Ten Things To Ask Your Accountant
By Guest Author: Julia McDaid
This is a quick checklist of a few things that you, as a new business, should expect to ask your accountant (or potential accountant).
Answers / explanations – what you should hear when you ask these questions.
- 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?
- 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 – recognising 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 ie 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.
About the author:
© Copyright Julia McDaid 2003 www.startupright.co.uk. Julia McDaid is a business coach and author, specialising 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 enrol on Julia’s unique Start Up 101 ecourse, where you can go into each question in a lot more depth. Julia also publishes a free ezine ‘Secrets of the Successful Entrepreneur’ – to sign up just send an email to email@example.com.
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