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In my last article on humans, The People Puzzle, we discussed utilizing contractors as temporary busy season workers to fill in gaps or support growth. What we did not discuss was how to find them. Here are some common and little-known places to find help:

  1. Facebook/LinkedIn groups. I see a constant stream of posts requesting busy season help or offering it on these groups. It is easy to search both social media platforms for groups of tax accountants. Pick the groups with descriptions that resonate with you to find the people that you would work best with.
  2. Freelance websites like Fiverr or Upwork (if these two are not enough, here is an article listing 15 sources for finding freelancers: https://www.hostinger.com/tutorials/best-freelance-websites). People do indeed freelance for bookkeeping and tax preparation work. Many of them are EA’s, CPA’s or can prepare returns for you to review.
  3. If you are proficient at reviewing and signing returns and are a little brave, you can use TaxFyle to help connect you with a “qualified” tax preparer. I put that in quotes because each return you submit will be completed by a random person and they do not provide consistency. There is no room for training. However, you can get some overly qualified people on this site to prepare returns for you. It’s in the luck of the draw. A word of advice here, do not do this with returns you need a very quick turnaround on.

Happy human hunting!

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Liz Mason
Liz Mason is a serial entrepreneur, a giant nerd, and an involved accounting vanguard. She is the Founder of High Rock Accounting, Rebel Rock Accounting, TheDepartment.Tax, and a few other related brands. Liz speaks on a national stage, guests stars on podcasts, publishes a YouTube show (The Hot Accounts), and writes frequently. To further her passion for the advancement of the accounting profession, Liz currently serves as a Xero National Ambassador and as the Content Strategist for Tax Practice News. Liz started her career in tax at Grant Thornton (at 20) and automated a portion of her job landing her in the national tax practice. She spent a decade in large public accounting firms working on highly technical tax consulting before branching off on her own. Liz utilizes her creativity and passion at her company to uproot traditional practices and replace them with innovative concepts. She finds joy in efficient technology and her core belief is that everyone and everything can continuously improve (she says "be better" too often). When Liz isn't planning world domination in accounting, she is a die-hard skier, down for any adventure, plays the ukulele, reads everything, and has a good sense of humor. If you're looking for her, you can find her traveling the world and enjoying new food and cultures with her husband and young son. Follow Liz and High Rock Accounting on Twitter at @LizzyNorMa and @HighRockCPAs.