In the age of paperless where digitisation is as precious as gold, has traditional bookkeeping lost its luster? When the thought of streamlining your bookkeeping processes by going digital, it is easy to cringe at the thought that you will no longer need traditional bookkeepers. These days, more and more businesses are moving towards the cloud because of the benefits they reap from it. Sure it has its own flaws, but the range of benefits still outweighs them.

However, not all companies are ready to embrace cloud technology. There is still a small fraction of businesses more comfortable in using bookkeeping systems the old fashion way. Some business owners are also reluctant to learn about the modern advances in technology that they prefer to outsource the job to someone.

Even if you have not used cloud-based software, this does not necessarily mean you should shy away from it. In fact, it can be a new opportunity for bookkeepers because it reduces errors and promotes accuracy. Even if going digital provides convenience to most business owners, bookkeepers are still required to ensure that essential business information is recorded correctly.

The Role of Bookkeepers in the Age of Paperless

Business owners may have the tendency to join the digital bandwagon without thinking about its implications. While cloud accounting software may sound promising, it does not mean you should completely eliminate bookkeepers from the process. Bookkeepers are not just meant to carry out simple data entry, but clients may view things from a different perspective. As a bookkeeper, it is important to know the client’s pain points to find out how both of you can benefit from cloud technology.

Bookkeepers need to demonstrate how cloud accounting software works. They should also explain to business owners how cost-effective it is to hire bookkeepers instead of doing the process themselves. Training is required to understand the system. There are bookkeeping intricacies that a business owner may need to learn.

How Can Bookkeepers Survive?

  • Learn new skills that will enable you to adapt the changes. Start building on your IT skills and find out how you can learn about networking, solutions and other strategies as they can also be beneficial to your growth.
  • Get familiar with cloud accounting software by watching online training, attending events and attending local training sessions. It is also going to be a huge help if you are going to use the technology yourself.  This way, you will be able to know how each feature works.


Published On: January 18th, 2017 / Categories: Bookkeeping / Tags: , , /

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