Satu enjoys accounting and the flexibility of remote work
Who: Satu Perämäki, Accountant
I came to Staria in the spring of 2014 after working for five years in a very different type of environment in the media industry. I was employed right after completing my studies at the university of applied sciences and gained experience in financial administration and sales support. However, it was time to move on and deepen my skills in accounting in a place where I could be a part of financial administration solutions for different businesses and work in specific areas of my expertise. Staria turned out to be the right place for that. Staria also met my criteria for opportunities for remote work. It was important for me to find a flexible job, because I like working from home sometimes.
When I joined Staria, my future team needed more workers at the Kotka office, but it was possible to do the work from Tampere. So I got the job in the Kotka team as a remote worker in Tampere. At the moment I mainly work from home and hold all my meetings at the Tampere office. My work tasks include independently managing the financial administration of designated clients, including their financial statements and any particular business situations. At Staria, the role of an accountant is not traditional, rather the accountant helps their clients comprehensively in all matters related to finances. In addition to accounting, my work week usually includes solving different types of singular issues and close customer work. In addition to this I also write newsletters to our clients that cover current issues and guidelines in the field. My newest task is increased responsibility in external communications and I also create content for marketing from the finance point of view.
Comprehensive expertise and corporate life cycles
My years as an accountant at Staria have given me a lot of knowledge in accounting and in defining laws in particular situations. It has been great to be involved in for instance a corporation’s whole life cycle and gain expertise on a practical level in addition to learning in trainings offered by my employer. I still do not claim to be a professional, rather a curious student, because I do not think you can ever learn everything in this field. I do however think that there have been significant developments in my expertise in my years at Staria. What I appreciate most in my work is that, in addition to traditional accounting, I can continuously work on interesting projects in for instance asset deals, corporate structuring and changes in shareholders.
Working from home is normal at Staria
I have formed my own functional working rhythm in these past five years and I have been allowed to follow it independently. In my team, many others also do a lot of remote work and mobile offices are a part of our everyday activities. The main thing in everything we do is that the work is done on time and it is done correctly. The location does not have a big effect on the work. Every team member does their best work when they can do it in the environment they find best. At the moment I am considering working somewhere sunnier for a month next winter to get away from the darkness.
Satisfied with customer service work
Staria continues to focus on quality customer service and this shows in my own work as well. As an accountant, I genuinely want to help my client in growing their business and in optimising their taxes. I find it very important to see things from the entrepreneur’s point of view and direct them to the best solution for their business in terms of financial administration. It is always good that a business’s financial indicators and figures are not only viewed by the entrepreneur but also by an external person. An entrepreneur should also always be able to ask for advice from a professional who knows their company and genuinely supports the business’s success.
I do not know what the future will bring, but at the moment I am fully satisfied with my work. If in the future I wish to change my work tasks, I know that I can express my wish out loud and find an interesting new task inside the company. Here at Staria, we always hope that everyone can do the type of job that genuinely interest them!