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The Right Tech Tools for COVID Work-from-Home

iPads, Android, or Microsoft Surface?

By Roman H. Kepczyk
Quantum of Paperless: Technology Guide & Checklist

One of the key components in optimizing firm production is providing the capability for firm personnel to work from any place, at any time, at their own convenience. Allowing experienced firm personnel the ability to work remotely used to be a key employee retention strategy. Then came COVID-19 and it became a necessity.

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Giving your personnel secure access to the firm’s application and data resources allows them to work effectively outside normal office hours and avoid unnecessary commuting time.

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An Alternative to Pro Bono

Businesswoman at crossroads, facing two pathsTry board service instead.

By Ed Mendlowitz
The CPA Trendlines Practice Doctor

QUESTION: Occasionally I receive requests to perform accounting services for free for not-for-profit organizations. I usually ignore them. Do you have any suggestions on how to handle these emails?

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Who’s Afraid of Client Accounting Services?

CPA Trendlines research shows why some firms fall behind in CAS.

By Hitendra Patil
Accountaneur: The Entrepreneurial Accountant

Over the past about three years, I have been keenly observing, following and analyzing the evolution of CAS as one of the topmost new revenue and growth segments for firms of almost all sizes. I have been reading every piece of content, whitepapers, documents, research reports, survey results, etc., related to CAS, and discovering and debating insights from them.

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My day-to-day work involves interacting with customers. For the past 16 years, I have been working exclusively with accountants. Every day, I speak with accountants about what services they offer under CAS, what is working and not working, what are the challenges in creating their CAS practices, how is CAS differentiated, and so on.
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Make Your Writing Count

Woman working at desktop computerGood writing still takes time and careful consideration.

By Steven E. Sacks
The NEW Fundamentals

Every day we write something, whether it is a text, an email, a handwritten note (yes, they still exist), an article, speech, a report or something else. It takes practice and patience to become proficient. It does not matter what profession or field of endeavor in which you work. To be clear and concise is to respect the reader’s time and position.

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If you advise businesses, besides the guidance you impart, your most valuable product can be a memo, letter or a report. Your report is the only tangible product the client will receive in return for paying your fee. It serves as a historical record of the effort you put forth. It can mask or reveal the quality of the fact-finding or analysis you conducted simply based on how clearly you communicated your information.
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Thursday, Oct. 29: Building a $5 Million High-Net-Worth Practice, with Russ Alan Prince and Anthony Glomski

https://cpatrendlines.agassetadvisory.com/masterclass/
Guidelines for Sourcing and Working With the Wealthy During the Covid-19 Crisis and Beyond. Get the special PRO Member rate.

With Russ Alan Prince and Anthony Glomski

Thursday, Oct. 29, 11 am ET

4-hour intensiveworkshop with one-on-one coaching / Attendance limited to 10 seats

(Sorry, no CPE)

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Try an Accountability Chart Instead

Blank organizational chartThen check to see whether the right people are in the right seats.

By Jody Grunden
Building the Virtual CFO Firm in the Cloud

“Getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats – these are all crucial steps in the early stages of buildup…” – Jim Collins, “Good to Great”

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When Adam and I first started the company, we didn’t have much organizational structure. We didn’t need it. But as the company grew, it became necessary to develop an organizational structure. There’s a great quote by Michael E. Gerber in his book “The E-Myth Revisited” that says, “Without the Organization Chart, confusion, discord and conflict become the order of the day.”
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