Looking for a new accountant? Ask them these 3 questions
The accounting industry is in a rapid period of transition. The outdated idea that an accountant can only help with tax and compliance is, thankfully, fading fast. The best accountants have woken up to the idea that they should be an active part of a business, helping you predict your company’s future and supporting you along the way to achieve your goals.
So, if you fancy having more insight into your business, without having to work any harder or paying extortionate fees, these questions are your secret weapon. They’ll get you straight to the point and help you find the type of accountant your business really needs.
How often will we be in contact?
If they answer once or twice a year, you should pretty much end the meeting right there – it’s a no go! What benefit is there in your accountant going through a year-end report and showing you this or that didn’t quite work out, when there’s nothing more you can do about it?
You need insights and up-to-date information in real time so that you can make actionable changes when it matters most. This means meeting monthly – at the very least.
You should seek an accountant that’s willing to be a sounding board for your business and use their experience of helping others with similar challenges. Don’t underestimate the value of having a regular review process in place, the right accountant certainly won’t.
Can you help me forecast the future?
Choose an accountant that’s committed to giving you a clear picture of the next 3, 6 and 12 months so you can face your future with confidence. The best advisors will not only help you stay compliant, they’ll work with you to predict and prepare for the future.
For example, would you be ready to leverage a spike in sales or deal with a cashflow crisis? Advisors can use Futrli to forecast a range of what-if scenarios to help you plan for every eventuality and remove as much risk for your business as possible.
For us, our forecast is such an integral part of our business practice and the assumptions we make here drive our immediate and long-term strategy. We are so passionate about the benefits of forecasting and we implore you to find an accountant that focuses on the future rather than the past – it will be an investment that pays you back with interest.
Do you work in the cloud?
If your potential advisor appears unaware of the benefits of the cloud for your business, warning bells should ring loud and clear. Desktop solutions for your accounting double or triple the time it takes to get on top of your financials. In an industry that typically charges by the hour, more time will equal more expense for you.
Accounting platforms like Xero and QuickBooks integrate with your bank account and automatically update your daily transactions. This is just one example of how you and your accountant can save time on dreaded data entry.
Remember, it’s your business, your financial data, and your insights. You need access to it at all times so that you can make informed decisions at the right moments. Don’t risk your business by choosing an accountant that is stuck in the past. Choose an accountant that will help you unlock your business’ potential.