If you’re a business searching for a new accountant at the moment, then The Accountancy Partnership is most likely already on your list. Like Caroola, we provide online accounting services for contractors, freelancers and small businesses of all shapes and sizes, but there are some crucial differences in how we do things.
Both direct access to your own dedicated accountant, but we provide this as standard. With Caroola, sole trader services start from £40 per month, but anyone who wants to speak to their own dedicated accountant will need to subscribe to their ‘Advanced’ package, which costs from £60 per month.
*Available for an extra fee, starting from £60.00 per month for sole traders
Talk to your accountant when you need them
Our accountants have centuries of knowledge and experience between them, allowing us to offer accountancy services for a much wider array of businesses. We also really, really like talking to our clients. It’s why we’re so effective at helping you grow!
To help you make the most of that knowledge, you’ll always have access to unlimited support from your own dedicated accountant.
But just to make extra sure, every accountant is paired up with a ‘buddy’ who can step in if your normal accountant is on holiday or unwell. That way you won’t ever have to wait for answers.
It’s worth noting that Caroola will provide a dedicated accountant to clients who are able to pay for one of their more expensive fee packages.
Can I speak to my accountant?
Yes, you’ll have unlimited access to your own dedicated accountant:
The Accountancy Partnership
Limited companies from £54.50 per month
Limited companies from £135.00 per month
How it works with Caroola
With Caroola you’ll receive access to FreeAgent, a third-party bookkeeping software. FreeAgent is excellent, if a little pricey, but Caroola include it for free as part of the service they offer clients. You can also get free access to FreeAgent if you have a business account with some UK banks, such as NatWest.
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How we do things at The Accountancy Partnership
Every business has different needs, so at The Accountancy Partnership there are more options for how you access and provide your records. You could either:
Complete your own bookkeeping yourself, either with Pandle (our own software, which we provide for free), or with any other software you prefer. We won’t restrict you to using our system.
Or we can complete your bookkeeping for you, from £20.00 per month – so you only pay for what you need.
Because Pandle is our very own bookkeeping software, we can release updates and new features requested by our clients. It also means we know the software like the back of our hand! Our Live Chat support team of bookkeepers sit right next to your accountants at our UK offices in the Northwest and in London, ready to give you expert, tailored advice, if you ever need it.
And if you do decide to use Pandle…
If you prefer to do your own bookkeeping using Pandle, our bookkeepers are here to help. From initial set up calls, to our in-app live chat support and product tours, they’ll even review your records on a regular basis – for free, whether or not you use our bookkeeping service. That way we can help you spot any potential issues before they become more serious problems.
Pandle is used by over 60,000 small businesses, contractors, and freelancers around the world.
It’s rich with bookkeeping tools and powerful automations designed to save you time on business admin, and reduce the risk of errors. You’ll be able to manage your business finances in real-time, from banking to uploading receipts for expenses, and even supercharge your invoicing process so you get paid more quickly.
Even better, you can add your accountant to Pandle and collaborate with them quickly and easily.
To comply with GDPR, all communication with our servers uses a secure 128-bit SSL HTTPS connection. It’s the same technology that your bank uses to encrypt communications on their website.
And of course, to make sure your data doesn’t disappear, Pandle takes regular automated and encrypted backups which are securely transported to Google’s UK data centres.
Should I use The Accountancy Partnership or Caroola?
Whilst we’re both online accounting firms which provide services to small businesses and sole traders, The Accountancy Partnership and Caroola operate in different ways.
Only pay for what you use
While some accountants, Caroola included, bundle their services together into a more expensive package, we don’t think this approach makes any sense.
Here at The Accountancy Partnership sole traders, limited companies, and partnerships pay for the essential accounting services most useful to their business. Then as you need them, you can add others like VAT returns or bookkeeping.
For example, VAT Services for a limited company:
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Limited company accounting from £54.50 per month
Plus VAT services (if you need them) for £40.00 per month