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Bookkeeping services from Crunch

Can't face doing your bookkeeping? Let us help.

If you’re looking for a little more help keeping on top of your accounts, our bookkeeping service could be just what you need.

We can help you bring your accounts up to date - either as a one-off service or as a fixed number of hours each month. So, if you’ve got behind with your accounts, or just need to free up some time each month, speak to us to see how we can help.

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Why you'll love our bookkeeping

What you'll get

A flexible bookkeeping service

You only pay for the bookkeeping you need. Whether you need a one-off service to bring your accounts up to date, you need an express service because you’re facing a deadline or fine, or you’re looking for regular bookkeeping support to take it off your hands completely, you can choose the service that’s right for you. Our expert bookkeepers will review your Crunch account and provide a quote to bring it up to date.

Peace of mind

Our expert bookkeepers are quick and efficient and will make sure your company accounts are fully reconciled and all your expenses are correctly recorded. You’ll know exactly what you owe in tax, how much you can take in dividends, and ensure you meet your statutory filing deadlines - avoiding those fines from HMRC and Companies House.

Free up your time

We make our online accounting software as simple to use as possible, but some people just don’t have the time, or desire, to reconcile their accounts and match up their bank statements with their expenses. By putting an expert in charge, you’re freeing your time to focus on running your business.

Frequently asked questions

What is bookkeeping?

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If you run your own business as a sole trader, you’ll need to prepare accounts each year to show your income and expenses. This will enable you to calculate your annual profit and the amount of drawings you can take from your business. You will also be able to calculate the tax you owe to HMRC.Bookkeeping is the process of recording financial transactions to enable you to manage your business’s finances effectively.

With regular bookkeeping, you can see at a glance the money coming into your business and from where, how much you’re spending, and on what items. Bookkeeping also confirms when financial transactions occur.

At a minimum, you should be recording your business transactions every month and reconciling these to your bank accounts. If you don’t, you might struggle with paying for things like stock, suppliers, and even your taxes. It’s a good habit you really want to be getting into from the very beginning of running your own business. For more information, check out our “What is bookkeeping and why does it matter?” article.

What is the difference between bookkeeping and accounting?

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If you’re self-employed and running your own business as an individual, then you should be registered with HMRC as a sole trader. Being a sole trader means there’s no legal distinction between the individual and the business they own.

Sole traders work in many industries and trades, including electricians, plumbers, management consultants, designers, and more. Check out our article on “What is a sole trader?” for more information.Bookkeeping is the process of accurately recording and organising the financial transactions for your business; accounting covers the regular reporting of the financial position of your business.

Is bookkeeping hard?

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In our Crunch system, it shouldn’t usually take more than a few hours a month to keep your account up to date. It all depends on the number of transactions involved. Your client managers can give you tips on how to make your bookkeeping easier with tools like automated bank feeds, our Snap expenses app, and Tripcatcher mileage app. If you have more complicated accounts, or you simply need to free up more time, then our bookkeeping service could be ideal.

Why do I need bookkeeping?

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‍Bookkeeping is a vital part of accountancy. If you want to have an accurate view of your business finances, your Crunch account must be up to date each month. Once your account is up to date, you’ll know exactly how much tax you owe and the amount of dividends you can take from your company. If you’re a sole trader, you’ll know how much income you can withdraw from the business. 

Your account must be up to date for us to be able to produce important documents such as your annual accounts, personal income tax (on Form P11D(b) and Form P60), and to complete your annual Self Assessment Tax Return. You might also need to bring your accounts up to date to apply for a loan or a mortgage.

How do I keep bookkeeping records for my small business?

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In the past, many small business owners stored physical receipts in shoeboxes, but these days, we have far more effective solutions in the form of online accounting software.

With Crunch, you can upload your expenses directly to your Crunch account simply by taking a picture of your receipt. You can also connect your business bank account to your Crunch software through a secure Open Banking feed, which allows you to directly import your transactions and simplify the bank reconciliation process.

Why is it a good idea to outsource bookkeeping?

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Many self-employed people try to take care of everything by themselves to save on accounting costs. As most discover, doing your own bookkeeping as your business grows can be challenging and may not be the most efficient use of your time.

By putting an expert in charge of your bookkeeping, you’re freeing yourself up to run your business how you imagined it would be without all the complicated number-crunching getting in the way. You can be assured that your bookkeeping is being managed properly, and that your tax returns will be completely accurate when they are due.

How much bookkeeping time should I buy?

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That depends on your needs - we'll look at the number of transactions in your Crunch account to help you decide the amount of bookkeeping support you need. This will be based on how many business bank accounts, or credit cards you have and how many monthly transactions are involved.

Can I get bookkeeping if I’m not a Crunch accounting client?

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Sorry, our bookkeeping service is only available to Crunch clients. If you're looking for help and support with bookkeeping, we have a helpful article with handy tips on how to streamline things and keep on top of your bookkeeping. Of course, we’d also be happy to show you how our great online accountancy service can make looking after your business finances a breeze.

Who will do my bookkeeping?

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One of our expert, qualified bookkeepers will take care of your bookkeeping needs. They are quick and efficient and will get to know your business, so you can be sure everything is taken care of correctly.

How much do bookkeepers charge monthly?

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Many bookkeepers charge an hourly fee, which can quickly tally into a hefty bookkeeping bill by the end of the month. At Crunch, our pricing is clear, straightforward, and incredibly cost effective.

If you choose to buy a one-off bookkeeping service from Crunch, our prices begin from just £40+VAT a month. Alternatively, our complete accountancy packages start from just £24.50+VAT a month, where our expert Chartered Certified Accountants are available whenever you need them for bespoke support.

How quickly will my bookkeeping be done?

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Once you’ve sent us all the documents we need - such as receipts and your company’s banking information (on a CSV file or direct bank feed) - we will ensure your bookkeeping is completed within 20 working days of receiving all the information we need. If you don’t have a CSV file or bank feed, you can send us copies of your company's bank or credit card statements, but the service will cost more due to the additional time involved in processing these.

Is there an express bookkeeping and Annual Accounts service?

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Yes, if you’re facing a looming deadline, or even worse a fine, then you may be interested in our Crunch Express Bookkeeping and Accounts Preparation Service. We’ll complete the bookkeeping necessary to reconcile your company’s accounts up to the end of its accounting period. 

Our expert accountants will then prepare your Accounts for you to review and when approved we’ll submit them to HMRC and Companies House in the shortest possible time. The cost and timescales will be confirmed to you in a personal quote. The minimum turnaround period for the Express Bookkeeping and Accounts Preparation Service is 20 working days.

Don't just take our word for it

Milind Barve

January 24, 2022

One of the best online accountants. I ran two Limited Companies with Crunch. An amazing experience, I would definitely recommend.

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Annie Munday

January 24, 2022

Crunch are fantastic. Always there to support you, which is especially useful when you are a new business owner. Super fast and reliable service.

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Rob

January 21, 2022

Crunch has always provided me with a great service. I have repeatedly recommended them to my friends.

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