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Building a High Performance Bookkeeping Team

Posted on 12/09/2018

What great joy it is to celebrate our own achievements! But what greater joy when share our celebration with others! While individual goals are more straightforward to articulate towards, it takes tremendous effort to mould many minds towards achieving a common goal. All team efforts require voluminous amount of discipline and self sacrificing. In a world driven by “every man for himself”, team players are highly valued for their traits and attributes

Building a team is a continuous process that does not happen overnight. The values, commitments, responsibilities and deadlines involved must be shared by all the members of a team equally. Like a car in motion wherein the wheels work in unison towards a direction, so should a team drive towards its goal. Some of the practises that can be followed are discussed below:

Building a High Performance Bookkeeping Team

1. Conduct huddles and team building exercises to ensure collective responsibility:

As a leader, it is your responsibility to be on the watch out for signs of burnout among your team, especially during peak seasons. To avoid individual exhaustion, it would be highly critical to ensure that the team performs as a cohesive unit and the roles and responsibilities are uniformly distributed. Scheduling regular face-to-face sessions with your team will also help. Taking the team out for lunch or dinner as a token of appreciation can work wonders to boost their morale, and spirits. A team huddle at the beginning of the shift can help remind o targets and goals and can also be used as a platform to share best practices.

2. Summon Periodic Review for Revision of Goals and Targets:

It’s easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of day-today activities and lose sight of bigger picture. Hence, it would be a healthy practise to break down the goal into smaller and quickly achievable targets. This would instil a sense of accomplishment that would in turn drive towards the bigger picture. A clear integration of the smaller targets to goal would be vital to provide a roadmap.

Weekly assessment of targets and recalibration accordingly would help plot one’s position on the map and help forecast the following steps accordingly. Appreciation and encouragement when small targets met will help inspire more productivity.

3. Perform Assessment, Audit and Call for Training sessions:

Periodical assessment of employees and an audit on the quality of work will help flag down gray areas, if any. Some members may require an addition training session or a refresher session to amp things up a bit. Training sessions to keep the whole team updated with technologies and practises across the world will help in staying relevant. A report of the assessment should be able to help in the direction of moving towards the goal.

4. Device Democratic Decision Making in Special cases:

Generally it’s practical for the decision making to take place up the hierarchy and trickle down the pyramid. However, when the decision taken is to impact the whole team, it would be sensible to let the team have a say in it. This would not only employ delegation but also make the employees feel important. Being made part of the decision making process promotes a sense of significance. However, this exercise can only be carried out in special case scenarios. 

5. Advocate Knowledge Transfer and Learning:

In the fast paced world we live in today driven by innovation and technology it is very important to be constantly updated. Investing in just man power would eventually render the assets obsolete.  Encouraging learning and promoting training sessions to keep abreast with trending technologies will keep the resources from losing relevance. Knowledge transfer is also critical as it delivers a certain edge to the less experienced in handling certain scenarios.

Why Velan?

We at Velan are equipped with skilled accountants possessing over a minimum of 7 years of experience in the domain of bookkeeping. Available round the clock at your disposal, we cater to services that otherwise generally slow you down.

Call us today! And be rest assured that your business needs will be taken care of with the utmost sensitivity and sensibility the work demands.

Phone: +1-860-215-4997
E-mail: info@velaninfo.com

Topics: Accounting


Why is Monthly Cleanup of Books & accounts Important?

Posted on 02/05/2018

Have you ever wondered why your bookkeeping system is in shambles? We do realize how an organized, clean, well maintained books of accounts depict the health of the business. This scenario arises when a lukewarm attempt is made to DIY bookkeeping, lack of time, incompetent bookkeeper or just failing to get it done.

A sensible way is to start your bookkeeping in the correct way from the beginning. Maintaining the books and balance sheets regularly, or rather at the end of every month will generate squeaky clean books. Considering the fact that you haven’t been updating on a monthly schedule, you need to start all over. Installing QuickBooks or any other bookkeeping software of your choice will be the first step.

For your benefit, here is a run through of bookkeeping tasks to close the books every month. This monthly routine helps you maintain cleaner books, easier business decision making and get tax-ready for the end of the financial year.

