“Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”, says Melanie, quoting Ferris Bueller. Why is this such a great quote? It takes a sombre look at life and reminds us that we never know what will happen tomorrow.
This is the perfect attitude to adopt, as Melanie Aumont, a qualified bookkeeper with over 10 years experience, reminds us that life should be lived for the moment. Melanie started her career in bookkeeping and has never looked back. “It’s as if I’ve been born to do this job!” she exclaims.
Let's meet Melanie:
#1 - What's your earliest childhood memory?
I remember being at the zoo with my dad. I was probably around 4 and it must have been our first trip there because I distinctly remember being so excited to see all the animals, but being disappointed when we couldn't take them home.
#2 - What's your favorite Podcast?
My favorite podcast is The Ongoing History of New Music by Alan Cross because he tells amazing stories about the history of music.
#3 - What's your favourite book?
The Davinci Code by Dan Brown. The story is so rich and interesting, and I love how the plot is composed.
#4 - What is your favourite movie?
I have to admit, I’m very much a movie person. Some of my favourites are The Princess Bride and Back to the Future.
#5 - What is your favourite thing to do on a lazy Sunday?
I love to spend a relaxing Sunday morning reading and drinking coffee. I also really enjoy knitting while watching HGTV.
#6 - What is your favourite drink?
I’m not such a big drinker, but on hot days I love a nice Shirley Temple.
#7 - What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I’m a mom of 2 boys and love spending time with them, whether it’s building Lego, play Nintendo Switch or riding bikes. This pandemic has certainly brought us closer together. In all of my other spare time, I love knitting and sewing (check out my projects here @cozycochonhandmade @sewmelticulous ).
#8 - What is something clients have to deal with that you want to fix?
I love the trend of ditching the need to print everything. I’m excited about the new technology and apps available to make it easy to transition to a paperless business environment.
#9 - What do you like about working at Elevate by Welch?
I love the team atmosphere and communication. Every day we have conversations about how we are going to achieve our goals and our clients’ goals. It’s a great way to stay focused on what is important.
#10 - How would the bookkeeping profession change if you could see the future? Anything specific?
I think that there will always be an element of chance with bookkeeping, but I think we will see more technology available to help us do our jobs better. The internet is also going to change people’s lives every day in a big way because they can communicate better and more easily than ever before.
Let's finish it off on a light note:
#11 - Who was your first celebrity crush?
Thanks to Titanic, Leo DiCaprio. And still is, I think!
#12 - If you were put in charge of a country for a day, what country would you choose?
Croatia as it is today is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and I would love to be able to take care of it for the day.
#13 - If you were given a time machine, when and where would you go?
I’d love to go back and see what life was like during the Renaissance period.
#14 - And finally, which superpower would you want?
I think I’d pick telepathy to read people’s minds. Would make life much easier!
#15 - Who is your favourite super hero?
Captain Jack Sparrow, from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies… he’s just so cool!
Bookkeepers are the unsung heroes of businesses, yet they are always present and look out for their clients best interests. They look at numbers not with dollar signs attached but with numbers not as just a source of income or profit margin, but as an important way to measure how we live our lives.
Elevate by Welch is committed to providing bookkeeping solutions for businesses throughout Canada.
With these insights into Melanie's world, we hope you get a taste of who she is and the enthusiasm she brings to her work. The best way to get in touch with Melanie is emailing her here email@example.com
Sean Duffy is the Senior Manager at Elevate by Welch, with more than 10 years of accounting & finance experience. Sean is one of the very few cloud-based accountants who have an in-depth knowledge of Quickbooks Online as well as desktop applications. His familiarity with these cutting edge technologies allows his clients to benefit from a more streamlined process while still maintaining secure data backups and information security protocols.