Practice Management

Practice

Are We At an Awkward Stage about Age?

Whether or not 60 is the new 40, or 30 is the new 20, etc., age perceptions and realities are confusing and not aligned with perceptions and realities of decades ago.
A&A

Financial Metrics Every Business Owner Should Know

Is your business successful? How do you know? If you're like most business owners, your days are filled by efforts to make your company successful. Those tasks might be focused on making a great product, generating sales, or building customer relationships. And you might be great at those things. But . . .
Education & Careers

Sage Survey: How Small Businesses Deal With an Unpredictable Economy

Sage North America announced the results of its Reinvention of Small Business Study, a survey focused on how small businesses are changing the way they conduct business in an unpredictable economy.
Practice

AICPA Calling for Firms to Participate in 2012 National MAP Survey

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS), in partnership with the Texas Society of CPAs, is now gathering data for its much-anticipated 2012 benchmarking survey ? the National Management of an Accounting Practice (MAP) Survey.
Technology

Money-Saving Web Portals = Secure and Efficient Document Exchange

If your clients are unfamiliar with web portals, you can explain how web portals save everyone time and make the exchange of files easier. For end clients, using a web portal means they never need to be concerned about an e-mail server being bogged down or rejecting the exchange of large QuickBooks files.
Technology

BSA Study Finds Over Half of Computer Users Admit to Pirating Software

According to the Business Software Alliance's (BSA) ninth annual study - 2011 BSA Global Software Piracy Study - the value of software theft is at an astounding all-time high ? $63.4 billion in 2011, up from $58.8 billion in 2010.
Practice Management

10 Tips for Hiring College Graduates

Are you planning on hiring this spring? There are a lot of great reasons to add a new college graduate to your workplace mix. Job search engine company, Simply Hired, has compiled a list of best practices and strategies for targeting this unique group of candidates.
Practice Management

12 Tips for Mastering Your To-Do List

Some people are more effective that others at maintaining a to-do list and executing the items on the list. Here are a number of dos and don'ts that can help you be the master of your to-do list.
A&A

It's Not Me, It's You: Ten Signs Your Client Might be Dumping You

In any business, it's extremely difficult to sustain growth through a series of transactional sales activities. Building strong, lasting relationships is crucial to the long-term success of your business.
AccountingWEB Life

Smashing the Clock: Conference Focuses on Results-Only Workplace

On April 29, forward-thinking CPAs attended the THRIVEal +CPA Network online conference to explore a revolutionary idea in the accounting world: replacing the profession's conventional billable hours and "presenteeism" work culture with a results-only work environment (ROWE).
Practice Management

Does an Accounting Practice Need an Office?

In this virtual world, it seems that we can work from anywhere. Mark Lee, consultant practice editor for our sister site AccountingWEB.co.uk addresses the issues relating to the concept of the remote office.
Practice Management

Social Media Influences on Generational Behavior and Vice Versa

Not only is the accelerating use of these outlets affecting our behavior and use of time, but also social media are influencing behavior of the different generations – and vice versa. Generational expert Phyllis Weiss Haserot explains.
Practice Development

Management Essentials: Five Merger Tips to Help You Seal the Deal

Having completed five mergers while the managing partner of my firm, I learned many lessons along the way and have some of the scars to prove it. Regardless of whether you're the buyer or the seller, here are a few tips that will help you find and seal the right deal.
Practice Management

Accountemps Survey: Lack of Communication Is Top Management Mistake

The most common mistake management makes is easy to remedy: Don't keep employees in the dark. In a recent Accountemps survey, 41 percent of CFOs interviewed said the lack of communication is the top mistake companies make in managing their teams.
AccountingWEB Life

Wishing for an Assistant?

Managing a small accounting practice - or any small business - has its ups and downs. Sure, you can select your colleagues, your clients, your phone and computer equipment, collateral, and even your holidays. But that also leaves you in charge of HR, IT, and marketing on top of serving - and finding - your clients.
Practice

Fun during Busy Season Can Lead to More Productive Staff

Just because accountants are logging eighty-five hours a week doesn't mean they should be deprived of a break once in a while. In fact, allowing yourself - or your staff - to take breaks can lead to more productivity. The staff at TravisWolff believes so much in this concept that they formed a "Fun Committee."
Practice Management

Cloud Computing Versus Software as a Service

As our world becomes more and more connected, the terms used to describe online services blur into abstraction. In this article, I'll clarify the terms "cloud computing" versus "software as a service," often referred to as SaaS.
Practice Development

Top Ten Ways to Take a Consultative Approach to Client Meetings

When meeting with clients, accountants may be most comfortable getting down to business by crunching numbers and going through reports. This approach may seem logical, but it's not always the best approach for relationship building.
Practice Management

New Survey Looks at Greatest Barriers to Innovation

The biggest roadblocks to organizational breakthroughs are a shortage of fresh thinking and too much red tape, according to a recent Robert Half survey. Survey results are based on interviews with more than 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of US companies with twenty or more employees.
Practice

No More Bad Bookkeeping

What would it be like to receive clean and concise financial data from your clients? Wayne Zielke, CA, founder of LedgersOnline, assembled a team of financial and technology gurus to create online and accounting bookkeeping services to assist small and medium-sized businesses.

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