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  • Three Behaviors to Avoid in Meetings

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 18, 2016

    Meetings are a fact of life for most professions, and accountancy is no different. Before your first “real job” though, your only exposure to a meeting-like environment is likely to be the numerous group projects you did in high school and college with people you didn’t know well. Meetings in your professional life will be with people you interact with everyday, and you’ll likely have more on the line than a grade. You may have picked up a few bad habits in high school and college – here are three behaviors from The Daily Muse you should cut out:

  • How to Achieve the Work-Life Balance You Want

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 17, 2016

    While being a CPA might at times require you to prioritize work over your personal life, it’s important in any profession to maintain a balance between your work and personal life. Depending on your specialization and what time of year it is, you may face different obstacles that impede on that balance, but here are a few tips from Entrepreneur to help you overcome them:

  • How to Stay Healthy at a Desk Job

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 13, 2016

    Unless your life is similar to Ben Affleck’s character in the upcoming “The Accountant” movie (he plays a CPA who works for some shady clients), it’s unlikely that you’ll be spending a lot of time away from your desk, which can wreak havoc on your health. Here are three tips from Inc on staying healthy even when you’re a desk jockey:

  • Three Smart Things to do With Your Money After Graduation

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 10, 2016

    The years following your graduation may be some of the most financially difficult of your life, between student loans and increasing cost of living. While it may be hard, there are some things you can do to make those years hurt less – and build a solid foundation for your financial future. Here are three tips from Forbes to consider:

  • How to Balance Your Work Relationships against a Busy Schedule

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 4, 2016

    A busy schedule can be detrimental to your work relationships if you don’t take steps to prevent it. Without meaning to, you can come off as distant and apathetic to your colleagues. So how do you prevent a stress work event like busy season or a big project from driving a wedge between you and the people you see every day? Here are a few tips from the Daily Muse:

  • What You May Need to Give Up to Start Your Own Practice

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    May 3, 2016

    Some people would rather be their own boss, and CPAs are one of the lucky professions that have the option to do so. But before you make the big decision to strike out on your own, you should be aware of the sacrifices that you may have to make before your practice becomes successful enough to maintain your current quality of life. Here are a few things that Entrepreneur cautions you might have to give up for a significant amount of time:

  • Three Ways to Be More Emotionally Intelligent

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 29, 2016

    Despite the stereotypical portrayal of accountants in popular media as math-obsessed anthropomorphic automatons, a large part of a CPA’s job involves interacting with clients and other people. So while it is important for you to have the technical skills to prepare taxes, perform an audit, or whatever your chosen specialty is, it is also important for you to develop your emotional intelligence to be the best CPA you can be. Here are some tips from Inc on how to do so:

  • Four Behaviors to Change to Avoid Burnout

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 27, 2016

    Burnout is one of the worst things that can happen to any working professional, and CPAs are no different. Between studying for the CPA exam, busy season, and the other sources of stress that come with the territory, it can be easy to feel exhausted, disinterested, and irritable, which can lead to poor performance. Some things that lead to burnout are difficult to control, or just out of your control entirely. However, there are some behaviors that you can identify and change to address burnout potential, according to Forbes:

  • Three Good Reasons You Should Speak Up At Work

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 26, 2016

    If you’re not blessed with boundless confidence, it can be difficult to summon the courage necessary to voice an idea or opinion to your colleagues or boss. After all, what if you think your thinking is sound, but they think it’s stupid? But how many times have you sat quietly while a colleague proposed a very similar idea that went over great with the rest of the team? Here are three good reasons from The Daily Muse to speak up when you have something to say at work:

  • Three Tips for When You Ask for a Raise

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 20, 2016

    Regardless of what your specialty is or where you live, odds are that you want a raise. It can be a daunting prospect to ask for an increase in your compensation, but like negotiating for a salary at the initial interview, there are some things you can do to prepare yourself and hopefully get a favorable result. Here are a few tips from CNN Money on how to seal the deal: