Today's Features

Accounting Salaries Hit New Highs

Even as firms trim payrolls, especially in tax prep.

By Beth Bellor
CPA Trendlines

After heady gains through most of 2017, the accounting profession is doing some backsliding. How worried should we be?

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In this report, CPA Trendlines analyzes:

  • Current hiring trends in each of the bookkeeping, payroll, tax and CPA segments of the profession,
  • Average hourly earnings for each segment,
  • Average hours worked per week by segment and
  • Trends regarding women in the accounting workforce.


DNA Nanorobots Killed Cancerous Tumors

Rendering of DNA helixThey did it by clotting, but only in the targeted areas.

By Rick Richardson

Chinese researchers have developed a method using microscopic robots to kill cancerous tumors and stifle future growth.

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The study published in the journal Nature Biotechnology uses nanotechnology to deliver thrombin, an enzyme that helps blood to clot.

Protect Your Business with a Solid Partner Agreement

Number 6Plus 6 ways they've changed over the years.

By Marc Rosenberg

Buying a family home is one of the the biggest investment most people make in their lives. And because most of us are not real estate experts, we protect ourselves by engaging an attorney to ensure that the purchase is handled correctly.  We don’t hesitate for a moment to invest a few thousand dollars of attorney fees to hire an expert.

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Being a partner in a CPA firm should be no different.

Write Your Way to Expert Status

Businesswoman in orange shirt using laptop computer by white wall of windowsNot a great writer? You can outsource that part.

By Sandi Leyva
The Complete Guide to Marketing for Tax & Accounting Firms

A great way to build trust among prospects is to demonstrate your expertise and experience in writing.

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Three options to do that include developing case studies, writing white papers and publishing articles.

How to Develop Productized Services

Smiling businesswoman working at deskAn example using 1099s.

By Jody Padar
From Success to Significance: The Radical CPA Guide

When you can clearly define a product line and its offering, it just becomes easier for all involved. Everyone knows their roles, their objectives and the to-dos to get there.

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I am not naive enough to think we won’t have different iterations as we launch and learn from our customers and ourselves. However, when the whole team has a complete understanding of what is happening and the steps to get there, and an understanding that we will iterate all the way, it makes for a happier team.