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We are here to support all kinds of businesses – from startups to established corporations and nonprofits. Collectively, our team has decades of experience in a vast array of industries, and we work hard to pair you with the bookkeeper that is best for you and your organization.

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Answers to frequently asked questions

Every business is unique, so we individualize each package, with the goal of finding a flat monthly price that allows us to maintain your books at a price you can afford. You can see some of our starting prices under the services tabs above, or request a customized quote. We will call you and ask you a few questions about your organization and bookkeeping needs, and give you a quote over the phone. Your price will be based on the overall volume and complexity of your financial transactions. 

No, we don’t. The IRS has increased requirements for tax preparers in recent years, and we aren’t certified in that area, nor do we wish to be. It’s actually better this way; we specialize in bookkeeping and generating financials that empower you to make good business decisions. That way, we can provide a bridge between the day to day operations of your business and the CPA or Enrolled Agent who is only focused on preparing your taxes.

Yes, we currently have several clients in various industries whose gross monthly revenues are seven or eight figures. And if you’re not (yet) making millions, we will stand with you as you grow, providing you with the financial data you need for effective decision-making. 

Most banks these days offer a kind of “guest user” access to online banking for business accounts (here’s one example), which includes viewing access for transaction details and statements, but no ability to transfer funds or initiate other transactions. Wherever possible, it is our preference to set up view access only to your bank data. Where that’s not available, we will discuss other options with you to minimize your risk exposure.

Since the onset of COVID in 2020, we have discontinued onsite services and work entirely remotely. If you are located in or near Salt Lake City, UT or Greenville, SC, we can arrange occasional in-person meetings. However, we find that we can do almost all of our work with the remote tools currently available, and we frequently host Zoom meetings with our partners and clients.

Yes, our sister company Backyard Payroll offers payroll services. Unlike Paychex or ADP, we don’t withdraw tax money from your account and hold them in trust for you; the money stays in your account and tax payments are initiated directly to the government from your bank account when they are due. 

No; that requires specialized training and is best handled by someone on site. However, we can still do the bookkeeping and prepare financials for the overall business.

We are always happy if we can help! There is no charge for quick questions or advice. Just call our office or email us at info@backyardbookkeeper.com, and we’ll get back to you within a day or two.

We have done bookkeeping for businesses in almost every industry imaginable: construction, professional services, interior design, entertainment, medical, nonprofit, legal, auto mechanic, MLM, retail, online sales, IT, cryptocurrency, and many more. The only thing we can safely say we don’t do is bookkeeping for government entities and publicly traded corporations.

When you sign up for bookkeeping with us, you are assigned a primary bookkeeper who will be responsible for your books. We do sometimes reassign bookkeepers, but it’s pretty rare. However, you do benefit from the strength of our team! We hold company meetings regularly, share information securely as needed, and keep each other updated, so if your assigned bookkeeper takes some medical leave or goes on vacation, there will be someone else who can step in and make sure your books are kept current. 

We primarily use Quickbooks, either the desktop version or Quickbooks Online; however, we are also familiar with Xero, Wave, CosmoLex, and others. We also can work with you to integrate data from other systems, such as online webshops or POS systems, into your company file. Luckily, bookkeeping principles remain the same in any accounting software.

Yes, of course! Our remote server is well encrypted and backed up daily. We have strict security protocols to keep data safe, cybersecurity insurance to protect us and our clients, and ongoing cybersecurity training for all employees. We use Advantage IT for all our IT and cybersecurity needs.

One of the reasons you are looking for a bookkeeper is simply that you need someone else to take care of it, so you can work on other things. Let us do that for you! Over the past several years, we have refined our remote tools and procedures so we can do the bulk of the work without your direct involvement–without having to remote in to your personal computer, take up space in your office, or pester you for information. After we’ve done everything we can on our own, we contact you with a short list of questions only you can answer, and then we can issue your financials. Let it be that easy! 

Yes, of course. We can provide a certificate of insurance upon request.

Yes, as needed. If your only goal is personal budgeting, it’s probably better to use one of the many free online personal finance tools. However, there are scenarios where people request we track their personal finances or where it makes sense for us to add that to our service package, such as when personal finances are intermingled with business, or where someone needs help tracking expenses to identify additional tax deductions. Also, we have helped prepare household income and expense statements in multiple cases where financials were needed for divorce proceedings and similar court cases.

If you didn’t find the answer to your question, please contact us or write us. We want to be your team.

Thank you Jenny at Backyard Bookkeeper for your attention to detail. I have been using Backyard Bookkeeper for quite a few years now and couldn’t be happier with the service I have received. Thank you for doing such a great job and completing tasks sometimes on very short notice. I look forward to working with your company for years to come.

Angel Marketing

We LOVE working with Backyard Bookkeeper; they are passionate and dedicated professionals. Keep it up!

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Cindy

I contacted Julie DeLong on two separate occasions for help with some bookkeeping issues that I was having. Julie responded immediately and helped me solve my problems. She understood every issue that I was having and gave me clear, concise resolutions for each. Having her as a resource has made my job so much easier! I highly recommend her and am so grateful to have her to turn to when I have a problem!

Diann

I tried managing my QuickBooks on my own for a couple of years, and constantly ran into situations that I didn’t know how to solve. Now, I have my own personal QuickBooks Superhero: Julie DeLong! She is capable of leaping over a huge mathematical tangle in a single bound, and can quickly compute complex figures in her super-genius brain, while standing on one foot and whistling “Dixie”. It’s all in a days work for Julie to design powerful solutions to the mightiest messes while peeling a banana and standing on her head. I particularly love that she manages my sales tax, and my complex vendor statements. Glad she found my backyard!

