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AccountingWEB Life

Stress management tips for better work/life balance

Stress is the biggest killer in the Western world, destroys relationships, and damages productivity. The following stress management tips have been put together using an integral framework, so they include physical, psychological, social, and environmental factors.
Practice Management

Embracing change in the accounting profession

I hear it all too often from the old guard who are retiring: "I'm worn out," or "I'm too old for all of these techy changes," or "Developing the next set of partners for our firm is just too time consuming."
Practice Management

Making the most of customer, client, and employee rapport during the holidays

The holidays: a nice, quiet time of year to enjoy with friends and family, while methodically preparing for the upcoming year and a busy tax season.
Practice Development

Making business personal builds trust

One of the most common mistakes people make when building relationships for career success and revenue growth is treating business contacts differently than personal friends.
A&A

Pass, fail, or adapt: How to respond to changing DCAA audit rules

The Defense Contract Audit Agency, the agency which audits Department of Defense contracts, changed the rules last year to make its audits very simple: you pass or you fail.
Technology

QuickBooks hosting service worth considering

If you are an accounting professional in need of an online solution for remotely accessing client payroll and financial records, or you are a bookkeeper looking for an effective way to service your geographically separated customers, you will need remote access to your QuickBooks database.
Practice Development

How to strengthen the CPA/attorney relationship

There’s nothing better than a warm referral – and most CPAs are always on the hunt for new sources. One great potential lead source that is often overlooked is the attorney who practices in areas that are complementary to your expertise.
Practice Management

Five ways to improve rocky relationship with your boss

Would you like to be more appreciated by your boss? Feel more comfortable approaching him or her with requests? Stop worrying about what he thinks of you? Why not do something about it?
Practice

Job seekers: Five tough interview questions

You’re getting ready for a job interview today and you’re nervous as ever. What would make the experience worse are tough interview questions that leave you feeling tongue-tied. Here are some tips for answering five common interview questions.
Technology

E-mail is forever

If you follow the news, you already might have been regaled by the boastful comments of wunderkind Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre, whose e-mail was quoted on the front page of a recent Wall Street Journal.
Education & Careers

Tips for managing time, energy

It seems like no one has enough time these days. I don't know one person who has less to do than five years ago. Therefore, time management is about managing energy, attention, and commitments.
AccountingWEB Life

A guide to being a better learner

As a late baby-boomer in the 1970s and 1980s, I knew only two studying techniques: read and memorize. Before highlighter pens, the reading was laborious, often boring and thwarted by a wandering mind.
AccountingWEB Life

Social media offers low-cost way to crank up your marketing program

In a tough economy, marketing is often the first to go. But that can mean missed opportunities. So, more accounting firms are using social media to boost their marketing efforts without busting their budgets.
Education & Careers

Myth: Your boss is too busy to meet with you

Don't fall for the myth that some bosses are just too busy to meet with you. The truth is your boss does not have time not to meet with you on a regular basis no matter how busy your boss might be.
Practice Development

CPA as trusted advisor: Why, and is it deserved?

In many client relationships, the CPA is counted on to be a trusted business advisor, to be available when the entrepreneur needs advice, to be the quarterback of the team of professionals who help to guide the company.
Education & Careers

Colleges and universities must be ethical

The actions of colleges and universities provide examples to their students of how to act with – or without – a high level of ethical standards. From grading practices to sustainability, these institutions need to be cognizant of the message they send.
AccountingWEB Life

Does the health care bill impose a tax on the sale of your home?

We have received many inquiries from clients and friends of the firm regarding the veracity of claims that the new health care legislation will impose a 3.8 percent Medicare tax on sales of personal residences beginning in 2013.
Practice

What’s your attitude at work?

For the majority of the time you’re at work, what’s your attitude? Gung-ho and get-it-done? Excitement? Just happy to have a job? Get through the day so you can go home?
Technology

Five enhancements of Windows 7

Beyond the world of Windows XP, there lies a new age in computers. When the time comes for you to switch to Microsoft’s newest operating system, 7 will be waiting for you with enhancements that will make your transition extremely pleasing.
Technology

It’s about time: How much time should staff spend on social media activities?

It’s likely that your employees spend a sizeable percentage of their time using social media. As work/life balance continues to blend into one homogenous string of activities, social media activity is happening in your workplace whether you realize it or not.

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