Accounting is the story of a business told in the language of numbers. Some people have a natural understanding of numbers, but it is not something that comes naturally to everyone. Thus, even if you have learned the basics and can prepare your own budgets or monthly financials, it is very possible that you will want an accountant at some point. You might need someone to help you with a budget or cash flow forecast; prepare your tax returns; external financial statements; or provide assistance with a long-term financial plan. When you decide to hire an accountant, you will want to find someone that you feel comfortable with and whose style is compatible to yours. You are not just looking for someone to take over the accounting – you are looking for someone that will be a key advisor to your business. They will be giving you advice about an area of critical importance – your money. So take care in choosing your accountant.