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Cloud Accounting Weekly #33

Here are the top accounting technology links I clicked on this past week.

Top News

Client Accounting Services Emerging as Significant Revenue Category Across CPA Firm Segments

AICPA.org — As a percentage of firm revenue, client accounting services/virtual CFO services grew 131% from 2014 to 2016 for firms making $10 million or more per year. This sort of work now represents an average of 9% of total firm revenue for larger firms.

Xero Revamps Partner Program

Accountex Report — Greg Lam lays out the details on the new Xero Partner Program on the Accountex/Sleeter blog.

Events

Webinar: How to Cheat Your Way to the Highest Levels of Professional Ethics

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 @ 1:00 pm Eastern
Gencast.io — Greg Kyte is both a CPA and a stand-up comedian. Don't miss this CPE webinar in which Greg will "show how various findings in the fields of behavioral economic and behavioral psychology can be used to increase ethical behavior in the accounting profession."

Future of the Profession

What It’s Like to Partner With a High-tech Accounting Firm as a Freelance Accountant

The Lifestyle Accountant — Jeff Maddux, the "Lifestyle Accountant," describes his experience as the first U.S. partner of high-tech accounting firm Accodex.

Accountants. You Need To Know This About Blockchain.

Aiteo Consulting — Jonathan Smith interviews Jens Mortier of Belgian-based blockchain consultancy Trase and concludes that blockchain in 2016 is like the internet in 1983.

Software Updates

G Suite — Google launches App Maker

TechCrunch — Now you can write your own applications that integrate with G Suite without knowing any programming.

Practice Ignition — Updates to the Client Payment Interface

Practice Ignition has made some nice improvements to how it handles client payments. Now you or your clients can store multiple payment methods and decide which one to use for each proposal.

Receipt Bank — Inviting Clients to the App by SMS

Now you can invite clients to the Receipt Bank mobile app by sending a text message.

Xero — Xero launches Apple Pay integration via payments platform Stripe

ZDNet — At QB Connect, Intuit said that QBO would be the first small business accounting platform to integrate with Apple Pay ... and Xero beat them to the punch.

Reviews

Useful Tools Series | A2X

Catching Clouds — Patti Scharf of Catching Clouds lays out why A2X is an absolutely essential tool for Xero accounting partners working with e-commerce clients. ("It will rock your world.")

Sales & Marketing

How LinkedIn Pulse can help your accountancy firm reach your target market

The Profitable Firm — Want to get the benefits of blogging without the hassle of setting up a blog? Optimize your LinkedIn profile, connect to your target market, and start posting short articles on LinkedIn Pulse.

Podcasts

Live from Deeper Weekend 2016

Thriveal CPA Network — In Episode 65, Jason and Greg interview Deeper Weekend attendees to see what inspired them after a day of teaching from Blair Enns on the Four Sales Conversations.

Practice Management

Disruption Creates Opportunities

Accountex Report — Fire half your staff and recapture their salaries as your profit. Or free up their time to take on more profitable work. Cloud accounting technology gives you the choice.

Thanks for reading! Looking to catch up on the news? Check out the previous issue, Cloud Accounting Weekly #32.

Blake Oliver

Los Angeles, California, United States