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AN INTERVIEW WITH ACCOUNTANT MARK WALSH

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Were you always planning to be an accountant and why?
At school I had actually wanted to follow a career in music, but on good advice from my family I decided to opt for accounting



When meeting with clients do they mostly come to your own premises or do you mostly go their theirs?

I mostly go to my clients



What is your preferred mode of communication with your clients?

Email, Phone



Have you ever done an online video call with a client?

No



What do you love most about accounting?

The diversity of businesses, clients and problems that require solutions.



Would you recommend accounting as a career for school-leavers, and why?

Yes.  It is not only bean counting, the possible fields of specialisation are numerous and the possibilities are infinite



What qualities should South African business people be looking for in their accountant?

Professionalism, reliability and courtesy



What is the biggest challenge facing accountants today?

Technology and the need to reinvent one's service offerings



What aspects of accounting do you focus on most?

Compliance



Describe your average client:

Small one-man business



How far away from your premises is your furthest client?

30km



From your accounting experience, if you could cite one of the biggest reasons SME's in SA fail, what would it be?

Lack of support from a business mentor




What accounting software do you like best?

Pastel



What other software, online services or apps do you use?

Microsoft Office



Do you think the coming wave of automation in the next few years will steal some accounting jobs and why/why not?

No, it will just increase the need to extend the types of services on offer



What is your opinion on Bitcoin?

Not interested



What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Reading, socialising



What is the most interesting thing on your bucket list?

To become a director of companies




What has your experience been on FindanAccountant?

I have managed to find a couple of good clients. Thank you kindly for the opportunity.