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Bookkeepers vs Accountants

Bookkeepers and accountants are oftentimes used interchangeably. However, the tasks they perform for businesses couldn’t be more different and on different levels.

First, let’s start with a definition of bookkeeping. Bookkeeping is the recording of business transactions. Think your day to day sales activities, recording customer payments, or paying the bills.

Whereas, an accountant, as the name implies accounts or analyzes the financial data that the bookkeeper captured. So yes, a bookkeeper and an accountant do work hand in hand, but the accountant is more analytical whereas the bookkeeper is more day to day record keeping

To further explain the difference between the two, let’s examine some of the common tasks that bookkeepers and accountants do.


  1. Recording and categorizing banking transactions

  2. Creating and sending invoices

  3. Recording and paying bills

  4. Calculating and running payroll

  5. Bank & Credit Card Reconciliation

  6. Producing basic financial statements, such as P&L

  7. Tracking inventory


  1. Analyze and find leakages in your financial statements

  2. Filing Sales and Payroll Tax Returns

  3. Producing more complex financial statements

  4. Budgeting

  5. Forecasting

  6. Calculating depreciation, amortization, impairment

  7. Factoring Accounts Receivables

  8. Cash Management

As you can see the tasks that bookkeepers and accountants perform could not more different. Also, these tasks happen at different stages in your business financial cycle. You cannot forecast sales until all sales are properly recorded.

All businesses, no matter the industry needs both bookkeeper and accountants.

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