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12 Tips for hiring an accounting consulting firm
1. Opt for firms that operate for niche companies
Certain firms often work with market niches. That's because some segments have different tax requirements, as well as other specifications. Working with accounting firms that have this line of operation is a major advantage; after all, they already know the details of your company's area of expertise and can provide more efficient solutions to address unforeseen or even everyday issues.
2. Segmentation. Evaluate the cases or segments of clients served
If you cannot rely on an accounting firm that operates with specific market niches, a good tip is to evaluate its clients. This will demonstrate not only the supplier’s expertise, but also the experiences gained.
3. Make sure the firm provides financial consulting
Although this isn’t a prerequisite, knowing that you can count on the support of financial advice, if necessary, is important. After all, even with good preparation of statements, you may know what the best decision to be made is.
4. Ask for references about the selected firms
With the list of clients served by the accounting firms on hands, contact a few of them and ask about their experiences. Ask about the support they provide, their processes, their agility, among other issues that may make a difference when making your choice.
5. Get references from different people
Search on the web is valid, but if you have contact with other entrepreneurs, an excellent option is to ask for recommendations from colleagues, friends and even family. Accounting firms deal with very valuable information about your company, so it is necessary to have a trustworthy provider.
6. Compare fee costs
The idea in this situation is to compare fee costs of those firms that have provided you with more confidence and credibility for a comparison involving the similarity with the benefits offered. One of the big mistakes made in this type of hiring is choosing the service that offer lower fees. This factor varies greatly, depending on the provider's infrastructure and the quality that should be prioritized in this situation. After all, the best firms will have better qualified professionals, which results in higher costs for them and hence, for the service hired.
7. Consider the rate of clients served vs. the number of employees
Excessive workload can harm the routine and therefore your company. Moreover, with the analysis of this rate, you will have an idea of the size of the companies served by the provider, as well as the service provided to clients. Good accounting firms usually serve ten clients per professional, in this case, an accountant. To facilitate the relationship with the chosen firm, have all of your documents and financial statements organized. To do so, financial management software provides numerous benefits which include the ease of sending documents electronically, reducing time, effort and cost collaborating with the accountant.
8. Infrastructure. Visit the accounting firm
An accounting firm that serves its clients well is organized, has well-defined processes and a well-trained staff. 95% of the time, these items translate into an organized and clean working environment. Be very careful with accountants who work in chaotic environments, because it is hardly possible to provide good service this way.
9. Simplified logistics
Consider how you will send and receive documents and information to the accountant’s office and how long it will take for the information to be received.
10. Confirm the registration status of the office with Specific Agencies and its credentials with the Quality Control
Once you have found a firm, it is essential to check the registration of professionals and the office itself. Firms with PQEC -ISO- Environment certificates are firms that have an obligation to train and monitor their employees to control processes and thus deliver higher quality services.
11. System integration through software
Consider firms with structure to integrate your company’s systems with those of the firm, which will allow a significant gain in the speed of information and greater security in the reconciliation of all transactions and events of your company.
12. NEVER HIRE AN OFFICE THAT WILL PAY YOUR TAXES AND THEN WILL CHARGE YOU IN THE FEES.
Unfortunately, there have been a growing number of companies that provide these services, but that end up not performing them with competence, accuracy and honesty, and thus, we have seen many companies having problems in this regard.