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06.03.2016 | written by Cutter & Co

How to Find The Right Accountant for Your Business

It’s surprising how many small businesses fail simply because they do not spend enough time choosing the best accountant possible. This is one of the most important business decisions that a small business has to make. Here we discuss why that is and how you can ensure that you make the right choice first time around. The only proven way to hire the best accountant for your own business is to ask the right questions, and here are a few examples of what you need to consider:

1. Are we a close match? – Your accountant will need to have both expertise and experience when it comes to dealing with a small business just like yours. Don’t be embarrassed if you are a little naive when it comes to making business decisions this early on in the game. Your accountant should be willing and able to help you fill in the gaps as and when required. Look for a local accountant who is a similar size to your firm and one who can show a proven track record of assisting smaller businesses.

2. Why should I hire you? – Okay, this may seem a little direct but why shouldn’t you ask this question instead of beating around the bush? This decision is as important as hiring a new member of staff and nobody takes that decision lightly. Your accountant will be your business partner, so do not be afraid to ask for some proof that they will be a credit and not a burden when it comes to helping your business succeed.

3. Can you make my money go further? – Your accountant should have the knowledge and ability to make your business funds stretch further than they are right now. They need to have the tax related knowledge to maximise your cash andaccountancy expertise to push your bookkeepingskills up a few levels. Your tax issues should also be part and parcel of their remit as well as looking at ways to save money when making purchases for your business.

When you have asked your accountant these questions and have chosen the firm with the best answers, you can start concentrating on your core business knowing that your new business partner has your financial issues covered.  

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