What To Look For When Appointing An Accountant!

Different people look for different things when seeking to appoint a new accountant but there are a number of underlying criteria that should underpin any decision:

  1. Make sure that the accountancy firm has the capability to grow with you. As your business grows, so will the requirement for additional and more advanced services from your accountant. Many small accountants do not have the capability or capacity to meet your needs.
  1. Make sure that you get on with them personally. Your accountant doesn’t have to be your new best friend but it is important that you get on with them because good, open communication is essential to developing a good working relationship and without this you will not get the level of service that you are looking for.

  1. Make sure that you understand what fees you will be charged. You need to ensure that you will not be hit by nasty surprises (ambush billing) when you ask for advice and support. Does your accountant charge a fixed fee for their services or will they charge you extra everytime you pick up the phone to speak to them?
  1. But don’t just go with the cheapest option. “There is an age old saying that to buy cheaply will ultimately lead to paying dearly”. Those accountants offering the cheapest fees are often able to do so because they don’t spend money on training, technology and keeping up to date with current developments. What is more important is the value for money that you get for the fees that you are paying and in most cases this will not come with the cheapest fees.

So those are some of the essential criteria to consider when looking to appoint a new accountant and if you want to talk to an accountant who fulfils all of those criteria then Balance Accountants are waiting here for you to call!!!!!!!!

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