When it comes to accounting and professional services, you generally get what you pay for.
Cheapest is not always best. (Of course, every industry has some outliers. I am talking generally)
I will give you an example. I sat down with a client recently who was struggling with their cashflow due to Covid. I realised that they qualified for jobkeeper & four other cash grants back in March.
Their accountant hadn’t even contacted them to let them know let alone apply for any on their behalf. (they had missed the boat as some were closed & we couldn’t backdate jobkeeper)
They were with a low-cost, low service accounting provider. Is this their accountants’ fault for not telling them? Maybe, but not necessarily.
When you sign up with your service provider, if you negotiate on price hard, you might end up missing out. You’re essentially saving on price whilst also making yourself less important as a customer. If you want it really cheap, the business can’t afford to offer you the same service. You get a worse service for a cheaper price.
The next time you talk to someone in professional services & you are trying to figure out who is better, measure it on their service & advice quality.
The cost comparison can only be used if the services & advice quality is exactly the same.