Remote Employee Q&A: Holly

Basic Info

  • 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


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. (more…)

Remote Employee Q&A: Connie Buenrostro

Basic Info

  • 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.


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.

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


Remote Employee Q&A: Terri Desadier

This is the first remote employee Q&A in our remote series (see the bottom of the post for other parts of the series). For the next few weeks, we will have a new Q&A on our blog capturing specific people’s experiences with working from home, including details of their home setup, their firm’s remote policies, benefits of working remotely, and more.

Basic Info

  • Name: Terri Desadier
  • Title: Tax Admin, HR, Tech Support (Firm Admin)
  • Firm size: 20+ employees
  • How long at the firm: 15 years
  • How long have you been working remotely: Everyday for 15 months


Remote Employees: Plan Ahead for the Inevitable

*We are introducing a new series on having remote employees.  See the bottom of this post for all aspects of this series.

Funny enough, when you look up the definition for the word remote, you get two definitions; both are what what you would expect, but given this topic of remote employees at accounting firms, I find it intriguing when thought about in conjunction.

re·mote /rəˈmōt/

  1. (of a place) situated far from the main centers of population; distant.
  2. (of a chance or possibility) unlikely to occur.


Dedicated Internet for Reliable Cloud Access

For firms looking to utilize the power of cloud technology, the right internet connection is imperative. A powerful cloud without the right type of internet connection is inefficient and can prevent a firm from realizing the complete benefit of a hosted cloud solution. So what type of primary internet connection is considered best practice for firms in the cloud? There are two major variables to consider when selecting the right connection for your firm: bandwidth and type. This article focuses on how to find the right type of internet connection for your firm. (more…)

New Resource: The Essential Guide to Securing Remote Access

We have recently partnered with Duo Security, because we truly believe they are the best as it relates to security for our clients. Our Cloud users now benefit from a newer process every time they log into the Xcentric Cloud, which makes it next to impossible to hack into someone else’s account. That being said, the people at Duo Security know what they’re doing.

Take a look at this free resource to understand what threats exist for cloud users, such as phishing, brute-force attacks and password-stealing malware, and learn how to mitigate these risks. This guide is most helpful to IT administrators and other professionals concerned with information security as it relates to remote access within your firm. (more…)

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