As a small business owner, your relationship with your accountant is one of the most important business relationships you have. Finding someone who you trust and are comfortable with, who really understands your business, can help you get the absolute best out of yourself, your staff and your business.
Tips about how to choose an accountant
Here are some simple tips that can help you find the right accountant:
- Determine whether or not you and your business require specialist tax accounting. If you do, check to see whether the accountant has experience in that area and has dealt with other similar businesses.
- Check to see whether or not they are a member of a professional accounting association. Choose an accountant or bookkeeper that is part of a programme offering extra value services that will enhance your overall customer service experience. Intuit’s ProCloud Partner Program offers benefits for clients, such as access to the very latest trial software, training and education sessions for you, access to technical product support, and real-time access from anywhere, including the creation of real-time reports to help you make business decisions.
- Look for an accountant that uses cloud-based software like Intuit’s QuickBooks Online. This will mean your accountant can access your files anytime, anywhere giving you the benefit of making business decisions based on real-time data. Remember to check what security measures are in place to back-up and protect your data.
- Discuss the fees up front and remember that if you use a cloud-based accountant, you can shop around as you no longer have to use an accountant in your local area.
Author: Rich Walker, Director of Accountant Strategy, Intuit Australia