Remote Employee Q&A: Holly

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Name: Holly
Title: Operations Coordinator
Firm size: 35+ employees
How long at the firm: 10 years
How long and how often have you been working remotely: 7 years

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The Power of the Cloud for IT Firm Administrators

The Xcentric Cloud provides powerful tools for IT firm administrators.  In order to efficiently and effectively support users, we realize that firm administrators need increased access to network settings and firm accounts.  In order to provide special administrative access to qualified users, we have developed and integrated advanced tools and utilities into the Xcentric Cloud Portal.

In a traditional or self-hosted network, administrators are required to navigate across their network and servers to access utilities and admin panels located in various locations or on multiple servers.  Provided below is an overview of the functions and utilities made available to IT firm administrators in the Xcentric Cloud Portal within a single pane of glass.

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Remote Employee Q&A: Connie Buenrostro

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Name: Connie Buenrostro
Title: Office Manager
Firm size:  8+ employees
How long at the firm: 9 years…pretty much been with the firm since their beginning
How long and how often have you been working remotely: After Roman reviewed our firm and told us to go more paperless, I started working remotely a good bit. I moved to Mexico in August 2016 (and will be here for a couple of years) and went completely remote.

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Don’t Miss: How to Decide If a Remote Team Is Right For Your Firm

*This webinar has ended. You may view the recording here.

Remote work and retaining strong employees has been a hot topic within the accounting industry over the past few years.  Based on studies, offering the option to work remotely, at least part-time, is a huge incentive to many strong employees and is also something millennials are attracted to when applying to jobs.

Join Xcentric‘s VP of Market Strategy and Accountingfly‘s CEO tomorrow at 2PM EST for a highly informative webinar on taking your firm remote.  While working remote is not for every person or every firm, hear common threads on what makes for a successful remote work environment.  Find out best practices and what tends to work (and not work) for firms across the country.

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Using the Ability to Go Remote As a Key Tactic in Your Retention Strategy

Staffing is a big problem in our space right now.  That is no news flash, but I am hearing some staggering numbers as it relates to staff turnover in firms.  I am hearing 10-20% type numbers…compound this with the difficulty of hiring in the first place, and we are in a real pickle as a profession.

Does the accounting profession’s problem have to be yours?

Because the poor guy/gal down the street can’t make heads and tails of their staffing situation doesn’t mean you have to follow his/her same plight.  Who cares if they have a staffing issue; their pain is possibly your gain.  For every suffering business, there is another business eating their lunch.  Sound dire or cutthroat?  I hear too many people buy into what the stats say about them versus determining that they have a say in the matter and realize they are able to steer the ship in another direction.

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Voting for the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards Is Open!

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Every year, the CPA Practice Advisor nominates vendors and technology providers within the Accounting industry to have users vote to win various categories in the Readers’ Choice Awards.  Xcentric has won #1 Outsourced Technology Services provider for several years in the past.  We would love to win both of the categories that we’re nominated for this year and believe that we can with the help of our clients and partners.

Please take a few minutes to vote. We are in questions 27 & 28 ;).

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Remote Employee Q&A: Mandy Eldridge

Basic Info

Name: Mandy Eldridge
Title: Director of Tax and Operations
Firm size: 6 employees
How long at the firm: November 2016 (I also worked with the firm in its start-up phase in 2013/2014)
How long have you been working remotely: Since January 2014,  5-7 days a week

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2017 IT Predictions and 2016 Results

With another year end (and tax season) rapidly approaching, it’s time to once again dust off the magic crystal ball and cobble together our 2017 CPA Firm Technology and Production predictions. This listing will hopefully provide you with fresh insight into trends that we anticipate having a noticeable impact on our accounting world in the year ahead.

While some of these predictions may seem out there, the reality is that accounting technology is evolving at a faster pace than at any point in our professional career, so having awareness puts you ahead of your competition. However, before we get into those predictions it is only fair to recap the results of our 2016 guesses which were scored by a completely biased/partisan panel (ourselves) and which we awarded ourselves six WINS, two LOSSES, and two DRAWS, making for an “average” outcome to our predictive intuition…kind of like national polling.

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Happy Holidays from Xcentric!

‘Tis the season at Xcentric! We hope most of you are able to wind down over the next week to enjoy family, friends and festivities.

Every year, our two offices have Christmas parties, with a delicious dinner followed by a “friendly” game of musical chairs. Musical chairs is the most anticipated event of the year for most of us at Xcentric as we fight for first pick at the prize table, which ranges from gifts like a Kitchen-Aid mixer and Nest thermostat to drones and X-Box live.


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