We get it – the DIY-approach can be appealing, especially if it will save you money. However, when it comes to your books, taxes, and payroll, you want to watch out for amateur mistakes. When you hire an accounting professional, you’re also paying for their expertise, experience, and industry know-how.
Hiring a reputable accounting professional will help keep you on track with all business payments, bookkeeping, cash flow, financial development, and business expenses. If you decide to DIY your own bookkeeping and accounting, the opportunity cost might be that you make a serious financial business mistake. Hiring someone to manage your finances eliminates financial risks because the chances of making serious mistakes are almost none. Regardless of the business size, bookkeeping is important – not only for the purchase records, daily expenses, and sales but also for keeping track of all financial transactions. When you pay for professional accounting services, you will have a detailed record of all financial transactions, which will enable you to predict any potential financial losses or gains.
Accounting professionals are authorities in their field. Thanks to their expertise, they are capable of providing business advice about investments you are planning to make. They can help break down the economic cost of a project before your business takes it on. If you are new in the business world, professional accounting services can help you develop a useful cost accounting strategy and set up a solid structure for your business to be financially stable.
By hiring accounting professionals that are focused on your financial and accounting needs, you will be able to concentrate more on the core goals of your business and to grow your brand. Using a professional accounting service will help you run your business smoothly and avoid any major financial problems in the future.
You’ll get help in creating a business plan
Hiring a professional at this early stage will mean you get the benefit of their financial knowledge and advice right from the start. That could save you time and money compared with hiring one later.
You’ll get advice about your company’s legal structure
Not all businesses have the same legal structure – there are different types that are determined by a number of factors. Some might be called limited companies, limited liability partnerships or corporations, others could be sole traders or proprietors. These vary from one country to another.
You should carefully consider each type before deciding which one best suits you. For example, you may do business as a sole trader or sole proprietor, working on a self-employed basis and invoicing under your own name. If this is the case, you might be able to offset some of your living expenses against tax.
However, this also means you could be held personally liable for any business-related obligations. If your business fails to pay a supplier, defaults on a debt or loses a lawsuit, the creditor could legally come after your house or other possessions.
With a limited liability company structure, it’s different. As the name suggests, the liability of the business is limited to the assets owned by the business, not you personally (though there may be exceptions in some circumstances).
BFC accountants can explain the legal business structures available and help you choose the one that best suits you.