Self-Improvement

Break the Rules of Good Organization to Get Ahead

The new year brings with it resolutions to organize your office by creating endless files, cleaning off your desk and even cleaning your computer screen.However, if you're like most business professionals, some or all of these tasks already have gone by the wayside.The rules have changed for organization, and the way to get ahead is not by cleaning up your desk, but by organizing projects according to deadlines.
Education & Careers

How Does Your Cost of Living Compare to Tiger Woods'?

Tiger Woods vs John Q. Public!When Tiger decides to buy a house, he does just that, no questions asked. But when you compare his relative cost of living to an average $30,000 a year worker, perspective gets a little skewed. For instance, a $300 stereo system to you is the equivalent of Tiger Woods plunking down 33 cents.

Great Workplaces Have These Things in Common

What do you enjoy most about your job? At one time or another, we have all had a chance to think about our work and what we like and don't like.Thanks to the Indianapolis IABC (International Association of Business Communicators) and the Gallup Organization, here is a list of what differentiates great work groups from the pack.
Technology

Use MS Outlook to Get Detailed Map Directions!

Next time you're getting ready to leave the office on an engagement or a marketing call, make sure you have accurate directions to the client’s office. If you use Microsoft Outlook as your contact management tool, try this nifty feature. Outlook and Expedia.com Maps provide you with detailed directions to the contact's address. You may need to install this feature if it has not been installed on your computer already.

Why Bother to go on Vacation at all?

Did you take a vacation over the holiday season, only to find yourself more stressed and overworked than you would have been if you had not left at all?You're not alone - according to American Express Small Business Services, only 28 percent of small business owners surveyed said they completely put business out of their minds while on vacation. And, 38 percent of those who do go on vacation bring along cell phones to make sure they can be reached.

Excel Tip: Have Excel Save Your Files Automatically!

Have you ever wanted to automatically save your spreadsheets so you don't lose your work? With Excel 2000 this feature is included and will save all workbooks automatically at specified intervals, but it's not installed by default.
Technology

Searching for a Zip Code or Zip+4 Code? Look no Further

Are you preparing to send out your holiday cards to business associates, customers, and vendors, but don’t know the zip code? Go to Zipcode.com to find the answers.Whether you are looking for a zip code, the United States Postal Service abbreviations, postal zip code + 4 codes or even the weather by zip code, you can find it here. They even have the zip codes of United States Naval Vessels.
Technology

Best Site for the Perfect Quote, Synonym, Definition

Many CPAs and accounting professionals search for ways to enhance their writing, speeches and public presentations, letters and other communication.Here's a Web site that takes the guesswork out of the process: www.bartleby.com. This site has numerous references for all types of needs, from Roget's Thesaurus to Bartlett's Quotations and the American Heritage Encyclopedia.The site also includes the King James Bible, a copy of Gray's Anatomy and even Strunk's Elements of Style.

Guidelines for Holiday Tipping

One financial concern often overlooked during the holiday season is the process of thanking those who support your efforts throughout the year.We're not talking about your own staff, but service professionals like mailmen/women, the parking garage attendant and even the maintenance man - all of these people deserve your thanks, but how much should you give them as a present?The decision is your own, of course, and totals depend on how close you are to each one of these people.

The Importance of Advanced Degrees

The Importance of Advanced DegreesAccountingWEB Workshop Presented by: Rob Chabot, M.Acc., Academic Program Coordinator, Master of Accounting program, The Max M. Fisher College of Business, Ohio State UniversityOn Wednesday, November 29, Rob Chabot presented an interactive workshop on advanced degrees in accounting. Workshop topics included: The vast majority of states in the U.S.

Creating Effective Resumes

Robbie Kaplan, author of "Sure-Hire Resumes" and "Resume Shortcuts: How to Quickly Communicate Your Qualifications with Powerful Words and Phrases" presented an online workshop that provided participants with key information on how to craft resumes.Ms. Kaplan pointed out the fact that resumes can do much more than just help you secure a new job.
Technology

On-Line Crossword Puzzles? Take a Break & Test Yourself!

Next time you're working through lunch, or need a break from the day-to-day grind, check out an on-line crossword puzzle. The Chicago Sun Times has new puzzles on-line weekly. To test your crossword knowledge go to Chicago Sun Times Crossword.

Marketing Tip: Never Underestimate the Telephone

When you mention "telephone" and "marketing strategy" in the same sentence, we instantly conjure images of being summoned from the dinner table to take a call from a telemarketer selling something we don't want or need. However, every call to your business is your opportunity to market. If someone calls asking for directions or business hours, provide the requested information and offer free quotes or brochures to entice the caller to visit your business. By doing this, you establish a relationship with a potential client through open lines of communication.

Grammar 101: Basic Rules of Capitalization - Part I

Below are some basic rules to capitalization. The first word in every sentence.The first word in a direct quotation.Every line in a poem.Each item displayed in a list or outline: 1. Quality Control. 2. Marketing. 3.

On-Line Resource Dictionary!

Even the best of writers in our profession occasionally need help. Choosing the right word when trying to communicate on paper can be a challenge for even the best communicators. Many words like "affect" and "effect" can be mixed-up with the other. When you need assistance in preparing a letter, a proposal or any other type of business correspondence, make sure the words you choose are exactly what you are trying to communicate.
Practice Management

40 Steps to Becoming a Trusted Advisor

David Maister, author of "The Trusted Advisor," joined AccountingWEB in an online workshop today for a unique perspective of what it takes to become a successful advisor in today's competition-rich professional world.

Burnout? Tips for Overcoming Burnout!

As we all know burnout can be a serious condition, not only for top management, but for staff as well. Practice management, and client retention requires a great deal of energy, something that can run in short supply. Here are a few ideas to help you combat burnout: Plan Ahead: Plan your vacations in advance. Encourage your staff to do the same! Make the time, a day, or two, can make a world of difference. Leave your business in good hands: Train personnel and empower those employees to take charge while you are away.

Take an On-Line Grammar Quiz and Refresh Your Skills!

You can brush up on your grammar and spelling with this Word Workout Quiz. Test your knowledge and build your vocabulary all at the same time. You will have your own on-line fitness trainer, Ben, to help you through it. He won't tell a soul what the results are. Go to the link below and see just how well you do. For the on-line Word Workout Quiz, go to: http://www.m-w.com/promos/vocab99/vbwork.htmGood Luck!

Who or Whom? What's a Person to Use?

Did I hear you say "Whom did you say is calling"? If so, we suggest you look into this tip. If you have ever struggled with these little words, you are not alone. The English language is full of quirks and challenges that we encounter every day of our lives. If you want to be noticed as an exceptional writer and communicator, check these tips out to help you make the correct choices.Use "who" and "whoever" when you could substitute he, she, they, I, or we as the subject.Who is waiting? (She is waiting)Who did you say was the chosen employee?

Grammar Tip! Accept or Except! Which is Correct?

To be a more proficient writer and proofreader, you will need to be able to identify words that sound alike or are spelled similarly.

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