scenario rarely happens in Velan since we’re 500 employees strong and have the ability to quickly ramp up teams on short notice. We know high-volume demands like the back of our hands and have surprised many a client by exceeding their expectations.

If you’re looking to Outsourced Bookkeeping Services, Accounting, Financial Statements, Payroll, Accounts Receivables, Accounts Payables and taxation, Velan Bookkeeping can help you gain a competitive edge in the market with our steadfast and high-quality output.

Try us! Call  1-516-717-2049

 

Topics: Accounting


5 Statistically Proven Reasons Why Accounting Firms Consider Outsourcing

Posted on 26/10/2017

Not just accounting firms but even individual chartered accountants outsource bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, taxation and financial reporting to reliable firms. Around 80% of accounting firms prefer outsourcing against large in-house teams. But why? How does outsourcing help them achieve growth and benefits? You must’ve seen the benefits of outsourcing iterated, and reiterated in numerous blog posts. This post is going to give you hard statistics on why you should consider outsourcing bookkeeping and accounting as the next biggest move!

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SMEs: What are your competitors outsourcing?

  1. Outsourced payroll processing is at #1. Outsourced payroll processing helps companies uphold employee satisfaction with seamless and smooth processing. Outsourced payroll processing helps you strategically drive satisfaction levels of your employees – your biggest asset.
  2. Outsourced Accounts Payables falls next in line. A swift Accounts payables process can actually help you save money! Cash in on early-payment discounts and festive offers from all your vendors. As a business owner, it is an onus to follow up on such perks. But when outsourced, your AP works super smooth and helps you save money.
  3. Companies and organizations unanimously agree that Outsourced Accounts Receivables is a downright boon! Cash-flow-is-king goes without saying and timely AR is the key to maintaining bottom line!

CAs and Accounting Firms: Top 5Statistically proven reasons to outsource

  1. Increase in working capital: FAO (Finance and Accounting Outsourcing) has helped increase working capital by 25%
  2. Up to 40% costs savings againstthe cost of in-house accountants.
  3. An increase of 30% in timely & accurate delivery
  4. Outsourcing reduced review times for CAs and Accounting Firms by 60%
  5. 75% Accounting firms and CAs agree that they have more time to focus on their client relationships and business in general.

Have you Tried outsourcing?

A few of the prospective clients we approach, i.e. Chartered Accountants and Accounting Firms fall in the criteria we call “once-bitten-twice-shy”.

They’ve bitten the rotten side of the apple called outsourcing and hence can’t get themselves to give it another shot. Have you had a rotten outsourcing experience ever? Here’s where they (and perhaps you) have gone wrong.

There are 5 things you need to ensure before you outsource bookkeeping and accounting:

  1. Your partner company’s years in business: This matters! While we don’t mean to discourage you from liaising with new entrants to the FAO industry, the number of years in business and supporting testimonials is direct proof of the company’s reliability.
  2. Information security practices: It pays to associate with a company with established international standards of data security. Your clients’ financial data is highly private and you should demand that your outsourcing partner demonstrate their data security practices.
  3. Get a sample: Most companies do offer a free sample! Yes, so don’t stand back and just hand the contract without getting a taste of the quality of work being delivered.
  4. Setup an SLA: SLAs can work really well in determining the quality of the arrangement and association that ensues. Get comfy with your outsourcing partner and be transparent about the volume of work, expected TAT, error-thresholds, monthly retainer fees etc. This’ll eliminate unpleasant surprises.
  5. Cloud-ready: You must use EDI, so check whether your partner offers cloud-ready accountants. Check for QuickBooks Advisor level, XERO certifications and other such badges. In today’s modern world, it is in your best interest to hire accountants who have first-rate, hands-on experience with cloud-based bookkeeping and accounting softwares.

There are other great pointers that we’d love to add in here. But if you’re faced with a dilemma in terms of outsourcing bookkeeping and accounting, payroll processing or AP & AR, we’d love to connect with you and offer you a free 30-minute session with our advisor.

Even if there is an imminent roadblock in your line of business, our experts would be more than happy to assist you with your questions and inquiries. Whether about outsourcing or our service platter, feel free to  call us on  1-516-717-2049

Topics: Accounting


HAVE YOU TRIED SMARTSOURCING?

Posted on 05/10/2017

We keep iterating that running a business is nothing short of the 12 labors of Hercules. But if done right, you stand to attain an immortal business! Well not that dramatically, but certainly quite close. For CPA and accounting firms, it is easy to relate to the fact, that there are not enough hours in the day to do everything that needs to be done.

It could take eons for one man to build a tower, but leave 10 men to it and the productivity increases manifold! The key here is to find 10 men with the right skills – and that is what smart sourcing is all about! We present to you the top 3 areas in small business bookkeeping and small business accounting that can be smart sourced to positively propel your business.

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Smart sourcing literally comes down to smart outsourcing. Instead of randomly hiring people for your small business accounting, you need to figure out the areas where outsourcing can add the most value. We’ve outlined 5 top skills that can add the most value to your small business accounting when outsourced to the right organization:

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PAYROLL
Regardless of the size of your business, smooth payroll is the key to happy employees (your biggest asset). 90% businesses find that outsourcing payroll is a healthy alternative. Try it and find out today, why all your competitors are winning at employee relationships. Velan adeptly handles small business accounting, small business bookkeeping, payroll & taxation.

We offer specialized outsourcing services for CPA and accounting firms who handle payroll for their clients. Contact us to find out more! CPA and accounting firms at a global level, trust Velan to deliver quality coupled with quick TAT.

