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Happy holidays, 40% off, and Event of the Year Award

Happy Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday!

Just a quick note to share a big announcement:   Sandi Smith Leyva and I are teaming up again in 2014; we’re hosting our content-packed, award-winning 2014 Third Annual Accounting vCon, and we’d LOVE for you to be there.   We had so much fun doing the first two vcons, and we can’t wait for July.

It’s a 2-day virtual conference designed to help you:

Stevie Award Accounting vCon - virtual conference

  • Learn how to move from compliance work to value-added “trusted advisor” work that impacts your clients’ profit as well as yours.
  • Update your marketing, technology, and customer service skills and earn up to 12 hours of CPE.
  • Virtually “meet” peers, share best practices and ideas, and win cool prizes.
  • Gain the confidence, skills, and tools to serve your clients better and get rewarded in the process
  • Save airline and hotel costs, stay cozy at home, and still get live access to great training and accounting industry thought leaders.

Our first two vcons were so successful that Michelle and I earned a 2013 Bronze Women in Business Stevie Award in the Event of the Year category.   We’re breaking ground in the accounting industry with this type of event, and it’s participants like you that make it so much fun and successful.  So don’t miss out on the Event of the Year!

Now 40% off through December 15, 2013http://accountingvcon.com

To your success,

Michelle

P.S.  Please thank our Platinum Sponsors:

Intuit helps small businesses and accounting professionals save time managing their business finances so they can spend time doing what they love: growing their businesses.  From desktop to online, payroll to payments, small business to professional accounting and tax solutions, Intuit is leading the way in developing products and services so that customers can never imagine going back to the old way. http://www.accountant.intuit.com

Right Networks®:  Trusted worldwide, Right Networks® is the leading provider of hosted applications for small business accounting firms. Right Networks hosts data and applications for a rapidly-growing client base. Right Networks is the right choice to move your organization into the cloud easily, reliably, and securely.  http://www.rightnetworks.com/asp/accountingsuites

Funding Gates, the company behind FG Receivables Manager, is set on making collections the easiest part of running a business. With FG Receivables Manager, companies can effectively & effortlessly manage open invoices by moving their AR management to the cloud. Operating as a CRM for receivables management, FG Receivables Manager prioritizes customer accounts, allows users to take notes, log calls, send reminders & more.  http://tinyurl.com/FundingGates

Initial Results from Intuit’s 2013 Average Billing Rates Survey

As an international trainer for Intuit®, I get to meet accounting professionals from across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom … and I’ve discovered we have a lot in common. It seems a lot of us face challenges in finding and retaining clients in this difficult economy. In addition, we are usually so busy that we overlook the importance of good client service – which is important to cultivating and maintaining client loyalty and our trusted advisor relationship.  Read more

Michelle Long Named a Top 100 Champion and Community Choice Honoree in the 2013 Small Business Influencer Awards

Plus, Long for Success Blog Named Community Choice Honoree too!

The Small Business Influencer Awards honor those who are influential to small businesses in North America, through the products, services, knowledge, information or support they provide to the small business market.

The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses – those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The Champions are chosen based on a combination of voting by the small business community and a panel of judges steeped in the small business market, who considered the contributions of the nominees over the past year toward: Read more

2013 Intuit Accountants Rate Survey — Please Help with the Average Billing Rates Survey!

The Intuit Accountants Rate Survey is a great resource for accounting professionals.  The last survey of average billing rates was in 2011 with some of the results shared here.  Now it’s time for the 2013 survey.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey so we have great results to share with everyone.   Due to the sensitive nature of billing rates, all replies are kept confidential and you will not be asked for your name, email or other identifying information.

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Intuit Helps Accountants Find Freedom in the Cloud

New, Free QuickBooks Cloud ProAdvisor Program provides easier access to Intuit’s leading online accounting solutions

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Aug. 27, 2013 – Intuit (Nasdaq: INTU) today announced the launch of the Intuit QuickBooks Cloud ProAdvisor Program, a free program designed to help accounting professionals start and grow their practice using Intuit’s leading online financial and employee management solutions. The announcement was made at the 2013 Midwest Accounting & Finance Showcase in Rosemont, Ill.  Read more

QuickBooks 2013 Give Away, Billing Rates Survey, Trip to London and More

Make sure you stay subscribed to the Long for Success Blog because I still have QuickBooks 2013 prizes to give away over the next few weeks!  Here’s a few things I wanted to share:

2013 Intuit Accounting Pro Rate Survey

Intuit’s average billing rate survey is a very useful resource and many accountants and bookkeepers refer to it often. There are links to the old survey results on the resources page of my website here. Read more

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