Practice news March 2012

Practice Development

Accountant's Marketing Checklist: Increase Your ROI on Business Meals

Phyllis Haserot’s book, The Marketer’s Handbook of Tips & Checklists, provides more than 100 checklists covering a range of topics any professional needs to know in order to master building a successful career as both a rainmaker and client-focused service deliverer. This article features one of her checklists.
Practice

Money Management Is Possible - Even in Today's Economy

Most businesses these days are looking to cut spending. Accounting firms are in a unique position to not only help their small business clients trim the fat and manage their money, but to do the same for themselves.
AccountingWEB Life

Sales Tax Levies on Digital Downloads Facing Headwinds for Now

It is hard for legislators in cash-strapped states to ignore the explosion in the use of electronic devices - handheld computers, smart phones, iPods, iPads, and e-readers - and not view the many products these devices deliver as a basis for a new sales and use tax.
Practice

Six Ways to Create an Engaging Office Environment This Tax Season

An often overlooked part of marketing and growing your practice involves your physical office arrangement. The appearance of your office should set the client in the right frame of mind to engage you for additional services, including wealth management services.
Community News

Elliott Davis Named among "Healthiest Employers of Greater Charlotte"

Elliott Davis, a Charlotte-based accounting, tax, and consulting services firm, has been named one of the "Healthiest Employers of Greater Charlotte." A second annual awards event, which honored the area's most outstanding health and wellness programs, was held at the Charlotte Convention Center March 21.
Practice Management

Maintaining Work-Life Balance during Busy Season

Accountants can expect to take only so much strain when putting in seemingly endless hours during busy season, but firms can offer ways to help. In addition, staffers can take measures to ease stress during a time when being overloaded with work tasks can be an everyday occurrence.
Practice Management

Stop Wasting Time in Meetings!

Technology is constantly speeding up the pace of business: Decisions once delayed for weeks are now made in seconds, thanks to Internet communication. Computer analytics puts real-time market information at our fingertips. Transactions can occur anywhere, anytime.
Practice

'Cash Mob' Sensation Reviving Local Businesses

In a retail market dominated by generic superstores, pop-up corner pharmacies, and faceless online shopping, it has become increasingly difficult for "main street" businesses - the very businesses that provide the individual stamp and distinctive character of their communities - to survive.
Practice

Five Money Management Rules for Young Small Businesses

There are many things to consider when starting a new business, and money management probably tops the list. Get started on the right foot with these five money management tips provided by guest writer Bert Doerhoff.
Practice Management

Pay Me the Money: Improving Collection Rates Step-by-Step

Blame it on a tough economy. Your clients aren't making money, so they aren't paying you. Yet, you're still cranking out their tax returns and other work for them hoping things will improve and that you'll eventually collect the hard-earned money you deserve. This may seem like tough love, but your firm isn't a charity.
Practice

Cross-Generational Issues: How to Develop and Deliver Perspective

In a previous article, I discussed how the four generations in today's workplace often don't understand each other's underlying perspectives and formational influences. As a follow-up, here I'll make some suggestions on what you can to do about it.
Tax

New Xero Survey Reveals Most Common Small Business Financial Mistakes

Xero, the producer of Xero online accounting software for small businesses, has revealed the results of a survey of 500 US accountants and compiled tips to help small business owners take control of their finances during tax season and beyond.
Practice Management

Opportunities Exist for CPAs to Better Leverage Emerging Technology

Like other business professionals, CPAs continue to wrestle with the best strategy to maximize the benefits of emerging technologies, such as mobile devices and cloud computing, according to the 2012 Top Technology Initiatives Survey by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Practice Management

When Employees Rant Online - The NLRB Weighs in on Workers' Rights

Employees have always complained about their jobs, bosses, and coworkers. Today, through social media, such complaints can reach a much larger audience than in the past. Some employers have responded by disciplining workers, and increasingly, the NLRB is stepping in.
AccountingWEB Life

Accounting Jobs Are Safe in Current Economy

More than 90 percent of CFOs say they expect to maintain current levels of staff accounting positions for the second quarter of 2012. Here are the questions controllers should be asking themselves to make sure their staffing decisions are correct.
Practice Management

Making Taxes Less Taxing

Gina Noy offers her clients stress-free tax preparation. It's not often you find "stress-free" and "tax" in the same sentence, especially during busy season, but for Noy, it's a philosophy that carries through her Manhattan-based CPA firm.
Practice

Deloitte's Maximum Impact Program - A Different Kind of Spring Break

Spring break was about hard work as well as play this year for the eighty-eight students chosen from 1,600 applicants who participated in the fifth annual Maximum Impact: Deloitte's Alternative Spring Break program. Teaming with United Way and Teach for America, Deloitte hosted two spring break programs in March.
Practice

Employers Paying the Penalty for Wage and Hour Violations

In prosecution of wage and hour violations, the stakes are getting personal. In several recent cases, the government has penalized company owners and officers for failing to pay overtime, imposing stiff fines and even imprisonment.
Practice Management

KPMG Survey Shows Companies Think Cloud Will Improve Data Analysis

After conducting a survey at the Oracle Open World conference, KPMG was able to glean some significant information regarding how companies are feeling about a move to the cloud. Overall, the survey made it clear that companies’ needs are driving their investment decisions when it comes to upgrading their ERP.
Practice

Quick Steps to Take in Advance of Google's Privacy Policy Changes

If you use Google products - Gmail, Google, YouTube, etc. - on or after March 1, you'll give them implicit permission to aggregate your web search history and other information Google has gleaned about you into a single mega-dossier.

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