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Finding a Good Small Business Accountant

Posted by Stephanie Valentine on October 1, 2009 in Employment and Jobs, Small Business Cash Flow, Small Business Management, Small Business Tax Tips |

A while back I wrote a blog post on finding a great accountant for your small business. Recently, I decided to take my own advice. I have used the same accounting service for almost a decade, and have always had a great relationship with them.

However, I found that as my small business focus shifted away from a “bricks and mortar” city environment to an online environment mixed with country living, I needed an accountant with different specialties and skills.

Where to Find a Good Small Business Accountant
I’m of the generation who “Googles” everything first. It hardly ever occurs to me to peel open a phone book if online access is just a few clicks away. Digging around on Google, I found several “accountant search” sites, and entered my request on several. Most sites asked for the following information:

– number and types of businesses I owned (sole proprietor, S-corp, etc.)
– number of employees and contractors I employed
– average revenue numbers
– accounting specialties being sought (home business, agricultural, government contracting, etc.)

I was surprised and pleased to receive both an email and a phone call from a representative at GoodAccountants.com. Shahana Faridi, my representative, asked several questions and said she would get back to me within a week with one or more suitable accountants. In fact, she got back to me within a couple of days, and set up an appointment for me with some local accountants.

I had thought she was setting up a phone appointment, and marked it as such in my calendar. Boy was I surprised when Denise and Janni showed up in person! The interview went well, and I will soon be finalizing my agreements for them to handle my small business accounting needs in the coming year.

Is It Time To Reconsider Your Accountant?
The difference between a suitable accountant for your small business and an unsuitable one can be vast. It can be the difference between paying in a huge chunk in taxes every year versus paying a much smaller sum. It can be the difference between sleeping well at night knowing your accountants will back you up with the IRS should the need ever arise, and sweating at night wondering if the other shoe is going to drop soon.

For me, an accountant suitable for my various small business enterprises means someone who knows about home business, the livestock business, the publishing business, and S-corporations as well as C-corporations. I asked a number of probing questions, all of which Denise and Janni answered to my extreme satisfaction. It was a good time to change accounting services, and I am looking forward to my new relationship with Denise and Janni.

What about you? Have your small business accounting needs changed in the recent past, and is it time to re-evaluate your accounting relationship?

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