10 Things To Ask Your Accountant
This is a quick checklist of a few things that you, as a new business, should expect to ask your accountant (or potential accountant).
- What will you do to help my business?
- What guarantees do you offer?
- Do you offer fixed prices?
- How long will it take you to prepare a set of accounts?
- Can I expect to have a tax planning meeting before my year end?
- Will you recommend my business to others?
- Can you show me some testimonials / case studies from existing customers?
- How often can I expect to see / hear from you?
- Can you refer other people who can help my business?
- Can I expect to receive proactive advice?
Answers / explanations - what you should hear when you ask these questions.
- They should list a number of things, possibly even answering some of the other questions. A good response would include, introducing you to other professionals, potential customers and networking groups; referring your business to other customers of theirs; proactive advice and support - recognizing that you might not know the right question to ask, so they shouldn't wait until you ask to offer advice where relevant.
- Again expect several, around services standards, turnaround time for work etc.
- 30 days (60 max)
- Yes, as standard (and included in fee)
- Yes, its our policy to do so.
- Yes, they should have a selection. (The fact that they ask for them will also tell you something about the type of firm they are i.e. forward thinking, proactive)
- This should be more than once a year! You should at least expect newsletters, occasional invitations or recommendations even if you don't have any work done during the year.
- Yes, they should have a network of reliable professionals who can help you.
- Yes, should be matter of course, see 1.
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Julia McDaid is a business coach and author, specializing in helping business start ups. For more information on these issues or on coaching for new business owners, see http://www.startupright.co.uk or enroll on Julia's unique Start Up 101 e-course.
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