Choosing an accountant is like choosing a new business partner. The right accountant will become a trusted colleague you can depend on, who offers advice and guidance as your small business grows. To help SME’s and entrepreneurs find the perfect match, Xero have launched the new advisor directory that helps you find industry specific accountants in your area.

How to choose the right accountant for you…

Once you’ve decided it’s time to hire an accountant, the next step is to choose which accountant to hire. It’s important to take the time to  do this carefully, and there are a few things you’ll want to consider first.

Here are some top tips from Xero on how to find the perfect match:

1. Ask yourself if location matters: It used to be important to have your company’s accountant located nearby. But today, more companies are collaborating online, using cloud-based technology to manage their business. This means that location is less of an issue. With cloud accounting, you and your accountant can view identical real-time data at the same time – no matter where you are.

2. Choose a certified or chartered accountant: In many countries, accountants are regulated by professional bodies which look after accounting qualifications and try to maintain high professional standards. Depending on the country you’re in, professional accountants may be called Certified Public Accountants or Chartered Accountants. Chartered Accountants (CAs) are highly qualified professionals who have completed degree-level study along with workplace experience and a professional competence programme.

For more expert advice on choosing an accountant, download our latest guide.

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MarketInvoice have teamed up with Xero cloud accounting software and Receipt Bank – two businesses leading the way in this field – to bring you advice on finding the right accountant and streamlining your paperwork. In partnership with KPMG Small Business Accounting- whose fixed price accounting packages embrace this ‘value added’ philosophy- we’ve brought you The Accountancy Clinic: an access all areas troubleshooting ebook with answers to the most common accounting questions.

This guest blog is written for us by cloud accounting experts Xero. Xero is beautiful, easy-to-use online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. The company has over 540,000 subscribers in more than 180 countries. Xero seamlessly integrates with over 400 third-party tools, and was ranked No.1 by Forbes as the World’s Most Innovative Growth Company in 2014 and 2015.