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Behind Every Good Builder is a Great Bookkeeper

Builders does your  bookkeeper know how to ensure you are compliant  

that your subcontractors are compliant

how to work out retention, ATO subcontractors reporting and other Builder specific reporting

Get someone who knows how your building business works


how important it is to keep things level between business and home life.


How can you tell whether these tradies are compliant?

We can  help with this.

Books Alive Bookkeeping is bringing your Books Alive with Xero Online Accounting.  We are a Certified Xero Practice Partner.


Do Beautiful Accounting with Xero

It is affordable, safe and in real time.

You can see what your business is doing anywhere and anytime.  You have as much control over your books as you want, you see what you are able to do there and then and if you are on a site you can give your clients a quote or invoice on the spot, no down time, no forgetting what needs to be charged out.  Kathy-maree comes and sets up Xero for you and trains you on how to use this beautiful software.  Whether you are a client or just want to start with Xero Books Alive Bookkeeping is there to help.

Simple, Easy and Affordable.

So don’t let the sun come down on your business.
Your bookkeeper is a wise investment.

You’re busy but please take the time to have a look at what services we can offer your business.

The Benefits to you,

  • Automated daily bank feeds
  • Fast, simple and customised invoicing
  • Available anytime, anywhere you’re online
  • Real-time collaboration with Books Alive Bookkeeping
  • Safe and Secure
  • Smart reports with links to source transactions
  • Dashboard gives a clear financial overview
  • Awesome support at no additional cost
  • No installation or IT maintenance required
  • Pay as you go and no up-front fees
  • The system is upgraded on regular basis so you don’t need to worry whether your software is compliant

Small business packages for home businesses and sole traders and tradespeople.  All at the touch of the keyboard.

We aim to help you keep your business running smoothly while you do the most important part, show your customers what you can do best!

Ask yourself,

  1. What are you looking for in a bookkeeper?
  2. What are your expectations?
  3. What is your budget?
  4. Does your bookkeeper know your business?

Books Alive Bookkeeping Services will help you create a system that is right for you.   We service the whole of the Central Coast.

Oh No, another letter of demand leaves you thinking, I though I paid that bill…..

The bank manager is asking for your books…..

The tax man is ringing asking for your statements…..

Are my insurances up to date…..
I’ve run out of stationery, when will I find the time to go and see the printer…..
If your family haven’t seen you for days and the books need doing…..
There is no need to hire an employee, Books Alive Bookkeeping helps saves overheads that need regular attention, PAYG, Superannuation, Insurances, payroll and all that goes with it, paying of bills, reporting, stationery and advertising needs.


Call us today – your initial consultation is free!

0418 110 786


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  • Xero Accounting Software Certified Practice
  • Institute of Public Accountants
  • Australian Bookkeepers Network
  • Association of Accounting Technicians
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Our Business Focus is You

When your day is over you just want to enjoy your family and relax, the last thing on your mind is bookkeeping!

Are weekends your time to catch up with family and friends, but, no, the books need to be done?

Are your receipts in your wallet, glovebox, esky, or on the kitchen table?

Or you have your own unique system, can’t remember where you put them?

Are your books ready for tax time or even that all important bank manager?

Is it anniversary time, birthday or that special day and you have a nagging feeling something needs to be done?

Books Alive Bookkeeping can help with the troubles of bookkeeping, record keeping, getting reports ready for the tax man and the bank manager.

Just go to the Contact Enquiry Form and I will contact you if not just ring the mobile and I will come and speak to you, first hour consultation is free.

After hours are no problems, when you need the help I will be there.

Rescue My Books is a specialised service to help you get your books and record keeping back on track.


You no longer have to feel you are alone or that you have to deal with anything on your own again.

We help remove the financial stress or that niggling feeling that all is not right.

We do a health check and report so that you can understand what is happening with your accounts.

We amend the errors that may have occurred.

We help with transition from your old bookkeeper to a new bookkeeper or old accountant to a new accountant.

We are fully trained, certified and insured so peace of mind is one of things we treasure for our clients.

Our Packages are affordable and workable.

