Practice Management

A&A

AICPA national MAP survey is underway

The AICPA Private Companies Practice Section, in partnership with the Texas Society of CPAs, is gathering data for its much-anticipated benchmarking survey, which enables firms to compare management policies and financial results against other firms.
Practice Management

Employees working off-site becoming more attractive to employers

A growing number of employees are working from home, either on a full-time or part-time basis, an arrangement that can have significant advantages for employers.
Practice Management

3-D approach to firm growth

When we apply a 3D approach to firm growth, we can see a transformative impact on the firm’s culture and performance. Growth starts with the understanding of the direct correlation between the state of the people and firm outcomes.
Practice Management

Employees want day off to demonstrate on immigration! What should I do?

With the recent passage in Arizona of a controversial immigration-related state law, and indications from the Obama administration and Congress that immigration reform legislation will be put on the fast-track, we might soon be seeing more immigrants’ rights demonstrations.
Practice Management

Managers can become better leaders by becoming better listeners

If you’re like me, then you trained as an accountant and had no formal training in leadership or running a firm. It is important to realize that not all of these skills come instinctively and sometimes we need help in developing them.
Technology

Tips for choosing the right document management supplier

Many organizations are turning to electronic document management systems to gain a competitive advantage. Document management enables organizations to electronically store, retrieve, manage, deliver, and authorize business documents.
Education & Careers

Tips for working with a younger boss

With the Boomers generally in no hurry to leave the workforce for both personal and economic reasons, and the younger generations positioning for greater responsibility, the occurrence of older workers reporting to younger ones is proliferating.
AccountingWEB Life

The buzz on Google Buzz business applications

Once the excitement over the launch of Google Buzz – and the privacy debate that followed – died down, users needed time to assess what it could do, particularly because the only available instructions came in the form of a two minute video.
Practice Management

CPA2Biz, XCM Solutions form partnership

CPA2Biz, a national provider of Web-based solutions for CPAs, and XCM Solutions, LLC, a provider of work-management technology for the accounting profession, announced they have formed a strategic alliance.
Practice

Execs say regulatory uncertainty hampering long-term planning

U.S. senior executives are concerned about the impact regulatory reform will have on their businesses, but half say it could eventually be a “net positive,” according to a recent survey conducted by KPMG.
Practice Management

Is the profession headed for bottle shock?

There are other professional groups edging their way into the sacred relationships accountants have had with the business community and opening up choices for consumers like never before.
A&A

The Accountant: A new reality show

Now I’m not proposing we launch a new TV series where business owners stay in a fancy mansion surrounded by eager CPAs vying for their business. But, I think we all have been there in the heat of the competition for new clients.
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 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.
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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