Despite Endless Tweets to the Contrary, Recent Poll Debunks “Accounting Is Boring” Stereotype
Unbeknownst to us (until a little bit ago), Ajilon Finance has declared April as Accountant Appreciation Month and has marked the occasion by encouraging displays of appreciation through the most official of means: Facebook.
And that’s not the all! A recent poll done by Ajilon says that 88% of respondents don’t believe the stereotype that accountants are boring. The same poll found that 84% of the respondents don’t think the profession is boring. These findings contradict a constant Twitter feed so you’ll have to make your own conclusions on the validity of the poll.
In other mind-blowing results from the poll, 98% of those surveyed “recognized that accountants work hard all year round and not only the months during tax season.” The other 2% obviously assume that your 8 month vacation started last Friday.
In other developments, 100% of Big 4 auditors get annoyed when their family, friends, and other non-accountants (like the ones surveyed by Ajilon) ask how their tax season went.
Accountants Can Celebrate: Tax Day is Over & Americans are Seeing the Profession in a New Light [Ajilon Press Release]
Capitalizing on the Idea that “Accounting Is Boring”
Mucho apologies for the downtime yesterday; seems that our servers also took a snow day. Accordingly, we’ll dispense a little bit of weekend wisdom (?) to make up for it.
We all know that 99.9% of the Internet is useful and informative. Dancing hamsters, celebrity gossip and an infinite amount of porn are all crucial to the infrastructure. So when we came across a website that’s sole purpose is to accumulate all the Tweets that state that accounting is boring, we thought, “this has got to be the most worthless and dishonest website that has ever been created.”
There are currently 85 pages of tweets that state this falsehood:
It’s shocking and disappointing that there is an army of people out there that think accounting is so dull. We that appreciate the beauty and importance of double-entry bookkeeping know that they are misguided. On the other hand, there is a saying about trends or something that basically solidifies it as truth but it escapes us at the moment.
Then we noticed the note at the top of the page that states that accounting doesn’t have to be boring. Having been duped into thinking that this was a joke at the expense of lover of accounting everywhere, we decided to investigate as to who was behind this little ploy. Turns out the creator of the site is ClearBooks, an “online accounting system for small businesses,” founded by a former KPMGer, Tim Fouracre and Fubra Limited.
As far as we can tell, ClearBooks is basically QuickBooks using cloud computing and this little tactic to introduce us to it is nothing short of genius. Exploiting the boring nature of accounting is exactly what everyone in the business should be doing whether it’s a firm or accounting software.
The serious approach has been tried and frankly it doesn’t float our boat. We realize are view is like asking a manager to downgrade their workspace or rocking flip-flops at the office but we are, nevertheless, encouraged by this development.