Qualify Your Clients for the BizBench Top 10% Award

BizBench Top 10 Logo 300Instead of just producing financial statements that report the past, imagine what difference it would make to you and your clients if your mutual objective was to get them to the top 10% of their industry for businesses their size for overall business performance as measured by the key Return on Assets?

You can achieve this now with BizBench!

The Importance of Recognizing Excellence – Our Own Experience

When Universal started it’s incredible growth curve in 2004, we were awarded by the State of Utah Department of Economic Development the UTAH 100 Award, for being one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Utah, and looked forward each year to making sure we achieved it the


Preparing a Stellar Presentation

Rear view of a business man giving a speech at a seminarWith all the high-tech gadgets and gizmos intended to make presentations captivating, the majority of them still tend to fall flat, leaving many nodding themselves to sleep at conference tables around the world.  How can you ensure that your message gets the attention it deserves?  Here are 5 simple tips to help you create an engaging business presentation:

  1. Know your audience. Your message should be catered to your audience and that can’t happen until you know who your audience is. Consider who you’ll be speaking to, including their wants, needs and most pressing concerns.  Only then can you say something they actually want to hear.

Mind Your Workplace Manners

bad-communication5 Fatal Professional Flaws

When you’re frustrated with a work situation, it can be difficult not to react negatively.  But it’s important that you secure a healthy perspective in order to foster a positive workplace environment.  Lashing out or getting too comfy can mean the end of fairly good position, the opportunity to earn that desired promotion, or the inability to inspire and lead your team.  And regardless of your future plans, you wouldn’t an awkward situation to taint your professional reputation.

Like the seven deadly sins, you must make an effort to avoid the following 5 fatal flaws:

1. Anger. Anger is generally a masking emotion, meaning it is a cover for deeper,


Making a Career Comeback

career-comeback5 Tips on Wowing Prospective Employers

Whether you’ve been raising a family, earning a degree, or were the victim of recession layoffs, planning a career comeback can be daunting.  You may worry that your time away has hindered your chances for finding solid employment.  It doesn’t have to!

As you prepare to get your career on track, consider these 5 tips on wowing prospective employers.

1. Determine what you want. Don’t plow forward until you have decided the direction you want your career to go.  When you haphazardly push your career forward, you wind up with a haphazard career.  While the responsibility of earning a living may loom large, it doesn’t have


Moonlighting

moonlightingA Viable and Risk-Free Way to Launch Your Startup

A risk-free way to launch your own practice is by easing into it, moonlighting in your spare time.  This way you can continue to earn a stable income with your day job until you build a clientele that will sustain a full-time venture.

But before you get started, there are four rules you should follow:

1. Work on your business every day.  Once you decide to start your own business, it’s important that you schedule a set number of hours you will dedicate to your new business every day.  Whether it be 2, 3 or 4 hours, block them out on your calendar to


UA Announces New Website and Industry Database

abc-main-logoToday Universal Accounting announced the release of AB Tips, a new website offering a database of information for financial professionals.

AB Tips is a powerful training resource specifically designed for contract accountants and bookkeepers searching for industry information in manageable, bite-size pieces.  Subscribers can search Universal’s vast library and have immediate access to instructional videos, tutorials, webinars, and informational articles that will answer their every accounting, bookkeeping, QuickBooks, tax preparation and marketing question.

Each week new research materials will be added to ensure subscribers have access to timely information regarding the latest topics in the industry.  Universal hopes that AB Tips becomes a resource enabling financial professionals to excel in their careers as


Making Your Meetings More Productive

meetingProfessionals everywhere are destined to participate in meetings at one time or another, whether they be with coworkers, clients or associates.  But many organizations go overboard.  The truth is, meetings can be streamlined to ensure productivity.

In a recent Entrepreneur.com article, author and entrepreneur Craig Concotta shares “6 Ways to Make Sure Every Meeting is a Productive One.”  Here we share 4 of his suggestions that could streamline meetings while simultaneously increasing efficiency:

1. Set and send the agenda in advance. A meeting agenda provides attendees with a list of topics to cover and objectives to accomplish.  Distribute the agenda before the meeting so that attendees can prepare for the meeting and their participation beforehand. 


Tips for Entrepreneurial Success

follow-upLaunching your own business can be tricky, and sometimes it may feel like you’re stumbling through the dark.  That’s where free advice can be helpful, especially when it can help ensure your fledging business is a success.

In a recent Entrepreneur.com article, author and entrepreneur Timothy Sykes shares “6 Timeless Strategies to Drive Entrepreneurship Success.”  Here we share three of his tips:

  1. Study the Competition.  How many accountants are currently in your area?  Can the market sustain another independent contract accountant?  Who would your target market even be?  What services are currently being offered and how can you capture the market by enhancing yours to beat out the competition?  Is there a niche that’s currently

6 Cost-Effective Marketing Tips

 marketing-budgetIf you’re like most small business owners, marketing doesn’t come easily.  Your talents reside in providing bookkeeping and other financial services, and trying to figure out how to better promote your practice may be giving you’re a headache.

It doesn’t have to be that difficult or that expensive.  Here are 6 quick, inexpensive, and effective marketing strategies that will help you increase your clientele while still getting a good-night’s rest:

1. Network. Anyone can be a potential client; anyone can refer your services to friends and family.  Anywhere you go, including the grocery store and the local daycare, can provide a networking opportunity. And don’t forget your local chamber of commerce and small-business associations. The more


Accessing QuickBooks Help: A Tutorial

 quickbooks-popularUAC’s Professional Bookkeeper’s Guide to QuickBooks is a tutorial-based course enabling students to master this popular accounting software.  In this article, we share a tutorial on QuickBooks Help System, taken directly from the course. 

Sometimes in QuickBooks you need help determining what forms to use or what to enter into those forms once you find them.  QuickBooks has a pretty good help system.  Some people are disappointed when they receive the QuickBooks software and realize that it didn’t come with a 1300 page user’s manual like they used to distribute in the good old days.  But to be honest with you, the help that’s available in the QuickBooks program itself is better and more complete than