Monthly Archives: February 2016

How to Hire Qualified Bookkeepers

Hiring a qualified bookkeeper is important. After all, an audit by the IRS is never a fun experience. In fact, an audit should come with general warnings: may induce vomiting, dry heaving and/or the onset of ulcer-like systems.

This is why it is so important to hire a qualified bookkeeper or accounting manager right from the start. You need to know that your books are in order and the IRS audit will breeze right past you, like a light summer draft. The last thing you want to experience is spiraling out of control in the midst of a hurricane that is reminiscent of Katrina, holding on for dear life to the nearest streetlamp and praying to the gods that this nightmare will soon end.

Of course, life could always be worse, as my husband found out. He had a bookkeeper that he and his business partner employed for five years. Recently, they discovered she had “cooked the books” and stolen a whopping $100,000 from their small business. After filing sheriff reports, providing legal written and verbal statements, switching accountants, hiring a controller to thoroughly go through their books and having to answer half a million questions in a small town, they realized they could have avoided this pain and agony by listening to their guts.

Most companies know there is something wrong and suspect embezzlement, but they feel helpless or do not want to assume the worst. In business, it is important to monitor employees. This can include having potential employees agree on their employment application to submit to background checks. Background checks can unearth outstanding debt collections, unpaid bills and much more. These are all red flags that an employee may potentially have the hunger to begin “borrowing” money from the company.

In my husband’s case, the bookkeeper started using the company credit card for personal coffees, tank of gas and advancements. My husband and his partner immediately put a stop to these “fringe benefits,” but a year later, she had started embezzling more money than they could comprehend. The investigation took them weeks and her embezzlement scheme was advanced.

The point of this article is that Ninja Gig can help protect employers by making online job applications easy to customize. You can ask potential employees legal questions, which makes it easy to handle any potential legal issues, should any arise, from a Human Resources standpoint later on. The process is simple and businesses can literally start accepting employment applications within minutes. We offer a free trial, which means that companies have absolutely nothing to lose.

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Calling the Newspaper: Hire a New Editor!

Unrolling the local Saturday newspaper, I read no further than two sentences. Barely through my first sip of java, my fingers begin to contort, seeking the comfort of a red pen. My brain goes into primitive 80s robotic mode, “Error. Error.” Finding a red pen, my spasmodic grip loosens and I begin to edit the paper. Misspellings blind me, followed by the misuse of contractions, lack of gender-neutral language, incorrect formatting and absence of punctuation. The apology for misspelling names is simply unprofessional. Seasoned editors should demand accuracy from every reporter, not requests for forgiveness at the end of their exclusives. This is not an elementary school publication, but a professional career where reporters and an editor are receiving paychecks and benefits.

I call the local newspaper, but unfortunately, the editor does not seem interested in listening to constructive criticism. As a former Human Resources Manager, I find this more than off-putting. Managers and employees should want to grow, learn from their mistakes and flourish in their jobs. When a manager or employee has a closed-mind – controlling the big news stories that favor their friends’ accomplishments, while sacrificing editing and basic grammar for social parties, it is part of a bigger problem. Simply stated: the publisher has a bad apple. Unfortunately, these unpleasant, rotten apple seeds spread and cause poor work habits. This is not easy to contain and the ultimate resolution for close-minded managers or employees that produce sub-par articles, have poor customer service and continually lose publishing business is to fire them.

This is where Ninja Gig comes in. Companies can customize job applications, while tracking applicants. Featuring an unlimited number of questions, businesses that require applicants to have excellent English, grammar, spelling, AP, Oxford English or Chicago Style writing skills can easily ask questions, which helps narrow down the pool of qualified applicants.

Businesses are able to try our complete employment application system. There is no risk for signing up with Ninja Gig, as we offer a complimentary 30-day FREE trial. Unlike many job application companies, employers are not locked into any contracts and can cancel anytime without incurring any penalties. Excellent management that plants productive, healthy seeds will help a company grow over the years. This improves bottom-line revenues, boosts sales and gives companies more respect within communities.