Choose a Bookkeeper Who Is Familiar with Computers and Knows How to Do Payroll
Don’t worry. You don’t need to request an FBI background check.
In fact, if you use QuickBooks, you don’t need to hire people who are familiar with small business accounting systems. Just find people who know how to keep a checkbook and work with a computer. They shouldn’t have a problem understanding QuickBooks.
Of course, you don’t want someone who just fell off the turnip truck. But even if you do hire someone who rode into town on one, you’re not going to have much trouble getting that person up-to-speed with QuickBooks.
A bookkeeper who knows double-entry bookkeeping is super-helpful. But to be fair, such knowledge probably isn’t essential. I will say this, however: When you’re hiring, find someone who knows how to do payroll — and not just the federal payroll tax stuff (see Chapter 11), but also the state payroll tax monkey business.