How to choose an accountant

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Whether you are looking to use the services of an accountant for the first time, or you are considering a move to a new accountancy firm, there are several things that you should consider before you decide what accountant is best suited to you.

Most importantly, make sure when you are researching for an accountant that they have a professional qualification, don’t just take this at face value, do your due diligence and insist that they are licensed and regulated.

Location, Location, does it really matter?
For peace of mind, many of us still prefer face-to-face meetings or indeed we like the comfort of dealing with a local company. In recent times, we have all proven that remote working is not only possible but in fact, it is increasingly more efficient for businesses to pivot to a virtual platform. So, if you find an accountant that you trust and want to move forward with who may not be local, don’t limit your choice, go with what is important to you which may be expertise and quality, instead of location.

Word of mouth
The best marketing tool a business has that is usually free of charge is a satisfied client. You may find a firm that has a stunning office space, beautiful staff, and a website that wows you with stats and facts about their staff and company. Yet, if you cannot find a positive review from a happy client somewhere in this hugely connected world we live in, it’s a signal to stay away. Ask around, if you get a personal recommendation from a friend or client, take note, it’s worth its weight in gold.

Services offered
Depending on your needs, budget, and business sector, it is advisable to pay attention to the services an accountancy firm can offer. Certain accountancy firms may limit their service to bookkeeping and payroll only, whereas others including we here in Rawlings offer a suite of at least 14 services from Company formation packages to start up offerings from limited companies. For more info visit our services page here.

If you are unsure as to exactly what services your business may need, Rawlings & Co. offers a free initial consultation to answer any questions that you may have. For a personalized, quality service from a professional accountant contact Nick at: [email protected] or Tel 01208 850729.

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