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JasonRocksImagine you want to transform your dull yard into a gardener’s masterpiece. You don’t have the skills, so you have to find the expert that can help you. That gardener you hire has two things to pull from to create your beautiful yard: her experience, and her tools. Both are extremely valuable, but the use of the tools is only informed by the experienced hand using them. A brand new shovel is not going to make this master gardener any more special than the DIY gardener down the street.

 

Like the gardener, firm owners are craftsmen too. They bring all financial processes, and financial reporting into alignment for their own firm, as well as the confused and disorganized business owner. In a sense, they are transforming the landscape of businesses with their experience and choice of tools. But many firm owners are confused by their role in choosing tools for themselves and their clients. Many chase the shiniest new tool, and completely ignore their experience.

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Greg Kyte 2Um … spoiler alert. Did you read the title of this post? If you still need a spoiler alert, then you’re worse at reading social cues than Ben Affleck’s character in The Accountant. And if you haven’t seen Ben Affleck’s movie The Accountant, then what the hell is wrong with you? Even Jason Blumer’s seen The Accountant. The last movie he saw in the theater was Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

The Accountant is rated R, so I guess if you haven’t seen it and you’re a CPA and under the age of 18, I get it. Otherwise, if you haven’t seen it, I’m pretty sure you’re breaking the Code of Professional Conduct.

And I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great movie. Saw it twice. It was tons fun to watch it in a theater full of (presumably) civilians who still got all the accounting jokes.

It’s also cool to think back on the movie and see how many things Ben Affleck’s character, Christian Wolff, was doing right that a lot of accountants and firm owners do wrong. Read more

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thriveal-tech-review-headerIt’s easy for businesses to get bogged down with data entry, managing bills, and cutting checks (yes, people still do that). The folks at Entryless want to help. As their name suggests, they remove the ‘entry’ and streamline the rest, down to actually getting the vendors paid. Entryless is quickly becoming the trusted automated bill processing solution for thousands of business owners around the world.

Core Features – 34/35

When a bill or invoice is submitted, the bill is automatically processed in Entryless and a copy is created in the accounting software. Then when the bill is ready to be paid, simply pay it through Entryless and an ACH or check will be sent to the vendor. Now, let’s deep dive into the process. Read more

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JasonRocksYou’ve heard this before right? You eat an elephant one bite at a time. Lame, but it does illustrate something I’ve noticed while speaking on the Intuit Roadshow recently (register for free here in a city near you). Here is what I’ve noticed: traditional firms attending this event seem overwhelmed at making the significant changes being required of them. They’ve noticed that technology has changed around them and they are feeling the pressure to change quickly.

 

Topics like the cloud, value pricing, and practice efficiency seems to make them nervous when they are just struggling to find new clients and lead their employees. They have “boots on the ground” problems, and they find it hard to act strategically to change their firms. Some feel the urgency to do it quickly, while others just write it off as something they can’t focus on right now.

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Greg Kyte 2I have no good reason for living in Utah. I’m not Mormon and I don’t ski. By state law I could be deported.

 

I grew up in Seattle where it maybe snows twice a year, and when it does snow, the snow only stays on the ground for like a day, so I’m well aware that I’m a big wuss when it comes to winter. And Utah winters suck. And, yeah. I get it. Winters in the midwest suck so much harder than mine, that it’s embarrassing to say my winters suck at all. But we’re all a long way from South Carolina where winter just means you have to wear a shirt under your overalls. Read more

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Scott KregelWe are all seeing the influence of technology on our lives. It is rewiring our minds; it is accelerating the pace of innovation, and it is causing dramatic changes in how we live our day to day lives. Some people embrace this and say, ‘bring it on’; others are a little more resonant about it; and a few others still reject and deny the impact of technology. Kevin Kelly, the founding editor of Wired is one of those prophets of technology and when he speaks to what is going on, people take note. Kelly gave a talk in 2007 (after what many consider the first 5,000 days of the internet) about the next 5,000 days of the internet. In that talk, he shared the following highlights: Read more

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