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The average price of an Accountant in Essex is £160

Compared to a national average of £175

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Mark Patrick

I am a qualified accountant who offers expert assistance and advice for all your Bookkeeping, Accounting, Self Assessment Tax Return, Statutory, & other related services; particularly using Quickbooks Online, Xero, & Excel. My Services Include: · Self Assessment Tax Return · Bookkeeping · Rental property accounts and calculations · Bank & Credit Card Reconciliation · Quarterly or Annual VAT return computations, completion, and submission · Historic data catch-up & corrections · Set up & administration of a chart of accounts · Sales and purchase invoice entry · Supplier/customer data management · Financial Statement Preperation · Company Accounts & CT600's Company Tax Returns How it works: · After i contact you, reply and detail/discuss the setup you have and how best you can utilise my services, this can be finalised on Zoom/Teams if you desire · I advise on the necessary steps · Once we agree on the scope of the work and a deadline, we organise how the data is to be shared/logins etc · I receive the paperwork and get to work · We jointly decide when the work is complete, then I invoice and you pay · You return every year for a great service

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What kind of accounting services do you provide?

The full range really, from tiny acorn businesses to much larger more established and complicated scenarios. As detailed elsewhere, from initial setup to bookkeeping, accounts, tax returns, and everything besides.

Why is it so important for businesses to hire a great accountant?

Most of the work any competent business owner can complete themselves. In fact I would encourage most business owners to be heavily involved in the financial side of the business as it is often the most important.

However, to do the job to the highest level does require specialist knowledge and experience. I am always happy to hold someone's hand while they get to grips with what is required, and once they feel comfortable, step back and help only when really needed.

What do you love most about your job?

I am quite a details person, so sifting through receipts or bank transactions satisfies the OCD part of my brain.

On a different level though, accountancy and tax has many grey areas and fully exploring these while staying on the right side of tax law is satisfying, particularly when you save a client from having too hefty a tax bill.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Working for others was always something I endured rather than enjoyed. Self employment, while difficult in other ways, allows me to work the way I wish, and not be subject to the whims and wishes of anyone else.

Why should our clients choose you?

I am an experienced and reliable accountant and bookkeeper, I won't accept payment until you are fully satisfied, and I will provide ongoing support.

I don't believe in charging clients for every second. We agree a fee for the scope of the work. I am always happy to take calls and emails and will happily offer advice throughout the year.

Can you provide your services online or remotely? If so, please add details.

Ideally the majority of my services will be remote, although I am happy to travel within reason.

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

With the vast majority of the work being completed remotely and over email this hasn't been an issue for me as of yet.

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Your expert Accountant will be able to advise you on the full range of services available and will be able to help you select the best financial services for your company. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Use Bark to get free quotes and find an accountant today.

The title 'Chartered Accountant' and the letters ACA or FCA, indicates that the person has undertaken a minimum of three years in-depth training, passed a series of examinations in financial management, auditing, business strategy and taxation as well as committing to continuing professional development.

As opposed to specialising in tax returns, a Chartered Accountant instead will focus on providing accurate records of all financial transactions for an individual or business. Consequently, this type of accountant is more likely to be found employed in a more commercial capacity.

Hiring the right Accountant for your business may take a bit of time. Who you choose to look after your accounts is vital, especially if you have plans to expand as you will need to look for someone who will get more involved in the financial side of things the bigger your company gets.

  • Research - Start with the company’s website and look at the accounting services they offer with an eye on what you might need in the future. If you choose an accountancy firm that doesn’t have the expertise to help you as your business expands, you will end up needing to finding another accountant.

  • Create a shortlist - Create a shortlist of three or four firms you
    think are a good fit and arrange face-to-face meetings with all of
    them. In addition to the fees, you need to find out about the
    services they provide, as well as their customer services.

  • Fees - Some Accountants charge by the hour while others operate on a fixed-fee basis. You need to be clear before selecting an Accountant for your business on how their fees are calculated.

  • Qualifications - It is important to ask questions about the
    qualifications and experience of the people who would be dealing with your accounts. You need to know that you could work with them, trust that they are on your side and are continually looking for ways of
    adding financial value to your company.

  • Accounting software - You will want to check that any systems you use are familiar to the accounting firm. Your current method of financial reporting may not be the most effective one for your business and they may recommend systems that can do it better.

  • Financial jargon - If you are not an expert on finance, your Accountant needs to understand this and be able to communicate with you in a clear and concise manner.

You can be confident that any of the Accountants listed on Bark will be a safe pair of hands for your finances.

Before you choose an Accountant, you could ask to see examples of their work, read testimonials and ask to see references of past work they have done.

The AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification is the minimum level of qualification required for most kinds of accountancy. To become a chartered accountant, you need to obtain higher level qualifications such as the ACA, ACCA or CIMA, which will allow you to become a chartered accountant.

You could also look at their profile page on Bark and view reviews from past customers as well as examples of work that they have completed. This might also help you get some ideas for the types of services you need.

Accountants offer a range of different services. These include:

  • Accounting - All accountancy firms produce financial records, track your revenues and expenses and provide consulting on your business's overall financial health.

  • Auditing - Many businesses require a periodic audit of their finances which may be a requirement of your investors or written into the bylaws of your incorporation.

  • Tax Filing and Planning - Many accounting firms can ensure your financial reporting practices are compliant with current regulations, determine your company's tax liability and make sure you meet filing requirements and deadlines.

  • Management Consulting - Many accounting firms offer business advisory services to help you with your business plan, evaluate your current operations, identify new opportunities, alert you to changes in the business or regulatory environment and offer practical advice to help your business be more efficient and successful.

  • Speciality Services - Some offer services such as business valuation which helps determine what your business is worth should you be considering a merger, acquisition or sale. Some firms can offer fraud and forensic accounting services.

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