Certified Blockchain Accountant: From CPA to CBA

Accountants have a new opportunity at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds.

By Hitendra Patil
Accountaneur: The Entrepreneurial Accountant

Can you eat a digital pizza? 

You can order and pay digitally, but you can eat only a physical pizza.

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Blockchain, with its immutable trust technology, is one of the greatest innovations of recent times capable of creating an unfathomable disruption across several industries. But its technological fabric itself has created a hurdle that it, by itself, may not be able to jump over easily.
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You Don’t Need More Clients. You Need Better Clients.

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AccountantsWorld sets N.Y., N.J. conferences on client accounting services.

AccountantsWorld plans to show practitioners how to grow and streamline accounting and payroll offerings with strategies for delivering more value to clients through two three-hour conferences in the New York and New Jersey area.

The live in-person events are scheduled at 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Melville (N.Y.) Marriott Long Island, 1350 Walt Whitman Rd. Melville., NY 11747; and Oct. 27 at the Hilton Newark (N.J.)  Penn Station, 1048 Raymond Blvd., Newark,  NJ 07102. Each provides 2.5 hours of free CPE. Learn more and sign up here

"When clients can do what you do, your value and relevance go down," says Hitendra Patil, a CPA Trendlines expert author and AccountantsWorld director of practice development. "What is left is a fee and price pressure."

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Who Wants to Be a Comptometrist?

Dinosaur talking on a rotary phoneHint: You shouldn't. Here's why.

By Hitendra Patil
Accountaneur: The Entrepreneurial Accountant

(With sincere respect to the erstwhile comptometrists.)

Only 16 out of over 500 million users of LinkedIn have “comptometrist” as the “past” title. And they held those positions from anywhere between 25 to 55 years ago!

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There are exactly zero comptometrists on LinkedIn today – and likely, in the world.
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Blockchain: Questions Are the Answer

Blockchain will find answers. But you need to know the right questions.

By Hitendra Patil
Accountaneur: The Entrepreneurial Accountant

If blockchain were human, here’s what it would say to you: “Dear accountant, your intelligence is far more powerful than my algorithmic intelligence. I can do the math, audit the authenticity of transactions incredibly faster than you can. But that’s not the point. The point is: I can provide you answers much faster than was ever possible. But only if you ask me great questions!”

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We are just about starting to see what Pablo Picasso saw way back in 1964 about “the enormous new mechanical brains” and “calculating machines.” They are “useless," he said. "They can only give you answers.”

If the mechanical brains “can only give you answers,” it is imperative that someone asks those brains the right questions. That someone had better be you.

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The 7 Experiences Millennials Want from Your Firm

Young businesswoman4 ways to motivate millennial staff ... plus how to impress millennial clients.

By Hitendra Patil
Accountaneur: The Entrepreneurial Accountant

“I never believed that millennials is an issue my firm needs to address.”

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When the owner of a fast-growing firm that is 100 percent on the cloud expressed this to me, I was surprised. No, astonished.
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Is Blockchain an Extinction Event for Accountants?

Blockchain illustration using train carsThe make or break question.

By Hitendra Patil
Accountaneur: The Entrepreneurial Accountant

Till today, “work” in the accounting profession involved creating and re-creating the accounting information and then making sense out of it.

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E.g., you take an invoice in a paper form – printed from the data already existing in someone else’s accounting software (private ledger) – and then you re-create the same data by converting (manual data-entry, OCR, etc.) that paper info into data again.
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Is Blockchain a Cloud Killer?

Computer monitors morph into chain linksWelcome to an accounting model that's predictive and always on.

By Hitendra Patil
Accountaneur: The Entrepreneurial Accountant

Let's talk about the technology behind blockchain.

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You have accessed information from the Internet for quite a few years. Now you have started accessing information on the cloud.
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22 Ways Blockchain Will Change the Accounting Profession Forever

Illustration of network with city backgroundWill you be ready?

By Hitendra Patil
Accountaneur: The Entrepreneurial Accountant

Stock exchanges and banking systems have worked on similar fundamentals in handling and creating what are known as “non-repudiable” transaction records: straight-through processing (STP), electronically connected networks of intermediaries in their “ecosystem,” etc.  But unlike bitcoin, the stock exchange and banking systems are highly regulated and centrally owned.

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More recently, bitcoin technology has created a similar “distributed shared ledger” ecosystem.
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That Oncoming Train Is Blockchain Accounting

Old steam train pulling into a tunnel belching steam and smokeBut you CAN ride it to the new destiny of your practice.

By Hitendra Patil

WARNING: This is NOT fiction. This is NOT sci-fi.

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When the best brains in the payments systems and regulatory organizations across the world sit and take serious note of the possible impact of blockchain on the entire financial sector, the accounting and tax profession cannot afford to ignore blockchain.
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The Accountaneur Difference: Eight Uncommon Success Practices of Entrepreneurial Accountants

Save the date: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 3 p.m. ET.

Join CPA Trendlines expert author Hitendra R. Patil for a one-hour webinar Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 3 p.m. ET, exploring how insights from behavioral economics apply to the tax and accounting profession.

Patil, author of Accountaneur: The Entrepreneurial Accountant and AccountantsWorld Director of Practice Development, plans to reveal:

  • The critical difference between accountants and "Accountaneurs,"
  • The eight uncommon success practices of Entrepreneurial Accountants; and
  • Specific tips and tools on how accountants can leverage human behavioral insights to achieve a unique competitive advantage.

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How to Beat Automation in Accounting

Classic drawing/puzzleFour frustrations ... and which one to focus on.

By Hitendra Patil

Do you see an old lady or a young lady or both?

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According to brainbashers.com, this image appeared in a 1915 edition of the Puck.
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PODCAST: How to Become a True ‘Accountaneur’

Automation’s effect on the accounting industry.

CPAs understandably can get weary when considering all the effects automation could have on the accounting industry. Though, according to Hitendra Patil, director of practice development for AccountantsWorld and author of Accountaneur: The Entrepreneurial Accountant, emerging technology will not only fail to harm their job prospects but also could make the CPA’s role more valuable in the long run.

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How to Fly the Automation Dragon to Your Dream Practice

The 11-step plan to winning the war against accounting "bots." 

By Hitendra Patil
Accountaneur

Like a snowball rolling down a hill, the fear that automation and artificial intelligence will replace accountants with robots is rapidly gaining mass and momentum in the accounting profession.

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But accounting is one profession that has always adapted to technological and regulatory evolution over a long period. I am sure accountants will ride the new, so-called fire-spitting-jobs-guzzling automation dragon within no time.

But first, let's think about the underground shift that will happen because of the automation in accounting. Why will automation mean more business for accountants?

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