If you are a business owner who is just starting, you might think you don’t need an accountant yet. But the truth is you need one even before your business goes live. An accountant would not only be needed for taxes or to see if someone is cooking your numbers and telling you that you are losing money, even if what is happening is the opposite. An accountant is also necessary at the beginning since they would know the ins and outs of starting up a business since they have clients in the past who have availed of their expertise before they open their own enterprise.
Now, that you know how valuable an accountant is for your business, no matter how small, you have to find a good one even if you would only be hiring them on a short-term basis.
Ask for referrals
If you know other small business owners ask them for referrals. Why? Because their accountant is someone who is an expert in dealing with small businesses and perhaps would not even charge as much since their clients are small enterprises owner.
Of course, when you do find one from a referral but you are not satisfied with their services, it is perfectly acceptable to change accountants. Don’t think that you need to stick with them just because they are referred to you by another small business owner. What works for them might not work for you and your business.
Take advantage of free search engines
Search engines have been at our beck and call 24/7 whenever and wherever we need to check or research something. So, take advantage of the free information that is at your fingertips. Look for an accountant that would be able to fulfill all your requirements.
Ask them the necessary questions and you would not have to immediately agree to hire them since you have to be careful about the people you meet on the internet. It would not hurt for you to meet them in person first and to ask them about their credentials before you settle into hiring them.
Join online forums or groups
Online forums or groups of small business owners is also a good starting point for you to find an accountant. They would be a good source of referrals especially if you don’t know any business owners who could help you. So, better to ask fellow small business owners. You would not only get valuable referrals from them; you could also learn lessons from them especially from those who are in the same industry/sector as you.
Read financial articles
When you read financial articles, you would not only get insights about how you could run your business or tips and tricks on how you could get more clients. You could also reach out to the writer and perhaps they could recommend you to their sources or they could provide you the service themselves if they are a licensed and practicing accountant.
Now that you have an idea of where to find an accountant, prepare a checklist beforehand so you would have a guide on the requirements of an accountant that would be a perfect fit for your business.