There is no reason for accountants to work only from a cubicle in the office. Now, with the world becoming so interconnected, it is possible for you to be on top of your work, no matter where you are currently located. You can work on your clients’ files while relaxing on a beach in Phuket in Thailand or having coffee in a cozy restaurant in Italy.
Cloud based accounting services such as QuickBooks Hosting and ATX Tax Software Hosting provide an anytime, anywhere access to accountants.
You can now access accounting software such as QuickBooks on the Cloud from practically anywhere in the world. Cloud-based services are device and platform independent. They work perfectly well on your Windows laptop, as they would on an Android phone or iPhone.
You can also collaborate on the same accounting files with your coworkers who are half a world away, from different time zones. You are in charge here, you control how you work. Cloud accounting allows you as an accountant to become a digital nomad, to spend months travelling the world, while still working at your job.
There are a few things that every accountant should keep in mind about travelling the world and working at the same time.
Be clear about what you want
If you want to travel the world and work at the same time, you will need to have your manager and coworkers on your side. Don’t be afraid to tell the recruiters in an interview about what you really want out of your life. Ask them to put you on the list for travel assignments to be carried out by firm. Lobby actively for opportunities to go on business trips abroad on behalf of the firm.
Make sure your documentation is ready
Is your passport ready? What about your visa? Have you completed all the formalities? It is also very important that you should stay in touch with the U.S. embassies in the countries that you visit. Make sure you have all the important phone numbers saved on your iPhone or Android.
Mingle with the crowd
It is important that you should embrace the culture of the country you’re visiting. There’s no point in travelling to Thailand, for example, if you don’t mingle with the local Thais. You don’t have to learn their language, but surely you can make an effort to learn the basic greetings in the local language?
Accountants are often considered to be boring according to popular perception – that’s certainly not true! It’s time we changed how people thought of accountants, and the change begins with you!