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Off-site vs. On-site Bookkeepers

Which is better for your business?

On-site bookkeepers travel to your office or home office and do your bookkeeping on your premises.

Off-site bookkeepers do not come to your office. They do all the work at their own office.

Following is a chart that should help you decide which type is better for your business.

Chart 1: Primary benefits of Off-site and On-site bookkeepers:

Chart Summary Off-site bookkeepers are generally less expensive than on-site bookkeepers, but on-site bookkeepers can provide more services. If you need basic bookkeeping and want to keep your costs down – go with an off-site bookkeeper. If you need your bookkeeper to do filing and other administrative tasks, and you don’t mind paying more – go with an on-site bookkeeper.


  Off-site bookkeepers On-site bookkeepers
  • Usually costs less than on-site bookkeeper
  • No travel time to pay for
  • No annual accounting software cost (bookkeeper provides software)
  • Can take advantage of leverage and have lower cost staff do beginner level data entry
Hassle for business owner
  • Don’t have to schedule time for bookkeeper to come to office
  • Bookkeeper provides own desk, computer, software, supplies
  • Business owner provides answers to questions by e-mail.
  • Bookkeeper can open mail, organize documents and perform other administrative tasks
  • No need to transport (fax/email/courier) documents to bookkeeper
  • Bookkeeper can write cheques more frequently
  • Slightly less time-consuming for business owner - does not have to annotate deposits and electronic transfers onbank statements
Bookkeeper Accessibility
  • Usually more accessible because not having to spend time travelling and spends most of the day at own office
Bookkeeper Questions
  • Answering bookkeeper’s questions can be done by e-mail (usually at a time convenient for owner)
  • Answering bookkeeper’s questions can be done verbally (usually at a time convenient for the bookkeeper) and can be an interruption during the work day
Accounting software data file and Security
  • Accounting software data file resides at bookkeeper’s location
  • Automatically backed up multiple times per day for disaster recovery purposes.
  • Accounting data file resides at business location
  • No additional monthly fee for access to live accounting data file (because data file resides on company computer)
  • May not be backed up regularly
  • Less susceptible to fraud because bookkeeper does not make bank transactions


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