Set Your Sights on a Successful Accounting Career

Embarking on a new career is always emotional.  Obviously, you’re excited, and at the same time, it’s daunting knowing you need put yourself in a position for long-term success.  Here’s how to set yourself up for a satisfying and prosperous career in accounting.

Embrace professionalism

A career in accounting hinges on more than your ability to accurately crunch numbers.  As someone others will entrust with their finances, how you present yourself is of paramount importance.  Honesty and trustworthiness will weigh heavily on your success.  With that in mind, embrace a mindset of being a professional on all fronts.  Think in terms of reputation management, and keep your image pristine both in your personal interactions and on the web.  Polish your social media accounts and be conscientious of how others might perceive what you post and how you respond to people.

Choose your style

Many people believe accountants are quiet, behind-the-scenes workers.  However, Career Trend points out people of various personality types can be successful as accountants.  In fact, they cite studies noting accounting professionals are often extroverts.  Bear in mind it’s important to be able to discuss details, concerns, and future goals relating to the accounts you’re addressing.  It’s crucial to develop solid communication methods for working with peers and clients.  Be sensitive to your clients and their needs, and maintain a human connection.  Some experts point out there are a number of different job types, so as you climb the ladder, look for opportunities that help you blossom, whether sitting behind a computer most of the time, or in a meeting room.  Whatever suits you best can be your niche.

Learning and growing

When it comes to advancing your career, there is no substitute for on-the-job experience.  It’s a chance to develop an impressive resume as you advance through various stages.  It shows you’re able to manage real-world deadlines, workplace dynamics, and can handle the hurdles that come along with the job.  There are times when it’s necessary to make your own opportunities.  If you’re struggling to find the right window for broadening your skills, or you can’t seem to find an open a door, one way forge a path is through volunteering.  As The Muse explains, it looks great on your resume, you can expand your network, and there are plenty of charities looking for volunteers to help with their ongoing bookkeeping duties.

Keep in touch

Throughout your career, it’s important to develop some networking strategies to help you stay abreast of industry trends, stay in touch with those who can help further your career, and connect with other professionals for ideas and support.  Also, when someone is directly or indirectly instrumental in helping you, whether a customer, mentor, or peer, be sure to acknowledge that assistance.  It’s a chance to reinforce the relationship, and everyone loves to be appreciated.  Also, consider making it part of your professional development routine to attend career-oriented events.  You can make new contacts, learn about changes in the field, and promote whatever you’re working on.

Put technology at the forefront

Portrait Of Mature Businessman Calculating Finance At Ofiice

We live in an electronic age, and the field of accounting is directly affected by technological trends.  As an example, embracing the cloud has a direct impact on accounting efficiency, as does automation.  Being able to send and pay invoices from anywhere, and doing so automatically, can be a game-changer for many businesses.  There are also numerous tech tools that are shaping the world of accounting.  Adaptive security can keep data safe and even anticipate risks.  Firms are using videos for outreach to clients, conversational platforms to ensure customer satisfaction, and digital recruiters to engage top candidates, just to name a few current trends.  Remain aware so your skills and knowledge are relevant.

Pursuing a career in accounting is exciting and full of unique opportunities.  As you face the challenges of advancing your journey, pay attention to trends, tend your connections carefully, and ensure others can see you as someone worthy of handling their finances.  You can ensure a successful and prosperous career when you base it on integrity, perseverance, and positive networking.

By Julie Morris

Julie Morris is a life and career coach. She thrives on helping others live their best lives. It’s easy for her to relate to clients who feel run over by life because she’s been there. After years in a successful (but unfulfilling) career in finance, Julie busted out of the corner office that had become her prison. Today, she is fulfilled by helping busy professionals like her past self get the clarity they need in order to live inspired lives that fill more than just their bank accounts. When Julie isn’t working with clients, she enjoys writing and is currently working on her first book. She also loves spending time outdoors and getting lost in a good book.

Making a Career Comeback

5 Tips on Wowing Prospective Employers

Whether you’ve been raising a family, earning a degree, or were the victim of  layoffs, planning a career comeback can be daunting.  You may worry that your time away has hindered your chances for finding solid employment.  It doesn’t have to!

As you prepare to get your career on track, consider these 5 tips on wowing prospective employers.

1. Determine what you want. Don’t plow forward until you have decided the direction you want your career to go.  When you haphazardly push your career forward, you wind up with a haphazard career.  While the responsibility of earning a living may loom large, it doesn’t have to prevent you from getting on a desirable career path.  Sit back and determine where you’d most like to be in your career before you start the job hunt.

