With an ever-changing landscape, the accounting industry has seen drastic disruption over the past few years. Accounting is a profession with many nuances—working long hours, keeping up with evolving tax laws, managing complex client relationships, etc.—how does a firm manage to stay competitive when new obstacles seem to emerge every day?
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There used to be this notion in accounting that if you were an early adapter to technology, you were considered progressive. Industry veterans might have looked at you as though you were some foolhardy explorer on a wasteful quest to burn budget on sleek tools—only to produce mediocre results (at best).
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Compliance refers to ensuring that a company’s practices are well in line with the current legal and financial regulations. These can include federal, state, and international law. Remaining compliant might also mean upgrading or updating old hardware and software to ensure efficiency.
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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.
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According to recent statistics, 82% of businesses are failing as a direct result of mismanaged profit and cash flow. While this is a scary statistic for business owners, you'll be happy to know that there are some very simple ways that you can ensure this doesn't happen to you.
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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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We’re in the age of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), and most industry leaders believe the two concepts—working in tandem—will be what creates massive growth for companies in every vertical. It’s actually what’s known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and we probably haven’t even hit the thick of it yet.
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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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Artificial or augmented intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have become hot topics in tech, business, and our everyday lives. In fact, a Google News search for the term “AI” returned 26.1 million results within the last 24 hours alone. That’s around 300 results per second!
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Having a competent bookkeeper could be the difference between steering your business to new growth and letting it spiral out of control, like a helicopter crash in an action movie. Whether your bookkeeper is an accountant who’s been with the company for decades, or it's your retired mother-in-law (or both), you must have confidence that they’re doing their job well and with your company’s bottom line in mind. Their daily work could be what leads to cutting nonessential costs and increasing your margins.