Thankfully, there are some rules of thumb you can follow when searching for the perfect business accountant.
Look at credentials and experience
Credentials aren’t the first and last word, but they can help indicate how expert and experienced a person is. That’s why you’ll want to carefully consider whether to hire a Certified Public Accountant.
“Given the greater experience and knowledge that a certified or chartered accountant has, they’ll be able to add value to your business right from the start. And if you expect your company to grow, it’s a good idea to hire a professional accountant at the beginning rather than later on,” according to Xero.
Beyond just credentials, you’ll want to know just what value and experience an accountant can add to your business.
According to our website, “With over 15 years of experience, Sterling Tax & Accounting Services located in Wilton Manors, Florida, can take the following off of your hands: Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Accounts Reconciliation, QuickBooks® Set Up and Training, Small Business Payroll, Processing Small Business Quarterly Tax Reporting, Annual Government Filing, & Financial Statements.”
Check with your network
A referral from a friend with similar business needs is always worthwhile. That’s why you’ll want to tap into your network when looking for the right business accountant.
“When searching for an accountant, the ideal candidate might be right under your nose. Start by asking any friends or family members who own small businesses if they would recommend their accountant. If so, why? And if not, why not? The answers to both questions could prove useful at a later stage, when you come to interview candidates,” according to Xero.
One warning about going this route: Your friend’s business may have different needs than your own. So be sure you ask your potential accountant the questions that apply to your particular needs.