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I’M No Financial Expert – That’S Why I Need An Accountant



How vain it is to sit down to write, when you have not stood up to live! Henry David Thoreau

How vain it is to sit down to write, when you have not stood up to live! Henry David Thoreau

I went to see my accountant today.

Actually, saying ‘my accountant’ makes me sound more established than I really am as it’s the first time I’ve ever bothered to use one.

Before today I did all my own accounts and taxes – making the usual darned stupid mistakes along the the way.

After speaking to ‘my accountant’ I realised I may have diddled myself out of cash I should be getting back from the tax man… maybe.

I woke up at just before 1pm, having gone to sleep at 6am – earlier than usual.

Had some ‘brekkie’, said my prayers and made my way in my banged up old Mitsubishi Carisma, stalling along the way (I’m getting rid of that old banger in a couple of weeks to pay for essentials).

I received a book today, written by a prospective client.

I’ll be sitting down, highlighter in hand, and going through it like a science nerd going through… well… anything science related.

I was going to say like a thirteen year old going through Playboy, but I think that’s been used already.

I expect it’ll take at least a week to go through all 418 pages, assuming I spend about 3-4 hours a day on it.

Oh, boy, what fun.

At least it’s work.

The fact is, as a copywriter, there are deadlines to be met – the main one being having food on the table.

Forget the long sleeping hours (no more six and seven hour lay-ins), the ten minute rest periods, or whatever other luxuries I’ve been managing to pack into my working days.

Now it’s time to hit the books and start scrawling in my note pad until I can scrawl no more.

In fact, the only time I’ll be stopping for a few minutes is when my handwriting looks like a spider’s stepped into a bottle of ink and crawled all over the page.

That’s when I’ll know to take a rest.

Boy, I really hope this copy turns out good.

Okay, enough for today, I have work to do.



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Steve is a copyrighter working for several international advertising agencies and has an immense range of experience in marketing, digital advertising, and creating new branding concepts.