5 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing and Hiring an Accountant


Accounting helps you keep a track of your transactions. Maintaining accurate books of accounts is crucial to your business as it helps you make important business decisions. There are some mistakes that business owners need to avoid when hiring an accountant, whether hiring an in-house accountant or hiring or choosing an accounting services firm.

Avoid these mistakes when Choosing an Accountant

Mistake #1: Hiring based on just qualifications 

Accounts does not mean arranging numbers, an experienced accountant needs to understand your business as they would touch all the aspects of your business directly or indirectly. The accountant would also need to interact with each of your employees for payroll as well as clarifying information related to their records. So, the accountant’s understanding of your business, as well as they way they manage their records is just as important as playing with numbers.

Mistake #2: Figuring your need 

Before you hire your accountant, you need to evaluate the exact job requirement. Each business has a specific accounting need. What is it that the accountant would be doing? Make a list of all the tasks and then begin the process of hiring an accountant who would be able to do all these jobs.

Mistake #3: Being on the wrong page with your accountant

Before you hire an accountant, have an in-depth talk with them. Especially if you are outsourcing your accounting, you should be clear about the things that might go wrong, as well as the exact requirement and working style that you expect. Both the parties should be clear about the expectations of the business.

Mistake #4: Not emphasizing financial analysis

One of the most important jobs of your accounting services is to be able to review your financial health. Many outsourcing firms like Rayvat Accounting offer cloud-based computing, which means you would be able to access financial reports any time of the day, you would be able to see real time information.

Mistake #5: Doing the accounting on your own

Managing accounts is a niche profession, yes, as a business owner you might have knowledge on how to do it, but when you opt for professionals they will ensure an error free, regularly updated and precise books which are critical to your business. A business owner has a million things of their mind, and accounting is always the last priority, this might lead to a lot of wrong business decisions, which is why it is better to leave accounting to the experts.

Jinendra Shah

Owner, CEO at Rayvat Outsourcing

Established in 2006, Rayvat Accounting is a part of an outsourcing firm “Rayvat Accounting” which is owned by Mr. Jinendra Shah who is in CEO of “Jenya” an Information Technology based marketing firm. Mr. Amit Amin who is an experienced Chartered Accountant Qualified from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and is in the field since last 8+ years, works as a manager with us and gives us an added advantage of his deep experience of Accounting and finance.