And not to mention: improve your processes!
The days of requiring full-time and even part-time staff for bookkeeping are in the past. In today’s’ world, you can get the benefits of a full time, experienced bookkeeper at a fraction of the cost of staff. This is especially helpful for churches with a limited budget. And “winging it” when it comes to bookkeeping rarely works out in the church’s favor.
Here are some reasons why you should consider a virtual bookkeeper for your church:
First, choosing a virtual bookkeeper gives you access to top talent. From anywhere in the world, your church can hire a bookkeeper who specializes specifically in what you need. Bellwether Church Solutions only does church accounting. We know your business. You can trust your financial transactions are being handled correctly.
Next, outsourcing the task of bookkeeping will save your church money. Employees mean office space, computers, training, supervision, full time salary and taxes. The true expense of hiring someone is actually 30% to 40% above their salary! It is much more cost-effective and a better use of church resources to hire someone like Bellwether Church Solutions to take on these responsibilities.
One thing you may not have considered is the opportunity cost of utilizing a capable volunteer leader in your church for the accounting functions when you could pass that off to a virtual bookkeeper who can do the work in a fraction of the time. What other ministries could your willing volunteer be leading or participating in if they were not saddled with all the hours of accounting?
And lastly, do you have internal controls in place to avoid embezzlement or fraud? Over one-third of the churches in America will experience theft by a trusted, valued employee or volunteer. I know it seems it could not happen in your church, but unfortunately it can. If you have only one person handling all of your accounting, or the same people taking the offering every week, or the same person handling the bill paying and bank reconciliations you are ripe for embezzlement. Talk to us about how to greatly reduce the chances of fraud happening in your church or take our complimentary Church Financial Health Assessment today.
Bellwether Church Solutions specializes in church bookkeeping, honing all of our energy, efforts, and skills to this one area. Contact us at Info@BellwetherChurchSolutions.com to explore if Bellwether Church Solutions is a good fit for your church.