Strategy and planning

Innovation showcase: CPA employers on the cutting edge

Completely virtual workplaces. Flat hierarchies. Employees who set their own hours. Vacation stipends. Silicon Valley? Not quite. Meet seven employers that have radically rethought the ways they relate to their CPAs and are reinventing the accounting workplace.

Timing your exit

This article offers factors to consider when deciding when to bow out of their firm.

How to keep clients after an accounting practice sale

Client attrition is one of the biggest threats to the success of an accounting firm merger or sale. Buyers and sellers both have pivotal parts to play if they want to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of the transition process.

CPA firms struggling with succession

As Baby Boomer partners reach retirement age, they are having difficulty delegating work to staff members and developing leaders to replace them.

Preparing for what’s next

CPAs do a masterful job of taking care of their clients' business, but they also need to make sure they look out for their own. Practice-continuation agreements can minimize the chaos in the transfer of a CPA practice to a successor.

United we thrive, divided we fail

If you want your firm to thrive well into the future, make enhancing overall partner unity your No. 1 priority in the coming year.

Succeeding with a narrow focus

Specializing and focusing on a narrow range of services can help CPAs and audit firms reduce training costs and risks.

Models of success?

An accounting firm experiment hypothesizes that “there will be multiple successful business models for accounting firms of the future.” Explore the experiment’s results and different visions for public accounting’s future—and examples of that future already becoming reality.

Succession challenges for U.S. CPA firms to tackle

U.S. public accounting firms must tackle five challenges in their succession planning to fill the gaps left by Baby Boomer partners who have begun to retire, according to results from a Global Accounting Alliance survey.

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Cybersecurity threats proliferating for midsize and smaller businesses

This report details how SMBs can properly protect private information from breaches, design and implement a cybersecurity policy, and create safeguards for training and education.

QUIZ

Test yourself on these often confused words

The spelling checker on your word processing program can do only so much to flag problems. Your best insurance is to learn the troublesome words that trip up writers and use them correctly by the standards of formal, written English.