Finding an accountant is one of the most important things you’ll do as a business owner or simply as an individual looking for some great financial management and advice. You can take many approaches to finding one. Here are some ideas you might want to consider.
When you start a business, you’ll usually receive at least one letter from an accountant offering their services to you. If you’re not the sort of person who likes to shop around, then you should take this option if you’re looking to get an accountant in place straight away so you can move on with taking your business forward.
Another great option is to look out for local directories that come through the door from time to time. Accountants will often have their services listed in these directories, and when you use local services, you might find them to be a little cheaper, too.
If you have a large network of contacts then ask them about the accountants they use; chances are you might have a contact who is an accountant themselves and that they will be able to help you or at least point you in the direction of someone that can deliver against your needs.
If you reach out via social media, then be sure to send private messages only to your network. Make the mistake of reaching out publicly and you’ll find yourself inundated with responses from accountants and firms looking to get you on board.
In the event that you have no joy with your network then the public social outreach option is something you might want to do, but it is probably best to set up a new email address to deal with all the replies you’ll get.
The most natural option in the modern world is to look for an accountant via a search engine. While there is more of an element of stepping into the unknown here, there are enough review sites and other platforms for you to look at that will make sure you’re choosing a good service.
Increasing numbers of accountants, including ourselves, are now offering their services exclusively online in order to keep costs low and offer a more efficient service.
Choose the option that you feel most comfortable with; after all, your accountant will likely become one of your closest and most regularly consulted contacts in time.