November 21, 2018

A Non-Exhaustive List of What You Should Be Doing Now That Busy Season is Over


Certain accounting publications which are not Going Concern have all kinds of suggestions for how you should be spending your life post-busy season, sadly the majority of said suggestions involve everything but decompressing from the worst months of your miserable life to date. Now is not the time for introspection. It is not the time to figure out how to milk clients for even more next time how to retain clients and provide even more exceptional client service next year. No. Now is the time to get back to you.

So, since we’re such a helpful bunch, we’re offering a few suggestions for indulging in a little post-busy season self-care. If other publications can condescendingly tell you to spend a week thinking about all the things you could do better next busy season, so too can we say screw that.

Get to Know Your Family Again

spend time with the kids

Hey, remember those tiny people who live in your house and kinda look like you? They’ve missed you. Now’s a good time to reacquaint yourself with those little booger-eating Cheeto-stained bastards. Take them to the park, sit down and watch Paw Patrol together, hell, make them some Kraft mac and cheese you absentee piece of crap.

Pace Yourself


Listen, we get it, you’ve been cooped up for awhile. The last thing you need right now is to overdo it. As much as you may want to knock off every item on your to-do list over the next month, remember you are essentially a prisoner of war released back into the community. The last thing you need is a permanent ice cream headache from sucking down life too quickly. Slow down and give yourself permission to be a lazy lump on the couch, at least to the extent your schedule allows.

Break Things

office space printer

While other accountants are reflecting on busy season gone-by and planning for next year, you’re gonna be smashing things. All the things. There’s no time like the present to “accidentally” throw that ugly vase your wife insists on keeping on the table through your back window. Note: we recommend you only smash things you own, no office computers or heads of annoying clients. Get thee to Goodwill, pick up a stack of ugly mismatched dishes and go to town.

Take Up a Hobby

vodka hobby

Now is the perfect time to take up a nice relaxing hobby such as knitting, stamp-collecting, arguing with people on the Internet, or collecting dick pics on Craigslist. Whatever it is you’ve always wanted to do, there’s no time like the present to get started. If making even the slightest effort is too much work for you, there’s always drinking. Drinking is definitely a hobby. Which brings us to our next suggestion…


Parks and rec alcohol

Seriously, what else were you going to do? Pickle that liver, sweetheart, it’ll all be OK.



That’s right, absolutely nothing. Simply exist on the planet as a lump of meat in a skin suit. You don’t even have to remember to breathe in and out, that’s an entirely involuntary bodily function. Hell, get yourself some Depends and you don’t even have to get up to go to the bathroom, like that crazed astronaut who drove to Florida to kill some chick she thought was gonna steal her man. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Pants-crapping and only the bare minimum of bodily functions.

Feel free to share how you’re spending this all-important post-busy season time.

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Job of the Week: Do You Have a Preternatural Ability for GAAP Disclosures?

hire me2.jpgSince there seems to be some unhappy campers out there we’ll take a moment of your day to tell you about a position that might make you less miserable or hopefully better compensated:
Company: Morgan Stanley
Location: New York
Title: Associate/Manager
Description: Associate or Manager for our Legal Entity Accounting & Disclosure Group. Responsibilities will include gaining an understanding of the firm’s equity financing products, derivatives and securities lending business in order to assist in producing and analyzing many of the division’s financial accounting disclosures.
Skills Required: BS or BA in Finance and/or Accounting, CPA preferred; 3-5 years of experience in Public Accounting and/or financial services industry; Must have thorough understanding of FAS 133, FAS 140, FIN 46, FAS 157 and FAS 161 FASB pronouncements
See the full description at the GC Career Center and if this position doesn’t tickle your get your ass off the couch/ship-jumping bone, go to the main page and find your next temporary dream job.

Recruiting: Considering the Non-Big 4 Employers

BelushiCollege.jpgAs recruiting continues this week, we’ll put out the idea of opting to starting your career with a firm or company as opposed to starting at a Big 4 firm. Regardless of the Big 4’s dominance of the BW list, there are several smaller firms that make good offers and all businesses need number crunchers to track all the bloody money.
And this year, since many of the Big 4 don’t appear to be making as many offers, going with a national or regional firm or private company becomes a serious option for many recruits.
For the recruits out there, are you giving serious consideration to taking a position with a non-Big 4 firm? For the rest of you, is starting your career at a Big 4 the only way to go or can relative happiness and success be found elsewhere?
Discuss in the comments.