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Monday
Sep082014

A Major Redesign of Website Relief

AccountantsWorld Introduces a Major Redesign of Website Relief – Website Builder Solution Designed Exclusively For Accountants.

AccountantsWorld is proud to announce a major redesign to Website Relief, its cloud-based solution designed to help accounting firms create websites and virtual offices. The new Website Relief makes it easier than ever for accountants to build websites that engage and inform both existing and potential new clients.

For over a decade, Website Relief has been a pioneer in helping accountants build fully customized sites that engage and inform new prospects and securely deliver useful tools and information to existing clients. The new Website Relief takes AccountantsWorld’s leadership in the website space to a new level. It offers the widest selection of professionally designed themes to allow accountants to design and launch attractive, easy-to-use websites in less time than ever before. And firms can create unlimited pages for their site and add them to their own menus for customized content and navigation.

But even more significantly, the new Website Relief offers a feature set unmatched by any other website building tool for accounting firms

  • All Website Relief sites are automatically optimized for display across multiple devices, including mobile phones and tablets. Recent research indicates that over half of small-business owners now research products and services for their businesses on their mobile devices. Website Relief’s optimization ensures that accountants’ sites will be presented beautifully, regardless of how viewers choose to access them.
  • With an upgraded platform based on HTML-5 and the latest web standards, the new, easy-to-use and flexible Website Relief provides improved search engine optimization, which means a higher ranking (and more leads) for websites with strong content.

Using Website Relief’s powerful and flexible features, users can: 

  • Personalize website content with firm logos, custom pages, and uploaded images.
  • Design "slider panels" to display a moving banner of multiple images across any page.
  • Include Website Relief’s unique interactive Client Survey to gather direct feedback from clients.
  • Add customizable links to Google Maps on the Contact Us page.
  • Insert access to social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter on any page.
  • Review a Dashboard of website statistics, including recent publish dates and versions.
  • Create a blog. Blogs can boost the search relevance of accountants' sites by 30% or more, and Website Relief now delivers fully integrated blogs at no additional charge.
  • Include interactive standard or customizable forms on any page, to collect contact data and engage website visitors.
  • Mark any page as "draft" until it’s ready for publishing.

 "Ten years ago, AccountantsWorld created the first website builder solution designed exclusively for accountants, and with the brand-new Website Relief, we’re proud to continue to provide industry-leading innovation in this vital category," said Sharada Bhansali, AccountantsWorld’s co-founder and Senior Vice President. "Our mission with Website Relief remains consistent: to help accountants improve their firms’ visibility to new clients and their retention of current clients. Websites remain the most visible and critical vehicle for accounting firms of all sizes to present and differentiate themselves. Any accounting firm looking to improve their growth and retention should discover what separates Website Relief from its competition."

For more information about Website Relief, please visit http://www.accountantsworld.com/WR

About Accountantsworld

Based in Long Island, New York, AccountantsWorld has been serving accounting professionals for the past 26 years. Over 120,000 accountants across the globe use the resources available on the AccountantsWorld.com website each month, and for the last 13 years, AccountantsWorld has been the leading provider of cloud-based solutions designed exclusively for accountants, AccountantsWorld offers a wide range of innovative accountingpayrollwebsite, and document management solutions to help accountants work collaboratively with clients, foster greater client loyalty, and improve the bottom lines of their practices. AccountantsWorld is also the only leading cloud solutions provider that puts Accountants First™ by never competing with accountants or selling services directly to their clients

Wednesday
Jun252014

AccountantsWorld announces strategic multi-year partnership with HBK 

AccountantsWorld, a leading provider of cloud-based solutions in accounting and payroll services, has announced the signing of a strategic partnership with HBK CPAs & Consultants (HBK), a Top 100 accounting and wealth management services firm based in Youngstown, Ohio.

HBK will use AccountantsWorld’s award-winning software solutions across its entire firm, which includes offices located in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida that offer a myriad of tax, accounting, business consulting, valuation/litigation support, wealth management and business advisory services to thousands of clients.

