All About Us
...well, maybe not ALL, but the important stuff.
Be Free Bookkeeping SF, LLC has been specializing in small business bookkeeping throughout the Bay area since 2007. Starting with just one lone bookkeeper and her trusty computer, the company has since grown 300% (impressive, no?)
Our Areas of Expertise
Over the years we've developed a specialty for working with small start-up tech companies and in the process have assisted with several rounds of funding from Angel to Series B, as well as acquisitions with companies such as PayPal, Zynga, Square and others. From those just starting out, to those who've been around for a while, our goal is to help ease a little of the business-running burden.
What's the differences between an accountant and a bookkeeper?
A bookkeeper organizes your financial information on a regular basis, while an accountant takes that information and reports it to the government once a year. There’s more to it than that of course, but this is the basic difference.
Do you work onsite or offsite?
Both. The decision is up to you and how you prefer to work. Both onsite and offsite have their advantages and disadvantages. Typically working onsite at your office requires you to do less work because you can allow us to handle of the organization of paper documents. The best part of working onsite, is that getting questions answered is typically easier and much faster than having to volley emails back and forth. Conversely, working offsite allows for greater flexibility for both parties and requires less office space. We are more than happy to accommodate you with whichever setup you prefer.
Do you work with Xero?
Not anymore. Our preferred software program is QuickBooks. Although Xero may work well for some types of companies, we found that trying to use it for clients whose books are accrual based (and most tech companies require accrual bookkeeping) took twice as much time because their system lacks certain functionality necessary to close the books on a monthly basis. If they're able to build in the necessary features in the future, we may reconsider, but for now, we only work with QuickBooks.
Do you charge by the hour or a flat rate?
Both. The majority of our clients are tech startups whose needs can change month to month do to rapid growth, rounds of funding or even if they decide to pivot and make cutbacks. With these types of changes happening so frequently, setting one flat rate at the start never lasts long and constant renegotiation is required to keep up with demand. Setting an hourly rate eliminates this problem for these types of clients. For clients that are not in the tech sector, we use a flat rate because growth happens more slowly and at a steady pace.