Frequently Asked Questions

1) How are you different from an accounting firm?

While traditional accounting firms offer a number of services, such as bookkeeping, audits, reviews and tax preparation, Adams Green is unique in our combination of high-level strategic expertise and day-to-day support. Think of us as your CFO-for-hire, there to give you advice when you’re not quite ready to bring on your own in-house financial officer. We’re not just there at year-end, but year-round, embedding ourselves in your team. More than accountants crunching numbers, we are financial sounding boards and trusted advisors who will help you grow.

2) Do I still need an accounting firm?

Probably. Most of our clients have another firm take care of their year-end needs and tax returns. We will be happy to introduce you to our colleagues who specialize in those areas and help facilitate this part of your accounting needs, too. Then we focus on giving you the specialized strategic advice for which we’re known.

3) I already have a great bookkeeper. Can I still work with you?

Absolutely! While Adams Green does offer bookkeeping services, we have a number of clients who’ve got that covered. No problem. We can focus on our core value: providing you with the sort of focused, strategic advice that is going to help you reach your goals.

4) How much will it cost?

Not as much as you may think. A good rule of thumb is to earmark 3 to 5% of your revenues for your accounting needs. We offer scalable services for any size business, from solo-preneur and team-based startups to larger, more established organizations. That means even new companies with limited cash flow can afford us. As your needs grow, so, too, can our services.

5) Is my business too small? Too new?

Every organization deserves top-notch accounting expertise, no matter its size or age. In fact, there’s no better time than when you’re staring out to establish solid accounting practices, implement efficient processes and get strategic preliminary advice. We love to help emerging businesses get it right from the get-go. And our clients appreciate it. Over and over, they tell us this early stage guidance was an investment that saved them pain and money down the road. We come up with a plan that makes sense to you.

6) What does it mean to be a B Corp? Why did you become one?

B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

We became a B Corp because we believe that business can be a force for good in the world. We wanted to channel our knowledge and experience to have a positive impact in our community. We wanted to feel proud talking to our kids about what we do. We’re passionate about working with purpose-driven organizations like non-profits, B Corps and social enterprises.  We measure our success not just by our profits, but by the good we help our clients do.

7) What’s changed since becoming a B Corp?

Not much.  We were already living our vales, which is why the B Corp principles resonated with us. B Corp certification made us formalize some things, like our pledge to donate 1% of revenue to charity and providing paid time off to volunteer. Most of all, becoming a B Corp helped us focus on our core goal: to help organizations who share our values and do good in the community.