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Does Your Company Need an Accountant?

Jul 30, 2008
The world's most successful companies have hundreds of accountants and chartered financial analysts working in their accounts departments. Isn't that reason enough why your company needs an accountant too, if not an entire accounts team / department? Well, the answer is no. There's more to it than just following the global business leaders. However, your company needs an accountant, and here's why.

Your business runs with the motive to earn money, and you need to keep the cash flowing in and out to keep your business alive. A lot of transactions happen on a daily basis in your company. An accountant helps keep track of them all, even if the transaction was worth just a cent. Your earnings, savings, expenditure and other monetary transactions, and their details are recorded by an accountant. Hence, in order to know where your business would stand after a year, it's advisable that you hire an accountant today.

While you might say that you're good at accounting and/or have computer software to help manage company accounts, the big question is - is that what you specialize in? If you're reading this page, then chances are high that you're not. You sure know to manage and promote your business and its products / services well, but it becomes very difficult to keep track of all the transactions besides handling other business activities.

An accountant is an expert in dealing with money and recording what a company does with it. With that said, the accountant, or a chartered accountant, sometimes called a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)comes with sufficient knowledge of managing your company's tax structure and liabilities. He will be in a better position to tell you which expenses can lead to more tax savings for the company and its employees; apart from advising you on whom to levy certain commercial taxes on, and in what circumstances.

Also, while making certain big purchases like commercial property or media time and space, an accountant will probably be in the best position to help you setup step-by-step procedures. You might want to pay fairly to your employees, but can your company afford it while it isn't making enough profits? Not sure? Talk to your company's accountant. He will help you fix a viable pay structure.

If your company hasn't hit the breakeven point in business yet, an accountant, in coordination with a Finance Manager, can assist you in formulating financial time-lines, which will help you forecast (to a great extent) what you would be doing after a year.

If you can't afford an accountant on a full time basis as an employee consider hiring an accounting firm. The firm can provide advice on an hourly basis. The per hour fee will be much higher than what you would pay an employee but you will only have to pay for a specified number of hours. The accounting firm can oversee your accounting system, answer questions, prepare your tax documents, and provide advice.

Interview the accountant or accounting firm so you're comfortable with their experience level and personality. Check references and talk to previous clients. Hiring an accountant or accounting firm is an important step for your business.
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Corey Landis contributes articles on business and Internet marketing, and credit card and debt management Find out more about accountants
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