#13 Searching Online

Search Online Classifieds, Craigslist & Kijiji for Businesses Hiring a Bookkeeper

Opportunity for bookkeeping work is certainly out there.  Unfortunately they are disguised as part time bookkeeping positions in small businesses.  The majority of us don’t want to be an employee working for an employer.  Don’t worry; this is not what we want you to do either.  Remember, you are a Successful Business Owner and you are currently accepting new CLIENTS.   You can offer your services and savings to these employers as an outsourced bookkeeper, but you have to know how to speak with them about the position.  If this is done correctly you will be able to introduce your service, talk about the benefits of accounting and explain to them why outsourcing is better than hiring an employee.  Let’s look at how we can save these businesses money by outsourcing the job to you.  Here is an example of a local add on Craigslist.

Bookkeeper (Heber City)


Date: 2012-09-05, 2:50PM MDT
[email protected] [Errors when replying to ads?]


Small business looking for a part time bookkeeper about 15 hours per week. Will be doing A/R, A/P, payroll, etc. Must be proficient in QuickBooks.


  • Location: Heber City
  • Compensation: 13.00
  • This is a part-time job.

This business is looking to pay 15 hours a week at $13.00 an hour.  That is $780 a month.  As a student of Universal Accounting you have learned that the average business should take you roughly 8 hours a month to perform the monthly write up, analysis and consultation.  For this you should be making somewhere in the ball park of $350-$400 a month.  Right there we have just saved the business between $380 and $430 a month when they simply outsourcing the position.  This doesn’t even include the benefits that come from working with someone like you, a Profit and Growth Expert.  Let’s see what else we can say to demonstrate how outsourcing can save the business money.


Payroll taxes

    • You are not an employee therefore they are not required to pay these on your behalf.  Instant savings for the business.

Insurance benefits

    • Again, they have no need to pay for these.  As an outsourced bookkeeper this is no longer their responsibility.

Vacation pay

    • Employees expect to earn P.T.O. compensation.  If you go on vacation as an outsourced bookkeeper it is at no expense of the owner.

Sick pay & Call outs

    • These can be costly and disruptive to the business owner if they have to perform the job of an employee who didn’t show up for work.  Having to cover for someone else takes them away from being able to work ON the business.  Opportunity costs add up!


Business owners need to hear that other options are available to them in order to fill the need for bookkeeping in their business. Many owners don’t realize how easy and affordable it can be to outsource rather than hire.Start by responding to their ad by sending them your resume.  If they have a number listed, give them a call.  Explain that you saw their ad and would like to set up a time to meet with them.  In their eyes this would be an interview that they would offer to any candidate seeking to fill the position they are hiring for.  However, when the time comes to sit down and meet with them share what you know about the benefits of outsourcing the position to you, following the recommendations we have just listed above.  Give your presentation found in the “Accounting for Profit and Growth” demo book.  Focus on all of the ways you can save them money.