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bryanLife can be stressful for the small business owner; it comes with the territory.  So anything that can reduce that stress is more than welcome in my life.  Anyone who knows me well knows that one of my favorite things (in business) is annuity payments on seasonal work.

Seasonal businesses make most of their money during their peak season, and they can take on many forms: ski resorts, beach motels, landscaping, and yes, tax preparation. Read more

Cliff Jumpers, CPA firm

Greg Kyte 2As you may or may not know, I’m the only Thriveal Member who works in industry. I’m the comptroller for a group of medical office buildings. That’s right, the comptroller. Why comptroller? Two reasons: (1) comptroller is a hilarious word and (2) it confuses people about what I do, so they leave me the hell alone.

On one of our medical campuses, I’m effectively the general manager over real estate. Over the past several years we got pounded by the the one-two punch of the Great Recession and the uncertainty in the medical industry caused by the Affordable Care Act. The result is that we have plenty of available space, and we priced it to move. Read more


Scott KregelOne of the greatest characteristics to exhibit is one of teachability. We admire those who operate with a pursuit of lifelong learning. In fact, how noble it is to call ourselves a lifelong learner. Or how impressive is it to call ourselves a coach who brings transformation to others. If you peel back what is at the core of learning and growth, the ability to give and receive feedback is right there staring at us. Read more

Book Review

bryanOne of the great things about owning your own business is getting to make every decision exactly how you want.  You are in charge of every aspect – how you work, when you work, what you work on.  You can even stock your favorite pens.  As some of my fellow Thrivealists like to say, “You are ridiculously in charge.”

At first glance, this sounds like every disenfranchised employee’s dream, but making decisions is the easy part.  Having to live with consequences of these decisions is completely different.  That’s when things get real.

Whether it’s the impact of hiring your first employee or choosing to work in a narrowly defined niche, you are no longer running the same business you were before that decision. You may even be losing sleep over these effects.  Once you hire someone, you’re in charge of making sure they get paid every single time. Once you narrow your focus, you’re going to see a lot less business come in. Read more

Cliff Jumpers, CPA firm

Greg Kyte 2Dress codes are simultaneously infuriating and amusing, like presidential candidates.


They were the topic for Jason, Caleb, and me on our last #WhatsNext in the Accounting Profession Blab. I thought it would be a fun, light topic, easy to make fun of, but not too deep. Turns out, dress codes are a quick path to the seventh circle of HR.


This week, I asked some friends who work at two different mid-size CPA firms to send me their company’s dress codes. And it turns out they are awesome.


For one company, under “Examples of Not Acceptable Attire” they listed “stirrup pants,” “bolo ties,” and “bathing suits.” Bathing Suits?! How the hell do bathing suits get explicitly banned on the dress code?


Audit Manager: “Hey, Rebecca, are you ready to head to the client’s office for … what the f**k?! Are you wearing a swimsuit?” Read more