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Accounting Automation: Expectations Vs. Reality

By Dominic LoBianco on May 20, 2020 3:26:40 PM

Technology advancements over the past five years have changed the business landscape completely—and the evolution isn't slowing down anytime soon. This is especially true in the accounting space, where we’ve seen a large pop in the progression of technology over the last two to three years. With artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotic process automation being used to take on traditionally laborious work, today’s accounting professionals and business owners now have the ability to complete far more tasks in a much shorter period of time.

Topics: accounting technology Accounting firm growth automated accounting
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Breaking Down Blockchain for Accountants in 2020—and Beyond

By Botkeeper on May 13, 2020 1:30:00 PM

Blockchain technology, along with being a new buzzword, is also one of the most exciting technologies of the 21st century. A universally decentralized ledger system that can share data among an infinite number of users—a blockchain is unhackable. Due to its ability to share data and simultaneously record real-time transactions on every single computer connected to its network, the technology can’t be interfered with. If anyone tries to hack or scam a blockchain, the entire chain takes notice, and the chain will be forked where the hack happened, eliminating the culprit from the chain.

Topics: accounting technology automated accounting Blockchain
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How to Beat the Big Firms by Leveraging Accounting Tech

By Aaron Sullivan on Apr 22, 2020 1:30:00 PM

Not everyone who’s familiar with Jody Padar knows why she’s nicknamed the Radical CPA. In addition to being considered a bit progressive with her online presence (check out her Twitter and LinkedIn pages), she’s passionate about leveraging quality technology to create a better accounting firm.

Topics: accounting technology The Radical CPA Accounting firm growth Accounting advisory services
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How to Use Tech to Organize Your Business Finances

By Aaron Sullivan on Mar 6, 2020 5:17:09 PM

Whether you’re an owner or an accounting professional helping business owners, it’s no surprise that running a company requires wearing a lot of hats—manager, sales associate, HR coordinator, operations analyst. It can quickly become exhausting and overwhelming! 

Topics: automated bookkeeping accounting technology bookkeeping for accounting firms, financial technology
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7 Experts Weigh In On the Future of Accounting

By Aaron Sullivan on Nov 5, 2019 2:58:47 PM

Every industry is impacted by the rise of technology and automation, and for many, that can be an overwhelming—possibly even scary—thought. So we set out to get to the bottom of how real accounting experts view this ongoing change to the industry. Our friend Jody Padar, The Radical CPA, conducted a series of interviews with accounting industry thought leaders and influencers, and we pulled together this collection of highlights as they relate to select questions.

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How eMoney Advisors Can Help With Financial Planning

By Aaron Sullivan on Oct 29, 2019 12:54:28 PM

Financial planning can be intimidating. But it doesn't have to be, and that's what the Radical CPA Jody Padar covered in her final CPA Insights interview at the AICPA Engage 2019. Her guest was Celeste Revelli, director of financial planning at eMoney Advisors, an online financial planning service. 

Padar and Revelli chatted about all the different features eMoney Advisors has to offer accountants who are starting to dip their toes into financial planning. What lots of accountants don’t know is that you don’t need to be a certified Financial Advisor to start having those types of conversations with your clients. You need the right tools!

That's where eMoney steps in as a tool that helps CPAs see exactly where their clients are spending money so they can better advise them on saving and how to accomplish long-term goals. Padar even uses it in her firm to better serve her clients.

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Prepare your CPA Firm for the Future

By Aaron Sullivan on Oct 1, 2019 4:50:51 PM

Back at the 2019 AICPA Engage Event, Botkeeper Partner and Radical CPA Jody Padar spoke with Ryan Lazanis, a CPA from Montreal about helping other firm owners adjust to new technology and changes in the profession. 

Lazanis said he thinks we’re finished with the education phase—where firm owners are learning about all the new technology available to them and why it’s important—and we’ve moved onto the implementation phase in which firm owners are just trying to work out how exactly they can change their own processes. And he would know; he started an all-online CPA firm back in 2013 and found some pretty radical success through that adventure.

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Bookkeeping with Excel Templates: Pros & Cons

By Aaron Sullivan on Sep 19, 2019 2:05:00 PM

You might visualize bookkeeping as sitting at a desk covered in receipts, looking through a green visor at rows and rows of hand-written numbers. And you wouldn't be entirely wrong. Many businesses have traditionally used programs like Excel to handle their business finances. But we live in the future, and technology exists to make this arduous, expensive approach to bookkeeping go the way of the dodo.

Automated booking software has eliminated the need for Excel in many cases, yet the Microsoft tool is still used by businesses and entrepreneurs for their bookkeeping, budgeting, and accounting needs. Sure, Excel can be a valuable bookkeeping tool, but it has its share of disadvantages too.

Topics: small business bookkeeping bookkeeping tips accounting technology business growth scalability Spreadsheet Bookkeeping with Excel Excel bookkeeping templates
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Time and Tech Wait for No One

By Aaron Sullivan on Sep 10, 2019 1:30:00 PM

There’s no time like the present, especially when your career and industry depend on your ability to adopt new tech and take advantage of its benefits. That’s part of what Radical CPA Jody Padar and tech implementer and advisor Dustin Wheeler discussed at this year’s AICPA Engage event.

Padar and Wheeler met on social media and have been friends for over a decade. Padar even admits Wheeler was one of the first Radical CPAs!

Padar asked why he enjoys sharing technology with others in his firm, and Wheeler described how he jumps right into technology to learn it, rather than waiting for someone to explain it to him. He prefers to just mess around with the software and figure it out himself, which is great advice for CPAs who might be apprehensive about getting into technology. 

Check out the interview recording below, or read on for an edited version of the transcript.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution

By Aaron Sullivan on Sep 3, 2019 11:15:00 AM

The printing press. The steam engine. The assembly line. These technologies revolutionized the way we work and set humanity on a different course for productivity. And now Jasen Stine, training leader at Intuit, is drawing attention to what he calls the “fourth industrial revolution.”

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Improve Your Accounting Practice With Technology

By Aaron Sullivan on Aug 28, 2019 6:47:11 PM

Adapt or deal with being left behind. There’s no shortage of internet articles about how companies and firms must learn to evolve if they don’t want to get left behind.

Radical CPA Jody Padar covered this exact topic at the AICPA Engage conference in Las Vegas when she sat down with Aaron Berson, CEO and cofounder of Fringe Accounting Company. The two also discussed the balance between being a CPA and a technologist, and what the most exciting new technology is.

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Why Technology Is No Longer an Option for CPAs

By Aaron Sullivan on Aug 20, 2019 6:50:04 PM

There’s that saying that we fear what we don’t understand, and for many experienced professionals—like CPAs who have been around since Intuit first hit the scene in the ’80s—technology is very intimidating.

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