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Top 5 Productivity Killers

As Vice President of Strategic Business Development at FileVision, Laurie Shufeldt sees her share of customers in need of improved productivity. Shufeldt helps SMB customers, especially those in the healthcare, financial services and government industries, bridge the gap between digital content and paper documents. Based on her experiences, here are the top five productivity killers capable of slowing down any firm or practice.Productivity Killer No.

Making Your Performance Review Work for You

Preparing for your performance review throughout the year can turn one of the most dreaded meetings in an employee’s work life into a career-enhancing event, Ohio Young e-CPA reports.Some steps to take before the review include:Keep Track of Your Progress Throughout the YearKeep a file documenting courses you’ve attended or training you’ve completed, as well as special projects you and your boss might not remember at year end. If you haven’t kept documents to prove your activities, check e-mails and archive folders.
Workplace Fitness

5 Signs of An Unhealthy Workaholic

A growing number of highly paid professionals are endangering their health by logging more than 60 hours per week, traveling regularly and responding to clients 24 hours a day.
Community News

Texas CPA Wins Blog Award

Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, P.C. (PKF Texas) was honored by the Texas Public Relations Association (TPRA), with a Bronze Best of Texas award for the business blog, www.fromgregshead.com.The blog, authored by Gregory Price, CPA, Director of Consulting Solutions at PKF Texas, provides insight, information and commentary on accounting and technology trends.“We are very excited that TPRA awarded PKF Texas with such a prestigious award for our blog.
Workplace Fitness

10 Tips for Balancing Work & Life

As today’s workforce deals with an ongoing struggle to find the right work/life balance. Crowe Chizek and Company LLC is attempting to address this issue through one element of its Women Into Leadership (WIL) program. At a recent event, Crowe personnel discussed what tactics work in their lives. From this, Crowe has compiled the following 10 tips to help other people find their appropriate work/life balance.
A&A

Junk the Junk: Dealing with the Information Explosion

By Steve RothI am a hoarder. I have always been a hoarder. My school desk used to be a treasure trove of "useful" items – old pens, bits of rubber, half eaten cheese sandwiches, broken bits of Action Man and sticks. Most lay in the desk for years – just in case. Regrettably I can’t have a desk at work. But I have something almost as good – Outlook. Anything even remotely “useful”, contacts I will never contact, things that I’ll “get round to” – when I have the time, can all be stored in Outlook. No doubt they will still be there when I retire.
Technology

Deloitte Survey: Mandatory e-Filing Costs More Time & Money

U.S. companies required to e-file are spending more time and money on compliance than before the electronic process was made mandatory, a new survey conducted by Deloitte Tax LLP has found. A majority of those surveyed said the time they spent on compliance (61 percent) and the costs (68 percent) in filing their 2005 federal tax returns had increased by as much as 19 percent.Recent changes in e-file transition rules and the expansion of the e-file mandate make planning for e-filing an important aspect of compliance planning for tax year 2006.
A&A

5 Relationships Every Entrepreneur Must Nurture

You've probably heard it said that entrepreneurs are "married to their work." It's true. Running a company requires amazing quantities of time, energy, and devotion. But there is one big difference: while matrimony is all about maintaining a healthy relationship with another person, being married to a business is all about maintaining healthy (and profitable) relationships with several groups of people.
Technology

The Accountant’s Guide to a Career in Technology

By John StokdykWhen he recently asked in an AccountingWEB opinion article, Why aren't there more accountants in IT?, Microsoft's Tim Lennard began by suggesting there was a potential surplus of talent within the profession that could be more gainfully employed in the technology business. One of the reasons Lennard's article was so popular was that it managed to provoke reactions from both sides of the fence. Several IT industry veterans dropped into the conversation to describe their front-line experiences, while technophobes highlighted some of the reasons not to go into IT.
A&A

E-mails As Evidence: Business Owners Face New Procedures

Changes in federal employment law may change the way you and your employees store e-mails and e-messages, but Business & Legal Reports reports that one of the key changes facing small business owners this year is not a change in law at all.The U.S. Supreme Court established a set of new procedures dealing with electronic messages that may be needed as evidence in trials. Why is the procedural change important to you? One look at your computer inbox, electronic communication has exploded in recent years, leaving the postal carrier feeling a bit lonely these days.
A&A

Experts Predict Bad Year Ahead for Cyber-crime, Cyber-terrorism

According to information released by Risk Bloggers, security and risk management experts around the world predict information security events will occur in 2007, with sophisticated criminal groups increasingly exploiting technology to keep one step ahead of consumer and corporate defenses, resulting in unprecedented losses.Some key vulnerabilities cited were large groups of zombie computers organized into Botnets, web server security holes and uncontrolled mobile devices, such as portable storage and smart phones.

A Conversation With Allan Boress: The Ten Rules of Effective Team Selling

As a sales and marketing consultant, I strongly recommend "team selling." It is a very powerful tool when orchestrated correctly.
A&A

A Conversation With Barry Goldwater: The Root of the Problem

This is a quote I picked up from a CPA written article; “We don’t help our clients or prospects when we wait for them to come to us with problems. Often they don't seek help because every time they talk to us we are so busy.
Community News

What Selling REALLY Is

By Allan S. Boress, CPA, CFEOne reason professionals and others hate to sell is that they don't understand what selling truly is. They have negative misconceptions about the sales process that turns them off to seeking out new business. Selling has developed a bad name because of the many poor sales types we have run into in our lives, and the stereotypical image of the used car or insurance salesperson.
AccountingWEB Life

The Key to Higher Personal Income

January is National Financial Wellness Month and a recently released Day Timers 2006 New Year's Resolution Survey listed financial changes in the top three respondent promises made for the new year. Success at paying off debts in the past five years was reported by 45 percent; 43 percent had success in saving more money during this period and 20 percent had moved on to a better job.
Technology

Mobile Phone Manners Are Evolving

The use of cellular communication takes on many different manifestations, especially today. In previous times, answering any phone might have been considered ill mannered in the presence of others, so one stepped away to handle the call. Mobile phones now allow parties to communicate by using text, instant messaging (IM) and even e-mail, as well as voice.It is now acceptable to use the cell phone at family gatherings, according to TMCnet.com. The use of the speakerphone feature is becoming more widespread.
Workplace Fitness

Giving Thanks Is Good For You

“Gratitude allows you to take good things in,” says Lisa Lewis, PhD., director of psychology at The Merringer Clinic in Houston and an associate professor in the Merringer Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. “Often good things happen, and we aren’t very mindful when they happen. We get compliments and we brush them off. We get a promotion and all we think about is how stressful it is going to be. Our children go to college and all we can think about is how lonely we are going to be.
Practice Management

Tips for Overcoming Financial Complexity in Presentations

Presenting financial information to a non-financial audience presents several challenges. Whether you are presenting to a single individual, small group, or shareholders meetings, here are ten tips to help you communicate complex financial data effectively. Use visuals. It is difficult for some people to put numbers on a page, even numbers in a table, into a context they can understand. Help them out. Give them some visuals to go along with the information you are presenting.
Community News

Succeeding in a Varied Business Culture

Today, many people do business outside of their own country, either in person or by some form of communication, and this can prove to be a dicey proposition. Even in the United States there are differences in customs between states and regions.
Community News

Getting Ahead: For Some, a Pre-Work Ritual Helps

Every workday morning, Marika Ujvari must fasten her seat belt, with the motor running, before her garage door opens completely.

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