Ask These Questions Before Hiring an Accountant

by Joy Keller on Jul 31, 2008

Your business is growing slowly but steadily, and you’ve reached the point where you’d like to rely less on accounting software and more on an actual accountant. A good certified public accountant is worth his weight in medicine balls and can save you time and money. According to an article written in the February/March 2003 issue of MyBusiness magazine for the National Federation of Independent Business, there are seven questions you should ask before hiring an accountant:

1. How many years has the accountant been in business?
A minimum of 5 years is a good benchmark.

2. How many years’ experience does the accountant have in your field?
Determine whether the accountant is knowledgeable about the fitness industry and has other clients in this field.

3. What is the company’s average response time?
Expect a return call within a day and an answer in 2–3 days.

4. What is the firm size?
Even though some large firms handle small business, you may not get the kind of attention you want.

5. What does your banker and/or attorney have to say about the accountant?Bankers and lawyers know good accountants. Banks regularly review financial statements and can distinguish good reports.

6. Is the accountant familiar with your computerized accounting system?
The accountant who knows your system can work on your books and quickly ship them back to you.

7. Are you comfortable overall with the accountant?
It’s important that you feel relaxed, believe in the accountant’s ability and know that she understands your business and financial goals.

© 2015 by IDEA Health & Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.

About the Author

Joy Keller

Joy Keller IDEA Author/Presenter

Joy Keller is executive editor of IDEA Fitness Journal and is also a certified personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, yoga teacher (RYT 200) and Reiki Master.

1 Comment

Trending Articles

Eight Fascinating Facts About Fascia

Fascia has been enjoying the limelight in the fitness industry as one of the hottest topics in recent conference programming, workshops and ...

Nutrition Strategies for Stress and Pain Management

Stress and pain diminish quality of life for millionsofAmericansandcostbillionsin healthcare expenses and lost wages.

Cardio and Creative Core

Group fitness participants can’t seem to get enough of creative core and cardiovascular exercises. If you need innovative ideas to cha...

Wake Up Your Glutes!

It’s a sad fact of modern life that the gluteus maximus, the largest muscle in the body, often becomes inhibited and “turns off.” Ironically, this inhibition can be the culprit behin...

Concurrent Training Can Jeopardize Strength Gains

A lot of people do concurrent training— cardio and strength training within the same session—because it seems to achieve multiple goals at the same time. It’s also a proven fat-burne...

Sample Class: Farmhand Fitness

Several years ago, I attended an IDEA World Fitness Convention™ session led by Michol Dalcourt, director of the Institute of Motion. D...

A Back-Pain Solution

Starting with the basics. Personal trainer Jamal Younis first met 38-year-old Jessica in August 2014. Jessica, a former competitive collegia...

Playing Hurt

When Gray Cook was a high-school athlete, his coaches would comment, “That Gray Cook sure can play hurt.” He had over 20 fractures before he was 18, what with his love of football and moto...

Excessive Thoracic Kyphosis: More Than Just Bad Posture

Excessive thoracic kyphosis (ETK) is a disproportionate forward rounding or curvature of the middle and upper back, also known as the thorac...

Functional Strength Training Combinations

Functional training essentially involves moving the body through different planes of motion while working multiple muscle groups and challenging balance. This Add It Up! strategy includes an upper-bod...

Next