Sole practitioner moderator
I spend a good portion of time on LinkedIn, which I discovered in 2006 during a job search. I have seen the site grow as a destination and add features such as Groups.
Earlier this year, a group was started for those of us that are in business for ourselves: CPAs Sole Practitioners.
One of the great benefits from the group is it serves as an online vehicle to bounce ideas and discuss topics affecting sole practitioners and the profession as a whole. I have enjoyed my time so much that I have been named the moderator for the month of November.
To join the LinkedIn group, you must register and be approved (currently by me). All registrations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but there are two main conditions for approval:
1. You have to be a licensed CPA.
2. You must be a sole practitioner or work in a small firm (no national, regional or local firm with many professionals).
There are few places for sole practitioners to speak frankly and get feedback. If you are interested, please check out ours LinkedIn group. We have had a number of great discussions.
Alan is a sole practitioner based in Central Ohio. He made a career change at 40 after working as a journalist for more than 15 years. Alan started his practice in May 2010 and currently focuses on not-for-profit organizations, individuals and small businesses. He has helped a number of nonprofits obtain their tax-exempt status and assisted others with their audit, compliance and tax needs. Alan has overcome many obstacles, and has spent the past 11 years primarily as an auditor. He also has worked on audits of financial institutions, closely-held businesses and began his second career as an ABL field examiner.