Taking Full Advantage of the Time You Are Spending at Tradeshows/CPE Conferences

Are you looking to take your practice to the next level this Summer?  Putting together a Business Plan for your Practice is the first step. Keeping up with the latest trends in technology and automating your practice is key to attracting clients.  There are so many exciting new applications to help you that I have been discussing in prior articles on this Blog.  Applications that will help you be more efficient when processing payroll for clients, providing bookkeeping services or Controllership services or even internally within your Practice to automate business processes.  Learn about these trends and start taking steps to implementing them over the next few years.  It will enable you to not only be more profitable on your engagements, but also attract clients that want an Accountant that incorporates technology into their practice.

Take advantage of the time that you have take away from the office to get your CPE done in the next few months!  Maximize it by spending time with the Vendors and learning how it can help your practice.  The time is a sunk cost anyway having to do CPE - so why not not only use for it compliance (getting CPE done) but also taking your Practice to a standard of Excellence.  Prepare the right questions you want to ask and limit yourself to the solutions that you want to start implementing in the next year so you are not overwhelmed.  Have an idea of what you are trying to accomplish so that you have very focused presentations from the Vendors.  Rather than having them show you a sales pitch - ask them to demo specific things for you that you know you need to solve in your Practice.  Taking small steps and integrating technology into your practice over time will help you to accomplish the goals that you set out in front of you.  Make it achievable so you can look back at each milestone and be proud of what you have done. 

See another article on putting a plan in place and technology trends I wrote for Intuit ProLine News Central:

http://blog.accountant.intuit.com/?p=7486

Also - to join the LinkedIn Group for the Intuit Practice Excellence Program and get up to date information - you can find it here:

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3881696

 

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Amy Vetter, CPA, CITP is the CPA Programs Leader for Intacct Corporation responsible for leading the CPA/BPO Partners nationally, collaborating with CPA2Biz and working with Intacct BPO CPA Firms to help them grow their Outsourced Accounting Services Practices. Prior to Intacct, she was an Intuit Key Account Manager responsible Intuit's Major Accounts and Creator/Facilitator for the Intuit Practice Excellence Program (IPEP). Amy has had the privilege of serving on the AICPA’s Journal of Accountancy Technology Advisory Panel since 2009 and was recognized by The CPA Technology Advisor as an outstanding 40 under 40 technology-based accountant in 2006 and 2009. In 2007, she won the South Florida Business Journal’s Up & Comer award for her expertise in accounting and dedication to the community. She also was a participant in the Accountant and Advisor Customer Council for Intuit, Inc. during 2006-2008 and Intuit, Inc.’s Solution Provider Advisor Council for 2009. Amy ran a successful Outsourced Accounting Services Practice and is an accomplished author of accounting software reference materials. She has been a a national & local speaker for consultants & software application users at various accounting technology and user conferences throughout the United States. In her free time, she spends time with her family and instructs yoga classes.

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