How to Find an Accountant for Your Business

Find an Accountant

Are you feeling overwhelmed with how to find an accountant for your business?  How do you streamline through the thousands of names that are available in the yellow pages and on the internet? Finding an accountant does not have to be a complicated process!

When you are looking to find an accountant for your business, take a few moments to brainstorm exactly what your company is looking for.  What do you want the accountant to do for your business?

The following are some tips to help find that perfect accountant for your company:

Does the accountant have experience in your industry?

This is particularly important if you work in an unique business environment.  When an accountant has familiarity with your industry, you will save your company both time and money. These individuals should be familiar with your specific industry related terms and challenges.  In addition, the accountant should be able to shed some light on areas of revenue and potential loss that you may not have thought of.

Get a Professional Reference or Use a Customized Search Engine

Professional references are one of the main techniques that company’s use to find an accountant for their business.   However, you want to make certain that the reference is provided by someone from a similar field.  When you get a reference, ask for details on why they are recommending this specific accountant or firm.  What did this individual do for the other business? How did they save them money? What is their communication style like?

The internet is another source to help you find an accountant.  Customized accounting search engines, like GoodAccountants can help you streamline the process, highlighting individuals who are familiar with your particular industry.

Are there any unique requirements to consider?

If you have an international business is it required that the accountant can converse and read multiple languages?  Try to find an accountant that has the exact attributes that your company requires.  If you don’t, you will just be looking for another accountant in the near future.

Is there a match between the accountant’s personality and your own?

Are you comfortable with your chosen accountant’s personality and style.  Is the accountant’s financial philosophy (risk-taking behavior) similar to that of your company? Are they able to forecast future trends and potential revenue?  Does their communication style match your expectations?  All of these factors are critical at ensuring that you find an accountant that best fits your business needs.

Take the time to find out your company’s specific needs before beginning with the search for your perfect accountant.  Ideally, this individual will be working with your company for several years so you want to find an accountant that is a good fit to your company’s unique needs.

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