Practice news February 2011

AccountingWEB Life

Top tech etiquette offenders; guide helps prevent blunders

In the days when tweets were bird sounds and a text was a book, workplace blunders had a limited audience. Now, however, these missteps can receive broad exposure with unhappy consequences.
Practice Development

Creating a memorable 'About Us' page for your site

It is tax season again, which means that people are shopping for accountants. When potential clients are researching and evaluating your firm, the first step will be to do a quick Google search and find your web site.
Practice

Eleven cool mobile apps for running your practice

We recently featured five cool Web apps for running your firm that were highly recommended by your accounting colleagues. Now we’re going to stay on the productivity app beat and take a look at mobile devices.
Practice Management

Increased business use of mobile devices is top IT challenge

The proliferation of smartphones, tablet computers, and mobile devices in the workplace emerged for the first time as the top business technology concern for CPAs and financial executives, according to the 2011 Top Technology Initiatives Survey by the AICPA.
Community News

Co-workers find romance in the hallways and break rooms

Looking for love in all the wrong places? Many workers turn to the once taboo office pool in search of companionship, and the search appears to be paying off.
Community News

New resource designed to connect accountants with taxpayers

Some taxpayers might need more than a do-it-yourself tax program but can’t find – or fear they can’t afford – an accountant. A new alternative for taxpayers this year is Teaspiller, a database of more than 20,000 accountants nationwide.
Practice

Five cool Web apps for running your firm

You’ve probably noticed that most new software is now developed for the web rather than the desktop. This actually isn’t a trend; instead, it's expected that Web-developed software will become the norm, and perhaps even accelerate, in the years ahead.
Practice Management

A cautionary tale: Busy season can be life threatening

During the tax season of 1995-1996, Norm Lorch was not feeling well. He had a sore throat, but told himself it would go away. In any case, he did not have time to go to a doctor. Lorch is principal of Owings Mills, Maryland-based Norman J. Lorch, Chartered.
Practice Management

Employers offer training, flexible schedules, mentoring to attract, retain staff

Companies concerned about keeping top performers and attracting new ones might be sweetening the pot with non-monetary benefits, according to a recent survey. Subsidized training and education topped the list of perks.