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When Your Raise Is Denied - What's Next?

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Sep 23, 2018 9:24:22 PM

You spent hours upon hours of overtime for your company over the past few months. Hours you could have spent catching up on your favorite shows on Netflix, out for dinners and drinks with friends or training for the half marathon everyone else is running next month. At the time, all of this was part of a plan – that it would all add up to the pay rise you were hoping for at your performance review. You did your due diligence, you outlined multiple positive impacts you made for your company during the peak season, you presented a measurable financial impact, but the answer was, “Sorry, not at this time.”

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Tags: Accounting Career Advice, CPA Career, effective communication, office environment

The Five Best Investment Apps for you and Your Clients

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Jun 27, 2018 8:11:08 PM

Saving and investing is something new professionals have heard a lot about, but often the same way they know their uncle is really into Pickleball. Putting money into other companies seems crazy when you're still in the world of student loans, don't have a home yet, and are still trying to get on your feet.

The problem with this attitude is how it turns into a habit which lasts too long into a professional's life. There is never a time it's "too late" to start saving, but starting to build your wealth is a lot easier if you start before you turn 30, even if it's not a lot. So today we're going to look at five apps that help the beginning investor save.

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Tags: Accounting Career Advice

Is the 25 Hour Work Week a Possibility for the CPA?

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on May 16, 2018 4:02:07 PM

If the thought of a five hour work day in the corporate world of business seems impossible, you should really take a look at what Collins SBA of Tasmania is doing to shake the industry norm. A simple look at their website shows a slightly different face than you'd expect from a Financial Advisory company. They don't mince words about their alternative approach either - along with titles of "advisor" or "director" are Hiker, Diver, Coach, Architect, and Cook. This simple recognition about some of the people who make up the company gives you an inside look at how the company views their employees.

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Tags: Business Leadership, Accounting Career Advice, CPA Job Search, office environment

The CPA Guide to Staying Productive While You're Exhausted

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Apr 4, 2018 2:31:16 PM

Whether you're in the midst of busy season, studying for your fourth section of the CPA Exam, or both, you're going to find yourself exhausted. You'll need to figure out a way to get past the wall you will inevitably run into. Here are a few tips to be mindful of when you have that classic lack of energy and how to re-energize yourself!

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Tags: accounting career, Accounting Career Advice

How to Blaze Your Own Trail and Live Out Your Dreams as a CPA

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Jan 15, 2018 3:29:25 PM

Everyone struggles with "the plan" when it comes to the next five, ten years, and twenty years. These plans eventually spell out a lifetime of results in the form of family, quality of life, philanthropy, vacations, college funds, and retirement. Some get overwhelmed with the decisions and discipline, feeling lost in a sea of long-term goals. As a CPA you have highly sought after skillset. CPA's often have high work ethic, unique analytical skills, and a confident personality fit for entrepreneur and venture capitalists. Without exploring their ambitions, some may find themselves disingenuously trying to jam their lives and bodies into conventional career models.

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Tags: CPA Leadership, Business Leadership, accounting career, Accounting Career Advice, Networking, CPA Job Search, AICPA

A Field Guide to Busy Season, Studying for the CPA Exam, and Staying Sane

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Jan 4, 2018 1:29:16 PM

Being a CPA is only one part of your life - most look forward to raising families, having friends, and trying to find personal and professional fulfillment at the same time. Doing all of this during and dedicating a large portion of your life studying for the exam is daunting, but very possible.

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Tags: 2018 CPA Exam, 2018 CPA Exam, CPA Exam Changes, AICPA, Accounting Career Advice

2018, The Year You Get Your CPA?

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Jan 1, 2018 6:34:58 PM

The Holidays are officially over and now we have a fresh year to work with. The beginning of the year can be a little intimidating with all the ideas and talk of goals. People usually want to improve situations with their health, money, family, and work. For many of you, a large goal for 2018 is to get your CPA. The hard part about many goals is the thoughts in our head of “will this work?” and “is this actually the year it'll happen?”. Whether you're dreaming big or staying practical, there is risk associated with asking more of yourself. Goals mean admitting you are not where you would like to be and want to challenge yourself to get there. Goals mean you care. Goals, however, are not guarantees.

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Tags: 2018 CPA Exam, 2018 CPA Exam, CPA Exam Changes, Accounting Career Advice, AICPA, CPA Career, CPA Exam Tips

Thinking About Making a Career Move? Walk through these steps first.

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Dec 13, 2017 9:51:32 AM

People are changing jobs more than they ever have before. However, these job changes often come with the requirement to relocate. It may be easy to hire movers and take a road trip to your new home base, but it can feel quite uprooting if you have a well-established personal and professional community. People usually relocate for a better position which can mean higher pay, more room for upward mobility, or a better work-life balance. At times, though, it can be easy just to look for change and hope things will get better. The reality is, not all changes are right, and your situation might even get worse if you aren't careful to find the right fit. You should seek out wisdom from friends, family, and professionals alike to determine the right path.

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Tags: Accounting Career Advice, CPA Career, accounting career

Five Great Cities for the Midwest-at-Heart CPA

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Dec 11, 2017 1:07:23 PM
Many say the West Coast is the best coast, but there's something to the slower pace of the Midwestern part of the United States. You can still get into big cities, but there's a different feel, colder weather, and economic advantages. Here's a look at some of the most promising cities for the professional not looking to go too far west.
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Tags: AICPA, Accounting News, Accounting Career Advice, CPA Career

CPA's, Are You Preparing For Your Golden Years?

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Dec 4, 2017 1:33:49 PM

What comes to mind when you think of retirement? For many of us it's our grandparents. We watched them retire into their golden years with style, vacationing around the world, and relaxing at home. We enjoyed nights being dropped off and spoiled while our parents enjoyed some time sans kids. We loved those times and will cherish the memories forever. The thing is, this was brought on by years of successful planning towards retirement, something that many of us look forward to, but often look past the details it takes to get there.

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Tags: Accountants Creating Budgets, Accounting Career Advice, Accounting News