Does anyone care to remember what a day in the life of an accountant involved five years ago? Asks chartered accountant Charlie Carne.
Here’s a brief recap. Firstly, you would have been permanently based either in the office or at your client’s premises. Any travel time meant dead time. Every file you worked on would have to be printed out and saved in a heavy filing cabinet.
Secondly, it was hard to be proactive with clients. You would have to wait until quarter-end or year-end, when records were completed and sent to you to flag up any bookkeeping issues. That meant you were dealing with problems weeks, or sometimes months, after they actually occurred.