As entrepreneurs know all too well, unexpected issues and unnoticed errors have the power to bring a company to its knees. To ensure your success and protect the future of your clients’ companies, minimizing risks in your accountancy business should be an essential part of your strategy.

Use advanced technology

Dealing with large amounts of complex data means that it’s easy for accountants to make errors – and that these mistakes could be costly.

Safeguard against human error by using accounting software to input numbers and run formulas. This is a quick and efficient way to process information which results in a better view of the figures. You can also use accounting software to interpret the data and identify patterns.

The greater accuracy of using advanced technology will make you more trustworthy in the eyes of clients, improving your reputation and chance for recommendations.

Run a risk assessment

As part of your aim to avoid errors, you should run a risk assessment for your business operations.

Firstly, consider risks to client data. Company financial information such as salaries, profits and expenditures is sensitive and must be stored securely to protect against phishing and hacking attacks.

You should also consider the potential risks to you and your business, such as situations where you could be held liable by clients. It’s an opportunity to assess whether your current level of accountants’ insurance covers as many potential risk vectors as you’d like.

Conduct regular audits

Given your job, you’ll be aware of the importance of financial audits! However, it can be easy to overlook these for your own company when your focus is on auditing other businesses.

Run a regular check of the numbers to get a clear view of where your company stands financially. This will allow you to assess your outgoings against your earnings and identify problem areas or opportunities for improvement such as missed payments and slow invoicing.

Having a comprehensive understanding of your finances will stop you from trying to grow too quickly or slipping into the red without realizing it, either of which could be catastrophic for your company.

Do compliance checks

A large part of your work will involve ensuring that your clients are financially compliant with business law such as corporation tax and employee benefits. You need to do the same for your company to make sure that you in turn are compliant.

The best way to do this is to see if you’re operating in line with HMRC business checks. These largely focus on business tax, so remember your due diligence with deducting PAYE from employee salaries and check that you’re paying the correct amount of VAT on goods.

HMRC can start a noncompliance investigation for companies that are not operating within the guidelines, potentially leading to penalties and fines or – in extreme cases – criminal charges.

Richard is an experienced tech journalist and blogger who is passionate about new and emerging technologies. He provides insightful and engaging content for Connection Cafe and is committed to staying up-to-date on the latest trends and developments.