Hiring an Accountant for a Startup Business

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Why Do I Need an Accountant for My Startup?

An accountant performs many roles in a startup business:

Do I need to Hire an Accountant As An Employee?

Depending on the size of your business, you may not need a full time accountant as you start out. Many accounting firms are able to provide basic accounting services as needed. As your business grows, it may require the attention of a full-time internal accountant.

Why Can’t I Do It Myself?

It is important that your financial records and statements are accurate, particularly if you hope to sell your company, obtain venture capital funding, or take it public. An accountant will also ensure that items such as intellectual property are properly recorded. A strong foundation will help ensure things run smoothly later on.

Additionally, avoiding problems with taxes and choosing the proper entity can save you time and money in the future.

What Should I Look for In An Accountant?

An accountant that has experience working with startup businesses will be able to be of most service to you due to his or her knowledge and expertise. He or she may also be able to provide referrals to other qualified professionals as you need them.

Do I Need A Lawyer to Hire an Accountant?

You are unlikely to need a lawyer when hiring an accountant. However, your accountant and your lawyer might work together on many of the tasks above, such as tax planning, entity choice, and selling the company. You may want to consult an attorney if you have questions about those areas.

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Last Modified: 03-03-2015 03:19 PM PST

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