For 2010, I think it's finally time to get a bookkeeper. We're doing it in-house now, which means that it's always behind schedule and not as accurate as I'd like. In an ideal world, we'd like to...
- continue printing all checks here (either we or bookkeeper could enter checks to be printed)
- receive checks here and deposit it to the bank (we'd scan the checks and deposit slip, sending to the bookkeper)
- have employees submit expense reports (scanned, via email) and have the bookkeeper enter in checks
- scan and send financial statements to bookkeeper for reconciliations
- run our own financial reports
Is this a typical use for bookkeeping?
Are there large companies that provide this service, or is it best to find a local freelancer?
What cost would you expect to pay for this service?
Are there any security concerns?
We use desktop-based accounding software, but can provide bookkeeper a logmein account to the virtual machine that hosts the software; sound like a good strategy?
** UPDATE: ** Google provides plenty of options, including Books2Taxes, which appears to outsource to India. Has anyone used these services?