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Beyond Taxes: How an Accountant Can Provide Small Business Advice

Aug 23, 2016 10:24:36 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting, small business operations

Small business owners often overlook the importance of partnering with a good accountant until they find themselves spending too much time in the back office crunching numbers at the end of a long day.

We tend to hear comments from new clients along the lines of, “I wish I made the decision to work with an accountant sooner” or “I didn’t realize what accounting services included beyond tax prep.”

Great accountants provide valuable small business advice on money management, employment laws, profitability, and financing year round.

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Money Management

Beyond tax considerations, your accountant should be able to advise you on financial planning and management. Use your accountant as a sounding board when you are considering an investment for your business. Whether you have a issue with cash flow, credit, or collecting money, your accountant should be the first person you call before taking action.

Employment Laws

Chances are you don’t have a full-fledged human resources department for your small business, but if you have employees, you are required to adhere to a slew of rules and regulations. An accountant can help you navigate through workers comp insurance, payroll taxes, and health and retirement benefits, especially as your business grows.

SMALL BUSINESS PROFITABILITY CHECKLIST

Profitability

Accountants crunch numbers for breakfast. It’s what we do. Great accountants help small businesses increase profitability based on the appropriate benchmarks for your industry. Monthly reports can help small business owners optimize business performance and growth while monitoring any potential red flags.

Business Financing

If you’re seeking capital for your small business, a good accountant is invaluable. Your accountant should be able to help you evaluate various options for securing business financing. Additionally, your accountant should be available to address any question you may have about the process and gather any supporting documents for the application process.

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Brian Paulson

Written by Brian Paulson

Brian received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota with a double major in accounting and financial management. He’s a member of both the National Society for Tax Professionals and the National Society for Accountants and serves on the board of directors for the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants.

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