Topic: practice-management

8 Ways to Wrestle Software Subscriptions Into Submission

One question leads to another. By Donny C. Shimamoto IntrapriseTechKnowlogies Budget talks between accounting and information technology departments can get pretty complicated. Accountants know budgets; IT folks know IT. Not many people know both. RELATED: IT Hardware Gets Even More Complex (Great!) | How Accounting Geeks and Techie Nerds Can Play Nicely Together But you don’t have to know both if you know the right questions. One area of special concern is budgeting for subscriptions to software.

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What Does Being a Partner Mean?

Partners persuade their people to join them on the journey and to play a part in building a better firm. By Robert J.  Lees and  August J. Aquila Creating the Effective Partnership Just as the partners need to engage with the firm’s vision so do the firm’s people. But, like everyone, they actually engage with people not words. So, effective partners continually engage with their people, regardless of their level and role. They go out of their way to create a personal bond, sharing personal information and operating with honesty and integrity in all of their interactions. Creating the Effective Partnership: Every Partner’s First Question: ‘What’s in It for Me?’ | The 9 Building Blocks of a Winning Vision that […]

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SURVEY RESULTS: CPA Firms Accelerate Growth

New national MAP survey shows widening divide between large and small firms…

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

“Mirror, mirror on the wall: How am I doing?”

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Are Bad Clients Driving You Crazy?

16 ways to tweak your compensation systems to get and keep the right clients. If your partners are putting up a fight to keep clients who should be let go, take a look at your compensation system. It’s not just about billable hours. August Aquila, Creating the Effective Partnership, suggests 16 tweaks to your firm’s compensation system. While the list is not exhaustive, it does provide criteria that firms can consider beyond revenue.

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Running an Accounting Business

QUESTION: I am the managing partner of my accounting firm by default. No one else wanted to do it. I am trying to manage things but I have a full schedule, am shorthanded on staff and continue to do a reasonable amount of marketing. I am overwhelmed. How do others do it? RESPONSE: I purposely left off the size of the firm because my response applies to every size firm – those with two partners on up to large firms with upward of 50 partners. No matter the size of your practice, it is a business and needs someone dedicated to running it. Smaller firms need less time, possibly less skills and perhaps one of the partners can fill in […]

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Ten Things Every Firm Needs to Make Clear Firmwide

The main categories of information for internal communications and management. By Bruce W. Marcus Professional Services Marketing 3.0 While the substance of information varies from firm to firm, there are 10 categories that cannot go unconsidered:

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Partner Retirements and Buyouts: Today’s 24 Major Deal Points

What 80% of firms agree on. By Marc Rosenberg The Rosenberg Survey If partner compensation is the single most critical and sensitive aspect of CPA firm practice management today, then a close second is partner retirements and buyouts – the money partners receive for the purchase of their ownership in the firm when they retire or leave the firm due to death, disability, withdrawal or expulsion. The amount of money involved is quite significant.  Roughly 80% of all firms consider the value of the firm to include:

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3 Steps to Business Clarity Amid the Sea Change in Accounting

By Sandi Smith Leyva, CPA Accountant’s Accelerator With Labor Day closing in, it’s a good time to take stock of where we stand for the year, plus re-group as needed before the 2014 busy season is upon us.  With so many changes in software, politics, tax laws, and global standards, it’s pretty easy to feel a little disorganized. More for soloists and small firms:  The Five Essential Skills Accountants Need Today  | The Seven Essential Components of a Simple Marketing Plan for Accountants  | Take Six Big Steps to Go Beyond Compliance Services     |     When Your Business Needs to Be Rebooted  |   Two Steps to Easy Cross-sells   |   The Hot New Tech Product for Automated Data Entry   |   Five Value-Add Service Areas to Take You […]

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