Five signs it’s time to switch accountant

Posted on Jan 27th, 2017 | Tax

Is your accountant better at invoicing you than looking after your accounts? Here are the top five signs it’s time you need a new accountant.

1. You’re paying far too much

Sorting your accounts shouldn’t cost a fortune. If you think you might be paying over the odds, it’s time to shop around. Look for an accountant that offers a variety of packages, allowing you to pick the one that’s right for you – otherwise you’ll be paying for services you don’t need. Our accounting packages start at just £29.50+VAT per month for sole traders and £69.50+VAT per month for limited companies.

2. Your accountant charges you every time you want advice

When you’re running your own business, you need to be sure you’re paying the right amount of tax and claiming everything you’re entitled to. If your accountant is happy to advise on an ad-hoc basis, but then delights in sending an invoice for the extra work, a change could be in order.

Join Crunch, and you’ll get unlimited accountancy support relating to your business; no matter how much advice you need, you won’t be charged a penny extra.

3. You need to book an appointment to visit your accountant

Taking time out of your day to go and visit your accountant is not only a pain, it’s time that could be spent earning money. Switch to an online accountant and you’ll be able to call or email whenever the need arises. At Crunch, you get a dedicated Client Manager who’ll get to know your business inside-out. We also pride ourselves on our quick responses, meaning you won’t be waiting an age to get the advice you need.

4. Your accountant baffles you with endless jargon

There’s no getting away from the fact that the world of accountancy is full of curious and often confusing terminology. But if your accountant uses this to their advantage by rattling off jargon in the hope you’ll go bleary-eyed and simply pay their invoice, you should think about moving your business elsewhere.

We take a plain English approach to accounting. Your Client Manager will always be on hand to explain anything you’re not sure about, while our jargon-free business guides will set you straight on even the most complex of topics.

5. Your accountant demands you fill out an antiquated spreadsheet

With the Self Assessment deadline looming, freelancers, contractors, and small business owners up and down the country are wrestling with the spreadsheet provided by their accountant. One false move, and you’ll accidentally delete a formula that affects the whole spreadsheet.

Far better to shift your accounting online. You’ll be able to see your tax liability at the drop of a hat, as well as raise invoices and record expenses anywhere, anytime. To see what hassle-free accounting feels like, grab a free demo of our software today.

Time to change?

If any of this sounds familiar, it’s time to do something about it. Arrange a free consultation with one of our friendly advisors to find out what you’re missing.

Useful tools and resources

Business guides

From understanding expenses to starting a limited company, we've a range of jargon-free business guides for you to download and keep.

Invoicing software and templates

Create, send and store sole trader invoices in a snap with our free invoice software. You can also download a selection of invoice templates for all business types.

Take-home pay calculator

Use our Take-Home Pay Calculator to work out your true earnings and see if you could save money with a different company set up.