Practice Management

Education & Careers

Five Ways to Write Fearlessly

I talk a lot about writing things - e-mails, firm brochures, websites, and the like. I talk about how they don't have to cost a lot and they often aren't difficult. But the fact is, sometimes writing is difficult.
Practice

Budgeting 2013: Bring on the Strategy and Structure

As marketing director at Rea & Associates, Katie Tolin will be meeting with partners at each of the firm's eleven offices across Ohio to talk about how their marketing dollars are being spent.
Practice

Mining the Opportunities in Your Client Base

Is your firm at risk of losing clients or missing opportunities for additional wallet share from existing clients? A large gap may exist between what partners believe their clients think versus what clients actually think.
Practice

Accounting Firms Weathering Initial Stage of Sandy

Although Hurricane Sandy has yet to make landfall, her effects are being felt among small and big accounting firms in the Northeast as they swing full throttle into disaster-prep mode.
Education & Careers

PICPA's Report on Need for Diversity

The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants has released "Increasing Talent, Clients, and Revenue at Your Organization: The Business Case and Toolkit for Diversity," which addresses diversity challenges many organizations face.
Education & Careers

Constant Interruptions: The Bane of Accountants

This won't come as news to you: We live in an interruption-oriented society. The ability to sneak off, to find quiet, or to rest is challenging in the age of mobile devices. What's more, the noise level has been increasing steadily.
Practice

Pricing Your Services, Part 2: Time and Money

Changing your pricing model is no simple task, but it is something beneficial for your clients and your firm. There are a number of investments of time and money that need to be factored into the overall pricing calculations for your firm.
Education & Careers

MSCPA to Host Partner Retreat November 28-30

At the upcoming Massachusetts Society of CPAs partner retreat, managing partners and firm leaders in attendance will learn how to gain an advantage over their competitors, attract new clients, and increase their profits.
Education & Careers

Virtual Conference Addresses Cloud Accounting

While the accounting industry moves to the Cloud, it makes sense to hold a conference in the Cloud as well. Attend and you'll learn practice-growth tips from two accounting industry thought leaders and much more.
Education & Careers

Is Your Leadership Style Subpar?

A significant gap exists in what characteristics accountants at all levels value in their leaders and what they believe their current leaders actually demonstrate, according research done by members of The CPA Consultants' Alliance.
Practice

What Did You Expect?

It's not that any of us purposely want to mislead our customers, but most of us are optimists. We want to communicate what we hope to deliver, and we often fear that under-promising could disappoint a customer.
Practice

10 Strategies to Improve Client Accounting Services

Clint Eastwood in "The Rookie" said, "If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster." There is no question that many CPA firms are conservative, but are they so conservative they are missing value-added opportunities?
Practice

SurveyCPA Launched Specifically for the Accounting Profession

Founding partners, Rita Keller of Keller Advisors and Gary Adamson of Adamson Advisory, have today announced the development of a suite of survey tools designed specifically for the accounting profession.
Technology

Tax Departments and the Cloud

KPMG LLP survey results show that a majority of tax departments are being left out of Cloud decision-making discussions, raising the possibility of tax risks, lost cost-saving opportunities, and decreased ROI for Cloud projects.
Practice

Three Steps to Pricing Your Services, Part 1

Practitioners dread the process of pricing their accounting services. If given a choice, there's little doubt your clients would prefer to know up front what your services will cost versus being billed hourly.
Practice

Will Outsourcing Overseas Cut You Some Slack?

Do you think you're the only one in your office who can complete tax returns "the right way?" If so, outsourcing some of your tax work to India or some other foreign location isn't for you.
Practice

The Rise in Pregnancy Disability Regulations

Disability claims are always challenging for employers, but this is especially the case when pregnant workers suffer complications that leave them unable to perform their normal job duties.
Practice

3 Reasons to Offer Business Advisory Services

USA TODAY/Gallup polls show that accountants are considered the most trusted business professionals, which enables them to move beyond traditional accounting services and position themselves as trusted business advisors.
Practice

Starting a Wellness Program in Your Company

With health insurance expenses expected to continue to rise, employers are looking for wellness programs that can potentially reduce the cost of health care to both the employer and the employee.
Practice

Too Much To Do, All the Time?

A growing number of accounting professionals face too many interruptions, have too much to do, and not enough time to do it. If this happens to be your lot, and you've been looking for solutions, you'll find some here.

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