Let’s be honest here, for the majority of people, doing their finances and book-keeping is a chore that very few people relish. But the fact remains that your accounts are probably the number one component when it comes to running your business. It is very difficult to make investment choices and decisions, when you have no overall grasp on the financial side of the company.
If you are not prepared to spend the time doing your accounts, in fact even if you are it is still very beneficial to invest in the services of a great accountant. Living in London myself I utilised Google and searched for “accountants in Ealing” as that is relatively close to both my home and work addresses.
When choosing an accountant, I feel it is still one of those services that need to at the very least have the possibility of sitting down face to face over the table to discuss things. The internet may have made the world smaller and enabled remote working, but when you are discussing your finances and other such personal matters nothing can beat a personal meeting. Prior to employing an accountant, book a meeting with them and ask yourself honestly if they are someone that you would like to work with. An accountant should be your critical friend, there to guide you but also direct you onto a path you may not necessarily wish to travel. It is therefore important that you have faith and trust in their advice, and that they are able to explain clearly to you the reasons behind their advice. Never follow anyone’s advice blindly, it is your business and therefore your responsibility to have at least a basic understanding of the advice being given.
A good accountant can be many things, but first and foremost they will be fully aware of the various rules and regulations. They will work for you to ensure that you can claim all of the benefits and rebates to which you are entitled, but they will also keep a close eye on your bank to make certain that you are not over charged in any way shape or form.
Anyone who has ever run a small business knows that it can consume your life, and all too often it is the financial aspects of the business that get overlooked, which ironically tends to be the most important facet of any business. Once you have a good accountant on board, then they can concentrate on the financial aspect of the business, leaving you to focus on driving your business forward.Make certain to retain any and all documentation for any income and expenditure your business makes, as your accountant will require this to complete all the required returns.
When choosing an accountant, it is always beneficial to get a personal recommendation from someone you respect and trust. Particularly if that person is a successful business person. Their recommendation holds a lot more weight than a stranger’s viewpoint written on Google. To put things bluntly your choice of accountant could well be one of the most important vacancies you fill, to ensure that you are 100 percent confident in your choice of candidate.