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In today’s digital age, where keeping your books online is the norm, accurate and efficient bookkeeping is the backbone of every successful business. Here, we explore how technology transforms your digital bookkeeping game, sharing practical tips to give your business the boost it needs.

Which is best: tech-based or traditional bookkeeping?

Traditional bookkeeping often involves manual data entry, paper trails, and time-consuming reconciliation. For a more in-depth look, please read our blog ‘DIY bookkeeping: weighing the pros and cons’.

While traditional methods have their merits, they can also be labour-intensive and susceptible to errors. Enter digital bookkeeping, which offers a multitude of benefits: 

At GJ Associates, we believe in harnessing the power of technology to transform bookkeeping from a burden to a strategic advantage for your business. We manage your digital bookkeeping needs so you can focus on running your business. We tailor our service to you through our apps and a leading accountancy software provider, Xero. 

Our tech-based approach goes beyond crunching numbers, providing: 

Digital bookkeeping tips to grow your business

Gone are the days of drowning in paperwork and spreadsheets. Thanks to technology, bookkeeping has become streamlined and efficient, allowing you to prioritise what truly matters: growing your business. However, even with modern tools, navigating bookkeeping can feel overwhelming. Here are three simple tips to conquer bookkeeping with ease!

Tip 1: Embrace the Tech Force 

Gone are the days of manual data entry and tedious calculations. Cloud-based accounting software offers many benefits, including: 

Investing in the right software is an investment in your time and sanity. Choose a user-friendly platform that integrates with your existing tools and caters to your business needs.

Tip 2: Unleash the power of automation

Let technology handle the heavy lifting! Many accounting software solutions offer robust automation features, including:

Automation tools free up your time for more strategic activities while ensuring accuracy and efficiency in your bookkeeping processes.

Tip 3: Get organised

Developing a structured approach to your finances simplifies bookkeeping. For example:

Remember, consistency is critical. Establishing and maintaining a well-organised system will save you time and give you valuable insights into your financial health. 

Bonus Tip: Don’t go it alone! Consider partnering with a tech-savvy accountancy practice. They can offer expert guidance, ensure compliance, and provide valuable financial insights to fuel your business growth. 

If you are a small business owner in the UK looking for guidance on digital accounting or choosing the right software, the team at Grenfell James is here to helpContact us today to discover how we can revolutionise and simplify your business.

Grenfell James Technology Adoption Index

How does your business perform against others adopting financial tech? Find out with our interactive diagnostic:


How does your business receive invoices?


Invoices are mainly received in paper form


Invoices are mainly received by email


Invoices are emailed then automatically forwarded to a designated mailbox


How are purchase invoices processed?


Invoices are entered manually


Invoices are attached to manually raised invoices


Automated software (e.g. ReceiptBank, 1Tap, HubDoc etc) collates invoices


How are accounts processed?


Using Excel/paper-based


Using Computer-based, offline software


Using cloud-based accountancy software


How often is business data revised?


Data is updated annually


Data is updated quarterly


Data is updated monthly or more often


How is banking updated for your business?


Banking is updated manually


Banking is updated by imports


Banking is updated via a live feed


How are bank payments made?


Bank payments are manual


Bank payments are made using bulk imports


Bank payments are made directly via accounting software


How are bank receipts reconciled?


Receipts are chased and reconciled manually


Receipts are chased and reconciled automatically


A third-party platform is used to chase debts and collect fees


How often are management reports produced?


No reports are provided


Reports are provided but often too late to be valuable


Reports are automated with real-time information

Score 8-12:

Curious Exploration

Your financial technology phase is Curious Exploration

% of respondent businesses are in this phase too.

Switching accountancy systems may seem like an upheaval, but can be much more straightforward than most businesses imagine. From talking to our clients, they have found moving from paper invoicing and desktop-based accounting software to the cloud and apps quickly makes the transition process a worthwhile investment of time. Digital accounting solutions bring in streamlined processes, up-to-date business data and greater confidence in the accuracy of information when making financial decisions.

Grenfell James works with your team to fully assess the needs of your business and minimise the impact of any transitions for solutions we recommend.

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Score 13-19:

Measured Discovery

Your financial technology phase is Measured Discovery

% of respondent businesses are in this phase too.

Once cloud accountancy software is in place, there’s still plenty of scope to improve your accountancy processes and make sure your business is maximising the benefits of adopting a digital accounting solution. Grenfell James assesses each business to understand how any implemented solutions are being used, identify areas for improvement and the needs of the business overall to support your business goals and achieve success.

Our team of experts can discuss a range of time-saving automation and get different apps and cloud-based solutions talking to create and manage a digital accountancy eco-system to help your business grow.

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Score 20-24:

Bold Innovation

Your financial technology phase is Bold Innovation

% of respondent businesses are in this phase too.

You know the benefits of accounting technology and the impact it can have on your business goals. If you want to take it a step further, our team can conduct a systematic review of your processes, apps and business goals to ensure your digital accountancy ecosystem is keeping pace with the changing needs of a growing business.