Learn More about Job Candidates with a Tour of Your Workplace

You may learn about a job candidate during an interview, but you’ll get a lot more insight by getting out of your office and taking finalists on a tour of your workplace. The candidate will see what your culture is like, and you’ll have a chance to observe how they respond to your environment. Here’s what to look for: Interactions with employees. Is the candidate interested in talking only to upper-level people? How did the person’s attitude change when meeting people at different levels? Observe how much attention the person pays to what others say—are they really listening, or bored?
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Habits to Reduce Stress and Keep a Positive Attitude

There’s no doubt that running an accounting practice is stressful. You’re responsible for so much: the day-to-day logistics of your business, your image and reputation, and the all-important financial bottom line. You may feel like you’re genuinely “married” to the business and unable to take time off for self-care. But easing your anxiety – and putting some emotional distance between you and your work – can actually make you a more effective, efficient, and productive business owner. Here are five healthy habits that can lower your stress levels: Meditate Studies show that even a short daily meditation can lower anxiety
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Different Ways to Celebrate Accomplishments

Accomplishments are big or small. They can come at any point in time, especially after the end of a stressful or peak period of work. Accountants often feel these pressures at the end of the tax year or fiscal years of various companies they represent. Sitting in front of a computer or a set of paperwork can be mentally exhausting and cause exhaustion on the eyes. Soon, it seems the numbers all start running together. The best way to lessen the burdens of these stressors is to come up with different ways to celebrate the big or small accomplishments. A
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4 Hiring Tips Every Accounting Firm Should Be Leveraging

In your busy accounting office, you know the importance of having the right people, within the right roles, performing their best. When it comes time to grow, you may worry about adding a fresh personality to the mix and upsetting an already streamlined team. Maybe you’re hesitant about fleshing through countless resumes and finding that ‘diamond in the rough’ candidate you need. Today, we’ll highlight four hiring tips you can leverage immediately to make sure you’re considering only the best-fit candidates to add to your firm. Setting the Expectations Make sure any job descriptions are accurate and set proper expectations
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3 Fun Ways to Promote Your Business

Promoting your business can easily start feeling like a chore. When this happens you never want to do the work placed before you. As a result your efforts usually come up short of what they could be. But it doesn’t have to be like this. By switching up the type of content you use to market your business you will inject some much-needed creativity into your promotions. And, more importantly, you will have fun in the process. Let’s look at three fun ways to promote your business.  Incorporate Video into Your Marketing Plan Video is an incredibly important marketing tool
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Systems and Procedures: How to Make Your Office More Efficient

A good business owner understands that an efficient office is the key to success and profitability. Inefficiency in a business can cost the firm 20-30% in revenue. In addition to the tangible financial loss of time, lack of efficient processes and practices can result in loss of business from dissatisfied clients, turnover of good employees, and loss of service value. The key to avoiding these pitfalls is ensuring that your practice is managed with care and competence.  Establish and Enforce Policies and Procedures Clear and effective policies and procedures are crucial to ensure workplace efficiency. When specific procedures are outlined
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Teach Office Staff to Care for Your Customers

When hiring new office personnel, we tend to focus on the expectations for interoffice behavior. We discuss dress code, appropriate workspace personal belongings, and even acceptable conversation topics. We often forget to inform them of one of the most important parts of the job: how to care for customers. A small accounting firm usually finds success by providing unparalleled customer service. It’s when the company grows and adds employees that these initial values begin to erode. It’s vital for firms to maintain excellent customer service as they grow. This must be communicated to each new hire as early as possible.
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Create a Culture of Ownership Among Your Team

Many leaders think stock options are the only way to instill workers with a sense of ownership in the organization, but for small business leaders, offering stock isn’t an option. To help your team feel that they are participating in running the company, follow this strategy:  Share information. Financial information is crucial; team members will question whether they’re really full partners if finances are kept secret. But operational information is vital, too. Employees should understand how one person’s work affects others in the organization—the domino effect. Other information to share: strategies, successes (especially employee success stories), setbacks, and internal and
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Business Mentors: Focus on What Works Best

Business mentors help employees observe, experiment, and evaluate different ways of doing work to find out which strategies work best. Get started with these tips: Explain what works for you and why. Telling a protégé what to do in a specific situation doesn’t really teach them much. You’ll be more effective if you communicate as explicitly as you can what strategies and techniques have worked best for you. After a meeting with a client, for instance, you might tell the protégé why you took the approach you did, and how you would have done something different with another client. Urge
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How to Beat Boredom

In the accounting industry we spend a good portion of each day performing tedious tasks. And though we might not be able to eliminate them, we may be able to make them less dull. Try these tricks on how to beat boredom: Decide how long it should take you to complete a task, then shorten the allotted time by 25-50 percent. Set a timer to push yourself to get it done—and get it done right—in less time than you’d normally take. Think about how you usually perform the task, and then take an entirely different approach. Write out your daily
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