Whether you run your own business or are self-employed in a different capacity, your accounts can present one of the largest challenges in taking care of your finances. If you do not have the training and expertise required to ensure your accounts are in order, then employing an accountant to help you is a great way to keep on top of things without risking mistakes. A great accountant will have the knowledge necessary to take care of your business finances, leaving you free to focus on what really matters.
But if you have never had an accountant for your business before, how do you go about finding a great one in your local area? We have collected some top tips for how to find a great local accountant to support you – read on to find out more.
One of the most vital things to check when looking for a good local accountant is their qualifications. Most accountants will have these listed on their website, but if not they will be happy to provide them for you. Accountants should be properly certified, so don’t just assume you can employ anyone with a head for numbers!
The right accountant for you could be closer than you think! Make sure to ask around your business contacts, friends, and family who are also self-employed to find out who they use for their accounting. Especially if you have contacts who work in the same field as you, you might be able to make some easy connections and find the ideal accountant for you. Social media and checking online reviews are also solid tools in the process of choosing your new accountant.
When looking for an accountant, it is important to decide whether the location is the most important factor for you. Thanks to cloud-based accounting, most things can be done online these days – however, there is still something to be said for face-to-face interaction. Meeting your accountant in person can help you to have more clarity and, if an accountant is locally based, then they may have a better understanding of your specific business and how it works where you live. This can be handy for having clear and open conversations – as well as quicker meetings!
Look for relevant expertise
As well as ensuring that your accountant is fully qualified, you should check that they have expertise in the correct area for you. If they deal with businesses or clients similar to you, then they will be more likely to be highly skilled in the way you need.
Get in touch
Are you ready to get in touch with a superhero accountant who can help you to take care of your finances? Don’t delay – contact us at Total Accounting Partners for all your accounting needs on the Sunshine Coast and in Redcliffe. Our accountants are highly qualified and experienced in a range of areas, including bookkeeping, taxation, business structure, and more. Let us know how we can best support you with all your requirements.
Jason is the director at Total Accounting Partners on the Sunshine Coast and in Redcliffe. He has been working as an accountant for over 16 years. He has experience in Public, Corporate, Management and Government accounting services and all aspects of accounting including Tax Planning, Superannuation, Structuring and Acquisitions. Jason is Xero certified and lead the team to Gold Partners with Xero.