Picking an accountant for your business shouldn’t be taken lightly. Whoever you choose will be responsible for keeping your business financially stable. Everything you worked for could be lost if you pick the wrong accountant.
There are ways to inspect an accountant and decide whether they fit into your job description before actually hiring them. Read on to find out the top tips for choosing the best accountant for your business!
Decide if You Need a Local Accountant
If your business mostly works online, you may decide that any accountant works for you. Virtual assistant accountants are becoming quite popular with businesses these days.
For example, if I want a locally-based, professional accountant, I would hire a Xero accountant in Winnipeg. On the other hand, if I felt that a virtual accountant would still suit my needs, I would need to check if there is someone better than the local Xero accountant I already chose.
Check Certification and Experience
Certification and experience are equally important variables. An uncertified accountant is a risk to your company and should be avoided, while a certified accountant with no prior experience cannot prove that they are a successful accountant.
Any accountant that doesn’t have certification and can’t prove that they have prior success as an accountant should be removed from your list of potential candidates.
Make Use of Social Media
The online world is full of information these days. Any accountant that you are interested in interviewing is bound to have social media accounts with information on their character, background, and work ethic.
Make use of this information by monitoring their personality through posts and check their experience based on any client they previously worked for. (If there are no previous clients, don’t hire them!)
Interview the Remaining Candidates
After filtering the potential accountants with the previous tips, you should have narrowed down your search to just a few candidates. Reach out and interview them one by one.
Don’t choose an accountant until after you’ve interviewed them all. You may hit it off well with the first interviewee, but you should make sure that the one you choose is the best.
After all your interviewing and negotiations are complete, you should have an idea of who you want to hire. So long as the accountant fits all the up requirements and gets along well with you professionally, you should be ready to hire the best accountant for your company. Congratulations!