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See Full Profile: Blouberg Accountant - Mark Walsh

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?


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?


Describe your average client:

Small one-man business

How far away from your premises is your furthest client?


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?


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.