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In today's competitive business world, it is not uncommon for people to do their own bookkeeping and accounting. There are many reasons why this is done - the most common being that you can save money doing so. Of course, saving a couple of hundred pounds on retainer fees is an enticing prospect, but there are actually many more ways in which hiring the services of one will help you make money instead. Here are 7 ways an accountant can save you money: 
1) They free up your time 
 
Time IS money, so the more time you free up doing your bookkeeping, taxes, and financial statements, the more time you can dedicate to the tasks that will actually generate money for your business. 
 
Not to mention that it will take you a lot longer to do all your finances than a professional anyway. Why would you waste your time when you could be doing what you do best and what you actually enjoy? 
 
2) They help you be more tax-efficient 
 
Accountants can help you save money by being more tax-efficient. This means claiming what you can, obtaining loans if you are entitled to financial support, and maximising the tax deductions you are entitled to. 
 
3) They help you avoid fines and penalties 
 
You need to file your taxes correctly and you need to do this on time. With legislation changing all the time, this isn't easy, and you could be leaving yourself vulnerable to penalties and charges, simply because you didn't know. 
 
By hiring an accountant, you can always be reassured that you're filing on time and that your taxes are correct. You can have peace of mind that you won't get a surprise letter from HMRC and you don't even have to deal with them at all if you don't want to. 
 
4) They identify opportunities for growth 
 
Accountants keep your records up-to-date so you will always know the figures of your business. At a glance, you'll be able to see how you're performing, what's coming in and what's going out, and also your liquidity. 
 
There is power in data! For example, your accountant can help you ascertain how long you could survive if there was a recession, where you can cut down expenses to save money, and where you should be delegating most of your budget if you want to grow. 
 
5) They assist in gaining funding 
 
It takes a lot of time to secure financing from banks and as we said previously, time is money. Your accountant can help you secure loans and financing really easily from creating a business plan and helping you budget to applying and assisting you in the loan process. 
 
6) They advise on investments 
 
If you're interested in investing, an accountant can help you understand different investment options. From stocks and money markets to real estate and investment vehicles, they can show you how you can grow your money and which opportunities are the best for you and your business. 
 
7) They offer invaluable business advice 
 
As well as accountancy, accountants can offer business guidance to help you increase your chances of success. They can help you build a business from the ground up; they can help you with goal setting and planning, budgeting and forecasting, and pricing to increase your profit margin. This isn't even everything that's included in their advisory services so make sure to take advantage of their knowledge. 
 
Spend money to make money 
 
While you can save a couple of hundred pounds doing your own books, you won't save as much with an accountant and you could actually end up losing a lot more. With an accountant on your team, you can save both time and money while having the reassurance and peace of mind that you're making sound business decisions for your future. 
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