Bookkeepers who do remote work for CPA firms, do you charge an hourly rate?

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I do remote work for some CPA firms. I prefer to charge per client per month. I discount these rates compared to my normal rates if I’m not doing client communication, payroll, etc.

Some insist on paying me hourly, which is fine while I am growing. But they get what they pay for. I set aside a certain block of time in the day and that’s their block. If I get an email after that block of time I am essentially clocked out. Once in a blue moon I entertain questions after I’ve done their firm for the day. They pay me for every second I spend in their business.

It’s taken awhile. The first CPA that I approached really helped me figure out how to make it beneficial for me. She was the one who insisted on per client per month rates. She is also very relaxed, there is no dropping everything and do a rush job because the client waited until the last minute.

Responses can always wait for tomorrow because realistic timelines are set. Working for her has taught me what my ideal outsource CPA work flow looks like. I make more on work through her than other firms and it’s much more enjoyable. As a bonus I don’t have to deal with clients either…

Whitney Marietti is a small business accountant specializing in the equine and agriculture industries.