Bookkeeper vs. Accountant – What’s the difference anyway?

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Bookkeeper vs. Accountant – What’s the difference anyway?

If you aren’t in the finance world, you may not understand the difference between a bookkeeper and an accountant. They both handle your finances, look at your bank statements and need to see your receipts, but they are definitely not created equal. And without knowing the difference, you may not know what you really need! One simple way to understand is to compare them side by side!


Bookkeeping alone could show that you have plenty of money in the bank when there’s a stack of bills sitting on someone’s desk. Accounting can take all of that information and tell you where you really stand. Both are incredibly valuable to a business, but they serve different purposes based on your needs. The key is determining what it is you need! Good news is, we are here to help. Whether you need some extra bookkeeping help, or someone to guide you and manage all of your business finances, Devine has a solution for you. Give us a call to discuss and we can make a recommendation.

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Jennifer Devine

I'm an experienced finance professional with more than 20 years of experience. I've held several Controller positions throughout my career, most notably with an internationally respected commercial real estate investment, management, and brokerage firm. In this role, I was responsible for all aspects of accounting across the company's many operational divisions - including internet services, real estate development, property management, and brokerage services. As our company operated in multiple countries and currencies, it was essential to me that all financial reports were accurate and compliant.