Often, small business owners have faced the question, “When should I hire an accountant?” at some point or another during their careers. It’s a tough question, and the idea of spending extra money on something you’ve been doing yourself in the past can seem daunting. If your small or new business has been faced with this question, it’s time to look at some factors. In this article, we are going to talk about situations that may call for an accountant, what they do, and what that means for your business in the future.
What Do Accountants Do?
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of whether your company needs an accountant, we should first start by clarifying what business accountants do. To begin with, not all accountants or bookkeepers are full-time. Often small businesses do one-time hires, quarterly hires, and so on. With that said, here are the five fundamental tasks business accountants perform:
- Setting up systems
As we stated before, not all accountants are full time hires. Some small businesses choose to hire an accountant at the beginning to help them “set up shop.” There is accounting software like QuickBooks that allows the average business owner to complete daily tasks; however, proper set up is key.
- Entering data (maintenance)
As businesses grow, so do their numbers. Entering data precisely and without error is key to a functional business. These tasks can be time-consuming and require additional help.
This task is crucial to business owners, small and large. Accountants can look at real-time facts and numbers, create reports on profits, or loss of profits, which can otherwise be confusing to non-trained business owners. Most of the accounting software available for purchase offers forecasting options, but they are basic. A real-life accountant can produce more detailed forecasting.
Another aspect of this is by creating Financial Statements. Eventually, your business may need to apply for a loan or a credit card. Banks and other institutions are going to ask for 3 Purpose Statements (P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash-Flow Statement). These need to be precise and detailed the first time.
This is self-explanatory. The bigger your business grows, the more complicated your taxes get. Accountants not only do your taxes, but they also help get you the credits and deductions you otherwise would have missed.
Signs it May be Time to Hire an Accountant
Your business is growing
Business is doing great, and you’re ready to expand. Perhaps that means hiring more employees, more vendors, buying property, or even expanding. These are all wonderful but can cause some serious complications if you’re not prepared for them. When it comes to rapid growth, paperwork can become longer and harder to deal with. This is where an accountant can help take the reins and straighten out all legal, business, and tax paperwork that your growing business may accumulate. As far as expansion, when it comes to buying/selling property, an accountant can help you through the process and create a plan that will work best for your company. They also can help you avoid fees or unnecessary taxes.
Applying for loans
Like most businesses, you’ll have to apply for a loan or a business credit card. In some cases, you’ll be working with Investors. Investors, loan officers, and banks are going to want detailed and exact financial statements. Accountants can take the pressure off of producing such documents that become more complicated and detailed as your business grows.
You have a hard time with taxes
It’s no secret that the U.S. tax code is detailed and confusing and is always changing. Accountants stay up to date on all occurring changes the U.S. Tax Code may be implementing and can assure that your company complies with all new codes and structures. This way, your company is safe from any unnecessary audits, fees, or penalties. They help you do your taxes right, but they can also assure you that your company gets the right tax credits and deductions to keep costs low. *Note* If you are facing an audit and are unsure what to do, we highly recommend bringing in an accountant, no matter what the case may be.
Accounting and bookkeeping tasks are keeping you away from other priorities
Let’s say you’re good at accounting and have managed to keep yourself afloat without one for several quarters accurately, but your business could use a little “sprucing up.” Accounting and bookkeeping tasks are long and time-consuming. If you find that these tasks, as a business owner, are keeping you away from reaching your full potential, it may be time to bring somebody in so you can focus on more business development to help your company grow. About Complete Controller® – America’s Bookkeeping Experts Complete Controller is the Nation’s Leader in virtual bookkeeping, providing service to businesses and households alike. Utilizing Complete Controller’s technology, clients gain access to a cloud platform where their QuickBooks™️ file, critical financial documents, and back-office tools are hosted in an efficient SSO environment. Complete Controller’s team of certified US-based accounting professionals provide bookkeeping, record storage, performance reporting, and controller services including training, cash-flow management, budgeting and forecasting, process and controls advisement, and bill-pay. With flat-rate service plans, Complete Controller is the most cost-effective expert accounting solution for business, family-office, trusts, and households of any size or complexity.