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20 ways accountants can become more efficient

It is rare for an accountant to tell me outright that they want to be more efficient. But this wish is often implied by other things they say. Often their concerns are focused on time management issues, a desire to overcome procrastination, a need for more and better...

The single best time management tip you will ever hear

I know that title sounds like it's probably over the top. And, if you are familiar with my writing and advice you'll know I'm not prone to undue hype. On this occasion I have heard from more than once source that this is the best time management tip ever! And it's...

New hologram support service for accountants

Press Release Renowned accountants' mentor and commentator, Mark Lee, has teamed up with a Tokyo University for what he is calling an outsourcing knowledge experiment. This new service is quite distinct from Microsoft's recently announced holoportation which uses...

Will this merger of two more mid-tier firms do the trick?

I was saddened but unsurprised by the news that Moore Stephens and Chantrey Vellacott are to merge with effect from 1 May 2015. I originally trained at a predecessor firm of Chantry Vellacott and the current managing partner, Mike Tovey, was my manager when I...

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10 time saving tips for busy accountants

Hard to believe that the last time I shared any time saving tips on this blog was back in 2009.  I've taken the 3 tips I shared back then and added several more below, picking up on what accountants have told me, together with my own research and experiences: To...

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Seven tips to develop your career in accountancy

This post is quite distinct from most of the others on this blog. Instead of focusing on accountants in practice, what follows is intended to help those accountants looking to develop their career. I am often asked for my advice in this connection so have gathered...

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8 tips if you are considering an accountancy franchise

This isn't intended to be complete treatise on the subject. I have simply jotted down a few thoughts in preparation for a magazine interview. If my contributions appear online I will provide a link in due course. The journalist seems to be undertaking extensive...

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4 tips for job hunters

1 - Register on LinkedIn and complete your profile so that you are attractive to prospective recruiters and anyone looking there for someone like you. Here's a link to a short series of blogs I wrote recently on the value of LinkedIn. Once registered you can then...

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Are you assertive or aggressive?

I was recently asked my views on the benefits of being assertive rather than aggressive in getting a tax job and in your tax career.  Here's what I said as is published in Taxation 2 magazine: While we are used to seeing aggressive characters getting their way on...

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Finding, Minding, Binding, Grinding

It's been a while since I referenced the key roles we tend to adopt in our firms. There are four essential such roles. Most firms need partners and team members with skills in each of these 4 areas. Finders - who go out and find the new work Minders - who look...

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