Companies that lack a dedicated accounting staff and don’t use technology put their finances at risk, according to a new survey.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — One-quarter of small businesses (25%) track their finances on paper instead of a computer, according to a new survey by Clutch, the leading B2B research, ratings, and reviews company.
The survey also reveals that 45% of small businesses don’t have an accountant or bookkeeper.
“Most small businesses need a combination of a controller, an accounting manager, and a [bookkeeper],” said Rhett Molitor, co-founder of Basis 365 Accounting, a cloud-based accounting service. “Small businesses may not be able to afford that, so we usually see them under-hire.”
It’s often the accountant who ends up taking on HR tasks, experts said. This situation is problematic given that accountants typically are not trained to handle sensitive HR situations, such as discrimination and harassment.
Donna Conte, service area leader for accounting services at Warren Averett, a full-service accounting and advisory firm, commented on accounting software’s strengths for small businesses: “It’s not expensive. It offers the benefits of information right at your fingertips, plus security and scalability.”
Jon Fasoli, director of product management at Intuit, the software company behind QuickBooks, said they built QuickBooks with small businesses in mind.
“We built QuickBooks Online from the ground up as an easy-to-use yet powerful platform for small businesses looking to do less back-end manual entry data and instead focus on what matters most – running and growing their business,” Fasoli said.
Overall, the survey suggests that small businesses should carefully evaluate the resources they need to manage their finances effectively and securely.
Read the full report: https://clutch.co/accounting/resources/why-small-businesses-lack-accounting-resources-2018.
For questions about the survey, a comment on the findings, or an introduction to the industry experts included in the report, contact Riley Panko at [email protected].
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