How to Hire an Accountant for Your Freelance Business

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Freelancers & Accountants

Hiring an accountant for any business can be challenging, but it is especially challenging for those who run freelance businesses. Here are a few tips on how to hire an accountant for your freelance business:

Check for Previous Work with Freelance Clients

When hiring an accountant, the first thing you will want to do is to check and make sure your accountant has experience with other freelance clients. Because the freelance business is so different from other business models, it’s important that your accountant have enough knowledge of the industry to be able to help you effectively.

Knowledge of Freelance Laws

Does your potential accountant know freelance laws? There are several laws out there that regulate taxes and expenses, and in order for your accountant to be able to effectively help you, they should know the freelance laws to ensure your protection as a freelancer.

Affordable Rates

While most people rave about being a freelancer, it’s not always as glamorous as you may think. In fact, many freelancers literally live paycheck to paycheck. Because of this, you may not be able to afford to spend a lot of money on an accountant. Before hiring an accountant, make sure you discuss with them how much money you have for your budget and be certain that their rate is affordable for you.

Check Their Software

Are you a QuickBooks kind of guy or girl? Or are you more familiar with just a typical excel spreadsheet? Whatever the case may be, make sure your accountant is using software that you can easily navigate through.

Identify Their On-boarding Process

Every accountant should have an on-boarding process for their new clients, especially freelancers who don’t understand why they should hire an accountant to begin with. Making sure your accountant has an on-boarding process not only ensures that you have a great accountant but it also shows that they have proper levels of organizational ability.

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