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What do I need to know about hiring a business accountant?

My husband has a small construction business and we want to hire an accountant to help with the bookwork and keeping things in order. I have no idea where to start and I dont want to just pick someone out of the phone book. We dont want to trust just anyone with our finances and the getting everything done properly. Any ideas?

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4 Responses to “What do I need to know about hiring a business accountant?”

  1. durairaj k said :

    better to appoint accountant if u know that person very well with in ur circle.

  2. CaptainCredit said :

    I am guessing that your husband may work with others that do smaller or larger construction jobs. He should ask them who they use as an account and tax planner. Get some references and then call them on the phone. Make it very clear that you intend to merely interview them for the possible position; this makes YOU seem more professional to them.

    Also, you may want to look into doing the majority of the accounting work on your own. You can get software like Quickbooks and Peachtree that can guide you. Or, consult some of the websites that give advice like at…

    Be VERY SELECTIVE who you employ as an accountant. And, aso decide how much of the accounting work you will hand to them. Money is am important commodity and you need to do your homework.

  3. Richard F said :

    Go about it the usual way, check references, talk to people, examine experience. Google them.
    There is one more aspect about accounting that can make all the difference. If you find an accountant who can analyze, you have a jewel. By analyze I mean looking at your statement ratios and telling you what they should be and how to get there.

  4. shredmaster said :

    Talk with multiple CPAs. Find one with experience in your field and you are comfortable with.


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