How much do your outsourcing services cost?

1 – Ad hoc / Pay as you go model

Some of our clients really like this model. As the name suggests, the ad-hoc model is when an outsourcing company provides resources for the time you require for a predetermined set price depending on the workload at hand.

Pros

  • Dedicated staff working for you for a pre-determined amount of time
  • Works well when you don’t have large volumes of work

Cons

  • This model could disincentive efficiency, as the longer the outsourcing company takes to do the work, the more it gets paid.
  • Can cause issues if job cost exceeds the estimate

2 – Full-time employee (FTE) or Dedicated resource model

This one is the most popular. A full-time employee (FTE) is when an outsourcing company provides a dedicated employee at a fixed fee per month.

The fixed amount is billed to the accounting practice at the end of each month.  Under this model, the outsourcing company scopes the number of hours to be completed within the monthly fee.

Pros

  • Offers more control to the accountancy practice as they can plan and manage work for their dedicated FTE
  • More economical than hourly rates if you have high volumes of work
  • A dedicated Account Manager who reports directly to the accountancy practice is assigned
  • Allows better budget management without the fear of cost escalations

Cons

  • It requires a vast managerial experience, and standardized accounting process within the practice.
  • A major change in requirements can disrupt staffing

Our pricing :

Service Hourly rate
Accounting 8,00 CAD
Auditing 15,00 CAD
Tax services
Personal tax * 30,00 CAD
Corporate tax ** 250,00 CAD

*Flat rate no matter how many tax slips it contains

** Flat rate now matter how complicated it is

The true cost of hiring accountants in-house.

One of the biggest indicators of a growing accountancy practice is the hiring of employees. But when you hire an employee, you have wages to pay every month. As you keep hiring more employees, you could easily make the mistake of thinking that monthly salaries are the only expense you will bear. Hiring staff in-house is expensive. Aside from the salary, you could also be on the hook for:

  • Recruitment costs- Most recruitment agencies usually charge between 20-30 percent of the final salary. So if we assume that you pay 35,000 CAD to your senior accountant, the recruitment cost would be above 5,000 CAD. The cost includes crafting the job specification, screening, initial calls, interviewing, onboarding, hand-over, and training.The chart below is just an example of how accounting outsourcing services can reduce your labour costs which are reflected as overall savings for your practice. How much of a difference can all these savings add up to?

The example below is base on a Senior Accountant with 3 years accounting experience

 Annual costs In-house Accountant Econsultia Accountant
Salary 35 000,00 CAD 16 640,00 CAD
Employer 2 427,00 CAD
Vacation salary 2 916,00 CAD
Office supplies + IT Allocation 2 000,00 CAD
Office space 3 000,00 CAD
Other hidden costs :
Recruitment 5 000,00 CAD
**Overtime 3 500,00 CAD
**Holidays ??
**Sick days ??
**Turnover ??
**Your time hiring and training ??
**Your time supervising ??
53 843,00 CAD 16 640,00 CAD
31%

The above table is a simplified version of in-house costs – We are you can add to the list

  • Training cost-New employees need to be trained before they can start processing tasks. Either you or someone else will have to take time away from revenue earning activities to do this. Instead, you could use that time to bring in new clients or work on existing work. However, when you outsource, the outsourcing company ensures that your outsourced workers are up to speed on any accounting tasks you can throw at them.
  • Office space and equipment– When you hire an employee in-house, you have the bear the costs of onboarding, furniture, workstation, office space, parking spaces and other equipment. The cost per annum could easily go up to 5,000 CAD per annum.
  • Time cost: One of the issues that accountants fail to take account of is the productive time of the in-house accountant. There are 253 working days in a year, however, if you consider holidays (28 days – including bank holidays), sickness, meetings, appraisals, and training, it is unlikely that your in-house accountant works for more than 225 days in a year.
  • Management costs: The final cost is the cost of managing and developing your in-house accountants. This includes yearly appraisals, meetings to discuss career opportunities, and providing feedback on progress. It is likely to take three management days across the year, maybe more if issues arise.
  • Other employer costs:Some of the most obvious employer expenses you could be responsible for are: Employer Insurance contributions, pension contributions, Employers’ liability insurance, holiday pay, sick pay, maternity pay, cost of coffee and toilet paper, phone bills, electricity bills, and a drink or two every now and then.

Can it work for your accounting firm?

By outsourcing accounting services, you can minimise and even eliminate most of the employee-related costs mentioned above. When you reduce these costs it allows you to not only save money but also gives you the time and resources to grow your practice.

Free trial

All businesses are looking for a way to maximise their returns. This can be accomplished by a number of methods and outsourcing is definitely one of them. If you are considering outsourcing and are not sure if it’s right for you why not get in touch with us for a free trial.

How can we help you?

Contact us at the Consulting WP office nearest to you or submit a business inquiry online.

“When you are in the financial industry you know the image you have to project to people. You have to be agile and authoritative; Consulting WP is the way to go for financial institutions.”

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Amanda Seyfried
Founder & CEO, Arcade Systems

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