New IRS W-4 Form Could be Confusing…

You may feel overwhelmed by this new form and the calculations involved with setting up sufficient 2020 tax withholding.  We certainly understand as it seems that to do it correctly you need to be a tax professional or have a really good grasp on how your income is earned as well as what deductions and tax credits you are entitled to. Watch this video to see our reaction to the…  Read more

What Does the End of Windows 7 Support Mean to Me…

Businesses in all industries deal with similar problems due to the nature of their technology solutions.  Many businesses in the financial world use Microsoft Products.  If you are one of them, the clock is ticking and you need to do something about upgrading your operating system as your data security could depend on it. Windows 7 support will end January 14, 2020. PCs with Windows 7 will still work, but…  Read more

The 90 Day Action Plan, a Great Tool for Creating Professional Development Plans for your Employees…

Showing your employees that you appreciate them by investing in their future will pay big dividends. Hopefully you have been using 90 Day Action Plans for you and your firm/medical practice/business.  Now that you are familiar with the process, lets expand to create Professional Development Plans for you and your employees as it relates to your business. It seems that no matter the subject of my presentation, I will usually include…  Read more

Planning the Year Ahead – Use a 90 Day Action Plan for Your Employees’ Professional Development

A great way to start the new year is to implement a 90 Day Action Plan for your company/medical practice/business; you may what to enhance that strategy by creating your own Professional Development Action Plan and by helping your employees create their Professional Development Action Plan as well. I love and recommend using a 90 Day Action Plan for this project! An Employee Professional Development Plan can follow all the…  Read more

New Year, New Leaf, What are Your Business Plans for 2020?

It’s hard to believe but 2019 is over and it’s time to create or update your business plan. If you’re like us you’re are currently working on your 2020 business plan too (writing 2020 might take a bit of getting used to!) We are recommending that our clients  “take stock” at this time of year and think about their business & strategy for the year ahead. If you’re looking to…  Read more

Here’s A Tip to Help You Take Action on Your 2020 Goals…

I recorded this video over the summer (right, I am not standing on the beach in this gear in December!) A Plan with Small Actionable Steps Will Help Create the Goals we Have in Mind for Our Business and Ourselves and what better time to put this tip to use than now… This message is just perfect for this time of year.  We are all hoping to start 2020 with…  Read more

How to Channel More Positive Energy in Your Office

I was asked to write an article for Tax Pro Center for the Intuit ProConnect site, you can click through and read it here:  “How to Channel More Positive Energy in Your Tax Firm”. Then watch this video about our firm: Final Thoughts Positive energy resulting from respect, appreciation and support of ideas can bolster most relationships. What works for accounting firms works for other businesses as well.  Watch the…  Read more

“There’s No Time Like the Present” For 2020 Business Planning

There is “No Time Like the Present” For You to Start Planning for an Amazing 2020 Have you thought about what 2020 holds? Now is the perfect time to book your Business  Strategy Session. You’ll get guidance on updating or setting up your Business Plan. It’s hard to believe but the year is almost over! AND…there is “No Time Like the Present” for a Business Strategy Session. We sometimes call…  Read more

Ready to Retire? Make Sure Your Cash Flow is Sufficient!

Ready to retire? Worried that you can’t afford to?  Your accountant may be able to help shed some light on your situation.  Remember that your tax situation may change drastically after retirement and that change can have a positive effect on your spending dollars! Watch this video to see how understanding your after tax retirement dollars can bring you peace of mind. You CAN afford to retire with after tax…  Read more

Separate Personal and Business Expenses To Yield a Better Tax and Financial Result

There are some things in life that go together well and others that definitely do not! Business and personal finances are in that category of items that should not be mixed. Although it may seem like a headache to keep them separate—who wants to manage all those bank accounts?—your life will be greatly simplified once you separate your personal and your business finances, especially your expenses. Paperwork and taxes will…  Read more

