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Bookkeeper vs. Accountant

Keeping track of your finances is crucial to making informed business decisions and ensuring healthy cash flow. As a small business owner managing financial transactions can become complicated and time-consuming as your business grows. That's when you may need to consider getting help from a financial professional.

But who should you hire? A bookkeeper or an accountant? In this article, we will discuss the differences between the two and help you determine which professional is right for your small business.

Section 1: What is a Bookkeeper?

A bookkeeper's role is to handle the day-to-day tasks of recording financial transactions, such as purchases, receipts, sales, and payments. They ensure that all transactions are recorded in the proper accounts and that your books are up-to-date. A seasoned and certified bookkeeper can also provide guidance on maximizing your write-offs and flag inconsistencies and anomalies in your books. Many small businesses use software such as QuickBooks or Xero to keep track of their revenue & expenses, while tools such as Dext can help you scan receipts and send them to your bookkeeper quickly.

Section 2: What is an Accountant?

An accountant's role is to verify financial data, analyze it, and use it to generate financial statements, perform audits and review engagements. They can also provide insight into financial forecasting and trends to help guide business decisions. Accountants often have specialized knowledge and experience in specific areas, such as tax law or financial reporting standards.

Section 3: Choosing between a Bookkeeper and an Accountant

When deciding whether to hire a bookkeeper or an accountant, it's essential to consider the complexity of your business's financial transactions. If your business's finances are relatively straightforward, a bookkeeper may be sufficient to manage your books. However, if you need financial forecasting, tax planning, or auditing services, you may require the expertise of an accountant. It's also crucial to verify that any financial professional you hire is qualified and certified.


Hiring an unqualified bookkeeper or accountant can be detrimental to your business. At Censea, our team consists of Certified Bookkeepers and designated accountants, providing you with peace of mind that your books and your business are in good hands. Remember, whether you hire a bookkeeper or an accountant, their expertise can help you make informed decisions and ensure the financial health of your small business.

Jennifer Walsh, CPB

Article by Jennifer Walsh, CPB

Jennifer Walsh has been a bookkeeper for over 20 years and she's loved every minute of it. She loves helping business owners reach their financial goals so they can live the life they love, without having to worry about the numbers.