Do the math. Hire the best. By Ed Mendlowitz The CPA Trendlines Practice Doctor QUESTION: I seem to be wasting a lot of time and can’t put my finger on it. I go home at night feeling I am more behind than when I started that morning and my chargeable time is dropping. What suggestions can you make? ANSWER: Many professionals, not just CPAs are spending more and more time on non-business purpose activities. I don’t want to say nonessential because booking a flight or setting up a client meeting is essential, just that it is not what you are being paid for – it is not your business purpose. This person I spoke to, and many others in similar […]
The U.S. tax, accounting and bookkeeping industries remain among the bright spots in the nation’s economy, as professional and business services make up nearly a third of the last month’s job gains, according to CPA Trendlines sources. Here CPA Trendlines reports on: Current hiring trends in each of the bookkeeping, tax, payroll and CPA segments of the industry. Average hourly wages for key segments. Typical hours worked per week. Trends concerning women in the accounting workforce.
Not enough trained staff, not enough seasonal staff, not enough staff. Next question: The smartest moves this busy season? Join the survey; get the results. By CPA Trendlines Research The CPA Trendlines annual Busy Season Barometer is eliciting a panoply of lessons learned and plans for a smoother season next year. A lot of professionals’ comments this year are nothing short of outright complaint. And not without reason. It’s been a rough year. If the snow didn’t get you, Forms 3115, 8962, 8965 or 1095a did. Plus all things IRS got more complicated, clients got more desperate and, apparently, tensions rose as CPAs and staff stretched themselves to the limits of professional endurance. One of the main lessons learned is the need for […]
17 specific action steps you should take. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know When you sponsor a woman, there are many steps that you can take to ensure that the relationship is productive and achieves its objectives. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: 3 Ways to Initiate Informal Sponsorship | How to Establish a Sponsor-Protégée Relationship | 3 Roadblocks to Women and Men Working Together Well | Fear of Sex and Rumors Inhibits Sponsorship | Why Women Resist Networking and Powerful Role Models | Women Must See Politics as Leadership to Get Ahead | Mommy Bias Persists | Different Standards, Double Binds Challenge Women | 5 Ways Gender Bias Plays Out at CPA Firms Here are […]
The best December in the last decade. The U.S. tax, accounting and bookkeeping industries closed 2014 with the strongest employment trends in a decade, according to CPA Trendlines sources. Here CPA Trendlines reports on: Current hiring trends in each of the bookkeeping, tax, payroll and CPA segments of the industry. Average hourly wages for key segments. Typical hours worked per week. And trends concerning women in the accounting workforce.
How savvy firms capture their best practices and foster continuous improvement. By Roman H. Kepczyk Quantum of Paperless Every firm has accountants who are 10 percent, 20 percent or even 50 percent more productive in their departments than other personnel because they have simply “figured it out.” MORE ON TECH SPENDING: Going Paperless Means Convincing Clients First | How to Cut Tax Prep Costs with Scanners | Making Digital Tax Process Easier Is All About the Workflow | Why Firms Need Document Retention Standards | Intranet Is the Best Place for Firm Knowledge | Digital Fax Has Benefits You May Be Ignoring | Wireless Is Hot, and Here’s How to Handle It | How Safe Is Your Internet Lifeline? | New Tech […]
Career penalties for romance are greater for junior women than senior men…
These lessons were learned the hard way in the media business. But they can apply to accounting firms just as well.
The harmful impact of gender bias on women’s careers. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Gender bias reflects entrenched beliefs and assumptions about women based on stereotypes about appropriate roles and behaviors for women. Unconscious thoughts about the kinds of work women are and are not suited for, especially if they are mothers, remove highly qualified women from consideration for leadership opportunities and positions. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: 3 Reasons Why Men Don’t Pick Women Protégées | Men Advance 2 to 1 over Women without Sponsors | 18 Ways Sponsors Can Help Their Protegees | The 6 Market Advantages of Women-Led Firms | Beyond Mentoring: Why Sponsoring Women for Leadership Matters In the […]