Choosing someone to pick an accountant as a freelancer or contractor can be hard. However, this guide will help you make the right decision.

1. Look for someone who specializes in your industry.

As a general rule of thumb, any accountant should be able to handle your books. However, you may get better results by looking for an accountant who specializes in your particular industry.

Accountants who have taken the time to learn the ins and outs of a specific industry can generally provide you with far better service than general accountants. General accountants tend to work with many different types of businesses. Although this makes them versatile, they may not know as much detailed information about your industry as a specialist.

Typically, accountants who specialize in a particular type of accounting charge a flat-rate fee for their services on a monthly basis. This fee usually includes everything from managing your accounts to dealing with payroll, handling your tax return, and providing you with support as needed. When looking for an accountant, make sure to read the list of services that are included in each package carefully. That way, you can be sure that you are getting all of the services that you need.

By going with a specialist rather than a general accountant, you can rest easy, knowing that they are extremely knowledgeable about matters that directly impact your business. For instance, they can help you deal with issues related to IR35 or other factors that apply specifically to your industry.

In many cases, accountants may offer cloud-based services. Depending on the setup, the cloud storage may be managed by the company or they may rely on an outside cloud provider such as Xero or Free Agent. In many cases, the cloud platform is designed to integrate with accounting tools such as Receipt Bank. Typically, these services are a much better choice than old-fashioned accounting firms that rely on spreadsheets.

Over the past couple of decades, the number of accountants working with contractors and freelancers has increased. Typically, these accounting firms offer a variety of different packages. For contractors who can manage most of their accounting issues on their own, they have basic support packages. For contractors who need more support, however, they have all-inclusive packages that cover every aspect of accounting including tax planning.

2. Make sure the accountant is qualified.

Accounting firms that specialize in working with freelancers or consultants are typically operated by professionally qualified chartered accountants. This can give you a lot of peace of mind, knowing that your books are in good hands. Always make sure that any accountants who will be working on your books are fully qualified for the job.

3. Choose the right size firm.

Accounting firms can vary significantly in size. Some have relatively few clients while others serve thousands.

The level of service that you receive from the firm can be impacted by the number of clients that they have. For instance, accounting firms with thousands of clients usually provide a more institutional experience for their clients, whereas smaller firms tend to approach their accounting with a more personal touch.

If you want to be able to talk to the same person every time you call in for support, you should consider going with a smaller firm. Larger firms will usually direct your call to one of many different accountants, meaning that you may have to talk to someone different every time you call.

4. Ask around for recommendations.

Chances are, you know other people who work as contractors. Consider asking them to recommend an accountant.

Keep in mind, as well, that it is usually easier to switch accounting firms if you are working with a company that offers cloud-based services. Even if the firm that you choose is perfect for your needs right now, you may need to switch to a different firm in the future if your business grows or changes.

5. Consider the cost.

Find out what the average going rate for a typical accounting package is for contractors.

Once you know approximately how much you should be charged, it is much easier to compare prices. Keep in mind, however, that different accounting packages provide different levels of service suggest VAT Global. For instance, a package that covers all of your accounting needs will naturally be more expensive than one that provides less support. If you choose a smaller package, you may need to pay extra for additional services such as having your personal tax return completed.

As a general rule of thumb, you should avoid the cheapest accounting services, opting for a service that provides more support at a reasonable price.

6. Switching to a different accountant.

If you choose the wrong accountant, you can always change to a different one instead. Although this can be a little bit challenging, things should get back to normal within very little time after the switch.

In some cases, your business might grow so much that your current accountant can't handle the amount of work that you are sending their way or isn't qualified to provide you with the advice that you need. For instance, if you are used to working independently but suddenly hire employees, you may need a larger accounting firm or a firm that specializes in working with small businesses instead.

You may want to think about the future when choosing an accounting firm. Some firms provide multiple levels of support. That means that you can move up to a larger support package at the same firm without having to move all of your information to a different company.

