Accounting Services

At Devine Consulting, LLC, we provide our clients with Houston accounting services that help them make more informed and knowledgeable decisions about their company's finances. We are an extended part of your financial team that helps you keep your books in order.

As a small business owner, I truly appreciate superb customer service. Jennifer & the entire Devine Consulting team are all such a joy to work with. They are efficient and knowledgeable about all things QuickBooks related (and more!) I would highly recommend the Devine Consulting team!

Stephanie Potter

The team at Devine Consulting really helped me out during a time when our business was not financially organized. I am very thankful for the hard work and organization that they have provided to us, now we can do business confidently!

Ashley Johnson

Accounting Services

Keep Track of Income and Expenses

Failure to keep track of cash flow can hinder your business growth and your ability to reduce costs. When you work with us, we'll keep track of your accounts payable by entering your bills and paying them. With accounts receivable, we'll be invoicing your clients for you and sending the invoice. We'll also receive payment and apply payments to those invoices. If your client hasn't paid, we can send a statement or reminder to your client to submit payment.

Manage Your Payroll

We can process your payroll for you by collecting important data such as time and potential commissions. As accountants, it's our job to ensure that your payroll goes out in a timely fashion. We'll reconcile all of your bank accounts, your credit card accounts, and lines of credit if you happen to do prepaids. For example, with prepaid insurance, you may pay it up front for the year. But from a reporting standpoint, you want to see that in each month so you can gain good insight into your company's performance.

Receive Accurate Monthly Reports

We do month-end reports for everything. Whether it's your balance sheet or your profit and loss statement, we'll usually look at the six-month trend. Then, we'll give you a detailed report on each. This will help you gain a good idea of your company's financial health and areas that may need improvement. If we notice anything amiss in any of your financial documents, we'll ask specific questions. We can even do customized specialty reports so that you can access the exact information you need.

Financial Accounting Services

Take part in a trusted, secure process

We understand that trust is tremendous when it comes to handing over your finances to someone else. But we've got you covered. We've put security measures in place to give clients peace of mind. For example, with bill pay, there's an approval process in which the client either approves us to pay the bill or pays it themselves. This process means that we aren't paying for something without their knowledge.

We also don't have access to our client's bank accounts. We only request access to information from them to get the information we need. We can't transfer money or perform other unauthorized transactions.

Focus on Growing Your Business

When you outsource accounting, you gain more time to grow your business and improve your focus on workload management. With less pressure on you to manage your finances, you can focus more on what matters to you: the future of your business.

Work with Devine Consulting, and we'll not only help you keep track of your business finances, but we'll also guide you and train you to grow your business. We'll take care of the entire accounting needs instead of wondering, "Did my employees get paid?" or "Did I pay that invoice?" You're free to run your business.

Our Houston Accounting Services

Reporting & Analysis

  • Generate Standard Reports & Statements
  • Establish Financial Performance Metrics
  • Custom Reports and Statements
  • Financial Statements
  • Budgeting
  • Forecasting
  • Provide the Reports Needed for Business Bankers, Investors, Boards

Banking

  • Segregating Business & Personal Expenses
  • Enter Credit Card Charges
  • Record Debit Card Transactions and Manual Checks
  • Record ACH Transactions
  • Process Multi-Currency Transactions
  • Petty Cash Reconciliations
  • Bank Reconciliations
  • Credit Card Reconciliations
  • Marketable Securities Reconciliations

Invoicing

  • Setup Customers
  • Setup Estimates, Sales Orders, & Invoicing Systems
  • Enter Purchase Orders and Sales Orders
  • Create Estimates
  • Issue Invoices
  • Enter Sales Receipts and Receive Payments
  • Issue Credit Memos/Refunds
  • Send Reminders and Statements
  • Accounts Payable

Financial Systems

  • Financial Operations Consulting
  • Review of Current Systems and Procedures
  • Document Management
  • Cash Management
  • Financial Administration Policies & Procedures
  • Internal Controls

End-of-year Accounting

  • Coordinating with CPA
  • Audit Preparation
  • Adjusting Journal Entries

Filings / Forms

  • 1099 & 1096 Forms
  • Remitting Sales Tax Monthly or Quarterly

Payroll

  • Payroll Provider Selection
  • Setup & Modify Employee Payroll Information
  • Payroll Entries
  • Payroll Processing

Accounting Software

  • Software Selection
  • Installation & Setup
  • Software Training
  • Customization
  • Report Writing

Inventory

  • Setup Inventory & POS Systems
  • Enter Items/Inventory Received
  • Create & Modify Price Level Lists
  • Process Sales Tax Payments
  • Inventory Adjustments

Frequently Asked Questions

How does better accounting affect my bottom line?

Many business owners know that financial accounting is essential, but they may not realize its importance. After all, accounting is the process of keeping track of your financial transactions. Wrong. Accounting is so much more than that. It's about understanding your financial position, identifying potential growth areas, and making sound decisions to help your business succeed. In short, accounting is essential for ensuring the health of your business.

