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How to Improve CPA Firm Profitability - AskCody

As a CPA, you are used to being under pressure. Tax deadlines, client mergers, and audits are all just part of the job.

But when it comes to your own firm's profitability, it can be easy to look the other way. Bury your head in the metaphorical sand.

Here's the thing — the accounting world is changing. The way things have always been done is no longer the path to success. Ever-growing competition, the rise of AI, automation, and the gig economy have made it harder than ever to maintain profits.

In this ever-changing climate, how can you improve the profitability of your firm? Do you double down and find more clients? Shift your niche? Offer a broader range of services?

What if I told you there was a way to increase CPA firm profits by doing less?

ROI of Meeting Management Software

Meetings are a fact of life in the business world — and they can certainly be useful.

They serve as a vehicle for communication, give rise to innovative brainstorming sessions, and help businesses develop solutions to critical problems. They can also play a role in maintaining company culture and help employees build solid relationships with their colleagues.

Yet the average worker spends as much as a full workday every week in or planning for meetings.

Is that time well spent?

And, more importantly, how can you tell if your meetings are actually valuable or time wasters?

Visitor Management System Requirements Checklist

You know that old saying, “You only get one chance to make a first impression?”

That’s true with everyone you meet—and it’s also true with visitors to your office.

Guests and visitors who come to your office have expectations, and it’s up to you to meet them. The easiest way to do that is with a visitor management system that handles the entire experience from when your guest steps off the elevator to when they head back out the door, plus everything in between, like check-in, security, and navigation.

If you ever have visitors or guests coming into your office, you need a visitor management system. But what if you’re not sure how to choose one that’s right for your office needs?

Visitor management systems can come with a lot of features and functionality. Read on to learn about all the options, and to see how you can choose a system that has the right features for your needs.

Office Space Utilization & Efficiency: A Guide to Getting it Right

It is no secret that the way we work is changing.

In the past, everyone worked from the office, every day. Today, nearly 70% of people work from home at least one day a week. From 2005 to 2017, there has been a 159% increase in remote work.

Other offices are switching to an ABW (activity based) model, which provides a mix of quiet workspaces, shared workstations, breakrooms, and conference rooms that allow workers to switch environments based on the type of work they are doing and how they work best.

Flexibility at work is important to workers, and that includes flexible workspaces. In fact, 82% of millennial workers said they would be more loyal to that employer, and 22% would be willing to work longer hours if they had more flexibility at work.

But, these changes come with unintended consequences affecting efficient office space.

Envoy Alternative: The Best Full Meeting & Visitor Management Platform

Think back, if you will, to a decade ago. How much of your work was done on paper (or even digital spreadsheets) versus the cloud?

Back in 2010, 1.7 billion people had access to the internet — which was an astounding number.

Today? Well, as of January 2020, nearly 4.5 billion people had access to the internet.

(For a bit of perspective — 4.5 billion miles would get you to the moon and back 9,433 times.)

It's changed the way we eat, watch television, communicate, and, yes, even how we work.

The days of pencil and paper are all but gone. Yet, many companies are still reliant on manual practices to track visitors, send notifications, and manage meeting rooms.

It doesn't have to be that way.

If you are looking to break free of manual processes, you may be considering a visitor management and meeting management tool. But which one is right for your company?

The Office Efficiency Handbook: 30 Frivolous Timewasters to Eliminate in 2020

It’s no secret that basically no one goes to the office and stays perfectly on task for eight straight hours, five days a week.

From social media notifications to pointless meetings, and long lunches to water cooler chats with other coworkers, a typical office workday can feel like a constant bombardment of distractions from the real work that needs to be done.

You’ll never be able to create a completely distraction-free workplace, but that’s not to say you can’t make some changes to cut down on some of the most common timewaster plaguing offices today. If your 2020 goals include eliminating barriers to efficiency in your office, you’ve come to the right place. These are 30 of the most common frivolous timewasters that can (and should) be eliminated.

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Most people already know they’d want nothing to do with a job at Dunder Mifflin.

The fictional paper company from The Office was a poorly managed cubicle farm in a failing industry. The employees ranged from simply disgruntled to downright incompetent to physically, mentally, and emotionally scarring — both for their fellow Dunder Mifflinites and for viewers, who found that the cringe-worthy cast made for an entertaining sitcom, but would be absolute torture to work with in the real world.

And in addition to its myriad problems, Dunder Mifflin had office security policies that would be horrifying in any real office environment (not to mention crazy dangerous). Let’s take a look at some of the biggest office security threats and security best practices — and how, in the world of The Office, none of them seemed to matter.

How AI and Analytics Will Revolutionize the Legal Profession

Necessity really is the mother of invention.

In 2016, Stanford University student Josh Browder was facing thousands of dollars in parking tickets in New York City. To combat those fees, he created DoNotPay—now dubbed "The World's First Robot Lawyer."

The AI-powered chatbot asks a series of questions before guiding users through the legal process to avoid parking tickets, sue corporations for data breaches, and even get money back when airline prices drop.

DoNotPay might not have really been the first, but it was one of the most visible introductions into how AI and machine learning might impact the future of the legal industry.

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In today's world, there are dozens of daily threats to your company’s safety.

That’s why you need to make protecting your property, your data, and your employees a top priority—whether it’s from unauthorized visitors, criminals, violent actors, natural disasters, or even thieves.

Many office buildings use a paper visitor sign-in process or badges to restrict access to sensitive areas of the building. However, these security measures can be easy to overcome.

Take for example a polite employee holding the door for someone they think is a colleague. That single action can put the entire building at risk. And that doesn’t even take into account natural disasters or hackers who can threaten your business without coming anywhere near your building.

Let us guide you through these and other top workplace security threats as well as why a more high-tech solution like visitor management software may be just what you need to keep your business and its workers safe.

What is a room display

To design the smartest office environment, you need to add functions that make daily life at the office as frictionless as possible. Here room displays can be an immense help for you, co-workers, and visitors.

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