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Transitioning Out of Busy Season Without Becoming Too Busy, Again.

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on May 30, 2018 2:29:59 PM

Busy season has ended which is supposed to make it feel like you have all the free time in the world now, right? Then why does it feel like your responsibilities are stacking up and growing out of control?

The simple answer might be because you are letting them.

In the same way athletes gain weight after their season is over, accountants risk falling behind their work after busy season. The day to day goes from forced productivity, to a more lackadaisy office culture. Since the amount you have to do drops so drastically, the urgency to do work decreases too. Since 24 hours is feeling like a lot more without the busy season pressure, you start putting off responsibilities. It doesn't seem like a big deal and before you know it, you're behind.

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Tags: accounting career, office environment, AICPA

What Do You Need To Do To Become A CPA?

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on May 9, 2018 8:47:07 PM

There's a lot to learn in the process of becoming a CPA and getting your license depends on more than just sitting for the exam. There may even be some differences depending on what state you are in. Before we dig into the details, let's cover some of the basics.

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Tags: accounting career, CPA Job Search, AICPA, Accounting News, CPA Exam Prep

What Type of CPA Student Are You?

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Mar 28, 2018 4:26:08 PM

Every one of our students has a different style of studying, learning, and tackling the CPA Exam. By this point in your seemingly never-ending-student-career you've no doubt seen every type we're going to talk about. But which one are you? And how could you improve?

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Tags: CPA Leadership, accounting career, effective communication, AICPA, CPA Exam Tips

Winning the Super Bowl doesn't pay as much as you think

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Feb 12, 2018 2:21:53 PM
You would think that making it to the all-time goal of your profession would reap some serious rewards, but you'd be forgetting a few things about the NFL. One of which is the NFL Players Union negotiated post season pay for all players. This is great news for players like Geno Grissom, the Patriots third-string Left Defensive End, as he will, for once, be making as much as Tom Brady. So if the Patriots had won The Super Bowl, Geno and Tom would have both gotten checks cut for $112,000. However, since they lost they'll get half of that, a mere $56,000.
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Tags: AICPA, Insider, Accounting News

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

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 Exam Scores are Coming Out... Are You Ready?

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Dec 6, 2017 2:58:19 PM

Your nerves might be a little high with exam results about to (finally) drop. Our guts turn, and we get nervous because the high standards we set for ourselves and the high standards, it takes to pass the CPA Exam. Don’t take this the wrong way; high standards will get you far. They motivate you to a high quality of life and inspire others to follow suit. However, the bar being set so high means there will likely be some times where you don't clear it. Reality can hit hard when a mishap comes. Life hiccups and things don’t go as planned. There is a blank feeling, some emptiness, and a bit of embarrassment.

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Tags: 2017 CPA Exam, 2018 CPA Exam, CPA Exam Changes, AICPA

CPA's: Your Dream Career is Out There

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Nov 27, 2017 1:16:36 PM

When thinking of a future career in accounting many terms come to mind -- the Big Four, auditing, busy season, management accounting, financial analysis, and cash management. Many find themselves solely thinking of a path to success via a firm or large business. The thing is, these positions are needed in organizations of all kinds. The path to "success" is much wider than many realize.

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Tags: AICPA, CPA Career, Accounting Career Advice, CPA Job Search