So what does this have to do with your bottom line? Everything. Good accounting practices can save money by helping you avoid costly mistakes, identify areas of wasted spending, and maximize your profits. Businesses that practice good accounting typically see a 20% increase in earnings within the first year. So if you're not already focusing on accounting, now is the time to start. Your bottom line will thank you for it.

What is accounting and what do accountants do?

Accounting is the process of recording, classifying, and summarizing financial transactions to provide helpful information for business decisions. The accounting cycle begins with recording transactions in journals, which are then posted to ledgers. 

From there, accountants prepare financial statements, which are used to assess the financial health of a business. Accountants also use accounting information to recommend how a company can improve its financial performance. 

Accountants are not just number crunchers. They give you the insight to help you operate your business more smoothly and efficiently. 

How important is accounting in business?

Accounting plays a vital role in business. It provides information that is used to make decisions about how to allocate resources and manage finances.

What are the different types of accounting?

There are three main types of accounting: financial accounting, managerial accounting, and tax accounting.

What is financial accounting?

Financial accounting is the process of recording, summarizing, and presenting reporting over a specified time period. 

What is managerial accounting?

Managerial accounting is the process of analyzing the financial reporting to managers so that they can make decisions about how to allocate resources and manage risks.

What is tax accounting?

Tax accounting is providing financial information to minimize the amount of taxes a company has to pay.  The Internal Revenue Code dictates this and is typically done on a cash basis.

Why should I choose a monthly accountant vs. less frequent accounting methods?

Many business owners ask whether to choose a monthly accounting service or opt for less frequent accounting methods. There are several reasons why monthly accounting can be advantageous.

First, it helps to keep your financial records organized and up-to-date. This is essential for preparing accurate tax returns and financial statements.

Second, monthly accounting can help you identify potential problems early on and take corrective action before they become serious.

Third, having a trusted accounting professional on hand to answer your questions and provide advice can save you time and money in the long run. Ultimately, choosing monthly accounting will depend on your specific needs and preferences. However, for many businesses, monthly accounting is the best option.

How much does monthly accounting cost? What factors go into the pricing?

Accounting can be complex and time-consuming, which is why many businesses outsource this function to a professional accounting firm. The cost of accounting services will vary depending on the size and complexity of your business and the number of transactions you have each month. Your choice will also depend on the additional value that your accountant brings to you.

Several factors go into the pricing of financial accounting services. We would be happy to discuss the different options with you.

Cost is typically more cost-effective when compared to an in-house Full-Time Equivalent.

What accounting system do you use?

As experts, we work with both QuickBooks Online and Sage Intacct.  Both are great systems, and depending where you are in your business cycle will depend on the best fit for you. This is something that we work with you on during onboarding and could change over time.

How can I tell if I've outgrown my current accounting firm?

How can you tell if it's time to make the switch?

A few key signs indicate it may be time to look for a new accounting firm.

First, are you working with just an individual who may not always have time for you? A team of professionals can be more responsive to your everyday needs.

Second, if you must continually ask for information from your current firm, it is time to make a change. Some firms merely do the work to prepare taxes, and most companies need regular accounting to assess how their business is doing. 

Finally, if you're not happy with the level of service you're receiving from your current accounting firm, it may be time to look for a new one.

Making the switch to a new accounting firm can be a big decision. But if you find that your current firm is no longer meeting your needs, don't hesitate to make a move. It could be just what your business needs to take things to the next level.

When should I consider outsourcing my accounting?

Many small business owners handle their accounting, but there are certain circumstances when it makes sense to outsource this task to a professional.

If your business is growing and your accounting needs are becoming more complex, it may be time to bring in help.

Similarly, if you're struggling to keep up with bookkeeping tasks or frequently making mistakes, it's better to hand off this responsibility to someone who knows what they're doing.

Finally, it's worth considering outsourcing if you don't have the time to devote to accounting.

Ultimately, there's no one-size-fits-all answer to accounting for small businesses. However, if you find yourself in any of the above situations, it may be time to try outsourcing.

What Is Outsourced Accounting?

Outsourced accounting means hiring an experienced accounting team to provide services for your business versus hiring an accountant in-house.

Instead of hiring one accountant, you can hire another business (like Devine Consulting) to complete that work for you.

One of the biggest benefits of outsourcing is the fact that you can afford to have a team behind you rather than one individual. Much of the time, outsourcing is much more cost-effective, and you get a higher level of experience at less cost.

Outsourcing doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to another country for the service, either. You can outsource to another local business and support your community.

A lot of times, we hear the fear that if they outsource, who will they go to with questions? With no one down the hall, how will they get all of their questions answered? The nice thing when you outsource is all you have to do is pick up the phone and call.

Want to meet with someone in person? No problem! You can easily schedule a meeting (virtual right now, of course).

When you see the word outsourcing, it can be confusing as there are so many different definitions of the word. But to us, outsourcing is getting a team of accountants behind your business. Someone who you can pick up the phone and call anytime to get questions answered and work with people who want your business to succeed. That is what outsourcing really means!

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