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Wireless Keyboard Never Needs Batteries

Mac and Wintel keyboardsSolar = forget about it.

By Rick Richardson

Wireless keyboards are the way to go but changing batteries or recharging your keyboard is a pain in the neck – even if you only have to do it once every month or two.

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What you might not know, however, is that there are wireless keyboards that never need to be recharged.
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SURVEY: Clients Disappear, Niches Blossom

Young businesswoman speaking with clientAre you living your stated culture?

By Rita Keller
Rosenberg MAP Survey

One thing that really stood out for me about 2016 was the number of former clients and other CPA firms I have known over my many years in the profession that are disappearing. They have merged up.

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The M&A activity has, of course, been going on for many years now and it is just another form of growth, but it really hit me during this last 12 months when I looked at my long list of clients and identified the ones who are no longer in existence.
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6 Steps of Moving to Value Pricing

Chart depicting margin progression as outlined in articleYou'll end up with 4 main KPIs.

By Rob Nixon

The idea of value pricing is that your clients know how much the price will be before the work commences and you get a healthy margin in return for your intellectual capital/property.

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With the implementation of value pricing your average hourly rate (AHR) should increase dramatically. There are two ways to measure AHR.
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SURVEY: Firms Looking Inward for IT Support

Trend Watch: In-house IT is trending toward being more common.

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Q: How is IT support handled in your firm?
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