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AN INTERVIEW WITH ACCOUNTANT LESLEY MABOKELA

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Were you always planning to be an accountant and why?
Counting has always been my favourite thing to do, so I made sure that I continued with accounting as the field of my career



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, 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?

Bookkeeping is our passion



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

Yes. choosing a career as an accountant enhances the ability to understand the management of finances as an individual and in the corporate world



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

Qualified, Reliability, Honesty, Financial Experience, Organized and Analytical thinker



What is the biggest challenge facing accountants today?

Competitors: There are many accountants today in our country who are practicing and or in the accounting business. That is the biggest challenge facing accountants



What aspects of accounting do you focus on most?

Amount of capital invested in the business

The Amount available in the Bank (Profit)

The value of Sales

Records Keeping



Describe your average client:

Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs)



How far away from your premises is your furthest client?

All round Gauteng Province



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

Business Plan

Marketing Strategy

Lack of efficient accounting service to sustain and grow



What accounting software do you like best?

Pastel Evolution



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

QuickBooks Pro 2015



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

No: Any business new or old, big or small needs efficient accounting and bookkeeping services to sustain and grow.



What is your opinion on Bitcoin?

I do not think it is a safe ways of doing online payment system. Fraud could easily occur.



What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Reading



What has your experience been on FindanAccountant?

It turned out to be the best source of marketing, I have received enormous response from clients.