Practice news May 2013

Practice

The Benefits of Hosting a Client Seminar

Do you value your clients? Are you doing everything you possibly can on their behalf? Do they view your firm as a leader in the community? If you’re not answering yes to all of these questions, then it’s time to start thinking about hosting a client seminar.
Practice

Does It Pay to Diversify?

One way we can help our client investors possibly avoid financial catastrophes and achieve greater returns with less volatility is to encourage them to diversify their portfolios properly. The notion of diversification isn't new but clients don’t always have the knowledge of how to diversify.
Practice

Wealth Advisors Embracing Their Independence

Current events can often dictate wealth advisor behavior, particular when it comes to the prospect of becoming an independent advisor. With financial markets riding high and tax season behind us, many CPA firms that sat on the sidelines are now re-engaged and looking for new ways to boost their bottom lines and explore the growth component our industry: wealth management.
Practice

Change Your Firm and Yourself: Just Do It

For ten years, Joe Evers, a CPA who owns a small practice in Phoenix, Arizona, attempted to work more proactively with his clients, but he was never able to move his firm in the direction he was hoping for.
Education & Careers

Fearless Future: ICPAS Conference Aims to Develop Authentic Leaders

There's a new paradigm of leadership on the horizon, and, according to the organizers of the Illinois CPA Society's (ICPAS) newest conference for young professionals, it's authentic, distinctive, and decidedly fearless.
Community News

Company Announcements: Week of May 27, 2013

Following is the latest roundup of community news for the week of May 27, 2013.
Practice

Survey Finds Small Businesses Slowly Increasing Economic Activity

Small business owners are showing a willingness to hire more employees amidst signs of expanding business activity, according to the most recent Business Confidence Survey released by Insperity, Inc., a provider of human resources and business performance solutions.
Practice

The Tools That Build Brands

What identity do you want your firm to have? What do you want people to think of when they hear the name of your firm? Once you've identified your firm's desired positioning, the next step is to plan the branding strategy that will make it a reality.
Practice

Three Indicators of Creditworthiness for Your Business Clients

Are your business clients applying for a loan? Sageworks Research Specialist Mary Ellen Biery outlines three indicators of creditworthiness and how your clients can improve them.
Community News

Company Announcements: Week of May 20, 2013

Following is the latest roundup of community news for the week of May 20, 2013.
Practice

Maintaining Wage and Hour Compliance in 2013

Over the past six years or so, wage and hour lawsuits have become, if not commonplace, extremely prevalent. This trend, fueled by a large number of workers displaced following the financial crisis and stoked by successful settlements and court rulings over the past several years, is unlikely to end anytime soon.
Practice

[Blank] Your Way to a Better Brand

Imagine that your firm comes up in a conversation between two business people. One says, "Smith and Jones, CPAs, sure, I've heard of them. They're the [blank] firm." Now, what do you want the [blank] to be? That's brand positioning.
Community News

Houston CPA Society Grants School $1,052 for Document Cameras

Tipps Elementary School in Houston is expected to purchase four new document cameras this week for classroom use as a result of a $1,052 grant it received on April 23 from the Houston CPA Society’s CPAs Helping Schools program.
Community News

NJSCPA Video Pokes Fun at 'MTV Cribs,' Shows Lighter Side of CPA

A phone booth. A parking meter. A traffic signal. A fire hydrant. These are among the many decorations CPA Martin Abo has inside his home in Cherry Hill, NJ. Want a tour? Well, you can take one by watching the latest YouTube video by the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA).
Community News

Company Announcements: Week of May 6, 2013

Following is the latest roundup of community news for the week of May 6, 2013.
Practice

Top Priorities: Improve Your Marketing, Business Development

A recent survey of CPA firms by Sageworks' ProfitCents Professional Services identified marketing and business development as among the most important management issues facing these establishments.
Practice

Merger Gives Marcum Foothold into Real Estate Industry

In an effort to expand its real estate practice, New York City–based national accounting and advisory firm Marcum LLP has merged with Cornerstone Accounting Group, a real estate accounting and assurance firm also based in Manhattan. Financial details of the merger were not disclosed.
Practice

Twelve Voice Mail Greetings That Will Make You Laugh

Jeff Davidson, "The Work-Life Balance Expert," had some extra time on his hands this week and had probably heard one too many voice mail greetings. Here's his solution to run-of-the-mill recorded greetings.
Practice

Tips for Running a Productive Meeting with Small Business Clients

Handling a client meeting with professional efficiency does not mean ticking through agenda items with military precision. The meeting needs to be handled with efficiency and finesse. Preplanning ensures the meeting will be productive and efficiently managed.
Practice

What Makes Your Accounting Firm Stand Out?

Is your firm unique? If so, in what ways? Would your clients agree, or is that something employees of the firm, or maybe just the partners, want to believe?