Placing a photograph on your resume may feel strange. Job seekers often overlook this practice; however, many companies prefer to have a resume with a photograph. Adding your photograph to your resume when you are applying for a job at a company can help show that you understand the job culture. When choosing a photo, you want one that works for you rather than against you.

Check out this video to learn what recruiters are looking for in their resumes.

When choosing a photograph to put on a resume, you want one that is professionally done. Dressing as a successful professional can actually increase the odds of being called for an interview; so, make sure that you look your best. Here are some tips to make sure your photo has the factors companies are looking for.

* Opt for a solid one color plain background.

* The photo should give a clear view of your head and the top of your shoulders.

* You should ensure that you do not have any tattoos showing.

* If you wear jewelry, it should be kept to a minimum.

* Keep your appearance professional looking by wearing a business suit.

* Look directly into the camera to maintain eye contact.

It is essential that you remember that you maintain a professional appearance that includes a suit and tie for males and a business outfit for women even if you believed the job you are applying for is with a friendly and relaxed company. Companies pride themselves on professional employees that dress conservatively. This means that men should have their top button buttoned and their tie tied properly and women should cover up and remain conservative in their dress.

Do not be tempted to show off your personality in your clothing for the photo because this will be viewed as an insult in the company's eyes.

Your resume should include all of the information that the employer needs to know about you, and the clothing you wear should showcase how serious and professional you are.  Download a resume template that allows you to showcase all of this info. Additionally remember, a friendly, happy face may spark the interest of the interviewer more than a stern glare. For best result, slightly smile so that the corners of your mouth tilt subtly up.

Once you have decided on your clothing, it is time to ensure you do not make other common mistakes. Most companies prefer that a man is cleanly shaven in the resume photo. This means that you may need to cut off your mustache. Women should wear minimal make. When applying your makeup, you want it to appear so natural that the interview is unsure if you are wearing makeup or not.

Another important thing to remember is that the employer considers your hairstyle. Women should tie their hair back so the interviewer can view their entire face. Men should avoid the tousled look and instead go for a more sleek style. Finally, never wear a hat for your resume photo.

Some of the most successful images are very simple - an autumn leaf beside a blurred stream of water, or a person looking across a great landscape. One of the reasons these images are so effective is because there is no confusion about the main point interest — the eye is taken straight there. Paths, tracks, railway lines, roads rows of buildings, trees, fences, telegraph poles and wires can all be used to guide the viewer. If a path leads to a gate, then the gate should be open, inviting the viewer into the photograph. An open gate, door or window is always more positive than a closed one. A flow of water can take the eye towards the leaf. Vanishing points can lead the eye to various parts of the image. Strong diagonals are a dynamic element to use, and can be created in almost every situation. Viewed from below, a modern bridge can dramatically launch itself into a photograph from an upper corner and lead the eye towards a town or city.

You should avoid including misleading guidelines that reduce the impact of a shot or confuse the viewer. This could be a meandering pathway that disappears out of the frame, rather than ending at a building, or the main branch of a tree that takes the eye off to the side rather than upwards. This also applies to people in a photograph.

Imagine a picture of a market, for example, where the centre of interest is a fruit seller and a particular pile of exotic fruit. People may be gathered around the stall, as subordinate elements, and it would be best to picture them looking at the fruit. The peoples gaze leads the eye in the same way that a line of fence posts do.

Static people and animals should be looking into positive space as well. The classic image of somebody pointing and looking should always be into this larger area ahead of them, if only because it looks strange for people to be pointing out of the frame, away from the great space that we, the viewer, can see behind them. We see examples of this all the time on television, when an out-of-shot interviewer is talking to a guest. The person will be talking directly to the interviewer, but from left or right of the frame (again the Rule of Thirds), and looking into the larger space.

Of course all rules can be broken and powerful stories or scenarios can be told by having a subject leaving the frame (moving into negative space). For example, if there is a person walking out of frame, while behind them in the larger space is a sign saying “Beware of Landmines”.

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