How to Write Your Employee Evaluation

Oh Hey fellow accountants! We are more than half way through this year and whew, what a year! If you have not already, you should be doing your self-evaluations at work soon. It can feel somewhat unnatural writing unbiased reviews about yourself or even being critical of yourself. This is why in today's video I [...]

Five Things to Include on Your Accounting Resume

Five Things to Include on Your Accounting Resume

Oh hey accountants! If you are looking to spruce up your accounting resume this video is for you. Whether or not you are looking for a new accounting job isn't the point. You should be keeping your resume updated throughout the year. You want to be sure that you are ready whenever the perfect accounting [...]

Accounting Organizations and the CPA Exam

Accounting Organizations and the CPA Exam

Oh hey CPA candidates! When I was on my CPA journey I remember getting confused between all the different accounting organizations that were touch points. I wanted to make this video to spell out the distinctions between each CPA related accounting organization. There is AICPA, NASBA, and your State Board of Accountancy. Each of these [...]

Being the Black Person at Work

Being the Black Person at Work

Soooooo it's time to have a heart to heart. In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the countless others- more people have began having difficult discussions about race. While race is generally a topic that is avoided in the workplace, companies have recently been putting out statements offering to stand in solidarity with and support a more inclusive workplace particularly for the Black community.

How I Survived My Broke College Phase

How I Survived My Broke College Phase

Heading off to college is scary for many students but the added layer of being dead broke makes it a lot more interesting. Fortunately for me, going through college broke did not require much adjusting. I come from a large family and grew up very poor so going through college broke sort of felt normal. I employed a few different strategies during my college days that helped me survive (legal things of course).

How I Feel About my Current Accounting Role

How I Feel About my Current Accounting Role

The career options in accounting are rather broad. Although when most people hear that I am a CPA, they instantly ask if I can do their taxes or help their kid with math (not all accountants love math btw). There is much more that a career in accounting has to offer. As many of you already know, I got my start in accounting working at a CPA firm as a tax associate. I have spoken candidly about what my time there was like, but if you are curious you can check out my previous blog on this topic. I started in my current role in June 2019, and I want to share with you what my career in corporate accounting has been like so far.

5 Basic Skills You Need to be an Accountant

5 Basic Skills You Need to be an Accountant

I think most people would agree that accountants are highly skilled individuals. Accountants are known for being experts at analyzing, critical thinking, and problem solving. There are a plethora of skills you will need to develop to have a successful career in accounting. In today’s post I am sharing five basic skills that you need to be successful as an accountant. This is most certainly not an exhaustive list, but I believe these skills to be essential. These skills are easily transferable to other roles and can be developed and strengthened over time.

Why I Left Public Accounting

Why I Left Public Accounting

I spent the first few years of my accounting journey working in public accounting in the area of taxation. I worked countless hours, met amazing people, and developed transferable skills during my years in tax and I would not trade the experience for anything. Although it was a career that was full of promise, I ultimately decided to leave public accounting in the Spring of 2019.

Finishing Your Accounting Degree from Home

Finishing Your Accounting Degree from Home

I could not imagine being in my final semester of college, planning for gradation, and then boom- COVID-19 comes and ruins all my plans. Many college seniors have been hit with this unfortunate reality and now have to attempt completing their degree online. Accounting is not the easiest of subjects, so navigating the coursework outside of the classroom can be a real challenge. You can, however, be successful in completing your accounting degree at home. This is why today's video is all about steps you can take to finish your accounting degree online while still performing at a high level.

Upping Your Accounting Skills in the Wake of Emerging Technology

Upping Your Accounting Skills in the Wake of Emerging Technology

There has been a lot of discussion surrounding robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning as it relates to the accounting industry. The question is often, "are machines replacing accountants?", or "are robots taking over accounting jobs?". Today I am discussing why you should view these technological advances as opportunities rather than threats.

Choosing an Accounting Certification

Choosing an Accounting Certification

https://youtu.be/X1A_VkpOxN8 Oh hey fellow accountants! If you are not yet certified or maybe considering adding an accounting certification, this video is for you. I am a CPA, certified public accountant, but there are many other accounting certifications that you can choose from. Choosing an accounting certification that makes sense will depend on a number of [...]

Prepare for the CPA Exam in Under 6 Weeks (per section)

Prepare for the CPA Exam in Under 6 Weeks (per section)

The amount of time that I spent preparing to fail the CPA exam is truly astonishing. Early on in my CPA journey I gave myself months to prepare for each section so that I could "take my time" with the material and be sure to pass. Rather than use this additional study time to actually study, I did things like create new Pinterest boards and search Beyonce hashtags on Instagram. I found myself going from a relaxed, "I have three months" to a panicked "I have three days."

10 Grown Up Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

10 Grown Up Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

At last, tax season is upon us and for those receiving refunds, now is the time to live in the lap of luxury, right? Wrong, 2020 is all about making boss moves and stepping into our greatness. While nothing says greatness like a new designer handbag we can't truly afford, I have another idea for how to spend that refund. Today I am going over ten grown up ways to spend your tax refund.

Studying for the CPA Exam While Working Full-Time

Studying for the CPA Exam While Working Full-Time

So if you have been putting off the CPA exam because you work full-time and believe you can't do both-I am your reminder that you can. If anyone knows the anguish of coming home after a long day of debits and credits and listening to a lecture on bonds, it would be. Studying for the CPA exam while working full time can be kind of trash- I am not going to lie. That is why today’s video is all about making the process less painful.

Don’t Let this Semester Fall Apart

Don’t Let this Semester Fall Apart

I get it, I get it. It’s homecoming season, football season, cuffing season, and so on. The holidays are just around the corner and you can already imagine the scent of sweet potato pie baking in your family’s kitchen (yes, sweet potato because we only use pumpkins as props where I’m from). If your mind has started to drift and you feel the semester starting to fall apart, allow me to redirect your attention.

3 Ways to Stand Out During Your Internship

It's that season! Many of you are starting new internships this summer and you want to make a great impression. There are so many things to consider when doing an internship and it can be overwhelming if this is your first professional job. I would suggest you read my old post, Internship Do's and Don'ts before starting. Now let's be clear, being a good intern is cool but it's not enough. You want to set yourself a part and show that you are worthy of that full time offer. Here are my top three ways to stand out as an intern.