When is the right time for a early-stage company to outsource accounting?

When is the right time for a early-stage company to outsource accounting?

“When should I outsource accounting?” is a crucial question that entrepreneurs may consider in their business’ early stages of growth and development.

With the current business environment presenting serious challenges for business of all sizes, entrepreneurs may be looking to outsource their finance function or elements of it to grapple with the impacts of the global pandemic compounded by the conclusion of Brexit negotiations.

In this blog, we outline how to decide on outsourced accounting, some of the factors affecting the decision and explore when you need to engage a specialist, like Isosceles.


We are often asked, “how will I know if now is the right time to outsource accounting?” This question is akin to the adage of “how long is a piece of string?”; there are no hard and fast rules, especially when considering the nature of each business’s variables. However, there are tangible business drivers and key indicators, and it will be one of these which may have aroused the questioner to pose the question in the first instance.

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If any of the following factors are relatable, now is the right time to outsource accounting

  • Rapidly growing or contracting businesses (quite often entrepreneurs may want to vary the costs of finance and accounting according to the ebbs and flows of the business cycle)
  • You want a smaller, highly focused team concentrating on developing great products and services and delivering profitability, whilst a fully outsourced finance function manages other aspects of the business.
  • The business cannot afford a full-time Finance Director, so the CEO is trying (and often failing) to fulfil this role, whilst also trying to concentrate on revenue-generating activities within the business
  • Lack of, or poor quality, management of finance and accounting information
  • Experiencing high rates of staff turnover or skills shortage
  • The business needs to generate operational efficiencies

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Incidentally, outsourcing does not require firing existing staff and starting again or removing the in-house finance systems. At Isosceles, we provide outsourced accounting which can be blended with a range of other services. We also deliver a bespoke, appropriate and proportionate service tailored to each client’s requirements – this is not a ‘one service fits all’.

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You want a smaller, highly focused team concentrating on developing great products