Smart Stops on the Web


SMALL OFFICE/HOME OFFICE SITES

What’s the Big Idea?
www.ahbbo.com
CPAs can read current and archived issues at this home-business e-zine and find tips on financing, managing time and staying productive. Tools of the Trade has links to resources for copywriting, e-book and e-zine publishing, Internet marketing and Web site development. Visitors also can find tips for work-at-home moms and links to business start-up guides and freelance work.

Resources for Resident Workers
www.soho.org
Looking for information on avoiding data disasters or “feng shui-ing” your at-home office space? Go here to find the answers, plus read about common advertising mistakes, financing your home business and kick-starting your cash flow. You also can get information on the legalities and tax advantages of a home office, as well as join a discussion forum on work-at-home issues. Check out the Opinion Snapshot, with poll results on small business topics, too.

Step by Step
www.sbanetwork.org
CPAs who want to expand their client base and grow their practices can find the steps to take at the Small Business Advisory Network site, which offers a “12 Step Business Growth Plan.” This e-stop uses the latest Web-based innovations, including free MP3 audio workshops and pod casts—content displayed through an iPod—on getting your foot in a prospective client’s door and motivating staff. Visitors can sign up for the e-newsletter Business Update, read business planning and growth strategy articles and download a free e-book on starting a business.

What’s News?
www.smallbizbitsnews.com
In addition to articles on how women entrepreneurs can finance home businesses and the cost of starting them, users can find links to start a free Web page, secure grant money or subscribe to the gratis e-zine SmallBizBits News. The site offers free downloadable books on topics such as advertising and home-based business success tips. Success Quotes is a nice break with lines from, among others, General George S. Patton: “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”

Network on the Net
www.microsoft.com/smallbusiness/accountants/partnerprog.mspx
This site invites you to join the Microsoft Professional Accountants’ Network (MPAN) and receive as part of your free registration CPE training on small business accounting and access to discussion groups, newsgroups, webcasts and MPAN’s newsletter and program support hot line. Registered users can find practice development articles and five tips for a paperless office. Available resources include white papers with sample reports and tips on improving productivity, and small business accounting software to buy.

GENERAL INTEREST SITES

Back to School
www.scc.losrios.edu/~burbagg
Sacramento City College professor Greg Burbage’s home page has resources for seasoned professionals, in addition to syllabi from his financial and managerial accounting classes, including complete downloads of recent academic textbooks, links to accounting, business and finance certifications, organizations and initiatives such as the AICPA’s financial literacy program at www.360financialliteracy.org. Other sections have links to federal forms, an investor glossary and online conversion tables. Find brain teasers at the Just for Fun page.

Do Your Homework
www.rezamaze.com
If you’re making a move, think about punching up your rsum first. Stop here to find out how to write cover letters that sizzle and check your own references. Read five rsum mistakes that will kill your candidacy and browse through loads of career links. Users can read sample rsums for positions from entry level to executive and get tips on surviving outsourcing and offshoring.

Find a Job Directly
www.work.com
Cut out the middle man, recruitment offices and pay-to-look Web site registrations to find your ideal position here. A basic search with simple criteria returns details about the position—including both necessary and desirable qualifications—and the company, such as an address, HR contact information and the option to apply online. Read blog chat on how to find free trade publications and how to prepare for an interview.

Become a Convert
www.onlineconversion.com
With more than 50,000 conversion tables on topics from how long to wait until you retire to figuring out your weight on other planets, this site has something for everyone. Professionals will want to bookmark Finance Conversions and Calculators for adjusted cost bases for stock purchases and currency converters, as well as paycheck and tip calculators and a savings estimator. Miscellaneous conversions give users a meeting-room-size calculator.

SPONSORED REPORT

Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.

QUIZ

News quiz: IRS warning on cyberattacks and a change in pension rules

Once again, the IRS sounds the alarm about a threat from cyberthieves. See how much you know about this and other recent news with this short quiz.

CHECKLIST

Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.