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5 ways an accountant can help your small business

Hiring a good accountant can add real value to your business. Not only will they help you manage your accounts, they will also help you to make better business decisions, help your company grow, legally minimise your tax bill, and, of course, save you lots of time on admin.

Here’s 5 of the perks of having a professional accountant:Accountants for small business


Grow your business

A good accountant will be able to offer guidance on taking your business to the next level and the best way to do it, from structuring the business properly to making sure you avoid pitfalls such as overtrading. Good accountants provide consultations for free and will be up to date with the latest technology that can save you time and money.


 Minimise your tax bill

Few people can say they’re genuinely on top of taxation rules and regulations, but that’s just what your accountant is there for. An accountant will go through your business with a fine-tooth comb and check to see that you’re making full use of any tax allowances and reliefs you can claim.


Help you to raise finance

Accountants aren’t there simply to manage your money. They can also steer you in the right direction for additional finance without putting your business at risk, looking at options such as taking out a loan, increasing an overdraft or issuing share capital. They can also help you sell shares in your business, crowdfund or find other investment.


Meet your needs

Before hiring an accountant, take time to consider what your business needs. If you’re a small start-up that needs a lot of handholding, don’t opt for a firm that specialises in accountancy for multi-nationals. Make a list of all the things you’d expect your accountant to help you with, and then shop around for the accountancy business that best suits your company’s needs. An experienced accountant, for example, can advise a small business on issues such as adequate working capital, good stock control and invoicing. If you want cloud accounting products and add on business apps, pick an accountant that uses them and is an expert. Ask questions and make sure you’re a good fit.


Register you and advise you on VAT

If your annual turnover is getting close to or is above £81,000, you’ll need to become VAT registered. If you make all, or nearly all, of your sales to VAT-registered businesses, you may benefit from being VAT registered even if you are under the threshold, as you can then reclaim VAT on any business expenses you incur. An accountant can deal with VAT registration for you – leaving you with less admin to worry about! Don’t forget there are many VAT schemes – your accountant can advise you on the best one, and even advise you to switch if it benefits you.

That’s just 5 ways hiring a professional accountant can help you.

If you meet with a Xero Accountant with expertise in helping you choose the best business apps to use in combination with Xero you’ll see great results in time saving and better business processes.

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Once it’s August have you noticed how the business and social landscape changes around you? It’s a challenge to get to the shops through a sea of young faces and teenagers, and the office seems to empty of a few key staff.

Many small business owners have children or carer responsibilities. Or you may have staff with a family – and once the long school holidays start, doing business as usual can become impossible.

At Shaper Accountants we have family friendly working policies and ideals, and absolutely welcome you with, your children at our offices – especially during the school holidays!

Many modern working practices make it much easier to work around children, or with children around.

We use cloud accounting software to allow our team (and you) to work anywhere you can access the internet, and at any time. We love using Skype to catch up with you, whether you are at home, or out and about. Communication is key – phone, e-mail, text and Skype mean many of you can run your business from anywhere.

If you need to see your Accountant or Business Adviser, child care can become an issue. In many cases mobile communications and on-line access to your accounts can fix that problem. But if face to face and coffee, is what you need, you can bring your youngsters with you here, in Norwich.

Attitude is Everything. Once you accept that we live in a world with all kinds of people in it, and you think creatively, it is possible to help business parents, staff with families, mums and dads to get on with doing business, as well as spending time with family.

We understand that work and family are not mutually exclusive.

Why is it important to be a family friendly firm? Because talented parents are able to pursue career ambitions rather than sacrifice all that went before children – skills and talent stays in business, the culture of such firms is improved and for practical reasons it just makes sense to support those who juggle family and work. If it’s possible to have flexible working arrangements then it’s possible to make it work.

There are lots of guides to support business parents. Here’s one from Xero about home-working productivity.