Looking For a New Accountant? Here's What to Look For

Whether you're hiring an accountant for the first time or are simply looking at changing firms due to some reason or another, hiring a new accountant can be a stressful time.

How do you know that the accountant you're considering is a good choice for your company?

Will they do a good job or leave you in a lurch?

Here's a quick look at what to look for in your new accountant.

  • Do you need an outside accountant, a bookkeeper or a CPA? Start by knowing what level of responsibility will be needed for your company and you'll be able to better determine whether to outsource the work, hire in a clerk or look for a serious certified professional.

  • What level of financial security and reporting does your business need? Nobody likes the idea of a data breach, but the information you store is much less sensitive if you're a cash-only corner diner compared to a trust that banks on public opinion and receives monthly donations.

  • How complex is your company's accounting records? Much like the above tip about security and reporting, simple finances requires a much lower level of experience than a business that makes many corrective transactions or has subsidiaries to keep track of.

  • Do you really need a new accountant hired into your business? If you don't need a full-time, full-charge person in your business but are concerned about hiring someone in part-time, consider outsourcing to an accounting firm that handles multiple businesses.

  • What about hiring from a staffing firm? Though you want to make sure that the firm you're hiring from has a solid accounting basis, if your situation is temporary or you don't have a lot of time to deal with hiring right now, a temp could be a great option to consider.

By taking the time to keep these tips in mind, hiring an accountant doesn't need to be as stressful as it may initially seem. If you're looking for a new accountant but don't have the time to spend trying to recruit and onboard a new employee for your company, AccountRely can help. Our accountants are experienced, vetted and ready to go to work for your business. Please feel free to contact us today to get started.

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