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Green accounting firms

AccountingWEB 2009 Scholarship award-winning essayBy Jill Kershaw, Saint Martin's UniversityPower strips, fluorescent lighting, post-recycled paper, and webcasts. The list of how to have a green office includes these ideas and many more, with the goal being to minimize an office's carbon footprint. The Obama administration has called for 'going green,' and champions of the cause are applauding as the idea becomes popular.
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Planning engagements with going concern issues

By Larry L. Perry, CPAHere are some practical questions accountants and auditors may wish to incorporate in the planning documentation of every audit and review engagement for the foreseeable future.Does the accountant's or auditor's understanding of the client's business and industry reveal any information contrary to the going-concern assumption?
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The MacGyver approach to starting a financial business

By Steve AdamsBack in the 1980s, a popular television show named MacGyver gave rise to a whole new term.
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Tips for getting the most from mobile devices

Accounting firms with a growing mobile work force may be struggling to understand how best to manage the complexity of employees working from disparate locations – how to give workers the IT support they need, while getting the most from the technology for the good for the firm.It's a big question, and one that is growing in importance.
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30 questions every CFO should ask about software implementation costs

CAL Business Solutions announces the release of a new white paper aimed at educating accounting software buyers on ways to save money and avoid hidden costs when buying new ERP/accounting software. Companies will find sixteen buying tips and thirty cost-saving questions to ask a valued added reseller (VAR) in the free white paper, 30 Questions Every CFO Must Ask About The Cost of Accounting Software.
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Tools of the Trade: Plumbers have wrenches, Artists have paintbrushes, CPAs have titanium putters

Tax season is over and the golf course and warm weather are calling your name. But in this economy, can you really afford to take time off work? Business advisors have said that clients are out there, you will just have to work harder to get them. Doesn't that mean you should be beating the bushes instead of playing golf? Whatever you do, don't let Debbie Waitkus hear you say that.
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Is a paperless office right for you?

Before jumping on the paperless bandwagon, you might want to think through the process and determine if this change is the change you need. Our sister site, BusinessZone, took a look at the benefits and costs of implementing a paperless office.The concept of the paperless office is great in theory, but perfection is difficult to achieve. Anticipated high initial costs and complicated operational and process changes might make going paperless seem unattainable and are probably enough to put most firms off.
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Don’t be caught without workflow in your paperless system

Currently some workflow and document management systems are designed to function independently of one another, making it necessary to run several different applications to perform two tasks that go hand-in-hand. Is it possible for workflow and document management to coexist? Here are some details to consider when combining a workflow and document management system. Document management has many known benefits relating to reducing overhead, but is going paperless enough in an effort to save costs for the small office? Having access to electronic documents is not the only way to save money.
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Deloitte study reveals tension regarding the use of social media in the workplace

According to the third annual Deloitte LLP Ethics & Workplace survey, 60 percent of business executives believe they have a right to know how employees portray themselves and their organizations in online social networks. However, employees disagree, as more than half (53 percent) say their social networking pages are not an employer's concern.
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News from the Cloud: Cloud computing is high on Obama agenda

President Obama has high ambitions for cloud computing, as described in this wrap up from our sister site, BusinessCloud9.Details of several pilot programs aimed at delivering cost efficiencies have been outlined in Obama's 2010 budget request which will "utilize more fully and broadly departmental and agency architectures to identify enterprise-wide common services and solutions with a new emphasis on Cloud Computing."
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Little books offer big help in the world of social networking

A book publishing company in Cupertino, CA has made a publishing genre out of the concept of social networking. With a smorgasbord of titles designed to help anyone who has a desire to get up to speed in this area, the folks at the company that calls itself Happy About are completely in touch with Web 2.0. Here is a sampling of their titles.
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Social networking can really pay off

Facebook, MySpace and the like are hugely popular with millions of people around the world who use these sites to communicate with friends. But do these services offer real opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to grow a successful company? Dan Martin, editor of our sister site, BusinessZone.co.uk, investigates the business benefits of social networking.
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LinkedIn 101

Many feel that the serious side of social networking exists at LinkedIn and, in fact, the site has been referred to by many as a business networking site instead of a social networking site. According to Jason Alba, author of I'm On LinkedIn, Now What???, "LinkedIn is a Web service where you can find others who you should connect with, so that they can add value to you, or you can add value to them, or just because adding each other to your networks seems to make a lot of sense. So it is a tool to expand your network, allowing your network to grow wider or deeper."
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Involve the younger generations in succession planning

Most people think that succession planning is a top down activity involving management and seasoned professionals. I suggest it is better to involve the younger generations as well so that they can help create a vision for what the organization aspires to and what it is really looking for in long-term leadership.
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Don't let trade secrets leave with employees

Desperate times can sometimes result in desperate measures. During an economic downturn, the pressure to generate revenue can be great. Economic espionage can result when employees are forced to come up with the next big idea or they have financial difficulties. Economic espionage is defined as the theft or misappropriation of trade secrets.
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52 Random insights to grow your business

1. Be careful of being too anxious to prove your value.2. Be willing to walk away from every sale.3. Be worth the price of admission.4. Become like the companies and people you admire.5. Brand your honesty.6. Build an asset so attractive that buyers will come looking for it.7. Build things worth noticing.8. Clearly define what you are a steward of.9. Create a product people can easily become obsessed with.10. Develop a system for dealing with customer complaints.11. Discover whether or not this is your own thinking.
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Client relationships: A growing generation gap?

By Phyllis Weiss HaserotThis is part of a series of regular columns by generational expert and internationally known consultant, coach, writer, and speaker Phyllis Weiss Haserot on intergenerational relations and navigating the challenges of the multi-generational workplace for better productivity, retention, succession planning, and business development results.
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Checklist for international telecommuting

A preeminent professor of international employment law, Belgium's Roger Blanpain, recently said that, "We live in an information society, driven by knowledge in action.... [Services] can be provided via the information highways from anywhere, even from the other side of the globe.... We are in a New World.
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Mutual mentoring across the generations

By Phyllis Weiss HaserotThis is the seventh in a series of regular columns by generational expert and internationally known consultant, coach, writer, and speaker Phyllis Weiss Haserot on intergenerational relations and navigating the challenges of the multi-generational workplace for better productivity, retention, succession planning, and business development results.
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Book review: Most fascinating book of 2008: Bad Medicine

By Ron BakerBy far the most interesting book I read this year is Bad Medicine: Doctors Doing Harm Since Hippocrates, by David Wootton.Wootton is a historian at the University of York. He's no medical profession basher, thanking modern medicine for saving his life and also admitting his daughter is a doctor.

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