As an IT contractor, the last thing you probably want to worry about is your complicated finances. There are so many laws and rules concerning finances and taxes for freelancers and contractors, it can get hard to keep up. If you face this headache too often every year, and you aren’t sure you can take it anymore, think about this: accountants are out there. Why aren’t you using them?
There are thousands of accountants out there specializing in IT contractor accounting, and even just one of these can take a huge load off of your shoulder and be a tremendous aid in clearing up the financial fog. You can finally get your taxes in order, your bills arranged and paid, and your checks signed and cashed and ready to go.
Tips on Hiring
If you’re going to hire an accountant to help you, make sure you hire the best. You can follow this simple process to ensure that the candidate you end up selecting is among the most reliable and suitable for your needs:
- Look at specialists. If you need someone specializing in your field, contact those that do. If you don’t need those with particular specialties, then you can move on.
- Check out pricing. Not all freelancers or contractors charge equally, nor do all accounting firms, so find options fitting your price range.
- Accreditation is important. It goes without saying that you definitely want to work with an accountant who knows what they’re doing and has the degree to do it.
- Set up interviews. You want to get to know the people you will be dealing with. Accreditation is important, but so is personality, cordiality, and customer service. Make sure your accountant has all of the above.
- Check out reviews. Many firms, contractors, and freelancers have worked with others before you, and you should see what those others have to say before you commit to anything.
- Commit. Not all accountants require a big commitment in order to sign the agreement with you—freelancers and part-timers being among those that don’t—but there is going to be some level of commitment in any scenario. Just get everything in writing that needs to be put in writing, and make sure everything is official and above board.
Hiring a new IT contractor accountant can be an exciting time for you and your business, but don’t rush it or get nervous. Take the time to choose the accountant or team of accountants that you think will work best with you, and then take even more time to mull the decision over and use wisdom in the specifics.