FINANCIAL REPORTING
The need of specialized experience becomes clear when looking at financial reporting. Hiring an efficient resource for financial reporting is the difference between getting by with small business bookkeeping or small business accounting and using bookkeeping to help your business grow!

Smart sourcing your financial reporting is not just another way to spend money on your business, but rather the right way to spend money on your business. Save money by hiring skilled resources from Velan Bookkeeping!

WE LOVE BOOKKEEPING
As a closing note, Velan resources are cloud-ready and well-versed with most cloud-based accounting software such as MYOB, SAGE, PeachTree, CSA, QuickBooks etc. So if you’re a CPA or accounting firm, we’re teeming with experienced and certified resources!

Small business bookkeeping and small business accounting are best left to experts and that’s why you need to entrust outsourcing to a reliable organization like Velan Bookkeeping. A lot of our clients are CPA and accounting firms who’ve reported significant savings and growth by outsourcing to us.

Call us today @ + 1-516-717-2049.

Topics: Accounting


Financial Softwares: What does Gartner’s MQ say?

Posted on 15/09/2017

Gartner has released its first-ever Magic Quadrant for Core Cloud Financial Software Management Suites! Concentrating solely on Cloud-based ERP which serves mid-sized, large and global organizations. At the onset, Gartner has excluded all players serving SMBs niche. This report revolves around the bigger ERP players.

Financial Software

While we’re waiting for the Critical Capabilities report which Gartner promised to deliver in the third-quarter of this year, join us in rehashing this first-of-its-kind report from Gartner.

Some surprising results

At Velan, we took a quick gasp when we first saw it. In the niche players’ quadrant, there lies SAP! SAP is not going to take this lightly especially considering the fact that ERP & Finance are its core strengths and S/4HANA is doing the rounds. I mean, when was the last time you saw SAP in the niche players’ quadrant? I can’t place a single MQ (except this one) where SAP wasn’t a visionary or more often, a leader. Can you?

Velan has served quite a few European clients who favor SAP over all others, while the Americans lean towards Oracle. For the record – regardless of the tools our clients use, we have the ability to dexterously handle GL, AR, and AP in an offshore model.

Oracle is way ahead in this game! Cheers to that license-ridden beast. Considering our experience with clients so far, we sincerely believe SAP should’ve been positioned right next to Oracle in the top-right quadrant, but here’s what Gartner notes as reasons for placing SAP in the lower-left:

  • Only SAP Business ByDesign fits the inclusion criteria set for this report. May include SAP S/4Hana is a possible candidate for future inclusion.
  • ByDesign targets SMBs with 1500 employees or lesser.
  • SAP Business ByDesign is primarily sold as a suite solution; SAP has limited focus on line-of-business finance marketing and sales.”+
  • According to Gartner, ByDesign risks being overshadowed by SAP S/4HANA Cloud since SAP is focusing considerable marketing effort in the HANA direction.

Gartner also notes that:

  • SAP Business ByDesign is most often used as a standalone financials system.
  • It can scale to support upper-midsize organizations.
  • Gartner is aware of organizations using SAP Business ByDesign that have revenue in excess of $1 billion+

Do you feel that Gartner never got around to dissecting the SAP ERP solution as a whole? Shaun from SCMFocus sure finds this “niche player” tag quite strange.

Some Expected Outcomes

It’s nice to see Sage Intacct reigning as a visionary, followed closely by Microsoft, FinancialForce, and Accumatica. We’ve not seen many clients using Accuamtica and this fact has been outlined by Gartner as well, in the Cautions section for Accumatica – Gartner notes that Accumatica lacks brand awareness and its marketing, focusses more toward the suite as a whole and loses out on the professionals and prospective clients in the financial realm.

With a good share of our clients using Workday, Intacct, and FinancialForce, we hope to see a lot more clients adopt these tools owing to their position on the quadrant.

The only two giants who’ve managed to position themselves in the leaders’ quadrant are Oracle and Workday. Between Oracle and Workday, the market footprint is oceans apart i.e. while Oracle boasts of a market cap of 209.97 billion and spreads across 7 continents, Workday only has an approximate market cap of 20.5 billion. Workday leaves behind giants like Epicor, Deltek, Microsoft and SAP (debatably, unless SAP wanted the industry to move on to S/4HANA & the upcoming quarter’s report may perhaps include it).

Intacct’s completeness of vision means this tool is in for the long haul – we can almost see it hitting the top right quadrant very soon.

Whatever the tool, rely on Velan

Velan offers exemplary outsourced accounting and bookkeeping services for CPAs and firms. Whatever be the ERP of your choice, Velan’s resources are adept and experienced in a wide range of Cloud-based ERP systems! We’ve worked with clients big and small. Whether you’re an SMB or a larger-than-life enterprise, Velan can offer you a team of accountants like no other.

For all your outsourced accounting & bookkeeping needs, all you need to do is call us @ 1-516-717-2049. Velan handles everything, right from bookkeeping to full-fledged accounting using any and every ERP software – General ledger (GL), Accounts Payables (AP), Accounts Receivables (AR), reports and analysis. Velan can help you cut down on your staffing, training & infrastructure costs by providing an extended cost-effective offshore team.

Reference:

  1. https://www.gartner.com/doc/reprints?id=1-43I9UCB&ct=170619&st=sb
  2. + marks direct excerpts from the report

Topics: Accounting , CPA , Financial Reporting