Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: Medium

What’s What: Even if you’ve been out of the game for a bit, your expertise in accounting may let you write your own ticket. Many companies only want a day or two a week to keep the books in order.

Amava Take: Let’s be honest: most companies and many individuals would be lost without a good accountant. Whether it’s working the software, characterizing expenditures or understanding tax implications, accountants are crucial to getting things done. If you have these skills, you probably have a lot of flexible choices you may not have explored. Debits on the left, credits on the right. Right? Count those beans with pride!

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

Detail-oriented self-starters with knowledge and experience and people who are comfortable with deadline-driven tasks.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Come to the organization with a list of tasks you know you can do to support their operations ready. Know your software!

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Generally a person doing accounting work will spend most of their time creating spreadsheets, reports and forms. There are bound to be some department meetings as well.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Helping an organization stay on task financially and contributing meaningfully to successful initiatives.

How would you describe the hard parts?

The trade-off for flexibility can mean spending some time making sure you’re in the loop.

How many accountants does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Let me run the numbers and get back to you!

Special Requirements: You may or may not need a CPA. It really depends on your professional experience and the needs of the company.

Finding a Position: Job boards are loaded with flexible positions for bookkeepers, auditors, controllers, CFOs and more. Here’s a job board devoted solely to accounting jobs. There are also companies that recruit accounting professionals and help other companies outsource accounting needs that you can check out. You can also start your own accounting business if that appeals to you. Do the math!