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May 13, 2015 | Updates | Posted by Craig Baldwin Craig Baldwin

Sqrl is changing to Incline

It’s been almost 2 years since we started work on Sqrl.   Our hypothesis: retrieving client info was time consuming, awkward, bothersome, and a few other adjectives synonymous with painful.   The goal: build an application to transmit information from client to professional, and vice versa – in a simple, scalable way.   Business owner…

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February 5, 2015 | Productivity | Posted by Craig Baldwin Craig Baldwin

7 Tips to Make This Busy Season Less Busy

Busy season. A period of the year in public accounting designated by mandatory 55+ hour work weeks, weight gain, decreased sexual activity, increased alcohol consumption, late nights, tickmarks, excel, ineptitude, and uncomfortable moments in the audit room. Generally begins in mid-January and continues through March. For idiots who joined the tax practice, this season will…

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December 18, 2014 | Marketing | Posted by David Cristello David Cristello

5 Uncommon Referral Techniques from Top Accounting Pros

The following is a guest post by David Cristello, CEO of Jetpack Workflow. It’s no industry secret that referrals are the backbone of building a thriving firm or practice. In fact, the elusive referral “strategy” usually falls into most firms simply saying “we get clients from word of mouth and referrals,” without implementing any strategies…

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December 10, 2014 | Updates | Posted by Craig Baldwin Craig Baldwin

Eliminating $1 Billion Of Tax Industry Waste…Or Why We’ve Decided To Build 88seventysign

Intuit quotes a stat on their tax site about e-signatures that made me do a total double take the first time I read it.   “Organizations spend an average of $19.78 per document getting signatures (sending, tracking, reminding, managing, filing)” $19.78 per document? That seems like a ton of money for one document.   But…

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November 21, 2014 | Productivity | Posted by Craig Baldwin Craig Baldwin

Solving The Procrastination Problem

Many of us procrastinate, but how many of us are chronic procrastinators? Negatively affecting not only our own performance but the people we work with.   If you guessed 1 in 5, you’d be right, and it appears that procrastination is even taking a heavy toll on company profits.   Dr. Joseph Ferrari, an expert in the…

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November 14, 2014 | Workplace | Posted by Craig Baldwin Craig Baldwin

25 Of The Best Podcasts To Listen To While At Work

15% of Americans listened to a podcast in 2014. That’s the highest amount ever according to a study by Statista, and 66% higher than 2008.   With over 100,000 available podcasts in the iTunes store alone, there are endless options available to you to start listening for the first time. But cutting through the clutter can be…

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November 8, 2014 | Client Service | Posted by Craig Baldwin Craig Baldwin

9 Customer Service Skills Every Professional Must Have

  During my time in public accounting I noticed one nasty habit.   Anytime something went wrong on a job, it was immediately flagged as “poor client service.”   No one actually explained what customer (or client) service was. The term was thrown around like some amorphous catch-all, clearly no one understood it.   I’m…

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October 1, 2014 | Industry | Posted by Adam Bobay Adam Bobay

15 Potent Ways to Confront Employee Turnover

As the economy recovers, employers are beginning to see more employees leaving again. According to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, in the professional services industry over 53.4% of employee turnover was voluntary during the last four months (vs. 38% in 2009). With the economy improving and the emergence of “Free Agent Nation” and Gen…

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September 11, 2014 | Workplace | Posted by Jimmy Balough Jimmy Balough

The 5 Best Meeting Locations

Meetings. They take up the majority of your workday, and more often than not, they’re held in the same grey, windowless conference room with the broken projector and leftover carafes of coffee. But why has this become the standard? Why not reinvent the meeting? Take it somewhere new and create an environment conducive to creativity,…

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September 3, 2014 | How-To | Posted by Ryan Watson Ryan Watson

Everything You Need to Know About Value-Based Pricing

Help. I can’t price my services.   One of the most difficult decisions for any business owner – professional service or otherwise – is how best to effectively price his or her product or service. And with good reason, too. Price too low and risk undermining the brand or leaving money on the table. Price…

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