When you have the right accountant for your business, you can rest easy knowing your finances are in safe hands, all taken care of. They will make sure you’re paying what you need to pay, while keeping as much money for the business as they can. Here are some top tips to finding the right one:
Take Experience Into Account
Ideally, your accountant will have a lot of experience in accounting. This isn’t necessary if they are really good at what they do of course, but it certainly helps and will put your mind at ease. Ask them how much experience they have and different questions to help you get an idea of their skill level. Write down a list of questions so that you don’t forget on the spot, and write down answers so you can look back later and consider the decision. You might want to chat to a couple of different accountants before you select the right one for you, so this will stop you from getting muddled up.
Make Sure They’ve Worked With Businesses Like Yours
Another important thing to do is make sure they’ve worked with companies similar to yours. Some businesses can vary when it comes to accounting, so making sure that they’ve worked in an area like yours, is a good way of knowing if they can work with you. If they have, you know that you can trust them with your finances and that they know exactly what they’re doing. This isn’t always essential, but it helps!
Make Note of How Comfortable You Are With Them
Now, I’m not saying you have to be best friends, but you should feel comfortable with your business accountant. Whether you’re speaking to them on the phone, online, or in person, you need to feel like you get along with them to a certain extent. If you ever need to call them for something, you shouldn’t feel like doing so is a problem.
Measure Their Performance
The only real way you can tell if you have the right accountant is to measure their performance. Are they doing everything they said they could do for you, and everything you envisioned? If yes, great! If not, you might want to have a chat with them and consider replacing them.
Consider Whether Location Matters
You don’t always need to have them on your doorstep ready to meet up at a moment’s notice. Having your accountant online is becoming more and more popular, what with collaboration programs and different things available today. Would you prefer to meet up in person, or speak online/on the phone? There are pros and cons to both!
If you need recommendations, then use Linkedin. Other social networks may be acceptable too, but Linkedin is the most professional network. You may be able to find someone based on recommendations from your connections, or find the perfect profile. Someone you know is bound to be able to recommend someone great!
Ready to go out and find the perfect accountant for your business? Use these tips and you will!