Am I REALLY like that?

Jena Powell

You…. Yes you! You know I’m talking to you, over there in the corner with your computer, calculator, pen protector and thick glasses. You are the stereotypical “accountant”. You may not fit the stereotype I’m talking about, but you know the reaction you get from everyone when you first announce your profession or major. Everyone’s first words “you must be really good at math”, you here the tone and know they really mean “you must be really boring”. Inside you admit to yourself that your job isn’t always exciting. Then you start to ponder why you actually do what you do. What’s the purpose of running the payroll one more time, creating yet another of a billion spreadsheets or reports and studying one more tax document for errors? Well I guess you could say it’s like the mortar in a brick wall or the oil in a machine. A business is an intricate piece of machinery that has to run daily in order to fulfill its purpose. Each part of a machine does an important job, without the springs, gears, levers and bearings it won’t work. Remove a piece and the whole thing is worthless. As an accountant in a business, you are an essential piece of the machine. Without your accurate financial reports, the business will overspend, undersell and end in bankruptcy. Without your payroll issuance, the employee’s won’t work. Without your meticulous tax documents, the government will close you down. Each of the jobs you do, work together to create a more profitable and whole company. So here are some practical tips to be the best accountant you can be, because your job is important.

– Keep up with the times.
Things are always changing. Tax laws change all the time! You have to be on the cutting edge in your
field. Know what you are doing because if you don’t someone else will and that won’t turn out well.

– Innovate.
By this I don’t mean do “creative” accounting, come up with ways to streamline your processes. Things can always be done cheaper, faster and better, so be the first one to create something new in your field.

– Be Meticulous.
Even though it gets exhausting, your attention to detail saves your business money. A surprise audit or an angry customer has nothing on you when you have kept detailed records of your transactions and conversations.

Keep up the good work and remember that your attention to finances produces a more profitable company overall.

Rachael Powell


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