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We are QuickBooks Pro certified.

Certified QuickBooks Online

Customized Solutions

We understand that every business is unique. Our services are tailored to meet your specific needs, ensuring you get the support you require.


Trust is the foundation of our client relationships. Count on us for consistent, reliable, and confidential bookkeeping services.

Technology - Driven

We leverage the latest QuickBooks accounting software to streamline processes and provide efficient services. Access your financial data securely anytime, anywhere.



Bookkeeping and Accounting

Cashflow and Budgeting

  • Are your accounts reconciled?

  • Are you tracking your expenses?

  • Do your vendors need to be paid?

  • Do your clients need to be billed?

  • Are your books ready to go to your accountant?

  • Do you know the difference between cash in the bank and cash on your balance sheet?

  • What is your primary source of cash flow?

  • Do you know where your expenses are going?


  • Do you have employees that need to be paid?

  • Do you need help time tracking?

  • Have you paid your payroll taxes?

  • Are your employees paid by check or direct deposit? 

  • Do you offer your team benefits and how do you track them?

Financial Projections

  • What are your business goals?

  • Do you have a budget to review and adjust as necessary? 

  • Are you tracking your financial goals? 

  • Is growth part of your plan?

Financial Reporting

Training and Support for QuickBooks

  • Do you want to review your profit and loss or balance sheet monthly/quarterly?

  • Is your accounts payable/receivable accurately stated? 

  • Do your books need cleaning?

  • Are you in need of a new company file?

  • Is moving from desktop to online your new plan?


Books Need Keeping

Are you ready to experience stress-free bookkeeping?

At Books Need Keeping, we understand that managing your finances is a crucial aspect of running a successful business. We are here to simplify your financial processes, allowing you to focus on what you do best – growing your business.

Contact Nicole at Books Need Keeping to discuss your needs and how our services can benefit your business. Let us handle the numbers so you can focus on what matters most – the success of your business.

Nicole Shannon Trusted Bookkeeper

Meet Nicole Shannon

Nicole Shannon is an accomplished business professional with a diverse business ownership and finance background. She has over 17 years of experience in the landscaping and retail landscape industries, during which she was a self-employed business owner from 2005 to 2022. During the off-season, Nicole worked in a CPA firm, assisting in preparing personal taxes for clients. Since 2023, she has been sharing her expertise as a senior financial associate for a remote accounting company.


Nicole's essential skills include exceptional organizational abilities, attention to detail, and a systematic approach to tasks. She is skilled at prioritizing and completing assignments on time, and her excellent communication skills enhance her effectiveness. Motivated and driven, Nicole has honed her financial knowledge with 17 years of experience using QuickBooks Desktop and the last two years with QuickBooks Online.


Nicole obtained her Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2005, and she also holds the QuickBooks Pro Advisor certification, further enhancing her professional qualifications.


Outside of her professional life, Nicole enjoys traveling, spending time at the lake, working out, supporting her children in athletic pursuits, socializing, hiking, and embracing the outdoors. Nicole is an early riser committed to daily exercise, reflecting her disciplined and principled approach to life.


What distinguishes Nicole from others is her unwavering commitment to excellence. When she sets her mind to a task, she pursues it with determination and thoroughness, exemplifying her hardworking nature. Trust is of utmost importance to Nicole; once earned, she goes above and beyond to support those around her. Her 17 years of business ownership provided her with a unique ability to accomplish tasks efficiently. Nicole is dedicated to helping clients maintain accurate books to facilitate informed decision-making for business growth. With her skills, experience, and determination, Nicole Shannon is a valuable asset in business and finance.


What's the difference between a
Bookkeeper and Accountant?

A bookkeeper and an accountant are both financial professionals, but they have distinct roles and responsibilities within the field of accounting. A bookkeeper is responsible for recording transactions, organizing and ensuring the accuracy of financial data, and generating financial statements such as income statements and balance sheets.

A CPA/Accountant interprets financial data to provide insights into the financial health of a business. They play a crucial role in tax planning and ensure compliance with tax regulations. Accountants may be involved in auditing financial records to ensure accuracy and compliance with accounting standards.

In summary, while bookkeepers focus on the accurate recording of financial transactions, accountants take a more comprehensive role in analyzing, interpreting, and providing strategic financial guidance for businesses.

Your Trusted Bookkeeper


Cloquet, MN

“Nicole is dependable and capable of performing all bookkeeping needs for any size business or type of business."


Duluth, MN

I can't recommend Nicole at Books Need Keeping highly enough. Nicole is extremely knowledgeable while using common language and terminology that non-accountant clients can understand. I never feel like I’m “bothering” her with a question. She is eager to help and obviously has the client’s best interest in mind when giving advice or guidance.


Tampa, FL

Nicole is very organized, persistent and driven to complete tasks accurately and as efficient as possible.  She is driven by helping her customer succeed.
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