Outsourcing your accounting needs is one surefire way of gaining access to a whole team of qualified and experienced accounting professionals, but what other qualities should a good accountant possess?
Below are 8 qualities you should look for when sourcing an accounting professional to help you maintain your business commitments, and ultimately, save money:
- They should have diverse, wide ranging knowledge
There are a wide range of services that a good accountant should have sound working knowledge of, and ably provide you with, including accounting and bookkeeping, general ledger maintenance, bank reconciliation, purchase-to-pay, order-to-cash, cost accounting, inventory system support, financial reporting, payroll setup and support with corporate finance and tax compliance and advisory, too.
- A good accountant should have industry specific knowledge
Having an accountant (or team of accountants such as when you outsource) with specialist knowledge of your particular industry is very important, and means that they are best placed to offer you effective financial and tax assistance, according to the type of business you’re running.
- They must stay abreast of industry changes
Aside from knowing about new tax codes and changes to finance laws that might affect you and your business, your chosen accountant should stay on top of trends occurring in your specific industry, such as employment statistics, salaries, outsourcing, new legislation and acquisitions among others.
- Your accountant should understand the range of business sizes
Your business may start out small, but if you have grand plans and make them a success, it could get much bigger, and your accountant will need to be able to grow with you in order to continue serving you and your business effectively.
- They should be comfortable with the latest technology
Efficiency in accounting is far easier to achieve with the help of technology, and your chosen accountant or outsourced accounting agency, should have sound working knowledge of all the latest advances in accounting and tax technology to help you stay one step ahead of your competitors.
- A good accountant should be certified in all programs they use
Being certified in the programs they use helps accountants to perform their roles to the best of their abilities.
- Security and data protection should be taken very seriously
Your chosen accountant must have protocols and systems in place to keep your sensitive data secure and confidential, and when you outsource – because they work with so many clients globally – they’ll typically have very robust security measures in place.
- You should be able to establish a good working relationship with them
Having someone else take over your accounts should relieve your stress, not add to it, so make sure that working with your accountant is a pleasurable experience, and that you can communicate with each other effectively.
If you’ve never considered outsourcing your accounting needs, perhaps now is the time to give it a go – you just might be surprised at how their collective expertise can benefit you and your small business.