Accounting services can be complex, and like most industries, there are specialists and generalists, each with their area of expertise to choose from, so it can be hard to know what accounting services best fit your needs. In this RJF Accounting blog, we will advise on some available accounting services and why you might need them, so you can make the right decision when choosing an accounting service.

Business Accounting Services

Businesses of all shapes and sizes can benefit from good accounting services, but the main challenge is knowing what services are available and which fit your business well. For instance, not all companies require payroll or bookkeeping, whilst others require VAT reporting and investment services. Below is a brief overview of the main accounting services that are available and what purpose they have. 


Large businesses usually have in-house accounting teams or bookkeepers that carry out bookkeeping. However, bookkeeping services are often an advantage for small and medium-sized companies in utilising the resources and experience of an accountancy firm. Accurate and precise bookkeeping is foundational to a clear understanding of a business’s finances, and working with an accountancy firm can help streamline this process. 

Payroll Services

Payroll is a significant part of any business; working with an accountant to ensure that it is run compliantly and promptly can save business money and stress. An accountant can ensure that each employee is being paid complaint of any taxation laws and on time, as well as dealing with any required paperwork, such as P45s, P60s and pension obligations.

General Accounting

Every business can benefit from accounting services, from tax returns, ensuring that your records and reports are filled with HMRC and Companies House to expenses and beyond. The scope of general accounting services can include things like:

  • Management Accounting
  • Invoice management
  • VAT
  • Bookkeeping
  • Cloud accounting
  • Corporation tax returns

They can also include specialist services, as mentioned in other sections, such as payroll and personal tax management. 

Contractor Accounting

When contracting, slightly different rules and taxation methods, such as IR35 and other regulations on expenses and travel, must be complied with. This is where working with a specialist contractor accountant can benefit, as they know the slight differences of how this works and often can offer Umbrella services too. 

Start-Up Accounting

Specialist start-up accountants like the team here at RJF Accounting know all there is to know about the accounting needs of start-ups and new businesses. Whilst offering general accounting, payroll, bookkeeping and other forms of accounting services, they can also provide in-depth advice on things such as:

  • Investor relations
  • Raising investment
  • Outsourced Financial Controler
  • Outsourced Financial Director
  • Cash flow management 
  • Growth planning

Personal Accounting

Personal accounting services tend to focus on the company directors or sole traders, as the services are centred around the personal aspects of taxation and being self-employed. These include:

  • Self-Assessment tax returns
  • Retirement planning
  • Estate planning
  • Tax investigations

While almost all accountants can assist with taxation reporting such as SATR, etc., seeking a more dedicated service can be beneficial if you require more focused accounting, such as estate planning and retirement planning. 

Other Types Of Accounting Services

There are lots of specialist accountants that offer more in-depth accounting services, such as:

  • Forensic Accounting
  • Tax Investigation
  • Corporate finance
  • Commercial Finance
  • Insolvency
  • Audit Accounting

Some accounting firms will have accountants on their teams that can help with this, and sometimes you may need to seek a specialist accounting firm to get these services. 

How Can RJF Accounting Help?

RJF Accounting has accounting teams based in Manchester and Macclesfield, ready to help you with all your accounting and tax advice needs. We offer general accounting and personal accounting services, but our specialist field is start-ups and all that entails! So if you are looking for an accountant for your start-up business, get in touch today!

If you want to know more about how we can help you speak to the team today about our services. You can call the team on 0161 5040629 or email us at to see if we can help you get your plans off the ground! We are open Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm!