FAQs - Key Strokes Inc.
Find out all the answers to our most frequently asked questions here. We have tried to address the most common concerns people have when started their bookkeeping.
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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Wow, I saw a bookkeeper on Craigslist, Thumbtack, etc that was a lot cheaper. Why so expensive?

Yes, you could always hire someone cheaper than us, but the old adage “you get what you pay for” remains true.  The $15/hr person you found online is usually only interested in getting their 40 hour weekly paycheck and getting out of the office as soon as the clock hits 5:00pm.  Their work also mirrors their outlook on the job, and you end up with shoddy, botched financial records that you have to pay both your accountant to fix at the end of the year and tax penalties.

Housing a bad bookkeeper is costly in so many ways.  Take a look at this article about bookkeeper embezzlement.  Also, check out our breakdown of “The True Costs of an In-House Bookkeeper”.

When hiring Key Strokes, Inc. you’re partnering with a reputable business and professionals in the bookkeeping and accounting industry.  This is our family business and we take pride in our work.  We are also about as time-efficient as humanly possible.

How does the Receivables & Payables Management work?

We essentially completely replace your in-house financial department.  We can house all of your documentation as well, whether we get it by courier, electronically, or in person.

What programs do you use?

We use Quickbooks from Intuit with the vast majority of our clients.  We do have experience in Quicken as well.  For legal billing, we utilize Sage Timeslips.  For the construction industry, we also have experience with AIA billing software.

Do I need to buy anything?

Maybe.

We’ll work with you to determine whether you need to purchase any software or hardware.  You will have the option of housing your database on our local server or keeping your database on a computer of your choice.

We’ve worked with many clients to set up the best situation for them.

How does Remote Access work?

It’s simple! We download the remote access software onto your computer with you and after that we’re good to go.  We can log into your database from our office and do all of our work.  It’s completely safe and secure as well.  (Disclaimer: There is a small annual fee to cover remote access subscriptions.)

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

First, we like to evaluate your specific needs, then find how we as a company can help you with our services. We do offer free over-the-phone consultations or we’d be happy to meet in person.

What types of customers have you worked with?

We have worked with individuals & businesses that cover an extremely wide spectrum. For industries A through Z, we have you covered.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Our staff includes individuals with Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting and numerous hours of continued education. We are extremely well-versed in multiple accounting software platforms such as Quickbooks, Quicken, TimeSlips, etc.

How does the Receivables & Payables Management work?

We essentially completely replace your in-house financial department.  We can house all of your documentation as well, whether we get it by courier, electronically, or in person.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

We offer both flat-rate & hourly prices to our customers. You have the choice of paying for services a-la-carte, or by taking advantage of one of our service packages.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

Take into consideration the provider’s length of experience & spectrum of work. Also, client retention seems to be a solid evaluation tool for the quality of a provider.

What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

Specifically, what are your needs and how can we help you meet them in the most efficient manner.

Interested in our services? Get started now with your consult.