Your business is growing (congrats!), but entering invoices, expenses, and paying bills take up far too much valuable headspace—it’s headspace that you need to focus on your offerings and your clients. It’s time to go beyond merely tracking the ins and outs of your books and to start focusing on accounting and the financial health of your growing business. Choosing an online accounting service for your small business is the best way to keep your books updated, in compliance, and thriving. Online bookkeeping services with a dedicated accounting team can quickly become an integral resource for your small business — providing so much more than just your monthly reports — you’ll receive a trusted partner that helps you focus on your goals.
You need a solid business plan
Every small business needs a solid business plan — something to help you navigate the short term and work towards success in the long run. An accountant can help you devise a solid business plan as you get started writing one or updating your existing plan. An accountant can determine areas for growth within your small business by providing insight on cash flow patterns, inventory management, pricing, and business financing, as well as providing advice on property and equipment leasing and purchasing. They can help you prevent getting audited by the IRS by setting up your bookkeeping system right the first time and preparing and guiding you through an audit, if necessary.
Accountants ultimately create financial forecasts to make better decisions in your business while working alongside you to create a business budget that will support your business goals. Xendoo’s online accounting service provides you with Quickbooks and Xero, plus end-to-end service with a U.S.-based financial team—bookkeeping, tax consulting, and tax filing all under one roof, available 24/7. Xendoo also helps small business owners with their personal filings, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
You need to figure out the best legal structure for your SMB
One of the first steps when starting a small business is determining the best legal structure for the business. But it is no small task! There are a handful of options to choose from, and they can be incredibly confusing to sort through. An accountant can help you analyze each option and look into the things you must investigate before deciding.
Together you can determine the impact it will have on your taxes, your personal liability, the cost, and problems that could arise if you need to dissolve the registered entity, among many other things. There are benefits and disadvantages to registering your business that you have to consider. Whether you register as an LLC, Corporation, Partnership, or as a Sole Proprietorship, an accountant can help you determine what’s best based on your current status, your financials, and your goals.
You’re spending too much time on your finances and not enough time on your business
Small business owners are notoriously time-starved—struggling with marketing and sales with employee management, bookkeeping, and so much more. Not to mention providing the goods and services they set out to deliver in the first place. Choosing to work with an online accountant like the team at Xendoo will instantly take some of the heaviest, most important work off your plate. Online accounting software keeps your books up to date and tax-ready, giving you the ability to forecast and make strategic decisions as needed.
Need to finalize your marketing budget? Need to quickly determine whether or not you can hire a new employee? In the past, you likely had to sit down with your books for hours to attempt to find an answer. With an online accounting team on your side, you can quickly access your up-to-date financials and have a sounding board to help you make big decisions.
When you need to deal with government red tape
This year has been so hard on small businesses. As the government continues to implement and propose new measures to help companies manage the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, you need to know how to account for the assistance. The accounting and financial reporting implications can vary depending on whether the assistance is considered a loan, a grant, or an income tax benefit, among others.
With approvals and funding of Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans ongoing, there will be key accounting considerations that a CPA or accountant can make sure you’re aware of, so you can continue to navigate the changes and make smart decisions for your business.
When you have been audited
Many businesses are required to have a financial statement audit or a review with the IRS at some point. An audit sounds daunting because it truly is! Managing an audit can unexpectedly pull you from your regularly scheduled business – sucking up time, energy, and money. When you’re audited, you need a CPA to perform the audit services and issue the IRS’s required reports. Your CPA will help you ensure everything is in order and save you time and expenses.
CPAs are considered fiduciaries with a legal duty and power to act on behalf of and in their clients’ best interest. It’s important to note that non-CPA accountants are not considered fiduciaries to their clients, meaning they cannot represent their clients before the IRS during an audit.
Buying, selling or growing your business
If you’re considering selling your business, an accountant acts as a financial advisor – helping to ascertain your material assets and liabilities: what you own, what you owe, and what will be included in the sale. Thanks to Xendoos online accounting support, you’ll have all your up-to-date records ready when you are.
More importantly, an accountant can generate a picture of your income over time and assign concrete value to the more fluid and variable aspects of your business: past earnings, cash flow, balance sheets, equity statements, and the company’s performance related to economic and market conditions at large, as well as any liabilities that may be lurking under the surface. That CPA tax expertise is also important. An accountant will utilize your online accounting software to organize, document, and verify your small business’s tax filings, as well as give you a sense of the other party’s tax status.
Xendoo can help you with online accounting and bookkeeping services, taxation solutions, and so much more – and will become a trusted resource for your small business. With accurate, up-to-date records at your fingertips, Xendoo’s online accounting software for small businesses plus their dedicated team of financial advisors will allow you to grow your business, meet your goals, and spend more time focused on the reasons you started your small business in the first place.