The Evolution of Bookkeeping

Bookkeeping has come a LONG way – from ancient tally sticks to cloud-based accounting. It’s transformed not just our roles as bookkeepers, but the benefits to you as a small business owner. With us, you can think bigger, take (data-backed) bolder steps and enjoy seamless processes too.

Lisa Turner Xero Bookkeeper sitting at a table with a laptop and coffee to her side, wearing a green top.

The Old School Way 

I find this super fascinating. Did you know our ancestors organised numbers with tally sticks thousands of years ago? That practise evolved into handwritten ledgers and journals, where meticulous entries were a labor of love. Thankfully, I made my debut as a bookkeeper during a mixed paper-based balancing/digital era! 

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The Digital Age

The digital age bid farewell to ink-stained fingers and manual calculations – thankfully! Cloud-based solutions emerged, revolutionising bookkeeping. Cumbersome data entry became a thing of the past, freeing up our minds for more meaningful pursuits.

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The Tech Advantage

Streamlined tech has waved goodbye to a rather large chunk of data entry. Today’s bookkeepers are business allies, offering holistic support beyond the balance sheet. We’ve entered a big-picture thinking era, where our role transcends traditional bookkeeping. Cloud-based solutions like Xero have redefined the bookkeeping game. Xero not only gives you simple, customisable reports with a click of a button, it gives you control over bills, invoices, and cash flow. The ability to consolidate all financial aspects into a glance-and-go dashboard makes streamlining operations simple.

Work desk with an open laptop and a stack of green, cream and pink notebooks and a black phone against a white wall with a green plant and glass of water.

The Holistic Bookkeeper 

Now that bookkeepers aren’t elbow deep in ledgers and finicky Excel spreadsheets, we’re moving into our holistic era. These days we’re so much more than bean counters, we’re your strategic allies. 

Lisa Turner, Small Business Bookkeeper writing in a notebook using a gold pen wearing a green top.

We leverage our financial know-how alongside the benefits of Xero to propel your business growth. We navigate the complexities, allowing you to think bigger, take (data-backed) bolder steps, and drive a seamless and efficient process in the back end. 

The Small Business Advantage 

Xero + a skilled bookkeeper = a dynamic powerhouse! Along with ticking the compliance boxes, balancing your bank accounts and lodging your BAS, bookkeepers are a pathway to strategic growth and success. 

This looks like: 

  • Analysis – helping you find the sweet spot and forecast your future offerings 
  • Solutions – maximising your money/savings and turbocharging your time
  • Integration – streamlining your data and automating your systems 

Welcome to the era where cloud-based solutions and financial expertise work in tandem to provide boundless possibilities for your creative small business.

If you’re in business, working with a tech-savvy bookkeeper just makes sense! 

Lisa x

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