“AccountantsWorld takes great pride in partnering with accounting firms of all sizes with a singular goal in mind: to help them manage their evolving needs and grow their business,” said Jeff Gramlich, president of AccountantsWorld. “We view today’s announcement as a starting point for a long-term, multi-faceted relationship with HBK, and we are tremendously excited to help such a dynamic, highly recognized firm continue to achieve its strategic goals.”

“The resources AccountantsWorld provides helps accounting firms grow their businesses.  We are confident this affiliation will help enhance the wide range of the services we offer our clients, as well as in assisting with our own aggressive goals for growth,” said Martin M. Gargano, CPA and Principal at HBK.

 

About AccountantsWorld

For over 13 years, AccountantsWorld has been the leading provider of cloud-based solutions designed exclusively for accountants. AccountantsWorld offers a complete integrated suite of innovative payroll, accounting, and practice management solutions to help accountants work collaboratively with clients, foster greater client loyalty, and improve the bottom lines of their practices. AccountantsWorld is also the only leading cloud solutions provider that puts Accountants First™ by never competing with accountants or selling services directly to their clients.

 

About HBK

Established in 1949, HBK CPAs & Consultants (HBK) serves clients ranging from individuals to small businesses to multimillion-dollar corporations across the United States through office locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and New Jersey.  HBK specializes in a wide variety of tax, accounting, assurance, and business consulting services to help individuals and businesses achieve their financial goals. HBK is a recurring member of the Accounting Today Top 100 Firms list, having been named the 67th largest firm in 2014 and being ranked #3 in the rankings of “Fastest Growing Firms in the U.S.” HBK has also been named to the “Best Employers in Ohio” list for five consecutive years.

Friday
Jun132014

Where are the growth opportunities for accounting practices?

At first glance, it appears that there aren’t many bright spots for growth for accounting practices today.

For starters, look at the state of tax preparation. More and more clients are buying "do-it-yourself" tax programs and doing their tax returns themselves. Undoubtedly, the market for this service is shrinking.

What about client accounting? It's become a low-margin commodity service, thanks to the most widely used "do-it-yourself" accounting systems sold directly to small businesses. These pieces of software have taken control of many accountants' time and processes. Clients buy the software, but most don't know a thing about accounting, so they end up making bookkeeping messes. Professional accountants like you have to spend hours cleaning up those messes before they can do their professional work. You became an accounting professional so that you could add value to your clients' businesses, and give them the crucial business advice they need. But current circumstances make it difficult – if not impossible – do that.

If we look closely, we uncover a disturbing reality – and the reason that accountants have lost control of their core services (tax and accounting).

While technology has undoubtedly brought in tremendous benefits to accountants, it's also the cause of the diminished control that accountants now have over their core services, and of the marginalization of accounting practices.

The "do-it-yourself" (DIY) accounting systems and tax programs are products of the PC era. DIY accounting systems took control of accounting away from accountants, and DIY tax programs have taken a big bite out of the tax preparation business.

Meanwhile, payroll bureaus used the power of mainframe computers to capture payroll processing services from accountants. The tools accountants had in the 1980's and 1990's were no match for the power of these mainframe computers.

If accountants continue on the same path and keep surrendering more and more of their territory to the ever-increasing intrusion of external forces, the prospects for a brighter future for accountants will keep getting dimmer.

But fortunately, unlike previous technologies, new technological advances have created tremendous potential for accountants to recapture a good amount of business they had lost to external forces.

And that's not all. These technological advances have also created billions of dollars' worth of new opportunities for accountants.

The revolutionary cloud technology that has transformed so many aspects of our lives in sweeping ways has the potential to completely transform the accounting profession and help you revamp your practice.

Ready to learn more? Download our white paper today.

In this white paper, we'll review the major challenges accountants face in accounting today. These obstacles include:

  • Time spent on non-billable (or non-productive) tasks. This includes barriers like fixing client bookkeeping errors, managing different versions of software, and sending files and paper back and forth with your clients.
  • Significant inefficiencies in client accounting, thanks to the reactive role that accountants play in current "do-it-yourself" accounting systems created for small businesses.
  • Diminished perceived importance of your services. When clients use these "do-it-yourself" accounting systems, they believe that they have done most of the work. They get the wrong impression that, as an accountant, you essentially add just little value over what they have accomplished using a piece of software.
  • Difficulty in differentiating your firm.

