Trevor Hartshorne
Trevor Hartshorne Director at Rothlake Business Services

What word do you use when searching on Google an Accountant?

Bookkeepers and Accountants have their own terms when they speak about their businesses. But what would you as a business owner Google if you are looking for a Bookkeeper or Accountant?

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Gregory Ferrett

Gregory Ferrett, Editor at Monday Motivational Moment

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I googled 'bookkeeper' followed by my location, however, when I seriously was looking for a bookkeeper I asked my accountant who gave me a list of three to talk to.

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Paul Zisson

Paul Zisson, Founder & CFO at

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It depends what you are seeking and for what purpose:

"Bookkeeper" for record keeping, account processing, invoicing, payments, cash books, banking, administration, BAS preparation etc. More junior level finance & administration, not normally qualified/certified accountants.

"Accountant" for financial statement preparation, cash management, management reporting, financial analysis, more technical financial advice, compliance such as tax returns, ASIC reporting, budgets & forecasts, planning. There are internal and external accountants (advisors/consultants who just do financial year-end accounts & tax planning for clients). They are normally certified as CPA's or CA (chartered accountants).

"Tax Agent" for preparing and lodging your income tax returns, BAS, company tax, FBT, anything tax related with ATO, they have a lodgement program with the ATO for clients and are registered to handle tax affairs, with extended deadlines for clients. Often accountants are also registered tax agents.

As to financial jargon to google (so many to mention:

Tax returns, EOFY (end of financial year), financial statements, bookkeeping, BAS, tax advice, financial management, cash flow management, books, record keeping, account processing, budgeting, business plans etc.

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David Bradbury

David Bradbury, Founder & CEO at

If you are an established business you'll be working on a particular accounting software, myob, xero Et al, so I'd be including whichever software you are using in your search, as any bookkeepers and accountants del exclusively with software partners. So.example "bookkeeper Sydney xero"