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For small businesses in Palos Park and the suburbs surrounding Chicago, there are few things more integral to business success and longevity than understanding one’s financial statements and position. But as you wrestle with the day-to-day demands of running a business, being able to manage–let alone sort through the complexities of–your business’s finances on your own, may be too much to ask. As such, working with a qualified small business accountant is of the utmost importance. Here are some tips for finding an accountant who is right for your small business.


Ask for a Referral from a Source You Trust

If you have friends who are small business owners, or if you belong to a small business networking group, asking for a referral from a source you trust is a great place to start. When you ask for a referral, you’ll already have an idea of the accountant’s efficacy and work ethic before you hire them, which can offer peace of mind. What’s more, if the referral comes from a business owner who’s in the same market as you, an accountant who’s referred to you may already have an understanding of many of your business’s needs, marketplace, operating strategy, etc.


Use an Online Search Service

If turning to your network for a referral isn’t an option, using an online search service is a good option. In addition to just using Google, make sure you search the directory of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. When you use this search service, you can be sure that you’re choosing a small business accountant who is actually certified and possesses the credentials that you’re looking for.


Ask Questions Before Hiring

Once you’ve found a couple of small business accountants in and around Chicago, it’s important that you dig a little deeper before hiring to ensure that they are the right fit for your small business. Some questions that we recommend asking include:

  • How much experience do you have working with businesses like mine?
  • What’s your knowledge of the industry?
  • What services do you provide? (You want to work with a full-service small business accountant who can handle payroll, taxes, Quickbooks support, audits, etc.)
  • How do you bill for your services?
  • What will my role be in the process/How we will communicate throughout the process?

When you’re choosing the right small business accountant for your company; experience, familiarity with your industry, and working on a flat monthly rate are all important.


Contact Our Small Business Accountants at Busch CPA Today

At Busch CPA, our Chicago small business accountants are certified, experienced, and passionate about providing superior accounting services to businesses like yours in and around Chicago. To learn more about how we can help you meet your goals, please reach out to us by email or phone at your convenience. We offer appointments Monday through Friday.