Practice Management

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Opportunities in Bloom: Uncovering Midyear Client Opportunities

Spring is a time of optimism, so it's a great time for accounting firms to look for fresh opportunities to grow the business. Lauren Prosser offers five ways accounting firms can "fertilize" existing efforts in order to jump-start business and grow deeper, stronger roots with clients.
Practice

How to Attract New Partners from Inside and Outside Your Firm

Firms looking to add new partners need to abandon "archaic approaches" to doing so, be it with existing staff or when looking at outside candidates. This is the message from "How to Bring in New Partners," written by Marc Rosenberg of The Rosenberg Associates consulting firm.
Education & Careers

'Fun and Dedicated' Workforce Pays Off for El Paso Firm

One look at the El-Paso, Texas-based public accounting firm Strickler & Prieto, LLP's website, and there's little doubt that happy, healthy employees are considered an integral part of the firm's skill set.
Technology

Growing Number of CFOs Using Mobile Technology for Money Management

A survey conducted by Bill.com of corporate financial executives shows a shift toward mobile money management. Two-thirds of respondents reported they now process at least some of their financial transactions on mobile devices.
Practice

The Case for Mandatory Partner Retirement

Almost every firm that I work with has a succession issue in the near term. Baby boomers are retiring at an accelerating rate, and firms are coping (or not) with transition issues surrounding those exits.
Practice

Twelve Metrics Firms Should Track

Dozens of metrics exist for firms to track, number crunch, and strategize around. No two firms will track the same exact metrics in the same way for the same exact reasons. However, focusing on a "defining dozen" can propel firms to the next level.
Practice

CPA Firm Offering Chair Massage to Relieve Employee Tax Season Stress

Porte Brown LLC is one of the growing number of accounting firms investing in their employees' wellness. The firm is offering weekly chair massage therapy sessions for team members during the busy tax season.
Practice

Ditch the Headphones at Work?

Should employees be allowed to wear headphones while they work? This debate has surfaced at least once a month among accounting professionals for the past two or three years, typically during multigenerational discussions around the issue of productivity.
Practice

How to Create a No-Equity Partner Position in Your Firm

Most firms are faced with the dilemma of keeping long-term managers who are major contributors to the firm, but for whatever reason, are not ready to be equity partners (or who perhaps never will have what it takes to be equity partners).
Technology

Encryption Seen as Best Security Measure to Safeguard Laptops

Laptop computers are top targets for thieves, and, as many victims have found, the true cost of their loss is measured not by the price of the hardware and software, but by the proprietary information on board.
Practice

Advising Small Business Clients on Personal Guarantee Negotiations

For your small business owner clients, signing a personal guarantee has become standard practice as part of the commercial loan approval process. While this is often the price of doing business, what does a personal guarantee really mean?
Tax

Ten Things To Do as a Tax Return Preparer

Now that we've entered the 2012 tax filing season, the IRS has posted "Ten Tips to Help You Choose a Tax Preparer" on its website. This new online guidance gives taxpayers insights into choosing a qualified professional to prepare their returns.
Practice

How Employers Can Ensure I-9 Forms Are Correct

When Abercrombie & Fitch ran into problems with properly completing I-9 forms, it turned out to be a seven-figure mistake. A $1,047,110 fine was imposed, even though there was no proof the retailer knowingly hired illegal workers.
Technology

CPAs Adding Social Media to Connect with Clients and Find New Ones

CPA firms' use of social media is evolving, from the simple use of e-mail, a web page, or the telephone, to messaging via Twitter or through postings on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Practice

The Case for Mandatory Partner Retirement

Almost every firm I work with has a succession issue in the near term. Baby boomers are retiring at an accelerating rate, and firms are coping (or not) with the transition issues surrounding those exits.
Education & Careers

Begin Living in Real Time

In your quest to keep pace with all that's thrown at you, do you find yourself frequently preoccupied? It seems as if many accountants are in overdrive today. We don't enjoy the morning because we're always in a rush. We don't enjoy the evening, because it goes by too fast.
Technology

Align Marketing and Technology to Improve Your Firm

Marketing and internal technology have, in the past, been two departments that were adversarial in many companies. The gap was easy to define. But it's increasingly necessary that the two areas work closely together.
Practice

Dealing with Dementia - Practical Knowledge for Your Practice

Every year, countless Americans with dementia fall victim to financial fraud and abuse. They face an increased risk of being taken advantage of due to their diminished ability to detect willful deceit and understand finances.
Technology

Collaborating with Your Clients in the Cloud

While the days of driving to your clients' offices may not be numbered, many accountants are taking advantage of technological advances to more efficiently collaborate with their clients from afar.
Practice

Was Your Client Denied Business Credit?

If one of your clients recently applied for business credit and was rejected, he or she isn't alone. Learn five ways you can help a client whose business credit application was denied. A recent survey of banks and asset-based lenders found they had turned down more than a third of all businesses' applications for loans, according to Pepperdine University's 2013 Capital Markets Report.

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