About Heather Smith

Heather Smith can help your business deliver powerful, engaging and educational content, through guest blog posts, educational instructions, video creation, podcasts, and social media blasts. She hosts the #1 independent Cloud Stories podcast Cloud Stories, authored Xero for Dummies, produces easy to follow videos on her YouTube channel and hosts the Cloud Accountants and Advisors Meetup and Xero Mastermind Facebook group. As a chartered accountant and chartered certified accountant and certified Xero & MYOB software advisor she has the knowledge, expertise and credibility to talk about your business solution to the accounting and bookkeeping community.

How a modern future-focused firm scopes, selects and implements best of breed cloud solutions | Lee Duffield

I'm really fussy about the way salespeople contact me. If they start spamming me and if I think they've got my details illegally, I'm not happy at all. I would rather... like I know what I want and I'll reach out to them. And then it's around a demo and a clear plan of [...]

2020-05-26T11:02:49+10:00June 4th, 2020|1 Comment

How to start and run a virtual community meeting

Check you're running that latest version of Zoom on your computer. Open the Zoom dashboard, click on the icon with the face/your image on it, and from the drop down menu selecting 'Check for updates' To start zoom meeting go to the website https://zoom.us/ and click My Account in the top right corner. Enter the [...]

2020-09-30T14:20:52+10:00May 29th, 2020|0 Comments

Unlocking your untapped capacity using cloud applications | Amy Holdsworth

You can't be half pregnant. If you're going to adopt new software, new processes, new procedures, then damn well do it. Don't just kind of go halfway through the process and not actually change your mindset and your processes and procedures as well. If you're going to put in new software, look at everything, [...]

2020-05-29T13:35:03+10:00May 28th, 2020|0 Comments

Common traits of successful modern accountants and bookkeepers | Luis Sanchez

Some of the best Accountants and Bookkeepers are extremely opinionated. They challenge the hell out of their clients and so I'll put it very simply and this is just something I've heard just many, many times over: accountants and bookkeepers who go into a new prospect conversation going "I use this solution, and this [...]

2020-05-18T13:58:43+10:00May 21st, 2020|1 Comment

Living up to the critical role of “Recession-Proof Accountant” | Will Lopez

The two terms that came out of the Great Recession here in the US were 'Flat is Up', and the 'Accountant Recession' or the 'Recession-proof Accountant'. Flat is Up meant that accounting firms during that period were able to achieve flat growth year over year even though their workforce was eliminated by 40%. They [...]

2020-05-18T13:41:26+10:00May 14th, 2020|0 Comments

Examples of how to use IFTTT Applets in your Practice

This is a bit late in the day, but a couple of ways to at least be aware of changes to the ATO Covid 19 information is to set up an IFTTT Applet. The ATO RSS feed is https://www.ato.gov.au/RSS-news-feeds.aspx?fbclid=IwAR1jb1NPHLz5M3qAUOLKzFb6APdZnvX-xRP69gzN_1x3oWfaulLMksLxavM and the specific Covid19 RSS feed is https://www.ato.gov.au/rss.aspx?category=5737. The Applet I set up is in the [...]

2020-05-09T15:24:02+10:00May 9th, 2020|0 Comments

Tackling the challenges Accounting Apps face navigating Covid 19 | Nick Houldsworth

I think there's challenges, significant challenges, but any big kind of shift like this also creates opportunities. So, being ready for those opportunities, but also being realistic about some of the challenges that we have to face. And we don't know where we're at in the journey right now. It's kind of like a [...]

2020-05-04T11:09:06+10:00May 4th, 2020|0 Comments

A new type of global and societal cooperation in the Accounting Profession

I’m grateful to people who’ve reached out and shown me kindness recently Thank you to Emily-Jane Shurey, Carolyn Breeze and the GoCardless team for the Stay at Home gift basket, complete with coffee, chocolate, audiobooks and tracky dacks. Thank you to my neighbour who dropped chocolate off in my letterbox, and other unknown neighbours who [...]

2021-01-20T18:44:20+10:00April 24th, 2020|0 Comments

Community supporting Community during Covid19

When Cassandra Scott + Andrew Erkins launched the Afternoon chats we did not know what they would become, but we realised that the community needed a safe supportive space. Community helping Community during these unprecedented times. Together we can be help support one another through these stressful times. Join us for Community supporting Community during [...]

2020-07-21T09:42:45+10:00April 22nd, 2020|1 Comment

How to create a scalable modern firm that can sell | Ryan Lazanis

"I mandated across the firm what type of clients we would work with, the personalities of those clients, the technology that was used, and the core service offering. So, that allowed us to standardise pretty much everything. I think that's the secret." Ryan Lazanis Today I’m speaking with Ryan Lazanis Founder of Future Firm [...]

2020-05-04T08:53:27+10:00April 14th, 2020|1 Comment
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