25 October 2009
Accounting in Everyday Life
As long as there will people in this world, there will be business, and as long as there is business, there will be accounting. Accounting is involved in virtually everything in our lives whether we know it or not, and its importance can sometimes be overlooked. Everything needs accounting. From a baseball cap you wear, to the food you eat, to the company you work for, or even the music you hear on the radio, accounting is needed and was involved in all of those things steps of production or operation.
An accountant measures, aggregates and reports financial information necessary for the sake of decision making by organizational managers, owners, investors, government agencies and other users. From the previous statement, we can see the indication that shows how accounting is important in careers. Everything needs accounting. Whether you are a doctor, or an ordinary office worker, you would still need to play with numbers and take into account the cost of things that you used or used by someone else. Timely and accurate information on operations is crucial to success in the recent days of rapidly changing business environment, and the accountant is the one responsible for the critical business function that mostly though indirectly affects our career and everyday life.
In the career perspective every occupation must carefully manage their money, their cash inflows and outflows. Jobs such as independent contractors have to analyze how much the job is going to cost them and how much they are going to charge for the job. They must track all their expenses and estimates in order to not under cost and to charge appropriate prices. In simplest form, this is accounting. If not accurately tracked and estimated, that contractor’s business will not profit and eventually go out of business. Same thing goes for big business, if that company or firms does not accurately handle the operations of its cash flows, it will not sustain for long. More and more today employees such as secretaries and receptionists are being taught basic accounting practices to help aid the accountants and to keep proper bookkeeping. This way these employees can manage the lower importance items of a business and leave transactions of higher significance to the accountant to analyze and interpret for decision making purposes.
In one’s life, can we say accounting will promote a better lifestyle? I say, definitely yes. The management and control of personal finance is a subject of immense importance today to people. In the world that we lived in today, there is barely a single person who lives without a single debt in their life. Debts ranging from credits cards, car payments, mortgages, and so on, one can find themselves stuck in economic hardships that in some cases destroy lives and has become wake-up calls to many people. Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly where the increases and decreases are coming from and going to, respectively, to whatever degree …