Cleanup of Books & accounts Important

Accounts Receivable

Your monthly invoices for work done for clients have to be scrutinized and all the deposits and cash are posted to QuickBooks should be checked. Try to reconcile your accounts receivable report, making adjustments against General Ledger and Balance Sheet.

Accounts Payable

Make sure monthly recurring bills and payments such as, car insurance and loan payments are entered in the respective books of accounts. Outstanding vendor bills and statements must be in line with Accounts Payable accounts and the Balance Sheet. The final monthly checkup of accounts should match your vendors’ records.

Monthly Reconciliation statements

Bank reconciliation statements for your multiple bank accounts, credit card transactions for the month should be updated, printed and filed for future reference. Reconciling loan balances and credit against the monthly statement should also be filed as it would make bookkeeping at the end of the financial year easier to handle.

Prepaid Income and expenses

Check for appropriate journal entries posted for prepaid income and expense adjustments, this would make your bookkeeper’s job a lot less time consuming.

Write off Bad debts

Bad debts that are uncollected are to be written off. QuickBooks has the facility to write off bad debts using the Credit Memo.

Keep an eye on your fixed assets

Any changes in your Fixed assets including depreciation must be updated on a monthly basis.

Validate all checks and Invoice numbers

Check books and invoice statements are generated in numerical order. Watch out for any missing numbers on checks or missing transactions and bring it to records. Any void or cancelled checks are listed and kept on record.

Review Financial statements

Check all postings in the financial statements for errors, missing records and unusual balances. When you identify any untoward transactions, review them and make necessary adjustments. Printing and filing Financial statements and reports are required for perfect cleanup.

Close Books and Backup

The Closing Date feature in QuickBooks permits you to lock the previous months and is password protected as well. When all the adjustments for the month is completed, the bookkeeper closes the books for the month and a backup of the books are done.

Keep tabs on your Budget

Reassess your actual numbers against budgeted numbers. You will understand why there is a difference and how a workable budget can be reinforced and managed for the following month.

The above measures are not only helpful to clean up your books of accounts, but also gives you the confidence of running a healthy business. As we are drawing close to the end of the financial year, well maintained accounts are an advantage for preparation of taxes. One of our services in demand is the cleanup of books for small, medium and large businesses. So, if you are looking for a shipshape financial book of accounts on a monthly basis or at the year end; an added bonus  is your peace of mind. Do contact us for a consultation.

Topics: Accounting , Accounting firms , Accounts Payables , Accounts Receivables , Bookkeeping Services


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 @ +1-860-215-4997. 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


Improve Accounts Payable Efficiency: 15 Best Practices

Posted on 30/06/2017

Every organization witnesses a skills gap; 75% CEOs feel their in-house team isn’t adept enough to keep up.Keeping that in mind, it is always helpful to define clear, precise and well-defined workflows and practices in every business process. Here are some tips and best practices to Improve Accounts Payable efficieny. A better Procure to Pay process will not only benefit your working capital, cash flow, and vendor relationships but go the extra mile help you to identify areas of savings and compliance. If you’re looking to strengthen your bottom line performance, what better way than to improve liquidity?

Services for Accounts Payable

So read on, as we enlist 15 best practices to improve accounts payable efficiency (in no particular order), keeping in mind the organizations where the AP function primarily relies on paperwork submissions. We know some companies have already adopted EDI and we’re going to keep this as generic as possible.

