So you're thinking of hiring a bookkeeper –– I think that's a great idea! Here are a few things you need to have in place before you hire:
The first thing you'll want to do is setup business bank, credit card, and/or PayPal accounts. It is not a good idea to run your business through your personal accounts. Not only does it make tax time a mess, but it will make your bookkeeping a nightmare!! So if you're looking to hire a bookkeeper in the near future be sure you have your business accounts setup first.
The second thing I recommend doing before hiring a bookkeeper is to follow bookkeepers on Instagram. No, not just me (though I would be honored if I'm one of them––find me here)! Go follow two or three. You need to see who you connect with, the type of clients they specialize in, and who you love learning from. You'll get a good feel for what you're looking for and when you're ready to hire you'll have your favorite picked out!
The last thing to do before hiring is prepare your budget! A good bookkeeper will cost the typical business $200-$300 per month. A word of wisdom: hire a bookkeeper that charges a flat fee. You don't need the stress of wondering how much your bookkeeper is going to charge each month.
Also, don't base your choice only on cost. Cheapest isn't always the best. Look at the packages the various bookkeepers offer and choose the one that meets your needs.
Any other questions about what to do before hiring a bookkeeper?