I remember when I was asked to write this blog, I balked at the idea. But then I realized that this might not only help my readers; but, myself as well. I’ve been working as an Accountant for over 15 years. I’ve worked in a variety of different industries which has helped me develop a pretty good idea of some of the “MUST HAVES” for an Accountant’s office.
First, if you don’t have the right calculator you might as well quit now. I remember when I was working at my first job and we were given a small calculator which did NOT have the paper tape on it. The nightmare of trying to remember if you typed in this number or not and/or used the correct key was horrifying. I seriously remember having nightmares.
Second, the inbox. Remember we’re Accountants and we deal with so much paperwork it would make your head spin! The inbox is the answer to the insanity and creating a system that flows with accounting is the key!!!!
Third, software can be detrimental to the Accountant (remember spreadsheets are our best friends….) Sometimes it is easiest to let the formula’s do the calculations and give those poor fingers a break from the ten-keying nightmares.
Fourth, highlighters are your other best friend. When you’re up late at night trying to figure out where that penny may have gone, sometimes having a highlighter to get you through the exhaustion can be VERY useful. Having a small arsenal of colors will definitely come in handy for segmentation purposes!
Fifth, let’s not forget the stamps that are so very handy when trying to remember what is PAID/UNPAID. Just remember using a stamp doesn’t mean you’re getting old, it just means you’re efficient.
So with that said. Best of luck in your new career and remember that the “MUST HAVES” are not merely a suggestion, but are exactly what I said they are; a MUST HAVE! Otherwise, let the CRAZY begin!
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