Stop Solving Everyone’s Problems

As a CPA, I spent many years being a problem solver. As an auditor, my trained tendency was to audit things…to correct and fix them. This habit helped me excel in the technical aspects of my job. But to my husband…well, I’m not sure he found me irresistible when I was correcting his statements or…

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Staying Positive

At this time of the year, the various busy season deadlines, spring upon us, and new activities thrown into our schedule require increased time and effort, driving our stress level up. Here are six ideas to help maintain positivity – and even reduce the feeling of stress – that you can practice during these peak…

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How and Why You Should Prune Your Client Base Annually

Firing clients, also known as Client Pruning, is a natural process for CPA firms that want to grow. The future of the accounting industry is becoming highly specialized and segmented. Pruning your client base to reflect your firm’s strategic goals and vision is a process that creates amazing results when implemented annually. Learn why client…

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2018 CPAFMA Technology Survey Findings – Part 3

CPA Tax and Audit Applications and Technology The CPA Firm Management Association recently conducted its second comprehensive technology survey tailored specifically to member firms with the goal of identifying the applications, products and processes utilized by peers.  Where possible, the survey attempted to identify which applications firms are moving to in the cloud compared to…

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2018 CPAFMA Technology Survey Findings – Part 2

CPA Firm Practice Management Applications The CPA Firm Management Association recently conducted its second comprehensive technology survey tailored specifically to member firms with the goal of identifying the applications, products and processes utilized by peers.  Where possible, the survey attempted to identify which applications firms are moving to in the cloud compared to traditionally on-premise…

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2018 CPAFMA Technology Survey Findings – Part 1

CPA Technology: Hardware, Infrastructure and Governance The CPA Firm Management Association recently conducted its second comprehensive technology survey tailored specifically to member firms with the goal of identifying the applications, products and processes utilized by peers.  Where possible, the survey attempted to identify which applications firms are moving to in the cloud compared to traditionally…

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A Growth Culture Requires a Solid Foundation of Client Retention

Many firms today are in the midst of “growth initiatives.” This, in its most basic of definitions, refers to trying to grow a firm from its current size to a larger size through increased focus and training on business development activities. Some firms achieve this through developing niche specialties; others find ways to develop more…

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“LEAN” Tax Production Opportunities

Your firm went “paperless” for tax processing a long time ago, but is it really taking advantage of the digital tools and production processes that have evolved since then?  In our consulting within CPA firms, we often find that many created digital versions of processes that simply emulated their manual processes.  For example, moving physical…

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Introducing the Blockchain Concept to Your Firm

For the past year, AICPA leadership has been touting the evolution towards the “audit of the future,” with one of the core discussion points being how Blockchain will be one of the driving technologies behind financial reporting and operating a business in the future.  This has been bolstered by a tidal wave of articles describing…

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