Accountants are traditionally thought of in one of two roles within a business or company. One is the in-house preparation of accounts, including bookkeeping and other financial reporting, and the other role is that of an external auditor checking the company's accounts to make sure they are true and accurate. Over time, accountants have become much more involved in the financial running of most businesses, and nowadays play a crucial role in all of the major decisions that a company or business will make.
Hello. When you are at school, maths can seem so complicated at first. But then you learn about numbers and all of sudden everything seems as easy as 2 + 2 = 4. I used to be pretty good at maths so when I started my own business, I didn't think I needed to hire an accountant. After all, why should I pay someone else to do something that I could do myself? However, I very quickly learnt two important lessons. Lesson one was that accounting and doing the books will take a lot longer than you might think and, secondly, it is actually pretty complex stuff. In the end, I decided to hire a professional accountant. He is great and he has taught me a lot of cool stuff.