Tips for Switching Off During the Holidays, or Any Time You Need To

The holiday season is once again here, and with it comes time to relax, focus on family and friends and take stock in what is really important in life. What if you are a small business owner who has not worked through your processes to create a business rather than a job?  Every small business owner knows that being away from the office can be just as stressful as being…  Read more

It’s a Wrap! My Takeaways from the 2019 Long Island Tax Symposium

It was great to end my conference travels right here in New York for the 2019 Long Island Tax Professionals Symposium.  I followed my own advice on setting goals for the conferences I attend, but these takeaways and highlights were unexpected! Try to take at least one “in-person” update course per year on the software you use and depend on in your office.  I was thrilled that this year we…  Read more

How Channeling More Positive Energy in Your Office is Good for Business

Positive energy resulting from respect, appreciation and support of ideas can bolster most relationships. What works for accounting firms works for other businesses as well. Click through to read my full article published this week on Tax Pro Center | Intuit ProConnect site:    “How to Channel More Positive Energy in Your Tax Firm”   Looking to create a better work environment but need some help? You may also want to perform…  Read more

IT’s A Wrap! Great Takeaways From the Specialized Industry Conference We Just Attended…

It was great to have Elizabeth with me for this conference. We split up for several sessions and have already compared notes. We were even able to spend time while still away to make plans for implementing our joint takeaways: Many businesses today are challenged with recruiting and retaining talented loyal staff.  You can start solving staffing problems by looking at the way management is currently interacting with their team.…  Read more

Takeaways from Day 1 of this Week’s Specialized Industry Accounting Conference

I’m on the road again enjoying sharing insights from the specialized industry accounting conference I am attending.  Today’s takeaways started even before we reached the registration desk, where I introduced Elizabeth Spradley, our firm’s accounting manager to some of the returning attendees and conference administrators.  They continued as we participated in the day’s workshops and on through the welcome reception. Here are my highlights and takeaways from Day 1 of…  Read more

Another Great Day at Quickbooks Connect…Sharing my Takeaways

I hope you enjoyed my photos and takeaways as much as I enjoyed sharing with you.  Please do send feedback if these tips have resonated with you.  Please share in the comments if and how you have implemented them in your firm/business/practice, I hope you can tell from these photos that I have taken “selfie” taking lessons. Andrea & Ivette You can be an inspiration to your accountability coach when…  Read more

More “Takeaways” from the Conference Trail, Day 2 in San Jose

I hope you are enjoying my photos and takeaways, please do send feedback if these tips have resonated with you.  Please share in the comments if and how you have implemented them in your firm/business/practice, but do not judge me by my “selfie” taking ability, I do feel I am getting better. Conference Day 2 takeaways started as soon as I finished my morning workout: Peloton Bike at the Hotel…  Read more

Are You Taking Advantage of Technology to Eliminate Administrative Tasks?

I hope you were able to watch the vlog I posted last week. In the video I discuss how we “create time” by eliminating or reducing administrative tasks with the smart use of technology. My example of an easy win is to implement an automated payroll portal system that eliminates administrative time for the employees and the “boss”.  Implementing just this one administrative task can free up time, eliminate notices…  Read more

Reliable, Actionable, Data…Important for Your Succession Plan

“It’s summertime and the livin is easy”, but business is not always so.  Now is a great time to reflect on business challenges; in our office, we view them as opportunities to help create a more successful business. Consider what you’d like to achieve in the next year, 3 years, 5 years or narrow your focus to the next few months.  No matter what, best practices suggest including an exit…  Read more

A missed opportunity?

Save money by hiring an expert, know when to ask for help Imagine this … A group of friends were invited to dinner hosted by a famous chef. In greeting one of the guests, a well-known photographer, the chef commented: “I love your photos. You must have a very expensive camera.” The photographer smiled to herself and walked into the dining room. After dinner, the photographer approached the chef and…  Read more

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