As a CPA in Los Angeles, you’re no doubt used to your clients relying on you to know exactly what’s what, and being able to advise them in most every aspect of their finances. However, who advises the Advisor? The Internet is an amazing online resource, but how do you make the most of it?
Leveraged properly, it’s certainly a popular way for accountants to better their knowledge and manage their business and streamline operations. With many now turning to tax preparation software and accounting and information systems in order to more easily undertake operations, your clients need your expertise now more than ever.
In order to make the most effective use of your time when it comes to your Certified Public Accountancy firm, it’s critical to be able to get to the most valuable sites quickly and how to make the most of them. So, in no particular order, here are five strong online accountancy resources, each with its own merits and tried-and-tested benefits:
1. California Society of CPAs (CalCPA)
Why not start at the beginning? The California Society of CPAs web site is always a great place to start when looking for information to help you grow your firm as well as resources for you to help you help your clients’ businesses as well. In addition to the standard content about the group, there are many great resources available there with topics as varied as education, forensic services, and government relations and even a CPE tracker.
2. Accounting Today
While many online tools and resources help you manage your clients, organize your data and further your potential in the industry, it’s also incredibly important to keep on top of the industry’s latest developments, relevant news stories and any impending changes to regulations. Accounting Today provides this sort of information as well as giving you access to a wealth of articles and web seminars and advertising events that you may be interested in.
In a similar vein to Accounting Today, AccountingWEB, is an online community designed to bolster the accounting profession and support practitioners at every turn. With a variety of webinars, troubleshooting articles and advice on the systems you should be using, as well as software reviews, AccountingWEB is inclusive, accessible and all-encompassing for everyone in your profession.
4. CPA Firm Technology
What could be better than a comprehensive website that details the types of software out there and the ways in which each could benefit you? With software reviews, software solutions and information regarding cloud computing and enterprises, CPA Firm Technology makes sure that you’re in the know; after all, not every piece of software will benefit CPAs in the same way. By accessing this online resource, you won’t need to guess or play catch-up.
5. The Journal of Accountancy
Sometimes the tried and true gets overlooked. And The Journal of Accountancy may be that trusted site that gets forgotten or stepped on by the flashier new guy on the block. But at the same time, it is a great jumping off spot when looking for valuable content on the web that you can leverage for your CPA firm. It has a great Technology section as well as Practice Management, Auditing, and Management Accounting sections.
And there you have it – five strong, and what we believe to be highly valuable, online resources to quickly and easily help you research and find valuable content that you can then help your clients with to stay abreast of their accounting and financial needs.
This list is by no means exhaustive, so if you have a favorite point of interest on the web that you find valuable to your firm and your clients, please share your thoughts with us in the Comments section below.
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