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Were you always planning to be an accountant and why?

Nope, I wanted to go into Tourism or become a chef. I would of been broke very quickly.  I am naturally good with numbers and research so I did a quick Bookkeeping course and that started my career 27 years ago.


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, Face to Face, WhatsApp



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

No



What do you love most about accounting?

I love teaching others about it,one on one, finding the errors and reconciling.

I am now a Technical Financial Accountant so i do various accounting tasks.



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

Yes, everyone needs a bookkeeper or an accountant, you can start from the bottom as a clerk and grow to be an Accountant. There will always be work.



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

Honesty, Loyalty accuracy and support.



What is the biggest challenge facing accountants today?

SARS and all the red tape



What aspects of accounting do you focus on most?

I don't focus on anything specific, I do everything from processing to Financial Statements to Tax Returns



Describe your average client:

Owner Managed, small amount of staff 1-5



How far away from your premises is your furthest client?

Half an hour away



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

Money Management - Cashflow



What accounting software do you like best?

Sage Pastel



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

Sage Payroll, Microsoft excel, SARS efiling & Easyfile, draftworx



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

No, they are still going to need someone to help them use the products and reconcile the work - Not everyone thinks like an accountant.



What is your opinion on Bitcoin?

No idea



What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Reading, camping, movies, swimming



What is the most interesting thing on your bucket list?

Travel the world in 80 days



What has your experience been on FindanAccountant?

I have received referrals from find an accountant so I am happy with them.