Matchmaking: Finding the perfect small business accountant
July 02, 2012
Many experts believe despite their size, smaller companies should use an accountant to handle the operations of accounting software. A professional can help a firm account for expenses, revenue, payroll and a bevy of other financial transactions.
Most owners who seek out a new bookkeeper tend to either network among family and friends or rely on their personal accountant they see during tax time. However, many leaders are attempting to go through a new avenue to find a non-biased professional that specializes in small business accounting. A growing number of people are using matchmaker-like services to connect with the professional that is right for them.
Databases can match owners, accountants
There are a number of databases on the internet that detail the type of accounting work a professional specializes in which can be used by small business owners to find the right fit. Some, like Teaspiller, can be used to compare and contrast rates and certifications of accountants, Entrepreneur Magazine reported.
The source said Teaspiller, in particular, can be used to narrow down professionals that might fit a company's accounting plans in a given location. Hours can be saved that would have otherwise been spent researching various qualifications, for a fee, the magazine noted.
Business News Daily also explained the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Society for Women Accountants have database offerings that could be used by smaller company leaders to find a professional willing to help their business.
Meet before blindly choosing
Owners should not use these databases to hire an accountant right away, however. Business News Daily reported there are many questions that need to be asked before a professional is added to a company's payroll, and the leader should meet the potential hire to make sure they have the same goal and that their personalities meld well enough to allow for smooth operations.
The source suggested leaders ask other small firm owners what they think about their accountants before making a definite choice. Business News Daily explained this can also help owners recognize the value of independent accountants - as they may not be present on all databases.
"You're looking for someone that's going to help you financially, not only just with taxes but to help your business grow, so you really need to meet with someone face-to-face," New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants Small Business Outreach Committee member Joshua Dubrow told Business News Daily.