Then we'll explain why, despite these challenges, we are confident that the future for accounting practices is actually very bright. We'll show you how certain types of cloud technology can help you overcome these challenges. Then we will discuss five exciting growth opportunities created by the cloud and other new developments. These trends have the potential to add billions of dollars in revenue to accounting practices over the next five years. These opportunities include:

  • Regaining control of accounting and strengthening your client relationships.
  • Making your client accounting work 30 – 50% more profitable.
  • Becoming an indispensable "virtual CFO" to your clients.
  • Turning a service you may have considered "no gain, all pain" into one that can be "all gain, no pain" for your practice.
  • Offering a complete accounting service – without additional staff or overhead.

The reality is there is no lack of opportunities for proactive accountants. Download our white paper to learn how to start tapping your practice's true potential today.

Friday
Apr252014

Meet AccountantsWorld at the NY and NJ Accounting Shows

AccountantsWorld will have booths at both the New York Accounting show (April 30 - May 1) and the New Jersey Accounting Show (May 14-15). Stop by for live, hands-on product demonstrations, answers to all of your questions about our cloud solutions, and free giveaways. We'll be at booth #426 in New York and #505 in New Jersey.

In addition, our CEO, Dr. Chandra Bhansali, will be speaking at the New York show, presenting "Cloud Computing Is Here - How To Make The Most Of It" on April 30 at 4 pm. This session will be moderated by Dan Hood, Editor-in-Chief of Accounting Today.

 

If you're an accountant in the NY / NJ area, we look forward to seeing you in the weeks ahead! Haven't registered yet? It's not too late - here are the links for both shows:

2014 NY Accounting Technology Show

2014 NJ Accounting Technology Show

Wednesday
Nov062013

Breaking News: Accounting Relief is now Accounting Power

AccountantsWorld is proud to announce that its award-winning cloud-based accounting solution Accounting Relief has been renamed Accounting Power.

AccountantsWorld is changing the name of its flagship accounting solution to better reflect the most important and distinctive benefits it provides to accountants. Accounting Power certainly continues to make professional accounting work faster and easier, as reflected in its previous name. But today it also accomplishes something more significant. With Accounting Power, accountants have the power to help their clients better manage their business finances and make their services more relevant to their clients’ needs.

“The primary mission of Accounting Power is to help accountants regain the prominence within client accounting that they’ve lost over the past decade,” said Chandra Bhansali, CEO of AccountantsWorld. “Almost all other accounting solutions providers focus on selling ‘do-it-yourself’ systems directly to small business clients and bypassing the accountant, which naturally undermines the accounting profession. The cloud-based Accounting Power has always been designed to support our Accountants First™ position, in which accountants and clients work in true collaboration under the accountants’ direction.”

Accounting Power includes bookkeeping, trial balance, write-up, and financial reporting, all in one integrated system. Because the system is fully integrated, after clients have entered transactions, accountants automatically have that data available to perform trial balance work and prepare fully customizable financial statements.

Accountants can also customize the system for each client, to limit access only to the functions that they are comfortable performing. By maintaining this level of control, accountants can minimize client errors - a major source of wasted time in accounting. And because client data is always accurate and up-to-date in this unified system, accountants are able to offer a much higher degree of strategic insight into their clients’ complete fiscal picture. Accountants can quickly scan their clients’ key indicators and set up alerts to signal any potential warning signs in areas such as cash flow or accounts receivable. This proactive stance allows accountants to serve as a virtual CFO for their clients’ businesses, which is a win-win for both parties. Clients benefit from expert advice and guidance, and accountants become indispensable.

 

For more information about Accounting Power, please click here.

 

About AccountantsWorld

For over 13 years, AccountantsWorld has been the leading provider of cloud-based solutions designed exclusively for accountants. AccountantsWorld offers a wide range of innovative accounting, payroll, and practice management solutions to help accountants work collaboratively with clients, foster greater client loyalty, and improve the bottom lines of their practices. AccountantsWorld is also the only leading cloud solutions provider that puts Accountants First ™ by never competing with accountants or selling services directly to their clients.