Finding a niche for your professional services

Posted on October 4, 2022Categories Advisors, News, Technology

Accredited Reckon partner, Stephanie Crawford, discovered she had a knack for business coaching while working as a bookkeeper. And now, as a coach, her main clientele are fellow bookkeepers looking for strategic business advice. “I’m a huge advocate for businesses having a bookkeeper as part of their team—they are generally more successful as a result,” she shares. “Coaching bookkeepers has become my sweet spot.” Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Stephanie started working in banking straight out of school, then held … Continue reading “Finding a niche for your professional services”

Women in business shoutout to their biggest inspiration!

Posted on September 22, 2022Categories News, Small business

Reckon is like an accountant in your pocket – but we’re not the only ones making small business life easier. We invited Reckon clients to tell us about the people in their lives who’ve made their success possible. Katy Walker, Amanda Stevens and Christine Metcalfe share the stories of their pocket pals who’ve inspired them and who have always had their back through their professional journeys. Despite being spread across Australia with vastly different vocations, these three women in business … Continue reading “Women in business shoutout to their biggest inspiration!”

Lessons I learned starting up a wearable tech business

Posted on September 10, 2022Categories News, Small business, Tips

Clint Jensen, co-owner of start-up 3D printing footwear business ‘3D Able’, talks to us about his new business venture and what it took for him and his business partner, Richard Nizielski to get their idea off the ground. Both Clint and Richard are former professional speed skaters with backgrounds in sports shoe design and manufacturing. In fact, they even made the skates that Stephen Bradbury wore in his infamous Olympic gold medal run. Yes, they literally helped him ‘Do a … Continue reading “Lessons I learned starting up a wearable tech business”

Why is customer service the top priority for any business?

Posted on July 28, 2022Categories News, Small business, Tips

Paying careful attention to your customer service should be at the forefront of every business owner’s mind But why? We chatted to Alex Alexandrou, GM of Reckon, to see why he thinks the customer experience is the top priority for any business, regardless of size. How and when did you first become interested in customer experience? “I became interested in the unique value of customer experience through my own personal dealings with businesses of all shapes and sizes. I became … Continue reading “Why is customer service the top priority for any business?”

Burnout sweeps through accounting industry causing surge in mistakes on the job

Posted on July 28, 2022Categories Accounting Firms, burnout, News, Talent, talent shortages

Remote working, compliance rules, and mundane responsibilities are feeding into the silent crisis of burnout, creating an overwhelmed and overloaded workforce within the accountancy industry. A new survey has revealed the alarming extent of burnout among accountants and its impact on critical accounting processes, with 99% of survey respondents admitting to suffering from chronic workplace stress. Considering the consequences burnout has on accuracy and reliability, Mike Whitmire, co-founder and CEO of FloQast, says it is “time for a massive shift”. … Continue reading “Burnout sweeps through accounting industry causing surge in mistakes on the job”

Important business changes coming into effect after 1 July 2022!

Posted on July 22, 2022Categories Compliance, News, Small business, Technology

Seismic shifts are brewing across the Australian business landscape this year, and it would be prudent to get ahead of them. From prescriptive changes like eInvoicing mandates, superannuation guarantees, and plastic bag bans – to less palpable shifts such as inflation and energy costs, you should be getting your business ready to tackle these obstacles and opportunities now. Let’s do a quick round up of the business changes coming for you in the near future. Changes to super From 1 … Continue reading “Important business changes coming into effect after 1 July 2022!”

Audit firms asked to address exam cheating following Big Four scandals

Posted on July 22, 2022Categories Accounting Firms, Audit, Big Four, exam, FRC, News

The UK’s accounting watchdog has called on audit firms and professional bodies to ensure exam cheating does not occur in the UK following reports of staff at Big Four firms cheating at exams in the US, Canada and Australia. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) wrote to the CEOs of the largest auditors of UK listed companies last week, to express how “deeply concerned” it is about these events and “the potential impact” on UK audit firms. “Given the severity and … Continue reading “Audit firms asked to address exam cheating following Big Four scandals”

Winning and keeping lifelong client friendships

Posted on July 10, 2022Categories Advisors, News, Technology

Customer loyalty is critical to most small businesses. We all know it’s far more costly to attract new clients than to hold onto an existing one. But did you also know that you only have to increase your retention rates by 5% to boost your profits by 95%? Accredited Reckon partner and business owner, Sylvia Robb, says securing unwavering customers comes down to staying at the forefront of technology and fostering true friendships. Scores of Sylvia’s clients have relied on … Continue reading “Winning and keeping lifelong client friendships”