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AN INTERVIEW WITH ACCOUNTANT JOHAN VAN GLASS

 

See full profile: Pretoria North Accountant  - Johan van Gass

 

Were you always planning to be an accountant and why?

Yes it is just a lifestyle. Grow up in a home with an accountant

 

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

My clients come to my office

 

What is your preferred mode of communication with your clients?

Email, Face to Face

 

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

No

 

What do you love most about accounting?

Every day has a new challenge. There is no client that is the same as the next client. Every client have a new challenge and I hate to do work that is always the same.

 

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

I always do. That is one career that never can be replaced by machines.

 

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

Honesty. Do they have time to devote to your business? Do they have knowledge of the industry of your business?

 

What is the biggest challenge facing accountants today?

Businesses is suffering and want to save money by evading tax. There is a lot of accountants out there that is prepared to help these clients being dishonest.

 

What aspects of accounting do you focus on most?

Reviews. But also focusing on an all round business advice solution for clients to help them make smarter decisions.

 

Describe your average client:

The small to medium size business that employees between 5 and 50 people.

 

How far away from your premises is your furthest client?

380km

 

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

Planning

 

What accounting software do you like best?

Draftworx and Pastel

 

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

Pastel Partner, Sage One, Instant Accounting, Zero, Sage Payroll, Caseware

 

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

 

What is your opinion on Bitcoin?

Will there be in future more types of money other than Bitcoin? Is it time that the old currency fall away to make place for currency that the value is being determined by market forces other that political inspired players?

 

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Mountain biking

 

What is the most interesting thing on your bucket list?

Visiting the New York stock exchange.

 

What has your experience been on FindanAccountant?

Good

 

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