There are upsides and downsides to attending accounting conferences. One upside is the opportunity to immerse yourself in education and learn about the latest trends and tools that can help you in your profession. Another benefit is the chance to fulfil your requirement for annual CPE credits, and yet another is to interact with peers and find out how others in your profession do their jobs and relate to their clients. There are downsides as well.
On the flip side, there is the cost of traveling, hotel, meals, and the cost of the actual conference. There is the time spent away from work and clients and the extra hours that will be spent catching up when you return to your business. When weighing the pros and cons, consider your needs, look at the agenda for a conference you're considering and make sure you’ll get what you need from attending the event. If you’ve attended conferences before, recall those past events and remind yourself of what you liked and didn’t like – make sure you can repeat the positive experiences and resolve past problems when planning for another conference event.