Accountants are a needed profession within our community. This highly respected profession can provide us with useful services. While most accountants are trustworthy and able to do a great job, there are some that you may want to avoid. Here we focus on what makes an accountant one that you can trust.

Professional and Quality Workmanship: An accountant works with numbers and if those numbers are tied to your bank account, you want someone that takes the time to put their best in all that they do. It is also important for an accountant to be professional in their behaviors.

Mathematical Skills: An accountant must be good at math. It is important that they have a thorough understanding of numbers and how they work to provide you with the best possible outcome.

Creativity: A good accountant has a toolbox full of strategies and ideas and will use them creatively to get the desired results.

Trustworthy: An accountant performs an important job. This means that you want someone you can trust with one of your most important aspects, your money.

Collaboration Abilities: Accountants often serve as advisors. In order to be successful at advising clients on important matters, it is important to listen to and respect what is being said. Along with listening comes talking. Since accountants need to share important information, it is important that they are able to clearly share this data. Additionally, it is necessary for the accountant to have the ability to work with others for the good of the team.

Open-Minded: Change will happen whether we want it to or not. Also, there are many different ways to reach the same goal. “An accountant is someone who is open-minded enough to embrace change and be flexible in their strategies,” says Shaila Chamberlain, an established CPA in Riverside, California.

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