Bookkeeping experience coupled with a CPA means you'll pay more because your records aregetting the bonus of a review by a licensed professional with strict credentials. Bookkeeping experience coupled with a bookkeeping certification also means a higher rate. Bookkeeping with experience, but no certification means an hourly rate of approximately $5-10above the average rate. In Canada that means approximately $35-50 an hour for a standardbookkeeping rate, the same is true in the USA. Where recession and the economy have hit hard, you will find rate negotiation to work very well. A long-term relationship with your bookkeeper is ideal, but don't get so comfortable that you arehanding over the keys to the vault, either. That's just scary - No matter how much you 'trust' them.After all, it was the church secretary who is serving 25 years for fraud and extortion. Advance fees - Normally asked for with new clients. This fee is based on an estimation of what thecost will be based on what is needed and the number of transactions involved. It is also normally1/3-1/2 of the total. If you can't pay it, don't hire that bookkeeper. How Can I Save Money With My Bookkeeper? - Do not fold your receipts- Keep your receipts in date order- Organize your receipts into categories (auto, office supplies, medical, job materials,advertising,... )- Write on your bill or receipt: Date pd, account pd from, check number, amount you pd if thebalance is different, anything else that is relevant (for instance is part of a receipt a gift and part anoffice expense - document that for your bookkeeper. Time is money. Their time, your money.- Write on your invoices: Deposit date, To which account was the money deposited, Amountdeposited, customer check number, and other relevant information like a customer addresschange. Also keep the deposit slip with the invoice - if you can.- Pay on time and don't make your bookkeeper use their time to phone you or send you -additional - invoices.- Don't miss appointments or make a bookkeeper wait for you. They have schedules and throwingoff their day means they have to re-schedule others all along the way. You'll pay more for thatservice. It's called a "PIA" fee for 'those' clients. - Do not lie to your bookkeeper or they will fire you. They need to know if your trip to the Bahamas was really for vacation or business.They need to know that your dog, Lucy, isn't listed as one of your dependents.They need to know that the new lingerie you bought for your wife at your local mall isn't a, "smalltool."They need to know EVERYTHING about your business to avoid penalties or fines they could besubjected to because of your untruths. So, tell them everything. The money you save by following these simple rules will not only save you money, but willpromote goodwill and a long relationship between you and your (most excellent) bookkeeper.