  1. Defined Roles and Responsibilities: Assign access rights, or assign specific employees the capacity to add/delete/modify vendors in the vendor master files. Especially in systems that lack the ability to print changes made to the files, this practice can be pivotal in avoiding theft.
  2. Use default settings to your advantage: It is recommended that you default the AP master file configuration to a Vendor Type used most frequently. If your system allows for multiple vendor categories, set access rights in a way that users only above a certain security level are allowed to change the GL code.
  3. Avoid batch entries: Entering each invoice individually, allows for a separate audit trail and that would greatly help in keeping track.
  4. Check the Invoice Dates: Do not let your AP clerks use older invoice dates. Try and understand how your system assigns GL month/year as well. When you generate reports on financial reports for a time period, correct dates will alleviate unexpected results.
  5. Review and reconcile: Compare charges to purchase orders while paying out and perform a monthly reconciliation.
  6. Automation is better: Manual processes such as expense reporting, data entry should be automated for better utilization of your accounting resources. This will also minimize risks and errors.
  7. Try an ERP system: Most of the auditor’s time is consumed in reviewing manual postings owing to an elevated risk factor. This can be eased with the help of an ERP system.
  8. Always compare with original: It is advisable to try and pay against the original invoice but if paying from a copy, compare the invoice number and charges indicated.
  9. Verify W-9: In the year’s end when you organize 1099s, you don’t want to be stuck in a rut. Before initiating payment, verify the vendor has a W-9 file for them.
  10. Invoice number rules: If all your clerks starting entering invoice numbers in the format they please, you’ll be lost for eons; especially if you don’t have an invoice number in hand. Instead, have a policy and educate your clerks on how to enter invoice numbers.
  11. Accountability: Assign and authorize separate people for entering the invoice, approving the invoice and signing the check.
  12. Logging is key: All invoices should compulsorily be addressed to the Accounts Department – this way they can be logged.
  13. Define Budget: It is safer to know your AP team know what the declared budget is, if you are among those who run a lot of cash transactions.
  14. Audit trail is imperative: Even if you don’t plan on paying the entire invoice amount, it would help the audit trail to mark it as billed. At these instances, use credit memos.
  15. Free is good: Discounts and free goods being offered by your vendors is something that could greatly help your accounts. Watch out for these festive promotions and make the best use of them.

Go the extra mile with these best practices, and watch your AP process go above and beyond maintaining operating margins. Velan is a trusted and seasoned Accounts Payable services providers. Velan AP process takes extra care on available free credits, payable days, purchase order mandates, and Accounts Payable cycle efficiency. Accurate Accounts Payable reconciliation plays a vital role in clearing unpaid bills within the stipulated time. Outsourcing your Accounts Payable management to Velan will help you effectively mitigate fines for late bill payments and ensure that you have a streamlined Accounts Payable process flow leading to optimized of profit for your business. Call @ +1-860-215-4997 to know more.

Topics: Accounting , Accounting firms , Accounts Payables , Financial Reporting , Outsourcing Accounting


In-house Payroll Processing or Outsourced?

Posted on 14/03/2017

Is outsourcing the right solution to get your payroll sorted?

Payroll is one of the major costs for most of the businesses plus there is no assurance of ROI. Outsourcing is increasingly available for all parts of the business.

There are umpteen off-the-shelf payroll software packages available. Many businesses take the bait and often find that one-size-doesn’t-fit all.  Therefore, it is imperative to look at what values do the outsourcing company deliver.

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Typically, all in-house software is written and maintained by the in-house IT team.  Statutory calls for annual updates and this can be expensive for the company. This is because the systems employed would be often older ones and upgrading they cannot stay within the budget.

Outsourcing is the best choice for a business, if the business has to propel towards achieving the vision and mission rather fritter away time with payroll activities.

Some other reasons why outsourcing has become the go-to place for many businesses are:

  • Increased complexity
  • Ever-changing compliance requirements
  • Accuracy in payroll
  • Reduced risks
  • Latest technology employment

Nowadays, payroll providers also streamline a business’ processes and constantly deliver industry best practices.

As tempting as outsourcing may sound, there are due pros and cons associated with it. Taking this into consideration, we bring to you some important points to ponder on to conclude what’s the best fit for your business

  1. Flexibility- Change is a constant in payroll processing. Do you have enough resources available in your organization to make the eleventh hour amendments?
  1. Confidentiality– payroll is one of the most sensitive areas of the business. So discretion at all times is advised. Indiscretion can cost a fortune for the company.
  1. Time- does your business possess the time and knowledge to shift their focus anything but away from the business? Payroll requires constant updates. Do you have the time and resources to handle payroll in-house?
  1. Cost- cost is one of the major considerations any business may have when they consider payroll outsourcing. On one hand it is thoroughly beneficial to have staff in-house to handle your payroll. On the other hand, the cost involved in employing staff may not be as great. Besides costs will also include the cost of the software, maintenance, and the yearly mandatory updates.
  1. Reliability- needless to say, your employees would like to get paid on time every time. Your payroll has to be accurate and processed on the due date irrespective of the holiday or any other contingent situation.

What now?

If you have seen anything that might be advantageous for your business, contact at +1-860-215-4997 for more details. We’ll be glad to help you out.

Topics: Bookkeeping Services , Outsourcing Accounting