Before Jody Padar joined her father’s Chicago-based CPA firm, the bulk of their work and focus was on helping clients with tax prep and filing. There was no innovation, and certainly no time to explore new growth opportunities for a small firm with limited options.
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There are a lot of responsibilities that come with running a successful construction business, but job costing is one of the most important. It's sort of like planning out your grocery list for Thanksgiving dinner...you want to get just the right amounts of everything without breaking the bank. And like planning the perfect holiday fête, when done correctly, job costing can ensure your construction business is successful while keeping surprises to a minimum.
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Restaurant owners have one of the most demanding jobs around: pleasing foodies.
Successful restaurants thrive thanks to serving delicious, mouth-watering food, but that’s not all it takes. What about running the business side of things? That’s a different story.
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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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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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Someone should really write a tell-all book for business success that includes a money-back guarantee. There's no doubt that we'd buy that book. But since it doesn't exist (yet), the next-best alternative is to research and learn how to avoid the biggest mistakes and pain points your business might face.
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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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Botkeeper vs. ScaleFactor vs. Pilot vs. Bench: Which Bookkeeping Software is Right for Your Business?
Update: As of June 23, 2020, ScaleFactor announced that it would be closing.
Whether you run a startup company or manage a billion-dollar enterprise, bookkeeping is one of the most important tasks for any business. Business owners want (and need) to focus on their products and services as well as growing their company. But they also need to stay on top of bookkeeping tasks, which are tedious and time-consuming. Fortunately, there are lots of bookkeeping services available today that can help business owners streamline their bookkeeping tasks so they can focus on what matters.
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It's 2019, and we have machines to do nearly every awful task that we never wanted to do again...a dishwasher for our dishes, washing machine for smelly clothes, GPS for getting us anywhere, cars that drive and park themselves (also for getting us anywhere). But what about other terrible tasks? We're talking about things that would not only make our personal lives better, but also improve our professional lives.
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Ah, nuts. You realize you've written a check in the wrong amount, or you've sent it to the wrong vendor because you have so many to keep track of and sometimes things get mixed up. #smbproblems