2. Develop new skills. Some people are concerned that this step will take too much time from their efforts in finding a new job.  While you may have to find a transitional job to pay the bills while you receive necessary training, you don’t have to spend years earning professional certification.  In some cases, one or two college classes will be enough to revamp your skills, while in other cases a reputable bookkeeping program may be what you need.

3. Revamp your resume. Once you know where you are going and are confident that you possess the skills necessary, it’s time to revamp your resume.  Highlight your strengths while considering the employers who will review it.  What are they most interested in, and have you made it easy for them to find it on your resume?

4. Build your network. The best way to find work opportunities is through networking.  If you’ve been out of the loop for awhile, chances are you will need to rebuild your network.  Consider family, friends, businesses you frequent, and other contacts who could expose you to potential jobs.  Spread the word, and you’ll soon discover just how valuable a professional network can be.

5. Be flexible. Sometimes we become too narrow-minded when looking for a job.  Is it absolutely necessary for you to find full-time employment?  Would your career benefit more from a part-time position?  Or, perhaps, you could consider freelance work for awhile?  Approaching your career with an open mind may enable you to discover possibilities you wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

Consider Self-Employment

As you ponder your options for reentering the job market, you may also want to consider the possibility of self-employment.  Is it time to launch your own business in order to enjoy greater flexibility and higher earnings?

The Universal Practice Builder program is designed to train you how to promote your practice in order to experience significant growth and profitability.

This program offers the following:

  • $30,000 in new annualized billings in only 12 months
  • Tactical goal planning and setting
  • The generation of 15 to 25 qualified leads per month
  • Phone marketing instruction and training
  • Training in the benefits of newsletters and websites
  • 12 proven marketing strategies
  • Financing options

Build a stellar practice by enrolling in this program today!  It’s time to take charge of your professional future.  Call 1-877-833-7909 today!

Moonlighting

moonlightingA Viable and Risk-Free Way to Launch Your Startup

A risk-free way to launch your own practice is by easing into it, moonlighting in your spare time.  This way you can continue to earn a stable income with your day job until you build a clientele that will sustain a full-time venture.

But before you get started, there are four rules you should follow:

1. Work on your business every day.  Once you decide to start your own business, it’s important that you schedule a set number of hours you will dedicate to your new business every day.  Whether it be 2, 3 or 4 hours, block them out on your calendar to ensure it gets done.  And remember that you should use some of those hours to build a solid foundation for your business, composing business and marketing plans that will increase your chances for success.

2. Don’t neglect your day job.  While you may be certain that your moonlighting efforts will soon enable you to quit your traditional job, remember that there’s a reason you’re launching your practice in your spare time; you need the money from your full-time job to support you until your practice is sustainable.  Until you submit your two-weeks’ notice, you should continue to be present and responsible at your current position.

3. Secure your family’s support.  It’s nearly impossible to run a successful business from home without your family’s support.  Not to mention, you will dedicate a considerable amount of your ‘down time’ to this new venture.  Be sure to discuss all the pros and cons together before making any decisions, because in a crunch you just might need to enlist their help in order to succeed.

4. Start saving money.  The uncertainty of self-employment can be paralyzing.  In order to steel yourself for that time, it’s a good idea to save money earmarked for those first few months when you’ll be testing your entrepreneurial spirit.  Making decisions out of desperation is not good for any business; padding your savings account will enable you to make sound decisions that are not based on fear.

Moonlighting is a great way to ease into a new practice.  By following these four simple rules, you will be prepared for a low-risk, high-return launch of your business.

The Universal Practice Builder (UPB) Program

Another way to ensure the success of your new practice is to effectively secure quality clients using proven marketing techniques.  The Universal Practice Builder Program was designed to train you how to market your practice to the right demographic in the right way.

This program offers the following:

  • A guarantee of $30,000 in new annualized billings in only 12 months
  • Tactical goal planning and setting
  • The generation of 15 to 25 qualified leads per month
  • Phone marketing instruction and training
  • Training in the benefits of newsletters and websites
  • 12 proven marketing strategies
  • Our iron-glad guarantee

Take the steps necessary to launch your own practice and be your own boss.  Allow Universal to help with the Universal Practice Builder Program.  Enroll today by calling 1-877-833-7909!

UA Announces New Website and Industry Database

abc-main-logoToday Universal Accounting announced the release of AB Tips, a new website offering a database of information for financial professionals.

