Highlights from Xerocon San Francisco, travel the world while working remotely, 10 sites to find freelancers, an answer to "What is an API?", 9 reasons your accounting firm lost that job, how to get MileIQ for free, and a ton of software updates, including big ones to CrunchBoards
Wow. That was a blur! Xerocon was August 15 to 17 at Pier 27 in sunny San Francisco this year. Over 500 accountants and bookkeepers were in attendance. Here are the highlights.
Xero innovated the concept of an "ecosystem" of cloud accounting applications for small business. FloQast, a "close management solution" for internal accounting departments, represents the expansion of this trend into the mid-market. Read my article on Accountex Report to learn why this trend matters to accountants, and how developers can take advantage of it.
Accounting and bookkeeping are all about the cloud these days. But not every firm is ready to make the switch. If you're sticking with desktop for a while longer, LedgerSync can give you some of the benefits of the cloud at a very reasonable price.
If you’re anything like me, you saw the headlines this week about Xero integrating with Wells Fargo and got really excited. Then you read the details of the new partnership — and felt kind of underwhelmed. I think that’s because the biggest news is not what’s happening in the short term, but what is possible in the future as a result of this new relationship.
There's no doubt that implementing cloud accounting technology can lead to big improvements in productivity in accounting and bookkeeping firms. But did you know that increased use of tech can also improve relationships with clients? To learn more, download my free whitepaper produced in collaboration with Hubdoc.
Here are 12 of the best accounting technology blogs that I’ve come across in my time as a cloud accountant and technology consultant.
Is the CPA license relevant anymore? As a cloud accountant serving small businesses, is it worth the trouble to obtain and maintain a license? I think so. Read my post on Going Concern for the four reasons I'm taking the time to sit for the CPA exams this year.
Thanks to Steve Major for having me as a guest on his podcast, Pricing Power! Among many other things, Steve and I discuss the future of bookkeeping technology and what that means for the accounting profession. Spoiler Alert: The future will be automated. (listen)
Square gives the lowdown on this new technology, what it means for sellers, and the difference between EMV and NFC. If you have clients selling with Square, make sure they upgrade to the new chip card and NFC card reader so they aren't on the hook for fraud.
Paul McMeekin argues that in 3-5 years, private blockchains will begin to significantly disrupt the consumer payments industry — with significant benefits for participating banks and their customers.
Starting in June, UpWork will start charging a processing fee to employers. Freelancers will now pay a fee on a sliding scale as opposed to the previous 10%.
As a freelancer or remote worker, eventually you get sick of working from home or cafes. Here's a list of other places where you can sit down, focus, and finally get some work done.
From the article on NYTimes.com: "Makers can’t live like Managers. They require ‘‘Maker hours’’ — long, unspoiled afternoons to muse, contemplate the verities, build digital things and play stress-relieving games of Carcassonne. They need rich, solitary, germinative time."
This year, the team at HPC switched to Zoom for our company video conferencing tool. I've added it to my list of Recommended Apps for Accountants and Bookkeepers.
Over the past two years of running a completely virtual, cloud accounting service business, I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to project management (PM) applications. After spending hours on hours evaluating PM software, I’ve come up with a set of criteria that I hope will help you decide on your own solution.
Basecamp just released a big update to their iPhone app. The update includes some long-awaited key features for mobile, making Basecamp a much stronger option for mobile project management. The iPhone app also now supports cool new features in Yosemite and iOS 8 including the iOS sharing extension and Handoff.
This brilliant Google Script periodically goes through your Gmail account and labels messages between 5 and 14 days old where you were the last person to respond. It's a perfect way to make sure that you follow up when your recipient fails to write back. And you don't need a third-party service to do it, since the script runs under your own credentials.
Recently, Chrome started really dragging on my Mac. I opened up the Activity Monitor and figured out that it was Adobe Flash that was taking up all my CPU time. If you're having this issue, try installing the FlashControl extension for Google Chrome.
Here are some excellent tips for writing well from Help Scout, including my favorite, "Don't write words, write 'music'."
Since 2008, Expensify has acquired nearly 4 million users while spending next to nothing on promotion. Here's how.
Previously on Going Concern, I wrote a post called "Why Accountants Suck at Marketing." As a follow up, here are four simple ways accountants can do better.
From my first post on Going Concern:
"Valuing logic and reason above all else is an excellent trait for an accountant, but is terrible for understanding how and why people buy things. That’s because most people buy products and services according to how they feel, not how they think."
I’m loving this article by Leonard Kim in Inc. summarizing Ryan Foland's method for pitch writing. The "3-1-3 method" is an excellent exercise for both startups and established businesses. Can you distill your business from 3 sentences down to 3 words?
Getting content to your accounting or bookkeeping clients and prospects doesn't have to be difficult at all. It can even be easy (and maybe fun, too). Here's how.
Adding images and graphics to your posts is one surefire way to increase audience engagement. Now that's easy to do with cloud graphic design apps such as Canva, which I used to make the featured image for this post.
If you're going to make the effort to do content marketing for your accounting firm, it's really important to know before you start who your audience is (who it is you're writing for).
Luxury brands—such as Hilton, Le Meridian, and Neiman Marcus—are masters of anchor pricing. Learn what it is, how it affects perceived value, and how to use it to your firm's advantage.
Check out the recording of this webinar I did with Matt Wilkinson from Bizink. In the video we share some of the top techniques HPC and leading Xero accounting firms use to promote themselves online.