See full profile: Retreat Accountant - Paradzai Matashu
Were you always planning to be an accountant and why?
No, I had to divert my career path and become an accountant
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, Sometimes meet at a convenient location where client is comfortable with
What is your preferred mode of communication with your clients?
Have you ever done an online video call with a client?
What do you love most about accounting?
It allows me to interact with different people of different backgrounds and I do learn quite a lot from their life experiences
Would you recommend accounting as a career for school-leavers, and why?
Yes, definitely would recommend a career in Accounting as its a very noble profession with lots of opportunities if one works hard and love what they do
What qualities should South African business people be looking for in their accountant?
Professionalism second to none, competent, due care and diligence, honest and high integrity
What is the biggest challenge facing accountants today?
Most accountants face challenges in raising the required capital for expansion or growing in their trade
What aspects of accounting do you focus on most?
Preparation of management reports, annual financial statements, tax planning and Administration
Describe your average client:
The one who takes a bit longer to supply the necessary documents for a job
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?
Failure to manage finances
What accounting software do you like best?
What other software, online services or apps do you use?
Sage pastel online, Xero accounting software
Do you think the coming wave of automation in the next few years will steal some accounting jobs and why/why not?
Yes it could have an impact to the profession
What is your opinion on Bitcoin?
They need proper administration to promote compliance with tax authorities
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
What is the most interesting thing on your bucket list?
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