Have a look at our facebook page which will have updated messages from the ATO, Fair Work Australia, Industrial Relations and, of course, Xero.

We use Xero – The Beautiful Accounting software.  We set this up for you, we train you and we support you all the way.  Just click on the Xero symbol and have a look at this great accounting software.

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Once this is up and running we can also support you with bookkeeping services on a weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly basis.

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Xero Online Accounting system
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Reconciliation- bank, credit cards, statements
  • Single Touch Payroll
  • Superannuation preparation (Monthly, Quarterly, Annually)
  • Tax Preparation (Monthly, Quarterly, Annually)
  • Budget Forecasts
  • Wage Preparation
  • End of Year Sub Contractors Reporting.
  • Forensic Bookkeeping – an in depth report on your bookkeeping and how your business is travelling
  • Filing of business documents
  • Office Administration
  • Creating and purchasing stationery e.g. cards, flyers, brochures, letterheads, etc.

Any service that a business needs can be discussed with Kathy-maree.

Dates for you to remember:

1st Quarter (July to September)
BAS/IAS due – 28 July
2nd Quarter (October to December)
BAS/IAS due – 28 October
3rd Quarter (January to March)
BAS/IAS due – 28 February
4th Quarter (April to June)
BAS/IAS due – 28 April

Employee Income Statements due 14 July

Taxable Payment Annual Reports due August every year

As soon as you start a business, you have to deal with numbers. Every business, no matter how small, must keep a record of its every transaction. That includes sales, expenses, salary payments – in fact every movement of money into and out of your business.

Although it’s possible to do this yourself, most entrepreneurs aren’t trained in bookkeeping. So it’s common for businesses to outsource this everyday work.

In this guide we’ll explain why hiring a bookkeeper is a great idea, or even an essential part of doing business. Then we’ll look at how you can hire the right bookkeeper for your business.

Three reasons why you need a bookkeeper

If you’re just starting out in business, you might think you don’t need someone to look after the books. Perhaps you feel that it’s enough to let your accountant sort out the numbers once a quarter or once a year. But there are good reasons for hiring a bookkeeper. Here are three of them:

  1. They save you time
    Unless you already know a lot about bookkeeping, it’s unwise to take on this work yourself. Processing receipts, expenses and payments is only part of the work. They know how to assign expenses to particular clients. They’ll take all the numbers, enter them into your accounting software, and make sense of them. A good bookkeeper knows how transactions should be treated to provide useful business reports. It’s a skilled job, and your bookkeeper will do it much more efficiently than you can.
  2. They understand your business
    Because they deal with the day-to-day accounts, bookkeepers have a deep insight into your company’s finances. By sharing this insight with you, they can help you work out where your business should be going. They can flag any issues in time for you to do something about them. A good bookkeeper watches over your finances and helps you steer clear of trouble.
  3. They help manage your cashflow
    Accountants provide a valuable service, particularly when it comes to strategic advice, annual returns, and tax issues. But they don’t usually see your accounts every day. A good bookkeeper will keep a close eye on your accounts on a regular basis. This will help keep your cashflow under control, which is vital for business growth.

Understand what you need

Hiring a bookkeeper is like hiring any other professional. First you need to understand your own requirements. Only then can you identify people who will suit the role. Here are some questions to think about:

  • What type of business do you run?
    For example, manufacturing businesses have different bookkeeping requirements to service or retail companies.
  • How many transactions do you make on a daily, weekly or monthly basis?
    This will help determine how much bookkeeping time will be required.
  • Which accounting software do you use?
    It helps if you’re using online accounting software. Then your bookkeeper can share data securely with you at any time.
  • Do you require credit control, payroll services or debt collection services to help you get paid faster?
    Some bookkeeping companies can handle chasing up the money customers owe you, at a cost.
  • What are your key dates?
    Your key dates will include payroll days, tax return deadlines and scheduled meetings with your accountant. You’ll want your accounts to be accurate and up to date before each of these dates. A key date also revolves around business performance reports. Ask the bookkeeper if they review reports every month to see how the business is performing. One example is a timely and accurate Profit and Loss report.


