How Carrick Aland Client Manager Beth Hall ended up as an accountant was purely by chance.
But she has always had a curious mind and canny knack to pick up things quickly.
After her foray into the accounting profession as a receptionist and then an office manager in Inverell, she moved with her family and took up a post helping Carrick Aland establish their second base in Toowoomba.
“As things grew, my role became more accounting and I grew with the job,” says Beth.
Nigh on her twentieth anniversary with Carrick Aland, these days Beth works with a variety of clients – investors, business owners and individuals – to assist with their accounting and super fund administration. She’s a key cog in Wayne and Kent’s teams, with Accountants Vicki and Renee by her side.
“I like being able to help progress people through life’s journey,” says Beth. “Being there to smooth over and get things done in the best way for each person.”
Building on the cloud base
Beth has seen a lot of change in that time including the introduction of GST and the advent of cloud accounting.
“Being part of the progression from manual cash books to computer accounting with desktop and now cloud-based systems is eye-opening. I see cloud accounting as a big plus for everyone despite patchy internet coverage in rural regions,” says Beth. “The advantages of real-time reporting are huge.”
“It’s always exciting to see Carrick Aland embrace technology ahead of most firms so that business owners can get set up early and gain a competitive advantage. We’re good at sniffing out trends before the wider market jumps on the bandwagon.”
“Moving businesses onto Xero and Figured and then exploring the options on budgeting, cash flow forecasting and using industry specific add-ons puts a whole new layer of information at our client’s fingertips,” says Beth. “And the earlier the better so we can help our clients tie down their budgets for a full financial year.”
Outside of work Beth loves dabbling in arts and crafts and spending time with friends and family either camping, fishing or travelling. She is also a dab hand at the piano and flute, both which she plays for fun and to give her kids some exposure to instrumental music.