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 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

On the Road again, Sharing Insights from the San Jose Technology Conference I am Attending

I’m on the road again and sharing insights from the San Jose accounting technology conference I am attending. Liquid Breakfast Today’s conference takeaways started at breakfast, I sat down at a random table and the conversation started with “where are you from?” My computer was in my backpack so that “takeaway” was written on a napkin. Here are my highlights and takeaways from today’s conference: Show your clients you care.  It’s…  Read more

On the Road Again – Pre-Conference Takeaways Started While Waiting to Board…

This week I’m in San Jose for an accounting technology conference and then I’ll be on to Florida and Long Island for specialized industry and tax conferences with my staff members. Sometimes it seems that the best part of the conference is the people you meet along the way… In the Delta Lounge before boarding On the airplane (photo credits go to my row-mate Howard) On the trip to the…  Read more

On the Road Again…Sharing About My Upcoming Conferences

On the road again, this week I am heading to San Jose for an accounting technology conference; in the next few weeks I am also scheduled to travel to Florida and Long Island for specialized industry and tax conferences with my staff members. Recently I have shared “best practices” for attending conferences and networking events, no need to reiterate, but follow these links for a refresher: Tips for getting the…  Read more

We Create Time…to Spend Doing What You Love

In our office, we like to say “we create time”.  We would much rather be out playing than writing checks, entering invoices or adjusting accounting records.  We figured that if we “hated” these tasks, our clients would too. I love the example of how adding an automated payroll portal system eliminated administrative time for the employees and the “boss”.  Implementing just this one administrative task freed up time, eliminated notices…  Read more

Do You Have the Right Tools in Your Tool Box to Create Time?

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 through our technology bundle. Here is the link to watch in case you missed it. I hope it inspires you to take action I wanted to follow along on the same theme of creating time, to give you an excerpt from our…  Read more

We Create Time…to Spend With the People You Love

In our office, we like to say “we create time”. How do we do that? By using cloud-based software to eliminate administrative tasks. We’ve set up systems for our clients to save them (and their bookkeepers) hours and sometimes days, basically tons of time they’d usually spend writing checks or manually entering things like bills, credit card statements, payroll detail, projections, etc. We put together several software applications that we…  Read more

It’s Conference Season Yet Again, Have You Created a Plan to Get the Most Out of Your Experience?

I was excited to contribute to the article “Short and Sweet Networking Tips for Your Tax Practice.”  which went live last week;  the URL is   https://taxprocenter.proconnect.intuit.com/practice-management/short-and-sweet-networking-tips-for-your-tax-practice/. I  love collaborating with other tax professionals about issues in our practices and our industry; again one of the advantages of attending industry specific conference. Here is my full submission which included several other important points that I feel work well for any industry: In…  Read more

3 Smart Practices for Business Success

If you’re like most small business owners, there are never enough hours in the day to complete every task on your list. Often you’re faced with prioritizing what you need to do right now – deal with a customer, meet a deadline, attend an event – and the things you know you should do for the ongoing growth of your business. Scheduling time to attend to these business activities on…  Read more

3 Ways Fantastic Customer Service Helps Grow Your Business

Small business owners know that to encourage and maintain a loyal customer base, they must stand out from their competitors. Offering outstanding customer service should be the cornerstone of any business and one of the best ways to create and maintain your customer base. How you and your staff treat your customers/patients/clients reflects on your entire business. Unfortunately, many small business owners focus a lot of attention on their products…  Read more

Evaluate Your Business Process…Create a Road Map to Your Dream Business

“If it Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix IT” doesn’t make sense in the Business World It might not be broken, but carefully thought out processes can help make your business run more smoothly and profitably. An analogy was playing in my head as I was updating my PowerPoint about the benefits of implementing practice management for a recent accounting conference: Several times during the week one of the staff used the…  Read more

The Right Tool with an Accountability Coach Can Help You Reach Your Goals More Easily

Remember your software, like your workout equipment, is just a tool or piece of equipment.  My recommendation, when working towards your goal with your accountant who is a well-trained and knowledgeable accountability coach you will be more successful reaching your maximum profitability.  Compare this to working with your training coach or with a piece of exercise equipment which keeps you on track.  Watch my short video about my after tax…  Read more

Taking Some Personal Time Each Day Enables You to Focus on the “Tough Stuff”

Have you ever pondered over an issue and felt the stress building up only to find that the solution pops into your head while you are in the shower, on a long walk, or sitting in traffic? I was working with a couple on a retirement and relocation plan. During our discovery session, I could practically feel their stress over some very hard decisions they would need to make over…  Read more

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