Practice Management

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CPAs Examine Impact of Health Care Reform

Since the US Supreme Court decision to uphold the majority of provisions of the health care reform law, most small business owners, and the CPAs who serve them, have begun to scrutinize how the law will impact them when implemented in 2014.
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Six Rules of Wise Recruiting for Small Businesses

Johnny Laurent, vice president and general manager of the Sage Employer Solutions business unit, offers guidelines that small businesses can implement during the recruiting process.
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Innovation: Key to Growth or Succession

Many accounting firm owners are considering new opportunities and ways to reinvent their firms before handing them over to their successors. Gary Boomer offered his insights at the recent Boomer Summit.
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Helping Clients through Better Benchmarking

Providing your business clients with industry-specific financial benchmarking will improve their business's performance. To provide real value, you need industry data that's accurate, up to date, and relevant to your client's size and location.
Technology

Guide to Hiring IT Staff (Part 2) - IT Administrator

Does your accounting firm need to create an IT team or expand an existing team? Xcentric Account Manager Jonathan Hull shares his insights on how accountants can make skillful decisions when hiring IT staff.
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Providing a Five-Star Client Experience Every Day

How do you ensure your prospects and clients love their relationship with your firm every step of the way? Jennifer Katrulya shares her insight on ways you can create a "five-star experience" for your clients, each and every day.
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EEOC State Data Shows Trends, Areas to Watch

In 2011, the EEOC received a record-setting number of charges from those claiming employment discrimination: 99,947 in fiscal year 2011, compared to 99,922 in 2010, and an increase from 82,792 in 2008.
Technology

CFOs Weigh In on Benefits of Cloud Computing

A majority of top finance executives in US companies foresee Cloud computing lowering costs and helping their businesses succeed in the near future, according to a new survey conducted by CFO Research.
Technology

Freed Maxick: A Twitter Marketing Success Story

Freed Maxick CPAs has been chosen by Twitter for a case study being promoted on Twitter's website for advertisers. The firm's revenue has increased by 110 percent from Twitter-generated leads from the paid platform.
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Become a Trusted Business Advisor – 3 Ways

When a business owner is searching for an accountant, choosing one isn’t so simple. Providing financial services – despite what some of your tax-only clients may believe – is far from a commodity.
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Ten Tips for Writing Better Press Releases

Press releases can be a powerful brand-building tool and cost you nothing but time. Of course, this does not change one inescapable fact: someone has to write them. Unless you have marketing staff, that someone is probably you.
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Should You Send Some Tax Work to India?

Are you having trouble hiring enough staff to do all your tax returns? Consider outsourcing some of the overflow to India.
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Looking to Sell Your Firm? Merge Instead.

You're at the point where you don't want to stop working, but you know you can no longer run your firm for years to come. Should you sell the firm?
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Employee Benefits When Times Are Tough

Heath care continues to grow increasingly expensive. So does the rent. So do the coffee and creamer you offer your staff. While some of these may only seem like pennies, pennies add up after a while.
Education & Careers

Exit Interviews: Too Little, Too Late

"We need to talk." Those words typically signal the end of a romantic relationship. But the same holds true when an employee - usually one of the "stars" - wants to leave his or her current firm or company.
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Improve Upside-Down Reporting Relationships

A workplace reporting relationship that used to be fairly rare is older workers reporting to younger managers. This is a growing phenomenon and will become more prevalent, at least until boomers stop working.
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Tips for Improving Your Website

This is part one of four of a "Marketing Your Practice" series. Websites, which initially served as "glorified business brochures," are no longer acceptable as such. Today, visitors and clients expect much more.
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Juice Up Your Partner Goal-Setting Process

If done well, setting partner goals will raise the bar for each partner, which in turn will raise the bar for the firm.
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Interruptions Are Productivity Killers

The sooner we recognize that our interruption-based society is here to stay, the sooner we can embrace and securely put into place measures that ensure we can be at our best for today and for the long run.
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Criminal Background Checks and Hiring Practices

Criminal background checks for job applicants have become standard operating procedure for many companies. However, companies that routinely conduct such background checks should look at their current policies and procedures.

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