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See full profile: Alberton Accountant - Carel van Eeden


Were you always planning to be an accountant and why?

Yes, I love to work with numbers and do checks and balances


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

Almost a 50/50 situation


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?

Produce a set of financials that are compliant


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

Yes because there is a market for good hardworking accountants


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

Quality work


What is the biggest challenge facing accountants today?

To keep up with all the legislation, specifically tax


What aspects of accounting do you focus on most?

The accounting must be done within the guidelines to meet the tax requirements


Describe your average client:

Does not understand some of the tax acts


How far away from your premises is your furthest client?

1400 kilometers


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

Overspending and not working with a budget


What accounting software do you like best?

Sage online


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

Draftworx, Receipt Bank and Sky Tax


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 give time to me to give give better reports to clients


What is your opinion on Bitcoin?

No comment


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Watch rugby and park run


What is the most interesting thing on your bucket list?

To go on a overseas holiday


What has your experience been on FindanAccountant?

I am a new subscriber, but so far good


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