Monday, 16 September 2013

I could never be a luddite    Your independent bookkeeper in Reading

Having worked in accounts since the early days of computers I wonder now how we coped without them.  The first accounting system I ever used was with an Olivetti ‘machine’ that looked like a giant typewriter.

Now everyone has a computer of some sort whether it’s a desktop, laptop, notebook, tablet or smartphone. We all use them for keeping in touch with friends, colleagues and acquaintances. 

With a love of travel I’ve always subscribed to different travel companies which has always helped me decide where to visit next. The web has also helped me with two of my hobbies geo-caching and genealogy. But it’s now that I am self-employed that it has come into it’s own.

LinkedIn and Twitter regularly keep me updated with accounting events in the news as well as well as new rulings by the HMRC etc.  The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) which is the professional body I have qualified with and other accounting bodies all have websites and forums that help me keep on top of new rulings and allow me to discuss any queries I have.  If we didn’t have computers I would be tripping over the pile of books I’d need instead. 

Being able to send information and ‘paperwork’ such as payslips, direct to a client in an instant makes my life easier and no longer can they say ‘I didn’t get the invoice’. In fact in most cases I would say the computer has improved my life greatly.

 Now if I could stop those emails telling me it’s 100 days to go till Christmas……….