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Practice Development

Here's why you don't want customers

Guest writer Michael Di Lauro shares his insights on how to successfully develop your business by building a fan base, instead of a customer base.
Practice

Execs: Takes at least a month to fill accounting positions

For already-stretched accounting departments, waiting a month for help might seem like an eternity. Yet, a recent survey found it can take at least that long for employers to hire for open positions.
Practice

Survey: Promotions, salary increases are most popular retention tools

More than three-fourths of executives are willing to sweeten the pot to avoid losing their best employees when economic conditions improve, according to survey findings.
Technology

Don’t open that Facebook e-mail

Millions of spam e-mail messages were sent to Facebook users around the world last week in a scam that could infect computers with software that steals passwords and other data.
Technology

Can you social network your way to business success?

Business used to be done with a handshake. Sometimes, it still is. But for a growing number of potential customers, the majority of research, referrals, and recommendations are being done by virtual rather than physical word, via social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook, and MySpace.
Education & Careers

Twitter can be an important tool when job hunting

If you’re new to Twitter, you might not know that there’s etiquette to it. If you’re one of those who say, “I don’t get Twitter,” then pay attention. In this world of social online connections, Twitter is a crucial method of communication between job seekers and potential employers.
Education & Careers

Social networking can be a double-edged blade in job search

Job hunters more and more are employing social networking sites to cast a larger net in search of employment. They should keep in mind, however, that recruiters also are looking at those connections, long before the interview process begins.
Practice Management

What’s your tagline?

Your tagline is really a tangible way to motivate yourself to be the person and project manager you want to be. We all make resolutions at the start of a new year, but the key is finding the way to motivate ourselves long after the ball drops. Try the tagline, and see how it works for you.
Practice Management

Tips for applying green thinking to project management

When we think of project management, how can we apply some green thinking to our projects? Here are several ways to bring some green ingenuity to your everyday project management.
Practice Management

INSIDE Public Accounting launches 20th annual survey and analysis of firms

The Platt Group and INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) have officially launched their 2010 Annual IPA Survey and Analysis of Firms. The annual IPA Survey and Analysis of Firms is one of the longest running CPA firm financial and operational benchmarking surveys in the nation.
Practice Management

Wellness is a business strategy

Because American adults spend more days at work than any other modern country — with no legally mandated vacation minimums — it begs the question of how businesses can impact wellness.
A&A

Expand your client base by NOT asking for referrals

Referrals are a great way to build your business, but asking for them can backfire. Here are some new approaches that are just the opposite of what a salesperson would do.
Practice

Blame the economy: More workers are getting to work on time

A tighter job market may be contributing to increased punctuality at work. A new survey reveals that 16 percent of workers said they arrive late to work at least once a week, down from 20 percent in last year's survey.
Practice

High 401(k) plan fees continue to deplete retirement savings balances

Despite the U.S. stock market's recovery, Americans are still struggling to make up for the historic losses sustained in their 401(k) plans over the past two years. One main obstacle employees face as they struggle to save is hidden, high 401(k) plan fees.
Practice

Retaining African Americans in the accounting profession

The low number of African Americans in the accounting profession is discouraging, and that number might even be declining despite the best efforts of hiring firms.
Practice Management

Mind Mapping for accountants: Lessons from the master

Mind Mapping is more than an alternative way of setting out your notes. It is a tool to increase your creativity by using techniques that work the way your brain works.
Practice Management

The Accounting Hall of Fame . . . Have you got the EI to qualify?

What would the lineup be like for the Accounting Hall of Fame? If we went by physical attributes alone, the differences would be plentiful. However if you examine their skills, you would find that the most successful accountants have a lot more in common.
AccountingWEB Life

Accountants share success stories on new Web site

A new Web site, www.thepassionateaccountant.com, offers specially certified, non-traditional practitioners a place to tell their success stories.
AccountingWEB Life

Accounting music video launches in time for holiday

"If I Were an Auditor," a song parody of "If I Were a Carpenter," is the first ever music video about accounting performed and filmed in the virtual world of Second Life.
Practice Management

Reorienting orientation to fit generational needs

Firms and other organizations are still trying to figure out the newest generation in the workplace. It will require creative thinking, new offerings and more savvy and generation-sensitive management to engage and have the desired effect on the younger generation.

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