For more information about how hiring a bookkeeper can help your business visit:

Kathy-maree from Books Alive Bookkeeping has been working with my business since May 2013.  As a new business owner I required the services of Kathy-maree through recommendation of my accountant.

Kathy-maree has helped me organise the business, sort out the confusion of owning a new business and set up systems with MJM Smash Repairs, including the introduction of Xero Accounting Software.

Thanks again,

Greg Rivers – Director

C  L  I  X  A  R  – Visual Marketing Solutions –  0428247528 E:


I cannot speak highly enough of Kathy-maree!! She has been a great help with setting up my building business (Walk the Line Constructions Pty Ltd) as well as the ongoing support and great advice, she is also teaching me how to use Xero and is always available to take my calls.

I highly recommend Kathy-maree at Books Alive Bookkeeping.

Ben Cherote – Director

Walk the Line Constructions Pty Ltd – 0405 838 489  E:


Kathy-maree is AWESOME.

My husband and I purchased a small Cafe 2 1/2 years ago and was introduced to Xero by Kathy-maree who taught me how to look after my business.

I would be lost without her.  Nothing is ever too much trouble and is always available if I need something.

The support and great advice is second to none.  I WOULD BE LOST WITHOUT HER.

I highly recommend Kathy-maree at Books Alive Bookkeeping.

Tracy Parks from Michel’s Patisserie, Woy Woy.


My name is Sandy and I run Embel Transport on the Central Coast.  I started around 8 years ago and had to learn everything there is to know about being a small business, including the daunting world of accounting and bookkeeping.

I found a local accountant who in turn connected me with a local bookkeeper.

At the time the bookkeeper recommended using MYOB which I knew very little about and because I wanted to see what was happening in my business at any time becoming increasingly frustrated because it was limited to my bookkeeper only.

I persisted with this system because it was all that I knew at the time.

I was aware that XERO was another option but was sceptical because I knew very little about bookkeeping.

It was around this time that MYOB had released an online accounting system and I started using with some satisfaction.

I was on the job one day and had the great fortune of meeting Kathy-Maree from Books Alive Bookkeeping, even if I didn’t know it then.

I ran into Kathy-Maree a few more times after then and at one stage I expressed my frustration with MYOB and she recommended XERO to me but I was still sceptical.

2 bookkeepers and thousands of dollars in bookkeeping fees later I finally made the switch to Books Alive Bookkeeping and XERO.

Thanks to Kathy-Maree and Books Alive Bookkeeping my bookkeeping has been streamlined and all of my business information is there whenever I need to access it.

Reporting is simple and the BAS process is very simple.

My bookkeeping fees are lower and the whole bookkeeping process is simple, uncomplicated and far less time consuming.

Many thanks to Kathy-Maree and XERO.

P.S you can never retire Kathy-Maree.

Sandy RossEmbel Transport



My business is based on the belief that our customers’ needs are of the utmost importance.

I am committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.

I have been working in Administration and Accounting for over 35 years.

I have worked in the building industry for over 30 years and can give you the confidence that I know what work needs to be done.

I would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.

Accuracy. Integrity. Personal Service.

These are the principles we’ve built our business on.

If you’re in need of bookkeeping or general administration services, please give me a call. It would be my pleasure to apply my experience to your specific situation. At Books Alive Bookkeeping, we specialise in bookkeeping and administration services for start-ups, small businesses, sole proprietors and individuals.

With technology changing at an ever fast pace we are now moving into the future with internet accounting systems. Xero is a New Zealand based company expanding into Australia and worldwide.  You will see real time figures and not have to wait for your statement to arrive. You know where you stand there and then.

Whether you need services within your business or from outside Books Alive will deliver a professional and easy accounting service for you.

Anything an office needs to help you grow and expand.

Local Company for local people.

Take the stress out of keeping your books together. Reasonable rates that won’t break the bank.

Pricing Structure:

Hourly Rate $77 per hour inclusive of GST


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For Fast responsive service on your enquiries please email Kathy-maree at or contact us by phone.

Phone: 0418 110 786

Address: PO Box 455, Ettalong Beach, NSW 2257

ABN: 41 514 401 833


By Appointment only

Sat: By appointment only

Sun: Closed

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