faqs

Q?   What is a flexible, outsourced accounting solution?

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A flexible, outsourced accounting solution is a way for companies to get the high-quality financial information they deserve without the cost of a full-time team of accounting staff. We don’t believe that all full-time positions should be filled with full-time people. We believe that accounting positions should be broken down into individual tasks and those tasks should be separated by skill set. Accounting staff is then matched to those skill sets and the position is filled with 2-3 individuals with skill sets that match all of the different requirements of the position. Each of those individuals perform a portion of that position’s duties and do so on a less-than-full-time basis. Efficiencies are naturally created because individual skill sets are matched to the required tasks of the position.

Q?   Why is a flexible, outsourced solution best for my business?

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No person can be everything to everyone. There is no perfect person that fits perfectly into an accounting position. So why try to find that one perfect fit when you can have 2-3 people with varying skill sets, at various levels of expertise perform the specific tasks within that position? If you are settling for less accounting expertise than you really need because you have limited resources, then a flexible, outsourced solution could be a tremendous value to you. At the same time, if most of your accounting needs are basic, then it’s possible you are overpaying for those basic services. If you are paying one person to perform all of your accounting tasks, then you are overpaying that person for the low-level tasks, and they are likely to underperform when asked to produce higher-level work.

Q?   Is it a good time to outsource my accounting needs?

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Chances are it’s a good time to consider outsourcing if:
i. You find yourself spending more and more time dealing with accounting department issues
ii. You’ve had significant turnover in one or more positions within your accounting department
iii. You’re not getting high-quality financial information from your accounting team
iv. You are tired of dealing with employee issues in the accounting department
v. You’re under a lot of pressure to make changes, but don’t know what to do
vi. The time you spend dealing with back-office issues interferes with running your business
vii. Accounting department issues are becoming a distraction

Q?   How much will it cost me?

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Outsourcing a position to us usually won’t cost you more than what you are currently paying for that position! But the real cost is the time you’re currently spending being involved in your accounting department issues and away from driving your business forward. Every day you spend with that burden on your shoulders is money and time wasted.

Q?   What does A La C.A.R.T.E.TM mean?

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High-quality financial information is what we refer to as A La C.A.R.T.E.TM information. It stands for Complete, Accurate, Reliable, Timely and Excellent. We believe every company, regardless of size, should demand A La C.A.R.T.E.TM information from its accounting department. Our flexible solution makes it possible for any size company to afford a full accounting team that can deliver A La C.A.R.T.E.TM information to your business every day. You and your business deserve

Q?   Are your services industry-specific?

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We don’t discriminate by industry. We have diverse industry experience including construction, manufacturing, distribution, technology, data management, professional services and property management. Our services are tailored to meet your company’s needs and we can work in any industry that requires accounting expertise.

Q?   What types of companies do you serve?

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Our clients are privately-held, entrepreneurial-type companies with revenues typically between $5 mil to $100 mil. We fit in best with established companies that don’t have an effective high-level financial professional in place and as a result, the business owner or CEO is pulled into management of the accounting department

Q?   Do you offer free consultations?

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Absolutely. We’d like to get to know you, and have you get to know us. During our initial consultation, we’ll get an understanding of what your current needs are and let you know if we can help bring value to your business. We’ll answer any questions you have, brainstorm ideas with you, and help you decide which direction to go. Your time is no less valuable than ours – so let’s talk!

Q?   Will I have to deal with hourly bill rates and unknown monthly costs?

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Nope! We believe in simplicity and predictability when it comes to pricing. We offer our clients the convenience of agreed-upon pricing in a monthly, flat-fee structure. This allows you to accurately forecast and budget your cash flow and eliminates surprises at the end of each month. It also removes the burden of reviewing detailed invoices each month.

Q?   Do I have to sign a long-term contract?

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Nope! We hope to continue to be your outsourced accounting solution for years to come. But we believe in earning that privilege every day. So, with a cancellation notice of 30 days, there’s no risk to you or your business.

Q?   I still have questions – how do I get answers?

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Call us at (844) 9-ALaCarte or (844) 925-2227. You can also send us an email at info@alacarte-solutions.com.