The trend for small business accounting is outsourcing - sending the work to a professional who has the time and the knowledge to properly account for the business activities. The only problem with this approach is that the business owner frequently loses touch with this key business information while it is in the hands of the accountant or bookkeeper. Anyone who has delivered the monthly work to their professional, only to receive it back some time during the following month, understands what it means to be out of touch with the business numbers.
The better way is collaboration in real-time. Through the use of Internet technologies and online applications, the professional and the business owner are able to work together on the numbers, ensuring that the data is accurate, complete, and recorded in a timely manner. With online access to QuickBooks Pro, for example, the accountant and the small business owner can work closer in "keeping score" on the business. The close working relationship afforded with the online application service allows the professional to increase efficiency and effectiveness in processing the client information. And more efficiency often means more time - time to review the information, consult with the owner, and help keep the business on target and moving towards their goal.