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Don’t Confuse Virtual Accounting with Do It Yourself Accounting Software Systems

Author : Bill Gerber
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Virtual accounting doesn’t mean that computers conduct your business bookkeeping for you. It also doesn’t mean that you handle your bookkeeping yourself online.

When you hire a bookkeeper from a virtual accounting firm like, real people—U.S.-based, QuickBooks certified bookkeepers who work from home—handle your online bookkeeping services for you.

Have You Struggled with DIY Accounting Software Systems? 
If, when your company was just starting up, you struggled with do-it-yourself accounting software systems based online, you may be hesitant to experiment with another online accounting software system. But “virtual” does not mean “do-it-yourself.”

Virtual accounting simply means:

  • Your full charge bookkeeper works in a location separate from your office
  • You communicate with your bookkeeper via phone, email, or instant messenger
  • All of your bookkeeping files and paperwork are completely digital and transmitted electronically—unless you choose to print them in your own office
  • Your bookkeeping files are hosted remotely (“in the cloud”) on our secure servers
  • You can access your QuickBooks files from any computer, Netbook, or smartphone with Internet access

Benefits of Virtual Accounting
Virtual accounting saves money, since you’re not hiring an employee or providing them with office space and infrastructure. It puts your bookkeeping files at your fingertips, 24/7, from any computer with Internet access or smartphone.

It is also a green solution to bookkeeping, since reports aren’t printed. This also reduces the chances of identity theft and corporate fraud. Your QuickBooks files, hosted on the secure servers, are protected with the same encryption used by the country’s major financial institutions.

Nearly Constant Access
“Virtual” does not mean “alone.” In fact, you may find your full charge bookkeeper more accessible than many of your office employees. And your files are always available.

Isn’t it time to make the switch?

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