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Choosing and Using an Accountant for Your Small Business

Choosing and Using an Accountant for Your Small Business

When running a business for the first time, it can be tempting to think you can go it alone – as an enthusiastic advocate of lean techniques, you may have taken the view that an accountant represents an unnecessary expense. But the opposite is almost always the case; a small outlay on an accountant can save your business untold costs in the long run. In this article, you will find an introduction to accountants from the point of view of a small business. We cover what services they can provide, where to find one, and how to save on accountancy fees. What services can an accountant offer my small business? Accountancy is a broad term, and different accountants will offer different kinds of service. There are a number of such services. Helping you file annual accounts. Whether you are a sole... »

Choosing an Accountant

A good accountant will save you and your business money, but it’s essential to choose the right one for your particular business. Use the following checklist to find the right person. 1) Ask friends or colleagues for recommendations 2) Check that the accountant is suitably qualified 3) Find out if the accountant has expertise at dealing with your sort of business 4 ) Set up an initial meeting to discuss your needs 5) Find out how much the accountant charges 6) Check who will actually handle your work Choosing an Accountant – Things to Do 1. Ask friends or colleagues for recommendations Ask friends, colleagues or business associates if they would recommend their own accountants. Alternatively, ask your local Business Link or bank manager for advice on accountants in the area or ... »

Sustainability and the Accountant

Sustainability and the Accountant

Tomorrow’s accountant has a central role to play in sustainable development ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is publishing a series of briefing papers for its members about core accounting disciplines in relation to sustainability. The five Sustainability Briefings cover the following issues: Reporting Economic Instruments Audit and Assurance Governance Accounting Two papers have been published already on Reporting and Economic Instruments and have been produced in partnership with KPMG and AccountAbility. Rachel Jackson, head of social and environmental issues at ACCA, says: "These briefings serve as introductory guides that aim to introduce our members to the challenging but exciting changes to the profession as sustainability becomes more material to ... »