Oh hey fellow accountants -bored much? This is the time of year when many accounting jobs (public specifically) start to simmer down and things get to be a little slower at work. If that’s not the case for you right now, surely it will be at some point during the year.
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).
In today's video I am sharing some tips on how you can create an at home study routine even in a full house. Whether its siblings, your children, or even roommates- you can still find ways to have a productive study session. I completely get how hard it can be to get back into your rhythm once there is a shift, but you kind of have to do it anyway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oh Hey Busy Season! This is the time of year when most accountants are working crazy hours, sleeping less, and struggling to maintain momentum. While I am no longer in public accounting and don't have a traditional "busy season" per se, I do still have a pretty heavy work load. In today's video I am [...]
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.
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 [...]
https://youtu.be/jHAwnoACKxQ Could we be spending too much time working? Judging by how active we all are on social media, my guess would be no. We can all agree, however, that finding the perfect balance between work and life is important. In today’s post I am breaking down whether or not work-life balance is attainable in [...]
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."
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.
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.
Oh hey! In today’s post I’m walking you through how to find direct labor spending and efficiency variances. This approach is what worked for me and I think it’s fairly easy to follow. Please let me know if you find it helpful. https://youtu.be/lZZDorG6tLc
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.
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.
The time has finally come for you to walk (or strut) across that stage and turn your tassel. You've worked tirelessly for this moment and it's finally here. Now that you've earned your degree in accounting, you probably have a cute little idea about how your future will play out. Here are a couple of things to consider.