• Jamie Skinner

I’m your Accountant, what's that mean to you?

You’re in need of an accountant, but do you know what an accountant does? I goggled “What does an accountant do?” and the first answer listed is “The primary task of accountants, which extends to all the others, is to prepare and examine financial records … in order to help [a business] run efficiently.”

According to Merriam-Webster, an accountant is “one that gives an account or is accountable.” Being an accountant myself, I feel this definition more accurately represents what I do. The key word here is accountable, for I am accountable to my clients, to my colleagues, and to myself.

I am accountable first and foremost to myself, otherwise all other accountability falls to the wayside. As stated in my “About Me” page, my passion for accounting has never subsided. It’s the reason I got my Bachelor’s degree, it’s the reason I’m pursuing my MBA, and it’s the reason I decided to take a leap of faith in myself and start my own business. My passion for accounting has lead me through countless experiences – experiences that provided puzzles and paths to solutions through adaptive learning. My years in the corporate world afforded me to be always inquisitive and seeking not only to learn every facet of accounting that I could, but to learn to find joy in the processes entailed in the work. I am accountable to myself to not lose that love of numbers because if I do, then I cannot serve my clients and my community as well. If you already dread the financial aspect of running your business, how would a lack-luster accountant make a positive impact?

I am accountable to my colleagues, for they are my inspiration. I am in awe of the amount of support and positive wisdom my colleagues are so willing to give. It helps me to aspire to give back in return and to continuously nurture our professional relationships. I am proud to live in Reno and to be a part of the Wolf Pack and I strive to have that show in my work.

I am accountable to my clients, both current and prospective, to be efficient, effective, ethical, and valuable. My work will resonate this accountability to the best of my ability. I’m in a constant state of learning so that I may continually provide accurate and up-to-date information that is relevant and useful. That information also must be timely so that my clients are best able to make informed business decisions. My clients are always educated on best practices and potential negative ramifications and are given suggestions to avoid legal and monetary pitfalls.

Being an accountant is more than just punching numbers on the keyboard. For me, the heart of being an accountant is making a positive impact, and I’m not just referring to the bottom line. A better bottom line is definitely a positive goal to attain, but the journey to get there is just as important. Let’s make that journey as enjoyable as possible!

If you’d like the opportunity to see how we can make a positive impact on your business, contact me for a free consultation.

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