Updated: Sep 18
1. I’VE BEEN WITH MY CURRENT ACCOUNTANT FOR YEARS
2. HE’S A NICE GUY, WE GET ON WELL
3. ACCOUNTANTS SEEM TO BE EXPENSIVE
4. I’M WORRIED IN CASE I LOOK STUPID ASKING SILLY QUESTIONS
5. IT’S A HASSLE TO CHANGE
Does that sound vaguely familiar? The 5 reasons for your small businesses not changing are the same 5 reasons why you definitely should change…..or at the very least speak to a couple of accountants to make sure you are getting the best for your business.
If you’re asking if you should change accountant, then here’s why you should.
1) So you’ve been with your accountant for years, that’s brilliant. But has your accountant moved with the times? Do they simply deliver your accounts at the end of the year to fulfil compliance without adding any real value to your small business? Modern qualified accountants will want to get to know your business really well and be an ear to bend for both your concerns and ambitions. They should embrace new developments and technology to help you save time and to really understand your own figures.
2) It’s really important to not only get on well with your accountant, but to trust them completely. You don’t start a business to make ends meet – you want to make money, be successful and achieve your goals. So your accountant should be able to give sound practical advice on how make that happen. See them as an extension of your small business and not someone you make contact with once a year.
3) The traditional accountant was seen as expensive, untouchable and their prized asset was the ‘ticking billometer’. If your accountant starts the ‘billometer’ off as soon as you call/email then it’s time to change. Small businesses need access to expert, trusted advice when they really need it. They should make your life easier, not harder and be able to put your mind at rest with those pesky paper piles, tax returns and cash flow.
4) There’s never a stupid question for a small business owner. It’s your livelihood and your accountant should get that. If they don’t, find one that will.
5) This is the biggest misconception about changing accountants. If you find one you get on with, that is a champion for your small business, help you achieve your goals, add value and you trust, then go for it. You should not have to do anything other than pass their details on and your accountant will take it from there. It’s really easy.
We’d love to have a chat about your business. No obligation, just get in touch and see if we meet your small business needs.