Bring older staff up to speed with technology through reverse mentoring. Based in Brisbane, Australia, Heather Smith FCCA, an adviser, speaker and expert in accounting apps and cloud solutions, is informally mentored by a number of young people. She believes she has been able to stay ‘ahead of the technology curve’ by ‘listening to young people and hearing what they are using, and how they are using it’. She says: ‘Receiving mentoring from someone younger than yourself can help you see the world through their eyes and help in communicating with their generation, embracing emerging technology and understanding social media platforms.’
As someone who runs a 100% remote lifestyle practice, I was keen to showcase other ACCA members who were working in practice in Australia and New Zealand, and share how they had made it work for them. Pathways to practice is an article of the highlights of a recent ACCA Australia and New Zealand webinar featuring Shaunie Huzzey ACCA, Jennifer Cooper CPA FCCA, and Eleanor Shakeshaft FCCA. Their stories include moving to another country and starting or purchasing a small practice. The article links to the webinar on the same topic. One common theme, is we all utilise cloud technology, enabling collaborative access to timely, clean data for informed-decision making that’s affordable to SME clients.
CFO for hire : The AB Magazine explores the benefits of the gig economy for the financial professional. Benefits of gig working for the financial professional include: Freedom to choose your own hours, Variety of interesting work, You don’t have all your eggs in one basket, Satisfaction of supporting a client who could not afford full-time support.
Benefits for the client include: Expert, affordable qualified support on call, Access to experts who have exposure to multiple businesses, Bringing a broader perspective and experiences to SMEs, Avoids additional employee costs.