May 24, 2017

Whatever stage your small business happens to be at, there will always be plenty of ways in which an accountant can help you out and make your business potentially more profitable. Along every step of your businesses journey, there will be tax planning and strategies to consider, not to mention ensuring that payroll is running smoothly and efficiently, no matter how small your workforce.

A good accountant will also be able to offer you valuable insights into your business along the way, and can help you to make positive decisions regarding the future of your company. Of course, getting your taxes filed on time and in compliance with state and federal laws is important, but failure to make the most out of your accountant could see your business suffering needlessly.

Here are just some of the ways in which as a small business owner, you should be looking to get the most out of your accountant: 

Advances in technology mean that your accountant will have more time to give you, so take advantage of this

Many everyday tasks that were time consuming and repetitive, have now been automated, meaning that your accountant will have more time to discuss other important aspects of your business with you. Take advantage of this, and ask them to help you with any business problems that you might be facing. 

The technological advances also enable your accountant to share information more frequently with you, and in greater depth, which will give you both a better understanding of the business.

Engage your accountant appropriately when you’re starting your business

This can be the time when an accountant can actually be of the most benefit to you, and while it can be tempting to tackle all aspects of starting your business yourself (and nobody would blame you for that), the advice and guidance of a professional with great experience and knowledge in this area, could be the difference between failure or success. They will ensure that you get your business off on the right foot, by implementing a feasible business plan and helping you to create a solid structure for your business. 

Keep your accountant on board during your businesses early years

Some say that the first five years are the most crucial for any new business, and that it’s during that period, that it can also be at its most vulnerable. A good accountant will help you stay on track and monitor your businesses performance accurately and often, allowing you to quickly address any issues that may have occurred. They will also help you to create a sound business plan that should help carry you through those formative years. 

When thinking about the future of your business, engage your accountant to help make your plans become reality

When your business is running, and as its owner you’re satisfied with its performance, you’ll want to start thinking about its future as soon as possible. Whether you want it to stay the same, or whether you want to diversify or grow your business in other ways, your accountant will be able to help your aspirations become a reality, and can offer helpful advice and guidance along the way. 

If, and when you want to close your business, your accountant will prove invaluable

The time will one day come when you want to retire (and just how soon that is, may depend on how successful your business has become!), and there will be many choices open to you. As much as that final decision rests with you, the business owner, your accountant will be able to offer you invaluable advice and guidance with respect to the complex legal and tax requirements that you’ll be obliged to meet, and you’ll be able to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the choices open to you. 

An accountant can prove invaluable at every step of your businesses journey, but you must make sure that you engage them appropriately to get the best out of their service. 

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