Book keeper wanted: Sole trader looking for sole trader

daxliniere 7 July 2020 4

Despite the heading sounding vaguely like a misdirected personals ad, I am, in fact, not looking for love, but a book keeper for my business.
I’m a sole trader myself and would like to support another sole trader, preferably in the Inner North, but I’ll take quality over convenience.

Can anyone make a recommendation to me, please?

All the best,

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4 Responses to Book keeper wanted: Sole trader looking for sole trader
daxliniere daxliniere 3:08 pm 12 Feb 14

Hi everyone, thankyou for your responses.

All the best,

curmudgery curmudgery 12:46 pm 09 Feb 14

Hi Dax – it depends on the size of your business, of course, and your daily commitments but the best thing I ever did was:
1. Got rid of the book-keeper who did things but explained nothing – part of their income protection plan, I suspect.
2. Got rid of MYOB – saved thousands and a lot of angst.
3. Did some homework – well, quite a lot of homework actually.
4. Bought a no-nonsense book-keeping software package off the net.

And the bottom line? I have a better relationship with the accountant because I know my business details and our discussions are significantly more valuable because of it. There’s more of a ‘meeting of the minds’, if you like, and they do a bit extra for me where they can. There’s more mentoring and advice – a lot of it gratis. A really good result.

Accountants, as you can imagine, deal with some business owners who have effectively outsourced their knowledge and responsibilities to some third party or, worse still, turn up with a shoe-box full of receipts. Meet them half-way and they become extremely helpful.

I believe the old adage: “Whoever runs the books runs the business.” In my case, that’s me.

Good luck.

cranky cranky 7:06 pm 08 Feb 14

Off on a slight tangent.

Small business owner, using both very competent and less than competent bookkeepers. Slow learner!

Beware of MYOB! Depending on the issue number, this program has a glitch which has you paying double your GST calculation.

Have your bookkeeper/accountant work from your bank statements. This may well reduce your apparent GST liability to something reasonable.

token token 5:42 pm 08 Feb 14

Daxliniere, It might sound like blowing my own trumpet. I’m a book keeper which could fit your bill.I’m sure I might be able to help. Please send an email with your contact details to and I’ll be in touch.

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