The Sorcerer's Accountant
Current services offered by The Sorcerer’s Accountant include:
- Tax preparation
- Tax planning
- Addressing tax problems (audit representation, back taxes owed, payroll tax problems, IRS issues, bankruptcy)
Management/Cost Accountant Services:
- Cost and Margin Analysis
- Financial Projection
- Setup for credit card processing
- QuickBooks sales and setup
- QuickBooks training
- QuickBooks tips (via website)
- QuickBooks “quicktune” service (audit and fix of QuickBooks files)
Current services are either provided entirely by Max Greenwood or available through resources on the The Sorcerer’s Accountant website. Greenwood will provide referrals to credit card processing companies or some speciality consultants when the need calls for it, but focuses his work on general small business services of use to the widest variety of businesses.
The Sorcerer’s Accountant intends to add the following bookkeeping services:
- Payroll processing
- Accounts payable (entry, bill paying)
- Accounts receivable (entry, invoicing, deposits, collection)
- Sales tax processing
- Bank reconciliations
- Inventory management
- Financial statement preparation
- Other financial reporting
These bookkeeping services will be at a rate of $30 per hour/per bookkeeper for clients. Clients would pay $20 -$25, once benefits and taxes are factored in, for an in-house, part-time bookkeeper, and would still be responsible for training, oversight, and management in that case. The Sorcerer’s Accountant’s rate is very economical once this is taken into account.
The new services will be performed by part-time student bookkeepers who are current undergraduate accounting majors with up to 20 hours per week free to work. Each business will have a consistent bookkeeper assigned to it. The bookkeepers will be trained by Max Greenwood directly in proper techniques. They will all be students in the top 20% of their class with at least one professional recommendation and one educational (professor) recommendation. This is a business model which has been successful in other cities where there is ample student labor, such as New York City.
To add additional value, the bookkeeping manager, a graduate student pursuing an MBA in accounting, will supervise and audit the work of the bookkeepers, answering their questions when questions arise, and providing quality assurance. The bookkeeping manager will review the QuickBooks files and reports created by the bookkeepers to ensure that they follow proper formats and are prepared correctly.