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Choosing an Accountant

Your accountant should be your most trusted advisor. Get it wrong and you're setting yourself up for expense and hassle later on. Get it right and (s)he will free you up to concentrate on building your business.

Here we provide our top tips to help you choose the right accountant for your business.

Bigger doesn't mean better

Whilst you might feel like Charlie-big-potatoes if you can boast that your accounting firm is one of the "Big Five", it's likely that you're paying over the odds for an impersonal service. Working with a smaller firm means you are likely to get a much more personal service and they'll also be able to relate to the issues you face in your business on a day to day basis.
All accountants that we work with are experienced in working with small businesses and are often small businesses themselves

Look for experience in your sector

Whilst it isn't essential, it is useful if your accountant has experience with similar businesses to yours. It'll mean they already have an insight into the type of business you run. If you're a web designer you don't really want an accountant that's scared of email.
Tell us about your business on the Find an Accountant page and we'll try to find the most appropriate accountant for you.

Make sure you click

You need to be able to get on well with your accountant. You need somebody hat you feel comfortable with and doesn't make you feel like they just want to get you of the phone as soon as possible. You need to be able to trust your accountant to be dealing with your accounts in an efficient manner and be comfortable asking any questions you may have. All accountants should give an initial consultation for free. This is your opportunity to make sure you like them and have faith in them as well as ask any question you have.
All of the accountants we work with are nice chaps and chapesses.

Get a clear explanation of fees up front

How much will your potential accountant be charging you? Is there a fixed annual or monthly fee to deal with all the relevant forms? Is advice included or are there hourly charges for dealing with your occasional questions?
The accountants in our database will clearly illustrate their charges for you and answer any questions you have in plain English.

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