If you’re into this sort of thing, you have probably noticed that about 95% of accounting related blogs are focused on the impending death of professional services firms, because of course all PS firms have lost the plot and have ceased to be useful to business.
I can’t even link to all of the accounting blogs bemoaning how horrible PS firms have become and how business no longer finds their services useful or wanted. Actually, by default I’m already linking to them in my blogroll, because by default (it seems) all accountants writing blogs hate the industry they’re in.
Maybe I’m just a starry-eyed optimist with my head in the clouds, but I’m not buying it. There’s certainly nothing wrong with my firm – client service and professionalism are cornerstones. I know it because I see it, every day. I know it because I’m doing it, every day.
And who loves an audit anyway? It’s not the management of a company that benefit from audits (necessarily), it’s the shareholders, potential investors, debt-holders, and other public stakeholders who do. I don’t want to give the impression I’m not always thinking of ways to improve my client’s business, because I am, but I’m realistic when I recognize that first and foremost we’re there to make sure the financial statements are all good.
The bottom line is this – we’re hired because of our knowledge, and we try to help our clients every chance we get. Maybe there are some bad apples in the barrel, but we aren’t all bad. And if value-based pricing is so great, the market will decide. If there are some bad communicators out there with CPAs, the market will even things out.
Let’s find something else to blog about.