As a small business owner, you probably thrive in a DIY environment. But the more hats you wear, the less you'll accomplish successfully. Accounting is one of the most important areas for keeping your company profitable. As you start out and your company grows, software can only take you so far. Learn why hiring a CPA for your small business is the right choice for your business' growth and stability.
How a CPA Can Help Your Small Business
Accountants can help your company move forward. There are inevitable questions that come up during the year, and you need to have a relationship with someone who knows your business and can offer advice when you have questions.
Startup Phase of Business
There are many things to think about when you're just starting out. Business structure, business plan, bank accounts, government regulations, location, and financing. You might think it's too early to hire an accountant, but the way you set up your operations can have a serious impact on your future success. An accountant can help you determine the most appropriate business structure, analyze your business plan for financial compatibility, and assist you with making sound financial decisions throughout the startup process so you don't have to spend more money to correct mistakes later.
In the first few years of operation, you might not feel you have enough work for an accountant. The truth, though, is that an accountant will have the specialized knowledge to make your money work for you, even though you don't have a huge workforce. The accountant can help ensure employees and independent contractors are classified correctly, oversee payroll and payment processes, and create appropriate timelines for sending W2s and 1099 forms.
Lender Requests a Financial Statement
The Small Business Administration reports that small businesses borrowed over 6 billion dollars last year. At some point, your business will probably need additional funding, whether it's for expansion, new equipment, purchasing property, or even establishing an emergency fund. Before you approach a lender, having an accountant prepare a financial statement can increase your chances of getting approved.
Budget is Falling Short
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about half of all businesses will fail within 5 years of opening. Although there are many factors related to failure, not meeting budget goals can decrease the chances of your business' survival. Having an accountant on hand to analyze your budget, assist in making changes, and catch errors will help you make sure your budget is on target for success.
Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Accountant:
- Does your business planning match your financial forecast
- Have you read the tax code?
- Do you have enough time to take care of all the accounting duties yourself?
- Are you sure your employees are classified correctly?
- Do you know what needs to be in a financial statement?
- Is your budget working for you?
If you answered "no" to any of these questions, you can benefit from hiring an accountant.
Why you should hire Chandler & Knowles CPAs:
For a business, an accountant is an invaluable asset that helps not only with balancing books and tax returns, but with long-term tax planning, business planning, marketing, and other aspects vital to your business' financial health.
At Chandler & Knowles CPAs, we serve our clients with an integrated approach to taxes, not only providing rear-view tax preparation, but forward-thinking tax and financial planning. Your financial success is our goal, and we provide the necessary experience, knowledge, and tools to increase your business' opportunity for success. Contact us today to make your life less taxing. ChandlerknowlesCPA.com, 817-430-3000.
Contact a Business Accounting Professional Today
To learn more about the small business accounting services at Chandler & Knowles CPAs, contact us today at (817) 430-3000 or fill out our contact form to schedule your appointment at our office in Flower Mound. Not from the area? We are still happy to assist you over the phone or through email.