Bookkeeping - Startup - Online Publishing Company - Remote Working

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Experience Level: Intermediate
I am setting up a new venture using a company that has not traded previously. This will very much be starting from a clean page! I am relaxed about what software is used provided the information is easily accessible by me and can be backed up to a secure online location.

The company sells information products (e-books) online. In terms of financial activity I am looking at only a modest number of transactions. On an ongoing basis there will be design & web support services, domain name & hosting as well as administration/bookkeeping costs. I anticipate there will be ongoing costs with Google AdWords or similar then that's about it! Apart from that we will be employing no more than 1 or 2 staff (family) who will be paid monthly, as profits permit.

I anticipate revenue being received from the sale of books via the site (using some kind of shopping cart service which may well aggregate transactions). Apart from that there will be a small number of affiliates (no more than 3 or 4 - at least to start with) and that's about it.

So the business overall will be quite simple. I am looking for someone who can work remotely and deal by Skype/Email/Phone. I want to get the Company VAT registered and set up for employing 1-2 people via PAYE. I am looking for someone who can deal just with bookkeeping and can process returns for VAT, PAYE, NIC etc. I want a simple month end set of accounts, but literally no more than a basic P&L based on these half dozen or dozen items. I don't expect or need anything complicated from this venture at all.

Of course, if it is successful, the business (and work required) will grow, but that is a universal truth! It will only grow organically if it generates sufficient profits to justify it.

I anticipate being able to send up receipts (or scans of receipts) on a weekly basis (or thereabouts) and I would like to get some basic accounting information back within a week or so of the end of each month.

Please quote for work on an ongoing basis with a summary of the time you anticipate spending on the various elements required. Please reply with an hourly rate and an estimate based on the anticipated amount of work (I appreciate this may change over time but I've tried to give you enough information for now to provide at least an indication).

Please quote separately as a one-off for the cost of setting up accounts with PAYE and HMRC (although this may be something I need to do myself for security reasons).

If you are able to offer additional admin/secretarial support in the future then this would be an advantage. So far as your working method is concerned I am pretty flexible. Provided you can get the job done I am not concerned how or where or (to an extent) when you do it. I would like you to be reasonably contactable but that doesn't mean I need round the clock support. As long as I can get hold of you within a reasonable time frame that will be enough.

Someone with experience of this kind of business would be preferable (or something vaguely similar). Please do not bid unless you have several references attesting to your reliability.

I am looking to launch the first site / product by about the end of November so will be looking to make a decision by the end of October and to commence work during November.

I have several other businesses with which I am involved so if we can develop a successful relationship there is certainly the scope for more work down the line. I suggest setting up an agreement for the first 3 months then reviewing rates/hours at that stage when the volume of work has been more clearly established.

I look forward to hearing from you.


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