Accountants perform many different services for individuals and businesses alike. There are hundreds and hundreds of accountants out there for you to choose from. Many larger businesses have their own in house accounts. However if you are an individual or a small business you will most likely be seeking an outside source. Finding the right accountant may seem like a tough task but in general it should not be. Majority of the people who need the types of services that require an accountant choose to find a local accountant. This is because they are easily accessible to you. When you are searching for the right choice for you take into consideration what types of services you need. Some will specialize in payroll services while others specialize in tax accounting. When using someone who offers these services it is important to make sure that they are a certified accountant. In addition to making sure that the person is certified you should find out if they are a certified public accountant. This is because there are different kinds of certifications. Someone that is only certified for the specific business they are working for is not necessarily eligible to work for the public. There may be stipulations to the certification stating that they cannot do side work for outside sources. By using someone who is not a public certified accountant you take the risk of having fraudulent activities done on your payroll services or other services that you are using the person for.