Thursday, September 26, 2013

Angry Accountants website

This popped up on my radar the other day - www.angryaccountants.com
"A PLACE FOR UNHAPPY ACCOUNTANTS AT THE BIG ACCOUNTING FIRMS TO VENT AND SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT THEIR FIRMS ARE DOING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS"
One of the post includes details of accountants who have gone on to do other things including:

  1. Start counting old coins and jewellery; become a Professional Metal Detector 
  2. Former Accountant Finds Success in Quilting -- opens "Home Is Where the Heart Is Quilt & Gift Shop"
  3. Former Accountant Turns Business Into Piece of Cake -- starts "Truly Scrumptious" specialty cake shop
  4. Former Accountant -- Turned Gun-Carrying Special Agent/Criminal Investigator for the IRS -- turned Private Eye

There's also a useful post about moving from a big 4 firm to a smaller one. That is: Going from being a small fish in a big pond to somewhere you can become a big fish in a small pond. There are some sensible tips and a warning:
""But before you jump ponds, be aware of what you are getting into. Talk to people who have done it recently - especially those at the firm you are going to. We know one guy who jumped from big pond to little pond and about drowned in the middle of the first busy season.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

What clients say and what they mean (1)

"We keep excellent records" = our books are a mess but don't you dare say otherwise, also I would like a discount please.

"I'm looking for a flexible accountant" = I will ring you evenings and weekends and expect an immediate answer. I may even call on Boxing Day. Late.

"My last accountant didn't file the accounts on time and we got fined" =  I don't expect this to happen with you, though I will ignore repeated reminders and only give you the records one week before year end.

"My last accountant was an idiot" = I'm an idiot.

"I'd like to negotiate on your fees" = Although I want to squeeze more out of you, I've watched the Apprentice so I know how to negotiate. Lower the fees but not the service - and don't expect payment on time either.

"My wife studied AAT years ago so she will be doing the bookkeeping" = Don't try it on with me matey boy, I have an expert in the camp, and get ready to be told how to do your own job.

With many thanks to Jason Dormer of Seahorse Accountancy support  for these. Any more?

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