Do I Really Need an Accountant?

Do I Really Need an Accountant?
Caitlyn Rose
on February 29, 2016
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As a business owner, there are many moving parts involved in keeping your doors open. Some may be creative, fulfilling tasks which you enjoy… others, not so much. It’s fair to say that, for most small business owners, accounting is a chore.

Perhaps you’ve been managing your finances on your own until now; you wouldn’t be the only one. By handling accounting yourself, you save the cost of hiring someone else to do it. Not to mention, no one knows the ins and outs of your business like you do.

Still, if you’re considering hiring an accountant to help manage your business finances, consider these points:

Time Is Finite

With growth comes more transactions in an enterprise. The implication here is the greater number of transactions, the more time is consumed by bookkeeping.

As a result, you may find the time you spend on bookkeeping causes you to neglect more important business operations. Having an accountant will free up your time to concentrate on key business operations.

Accounting Is A Complex Practice

Accounting is a field with many rules and principles. You might not understand some concepts in accounting for your business. Every transaction in accounting has a special treatment whether it is tax exempt, tax deductible, etc.

With the growth of the business, the volume of transactions will increase and become more complex. In addition, legal changes can impact your accounting practices at any time.

Mistakes Can Be Costly

When a business expands, a lot of activities are involved in coping with the rise in demand. The growth of an enterprise is an exciting phase, but it comes with added responsibilities that will challenge your limited time.

Authorities might require audited files from your enterprise to investigate compliance. In this case, the authorities have experts to establish errors you might have made in filing returns. When they detect fraud, be it intentional or unintentional, you can face penalties or legal action.

There is a possibility you will lose track of financial management or outstanding business loans as your business grows. As your business expands, and demands on your time increase, there are more and more chances for you to make a costly mistake.

Put Your Energy into the Expansion of Your Business

Bookkeeping is a time-consuming and continuous process. It is not a regular activity but rather an ongoing one. It is a process that requires accuracy while checking tax implications as well as the financial performance of the business.

Whether you outsource accounting services or hire an accounting expert to join your team in-house, an accountant will help you navigate the complicated world of business finance, business taxes, and other accounting chores.

In conclusion, we leave you with this:

Most business owners can get away with managing their business accounting records on their own, up to a certain point. 

Businesses of a certain size, businesses experiencing a growth phase, and/or businesses aspiring to scale sometime in the near future will need a the help of a skilled accountant to keep them out of legal trouble and to keep their accounts in good standing.

Caitlyn Rose Finance Journalist

Caitlyn is a small business consultant and editor for LendGenius with an intimate understanding of business finance.

She’s an entrepreneur at heart & supports local businesses whenever she can.

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