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SIX-MINUTE SURVEY: Top Business Strategies for After Busy Season

After Busy Season, which STRATEGIC ACTIVITY will be your TOP PRIORITY?

Check one to launch the survey and get the results.

b. Focus on marketing and getting new business

c. Learning from Busy Season '19

d. Investing in new technology

e. Adding, cutting, or upgrading staff

f. Adjusting pricing strategies & billing rates

g. Changing jobs or getting a promotion

h. Fire some clients

i. Other

Yes, the survey should take only six minutes. (We timed it.)
And you'll be the first to get the special topline executive summary, just for participating. 
As always, confidentiality assured.

Be Careful with Microsoft Office Upgrades

Consider more training on productivity applications.

By Roman H. Kepczyk
Quantum of Paperless

To be effective in business today, every member of your firm must optimally utilize the Microsoft Office suite at an intermediate to advanced level for Outlook, Excel and Word.

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The CPAFMA 2018 IT Survey found that 45 percent of responding firms had standardized on Office 2016 (including Office365 users), 31 percent had standardized on Office 2013 and 23 percent on Office 2010. Firms have traditionally been behind the adoption curve because of the lag time of accounting vendors supporting the latest version, particularly for audit engagement binders.
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Flying Taxis Could Beat Cars for Efficiency

Illustration of flying taxiDistance and capacity matter.

By Rick Richardson

Flying cars do sound cool, but whether they’re a good idea is up for debate.

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Fortunately, they do seem to have some benefits, among them, improved efficiency – at least on long trips.
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Start with the Cash

Extreme close up of female hand with pen pointing on cash flow document.After all, what is most important?

By Ed Mendlowitz
Call Me Before You Do Anything: The Art of Accounting

One time I was asked to audit a hotel in Florida that was going to be foreclosed on by the mortgagor and for which I was paid in advance.

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The audit was planned and scheduled, and it looked like we had everything under control from our end as much as we could.
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6 Ways to Retain NextGen Staff

Wilson
Wilson

68% of young employees are job hunting in the next year. How about yours?

By Marc Rosenberg
The Rosenberg Practice Management Library

Our Chicago roundtable, consisting of the most prestigious and largest local CPA firms in the Windy City, convened a conference that brought the house down. Jennifer Wilson, who leads Convergence Coaching, was our speaker.

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Having the right staff and using people in the right way – highest and best use – and keeping your best people is still the #1 challenge that firms face. Jen addressed this issue with magnum force.
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Strimo: New Tech for Managing Cannabis Business Performance

Portrait of Jacques Santucci
Santucci

Could this be the new standard?

By Liz Gold
CannaBizCPA.Pro

If you’re in the cannabis industry and you’re working with cannabis clients, you've likely had your fair share of experiences with point-of-sales systems. Like all technology, some platforms work better than others and the key is to find the right system for your company’s particular needs. Often it’s a compromise or giving up a function for a feature that is more important.

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Enter Strimo.
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How to Beat the Online Sales Tax

logosIs a special card the answer?

By Rick Richardson

Nobody likes to pay sales tax and until recently, most of us shopped online to avoid our local sales tax.

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Nearly one year ago, the Supreme Court ruled that out-of-state retailers must collect sales tax on internet sales.
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Jumping to Windows 10

Words "time for an update" on clock faceAnd new processors, drives, and RAM you need.

By Roman H. Kepczyk
Quantum of Paperless

Okay, we all know that the Microsoft Windows operating system is preferred to run computers by the primary vendors to the accounting profession.

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While firms don’t place too much emphasis on the workstation operating system, one significant issue that firms can’t overlook is increasing computer memory to ensure computers function optimally with today’s multimonitor requirements and the multitude of concurrent applications your staff will be running, which can impact your Windows version decision.
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Secret Success Formula: E=fs4Uh

Woman and man shaking handsWhat do you do?

By Ed Mendlowitz
Call Me Before You Do Anything: The Art of Accounting

Einstein developed a simple formula that provided the solution to the cosmos, energy and matter. Well, by working on it long enough, with determined, focus I just developed my own formula for the solution to client financial success.

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It's E=fs4Uh. And it stands for "Ed = financial security for You at a higher level."
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How to Develop a Truly Progressive NextGen Culture

Three businesspeople of different agesWhy following up is so important.

By Marc Rosenberg
The Rosenberg Practice Management Library

Earlier this year our Chicago roundtable, consisting of the most prestigious and largest local CPA firms in the Windy City, convened a conference that brought the house down.  Our goal was (a) to address the #1 challenge to CPA firms today – managing all staff issues from recruiting to retention to developing NextGen leaders and (b) to bring in THE #1 authority on these issues to speak to us about state-of-the-art practices.

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Jennifer Wilson was our speaker and wow, did she hit it out of the park! Jen, who leads Convergence Coaching, is regularly recognized by "Accounting Today" as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting and by "INSIDE Public Accounting" as one of the Most Recommended Consultants To CPA Firms.
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What Aspiring Accountants Need to Know

Man looking at 5 keysThe five keys to kick-starting new careers they don't teach in college.

By Steven Sacks

When I was asked recently to address college seniors in accounting, we initially thought it would be all about technology. Instead, we talked about something else: How their real education would be learned on the job. And neither their skills in technology nor accounting would be their most important advantages.

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The students, by this time, had all the technical knowledge they would need to begin a career in either the public or private sector. So they were more interested in the evolution of the profession and the necessary human skills that would help kick-start their careers. Come to think of it, what we discussed might be as relevant to a senior partner as a newbie recruit. They are the essentials for achieving long-term success at any stage, and maybe in any line of work.

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Troubles with IRS Private Debt Collection

Businessman sitting in office chair, covering his face with his handThe IRS listed 6 risks. The GAO found 10 more.

By CPA Trendlines

Here’s a curious situation: The Internal Revenue Service of the wealthiest nation on earth, with all its power to collect taxes – be it by withholding, by a polite letter of request, by slapping somebody’s assets with a lien, by knocking on a delinquent’s door – sometimes the IRS can’t afford to collect back taxes.

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When it can’t, it gives the power and privilege to a private debt collection (PDC) agency.
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