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What is Flex Work?
Flexible work is a great way to continue your career path while either reducing your hours or finding a situation that gives you more flexibility to take care of yourself, your family and your life.
Flexible jobs for accountants can include positions like telecommuting, flexible or alternative schedules, part-time jobs as well as freelance or seasonal work availability. Essentially, flexible work can include anything outside of the traditional on-site full time job that is during set hours, are more available today.
As technology continues to advance, and the accounting industry begins to push business forward, a large variety of accountants want to work a flexible schedule that will work best for their personal lives and still keeping in mind their professional goals.
Why Choose A Flex Career?
Most accountants are unaware of the incredible opportunities a Certified Public Accounting license can provide. In today’s world, with growing technological advancements, it’s become easier and easier for employers to offer career paths that include telecommuting, seasonal workforce and even part time remote opportunities.
You will need to answer the following questions to see if this is something that could work for your career and life:
Are you currently satisfied with your work/life balance?
If you answer yes… THAT’S AWESOME! I’d love to hear more about how you were able to find this balance and would love to showcase you on our site. Please connect with me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are like most of the accounting population, less work and more life sounds like an impossible situation to be put in. But the truth of the matter is, you have the ability to take control of your career and begin to make changes that will ultimately lead you to a happier life.
Have you done any research on the possible options that might be available to you?
There are options out there for accounting willing to step outside the predetermined box. Here are just a few that have recently be posted to various job boards:
- Virtual Controller/CFO
- Virtual Bookkeeper
- Remote Tax Senior
- Part-time Remote Auditor
- Seasonal Accountant (work during busy season, etc)
- Compressed Schedule Accounting Manager (work 4 days a week, etc)
- Full-time telecommuting auditor
- Any many, many more
To learn more about these positions, and find where these positions are posted, check out Flex Career Paths webpage.
Spotlight On A Flex Career CPA
Meet Tina Osborne, a CPA & stay at home mom who chose to go outside the box and work as a part-time remote accountant for Patke & Associates.
Here is why a flex career has worked so well for her:
Do I have To Change Jobs If I Want To Work A Flex Schedule?
It 100% depends on your employer, your added value to the company and whether or not they are willing to consider your flex work proposal.
The best advice I heard from CPAs trying to implement a flex work proposal at their current employer was:
QUOTE: “Put your employer in a position where they cannot tell you no.”
Meaning, do everything you can, from showing up early, to knocking out different projects to bringing in new client work, to prove to your employer that you are a value to their company. Then, once they have realized that they would do anything they can to keep you, this is the best time period for you to request your new flex work proposal.
Here are the questions you should be asking yourself in this process:
Question 1: Have you worked for your current employer for at least 1 year?
This is a big no-no if you are requesting a flex schedule even before you have been there long enough to prove that you are worthy of this arrangement. By working for the company for at least 1 year, it gives you the chance to learn the ins and outs of that company, establish your value, and ultimately get a good feel for deciding if a flex schedule would even be possible with this company.
Question 2: Have you received a performance review yet and if so, how did you score on the review?
Were you given a high rating? If yes, then it seems like your current employer is very happy with your performance and the possibility of requesting and getting a flex schedule approved is probability very high.
If you did not get a high rating, you will need to ask yourself why? Really dig into the reasonings and see if there is anyway for you to score higher on your next performance review.
If your current employer notices that you have significantly increased your performance over the last 6 months, you can use it as a way to prop yourself in requesting a flexible work arrangement.
Question 3: Has anyone else at your company been able to work a flex schedule?
This is where you can ask around, to try and get a better understanding as to what is actually possible at your current employer.
If you do find someone that has a flex schedule, take them out to coffee and try to learn as much as you can about the process they went through to obtain that schedule. Ask them how they got it. Did they come in with it? Did they get approval from their manager for it? How’s it going? What are the pros and cons? Do your due diligence.
Getting Ready To Propose A Flexible Work Arrangement
Once you have asked yourself the above 3 questions, and gotten to the point in your career that you have put your employer in a position where they would do anything to keep you, your next step is to create a formal flex work proposal.