Klugonyx

Backyard Bookkeeper has been there for me since I was by myself in my apartment trying to get my business off the ground. Mandi helped me make sure my books where clean and organized so I could focus on the other aspects of my business. Everything was nice and automated and Mandi acted like she was a member of my team. It was great. Thank you for everything!

Jenny

I like the great team of women who are supportive and helpful to each other.  I like being able to set my own schedule and work at home.  I also enjoy working with my great clients and love the variety of business models I am learning about.

Chrissy

Working at Backyard Bookkeeper is the dream job that I didn’t even know I was looking for.  I get to work with amazing people each and every day.  Each day is different from the day before and so I never get stuck in a mundane rut.  There is flexibility in the hours that I can work.  This means that I can have the best of both worlds by being able to work and still take care of my family.  I have never worked for a company that cares as much about their employees as Backyard Bookkeeper.  I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of their team.

Susan

We have greatly appreciated EVERYTHING that Backyard Bookeeper has done for us at Sovegna. You have truly met our needs, and I am very grateful for that and being able to be rest assured that my employees’ needs have been readily met. Thank you again to everyone for all of your great work!

Chip

As a serial entrepreneur, I’ve worked with many accounting firms over the last thirty years. Backyard Accounting is by far my favorite! Working with Alex and Julie and their team has been a fantastic experience. They make accounting simple and easy, and they always go above and beyond. I highly recommend Backyard Accounting! You’ll thank me, and so will your CPA. – Chip Hopper, BookJedi, Futurist, Author.

Mark

Susan has been great to work with. She has been very accommodating and willing to do anything to help me. When I first called Backyard Bookkeeper and talked to Susan, I felt ashamed that my books were a mess for one full year. By the end of the conversation, I felt so much better and was reassured that it was not a problem. Ultimately, Susan cleaned up my mess in a short period of time. I feel very comfortable working with Susan. Because she is prompt and has earned my trust, I also have her manage my books for two additional businesses I own.

Tami

I am thrilled with the service I have had from Julie with Backyard Bookkeeper! A recent computer crash left me with a feeling of dread. After trying to install/restore backup on my own – I encountered errors and was at a standstill. Julie was prompt to respond to my problem, arranged for a time when we could work on a resolution, and within minutes she had my data restored and had me back up and running my small business! Julie is very knowledgeable about QuickBooks and is a resource I am thrilled to have by my side when I need her! I highly recommend Backyard Bookkeeper to other business owners.

Susan

Why do I like working for backyard bookkeeper??? I really enjoy our wonderful team that we have created. I get asked all the time,”why don’t you just go out on your own and do this?” My answer is because the TEAM at backyard bookkeeper is complete. We all have strengths that we bring to the group and this is what makes us a fabulous company to work for!!!

Allison

I was looking for a position and a company where I could utilize my skills from my previous workplaces, work from home and work with very capable and dependable people. I was very fortunate to become a part of this team where it’s not focused on being competitive and stepping on each others toes to get to the top, but very much centered on a team effort to take care of our client’s needs. There are also many opportunities for commissions, bonuses and pay increases, which is all the more reason to want to work for this company!”

Shahrad

“Ashley is very good at her job and very responsive. Her client-centered approach is fantastic.”

WDM Enterprises, Inc. is a privately held entity operating a Professional Private Investigative Agency and Small Business Consultancy. We’ve been with Backyard Bookkeeper for going on three years. We’ve gone from a disastrous in-house set of books to a professional set of books we can rely on in determining success and while planning for profit. Backyard Bookkeeping is timely, accurate and affordable. What did we do before Backyard Bookkeeper? Sad to say; we lost profit that’s not recoverable, and wasted time and effort in an area not within our expertise. How about now with Backyard Bookkeeper; we plan for profit, devote our time to to servicing our clients, generating greater repeat business and referrals, and have a credible, accurate and timely report card on our business. Thank you Backyard Bookkeeper!

Jess

I love working for Backyard Bookkeeper. The people I work with, both co-workers and clients are wonderful. This is a job I look forward to every day, and I can work from home on my time-frame. It has been the perfect fit for me as I’ve grown and learned in my responsibilities. And the owners are constantly looking for ways to improve our company. It’s not often you find a company that values family and their employees the way Backyard Bookkeeper does. I’m so grateful to have this job!

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Gina

They fit our needs! Backyard Bookkeeper is great. We are a small non-profit that needs reliable bookkeeping services. BYB is perfect for our agency. Julie is available and helpful whenever we have questions and she is familiar with the specific needs of non-profit rules. We appreciate the flexibility and energy they put into keeping us going.

Mandi

I enjoy working for Backyard Bookkeeper because of the balance it allows me in my life. I feel like a valued member of society because I am able to offer a needed service to my clients and I also have the time and ability to provide for the needs of my family. I feel lucky to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Sandy

I’ve been very happy with the services provided by Backyard Bookkeeper. As a business owner, it’s good to know I don’t need to worry about the bookkeeping, taxes, and payroll. Jenny and Julie have always been there when I have a question, and I truly appreciate their ability to not only do the work, but to be my teachers when I have a question. I highly recommend Backyard Bookkeeper to any business owner.