Now that we understand a little more about the role of the accountant, let’s move on to the strategies we can use to find a good one. First and foremost, you are likely have contacts in other businesses in the area, start your most trusted colleagues in other businesses, as these will tend to be the people are most likely to want to help you. Be aware, as occasional contacts may be more likely to recommend a friend who is an accountant, had a professional who genuinely excels in the profession,see it.
The Internet Is Your Friend Too!
If personal recommendations fail to turn a good lead to take on your accountancy business, you can try websites on the Internet which specialise in connecting people to services. These are better than the general directories, as they will often list a significant number of reviews and ratings each service listed.
In order to get an accurate picture of the level of service offered by an accountant, be sure to read all of the reviews available, even if there are hundreds. This is because companies have been known to suppress bad reviews by signing up themselves many times and leave good reviews, pushing the negative ones down the list. Similarly, rivals might suppress good, genuine reviews by leaving bad ones. Only by reading (or at least skim reading) through the entire list will you be able to get an accurate perspective on the truth.
If In Doubt, Try Traditional Ways To Find An Accountant
Finally, if you are still drawing blanks in finding a good accountant, you can turn to the traditional method of the Yellow Pages. You won’t find many adverts which give you an unbiased impression of a company, however you can type company names into a search engine on the Internet, which will hopefully return some comments from previous customers.
Unfortunately, it is unlikely that you will recognise many of the names in the Yellow Pages listed under accountants, as if you have got this far you will probably need to make somewhat of a leap of faith. There tend not to be many famous accountants jumping out of the pages at you!
Choosing The Best Accountant By Meeting Them
You could try phoning a few accountancy practices and asking for some references, however, good accountants tend to be in high demand, and can be reluctant to give away their client list in case you are a competitor posing as a potential customer. Instead, a better technique to assess an accountant’s ability, is to phone around a few companies and ask for a brief meeting where you can get a feel for whether you think you can work with them.
We hope this overview has given you a few ideas, you will find a lot more detail on these points as you delve deeper into our website. If you have any questions about the ideas put forward, please do let us know via our contact us page, as no doubt if you are asking a question, other readers will have the same question too. Picture of the level of service offered by an accountant, be sure to read all of the reviews available, even if there are hundreds. This is because companies have been known to suppress bad reviews by signing up themselves many times and leave good reviews, pushing the negative ones down the list.