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5 Ways to Reduce Turnaround Times in Your Accounting Firm

For professional services industries, the security of an hourly rate can turn into a trap. Efficiency is just as important for the professions as it is anywhere. If your accounting firm doesn’t have a reputation for turning work over at a good pace, your competitors will surely overtake you.

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5 Tips for Boosting Productivity

There’s a big difference between knowing that productivity needs to be increased and actually increasing it.

Having solid strategies on board is the only way to ensure that your time is managed effectively and productivity goals are met.

Here are five top ways to ensure that your work gets done on time, while investing less time.

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Time Management Tips for Plumbers

Plumbers are naturally task-focussed. The time needed to carry out jobs often means that business structures are neglected. With just a small amount of attention paid to the way each day is structured, you could save considerable time and money.

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Stop Procrastinating and Start Doing. Now!

Procrastination may be one of your greatest allies for avoiding annoying and mundane tasks, but sadly, it won’t do much to help grow your business.

When I speak with owners of small businesses, one of the first tips I give them is to stop procrastinating and start doing. Now!

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The Three Best Time Management Tips for Increased Productivity

For a business owner, time management is closely related to project management and your project, is your business. In business, productivity is essential to growth and strong time management will directly increase your productivity. Effective time management also creates routines, which help manage the sheer volume of information you process on a daily basis.

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Five Essential Time Management Tips for Business Owners

Melbourne business coach David Guest has some great time management tips for business owners trying to work out how they can better manage their time.

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Top 5 Productivity Tips for Business Owners

In business productivity is the name of the profitability game. A productive business is a business that can grow.

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How to Get More Time Off From Your Business Without Losing Income

It can be difficult to find the balance in the paradox of maintaining focus and generating multiple income streams but the reality is that no matter what business you are in, you will always have multiple projects and competing priorities.

So how do you find the balance?

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Seven Time Management Tips for Electrical Contractors

Here are the seven most important time management tips to help Electrical Contractors in the field or in the office.

These are seven good ideas to save you hours of frustration and vague wandering from job to job.

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Four More Time Management Tips for Accountants

As an Accountant, take a moment to think about the problems you solve every day: the thorny tax issue, the holes in the accounts, the judgment call. And yes, other professionals solve problems too. But I’ll wager that the sheer depth, breadth and variety that Accountants encounter takes some beating.

Forget Jim: The Accountant I’ll fix it!

Problems are to the mind what exercise is to the muscles, they toughen and make strong.


And what a transferable skill! Think about it. Problem solving per se is a highly marketable competency.

Wikipedia refers to “problem solving” as follows: ‘considered the most complex of all intellectual functions, problem solving has been defined as higher-order cognitive process that requires the modulation and control of more routine or fundamental skills’.

Let’s un-pack this problem solving talent; what does it actually mean in practice?


  • To Be:

    systematic, organized, methodical, intellectually dexterous, adaptable, resourceful, objective.


  • To Do:

    planning, analysis, practical knowledge, application, prioritization, conflict resolution, assessment, implementation, resolution, surmount obstacles, evaluate, make decisions, use judgment.


And so, with a toolchest of problem solving skills and techniques at your disposal, when you mix in a just a few of the qualities below, your C.V, will take you a a long, long way!

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So let’s take this inherent strength and make it even stronger. Here’s how:

  1. Leverage your preferred operating style.

    Are you a visual, auditory or kinaesthetic thinker? Take the test on the website: Once you’ve identified your preference, exploit it, seeking new modes working (graphical, audio, applied tools). Merely raising conscious awareness of your style will capitalize on your natural resources, further unlock your potential and achieve synergy.

  2. Systemise your approach.

    Figure out your problem-solving processes, pin them down and avoid getting stuck in a circle of solving the same problem over and over again. Not only does this save time, but it boosts performance in unfamiliar or ambiguous situations. And reduces stress.

  3. Engage the right brain.

    Add a soupcon of creativity. Beware of pernicious ‘left brain accountant’ labelling. Mental skills are actually evenly distributed throughout the cerebral cortex and we the potential to develop all our skills. ‘Left or Right brain dominant’ just means you have not yet developed your full skill set. You are sitting on untapped resources.

  4. Work your human resources – smarter.

    Your team, your (life) partner, your kids, your non-accountant mates. Team work means – even more – synergy! New perspectives are invaluable – that’s what coaching is all about. And just moving thoughts to words can unlock conundrums.


So there you have it. Celebrate and promote your precious problem solving assets. Then hone them to perfection.

And the final words of inspiration from Duke Ellington: “a problem is a chance for you to do your best“.

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