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Summer Reading for Accountants

Good reads for accountants that are light enough for the beach.

Here's some light reading for your summer -- physically light, that is. While short (and mostly in paperback and e-format), we think these eight books from the past few months are all worth a look.

The Cheapest Places to Retire Series The Cheapest Places to Retire Series

CPA Thomas Corley has compiled a list of the cheapest places to retire in the U.S., and you can buy e-books of it in different slices to help advise your clients. The slices include variations based on the cheapest places by the beach.

Available at: The Rich Habits Web site

CPA Firm Succession Planning: A Perfect Storm CPA Firm Succession Planning: A Perfect Storm If, like so many other CPA firms, you are coming late to succession planning, you can find no better guide than well-known consultant Marc Rosenberg's monograph on the subject. And even if you think you know everything there is to know, you'll probably still find something here worth your time.

Available at his Web site.

Succession Transition Succession Transition Once you've read Rosenberg's book on succession, we suggest you pick up this light tome, which is the distilled wisdom of two recent leaders of Plante Moran -- Bill Hermann and Gordon Krater, who between them worked up one smooth transition.

Available at: Amazon

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Together in the Cloud Together in the Cloud Once you've figured out your succession, you can turn to that other great burning issue of today: the cloud. Robert Chandler's primer is a quick, comprehensive introduction that will leave you eager to get cloudy.

Available on: The author's Web site.

Leading at the Edge Leading at the Edge What could be nicer on a hot summer day than to read about a trip to the frozen Antarctic? How about if it included a truly amazing adventure story, and a series of undeniably interesting leadership lessons?

Available at: Amazon

The 11 Laws of Likability The 11 Laws of Likability Well, who doesn't like being liked? Whether you're looking to get invited to that barbecue, or trying to gin up some new business, these laws will soon have you making -- and keeping -- friends with the greatest of ease.

Available at: Amazon

Financial Intelligence Financial Intelligence

If it looks like a comic book, that's because it is one -- and a very handy way to explain complicated topics in business and finance to your clients.

Available on: The Smarter Comics Web site

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The Vigilant Investor The Vigilant Investor Learn how to protect your clients' investments, while at the same time reading about some spectacular investment scams (and some spectacularly stupid marks). Win-win!

Available at: Amazon




10 Best Practices for Accounting Firm Online Content

BKR International hosted a panel of some of the best accounting marketers in the country in conjunction with the Association for Accounting Marketing Annual Summit in Austin, Texas. Putting their smart brains together, they agreed on 10 best practices for building the reputation and visibility of accounting firms in a high technology, but still high touch industry.

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Worst Things the Boss Asked Me to Do

When it comes to day-to-day projects, some workers at accounting firms and other types of businesses feel assignments from the boss fall outside of their job description. Workers provided the following real-life examples to CareerBuilder of the most unusual requests they received from their bosses.

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Top Regulatory Changes for Businesses in 2014

Paychex has a list of the top regulatory issues facing small businesses this year.

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Don’t Get Sued!

7 ways to protect yourself from your clients

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Our Favorite Tax Tweeters

A list of tax-focused handles worth following

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More Taxpayer Misconceptions

Apparently, there’s no end to the ridiculous things taxpayers believe

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Dumbest Employee Excuses for Being Late

Running a little late could have big repercussions, especially at a firm in the midst of busy season. From escaped zebras to must-see TV, employers told CareerBuilder some of the most memorable excuses they've heard from tardy employees.

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Common Taxpayer Misconceptions

The NAEA’s collection of ridiculous things tax clients believe

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The 10 Fastest-Growing Firms in the U.S.

The firms with the highest 2013 revenue growth in our Top 100 Firms/Regional Leaders list

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