AB Tips is a powerful training resource specifically designed for contract accountants and bookkeepers searching for industry information in manageable, bite-size pieces.  Subscribers can search Universal’s vast library and have immediate access to instructional videos, tutorials, webinars, and informational articles that will answer their every accounting, bookkeeping, QuickBooks, tax preparation and marketing question.

Each week new research materials will be added to ensure subscribers have access to timely information regarding the latest topics in the industry.  Universal hopes that AB Tips becomes a resource enabling financial professionals to excel in their careers as they receive guidance on day-to-day accounting and bookkeeping tasks.

Universal President and CEO Roger Knecht explains, “Success is not knowing everything but knowing where to get the answers to everything.  ABTips is just that, a resource providing short videos addressing topics in accounting, bookkeeping, tax, QuickBooks, etc. With your subscription to ABTips, you will have access to the information you need to excel in the accounting profession.”

Universal will continue to offer their traditional training programs enabling students to master and certify in specialized subjects like bookkeeping, tax preparation, QuickBooks and marketingABTips was designed as an everyday resource for professionals looking to maintain a competitive advantage and offer stellar services to their clients while becoming the premier financial provider in their area.

For over thirty years Universal Accounting Center has offered premier training to professionals looking to provide financial services to small businesses.  And our training helps students develop not only crucial financial skills but also the marketing know-how to help promote those services.  Skills are taught through patented online coursework, allowing students to learn at their own pace. In August, 2006, Universal Accounting® debuted on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States. More information about Universal can be found by calling 1-800-343-4827 or visiting www.universalaccountingcenter.com.

Making Your Meetings More Productive

meetingProfessionals everywhere are destined to participate in meetings at one time or another, whether they be with coworkers, clients or associates.  But many organizations go overboard.  The truth is, meetings can be streamlined to ensure productivity.

In a recent Entrepreneur.com article, author and entrepreneur Craig Concotta shares “6 Ways to Make Sure Every Meeting is a Productive One.”  Here we share 4 of his suggestions that could streamline meetings while simultaneously increasing efficiency:

1. Set and send the agenda in advance. A meeting agenda provides attendees with a list of topics to cover and objectives to accomplish.  Distribute the agenda before the meeting so that attendees can prepare for the meeting and their participation beforehand. 

2. Start your meeting on time. Most people dread meetings because they are not run effectively.  When meetings don’t start on time, they usually don’t end on time either, and that can throw off a professional’s entire day.  Ensuring that your meetings always start when they’re supposed to demonstrates respect for everyone’s time.

3. Make sure the right people are in the right meetings.  Sometimes meetings become drawn out when too many individuals have been invited.  Suddenly you have a handful of people submitting input and feedback when it’s not their place.  Only invite those who are crucial to the agenda, and send a follow-up memo to everyone that should remain in the information loop.

4. Meetings should be the right length.  Concotta suggests, “I have always felt that a great meeting should be as long or as short as it needs to be.  If you are good about setting an agenda with clear outcomes you will know when a meeting needs to end.  If you can get done in 28 minutes when you thought you needed 60 minutes, fantastic.”

Meetings can be a valuable resource that provides you with crucial information that can propel your practice forward.  However, that can only happen when your meetings are effective.  Applying the above tips will enable you to cut back on unnecessary meetings while ensuring that those meetings that remain are more productive.

UAC’s QuickBooks Training Program

Earning a Professional Designation is Good for Your Professional Reputation

Whether it’s enhancing your skill-set with a current employer or distinguishing yourself by building credibility with your own clients, the QS designation will stand as proof of your expertise.  To earn this QuickBooks designation you must complete the Professional Bookkeeper’s Guide to QuickBooks (PBG) and pass the final exam with a score of 90% or higher.  And just like that, you receive professional certification!

Additional Benefits

In addition to the skills you acquire in completing the PBG, you will also receive the following:

  • Thorough and complete training on the latest and greatest version of QuickBooks Pro
  • 6 months’ worth of access to our experienced, qualified QuickBooks professional accountants and CPAs to answer your questions
  • Accounting 101 Review
  • 30 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) in most states
  • A 100% money-back guarantee
  • A valuable addition to your reference library

The PBG offers the most competitive QuickBooks training on the market.  Master QuickBooks and become the premier QuickBooks consultant in your area.  Call Universal at 1-877-833-7909 and enroll in the Professional Bookkeeper’s Guide to QuickBooks today!

 

Resource

Cincotta, Craig.  “6 Ways to Make Sure Every Meeting is a Productive One.” 11 February 2015  Entrepreneur.com

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