I Got A DUI. Can I Still Get Hired By Accounting Firms?


From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, This is kind of a touchy subject that I tend to shy away from, but I need to know before I get too far into my college career. I’m currently getting ready to take Intermediate 1, but I’m nervous to continue my journey because of my past. I know that…

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Millenials Want to Work Abroad. Here’s 2 Ways You Can Make It Happen.


Millenials increasingly want to work abroad. Here’s an example from the mailbag: Hey Andrew, I will be graduating December 2015 and I was wondering if you had any advice on getting hired internationally.  I have been searching for international accounting jobs and I’m not sure what is a “good” job. Should I look to get…

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How To Work Two Jobs Without Getting Fired (Reader Question)

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From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, I was thinking about starting my own business part time, nothing to compete with my current accounting job, but I was wondering how you communicated to your managers that you were starting The Bean Counter. I have a fairly strict conflict of interest’s policy I have to sign and I…

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I’m the First to Point Out. You Should NEVER Buy My Big 4 Course If….


I’m the first person to tell you when you shouldn’t be buying my course, “How to Get Hired by Big 4 Accounting Firms“. That’s exactly what I did for this guy. Hi Andrew, I’m currently making $95K plus bonus (around $110K annually). I understand that if I change my career to a Big 4 Accounting…

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How I Paid Off $55,000+ in Student Loans in 14 months

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In January 2014, I first merged my bank account with my wife and we realized that after 4 months of quitting my full-time job, we had drained our checking and savings down to $1,500. We just paid for our wedding and I was starting two businesses. We were broke and now living on one income. On top…

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6 Cool Ways To Use Conditional Formatting In Excel


You heard that right, “COOL” ways to use Excel conditional formatting. Since this is an accounting blog, I figured we can all be open about the fact that most of us get way too much enjoyment out learning new Excel tricks. I’m guilty of it myself. But, I wasn’t always this way. When I started…

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How to Pass the CPA Exam in 7 months (and fail at least once)

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The CPA exam is hard, really hard.

But just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you can’t pass, and quick.

When I took the exam, I was determined to pass in 6 months, it took me 7, and I failed one section, audit.

Funny enough, that was the type of worked I went on to do…

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5 Things To Do This Summer To Kickstart Your Accounting Career

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Schools out! Well for those of you who decided not to take summer classes. You’re probably sitting by the pool, soaking in the rays and enjoying your time off from your accounting professors. Life is awesome. But… There is a little voice in the back of your head asking you about your lack of accounting…

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Public Accounting: Audit or Tax? Here Are The Pros & Cons!

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The age old question for every young accounting student asks, “What Line Of Business Should I Chose In Public Accounting: Audit or Tax?” For me the answer was simple, and here’s why. Logic, evidence, reason = Audit Rules, legislations, research = Tax Things need to make sense in my brain. I don’t find opinions interesting unless…

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17 Career Concerns From Readers

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been running a survey from all of you. One of the questions I asked was: “What are your main career concerns?” While I got 300+ responses, I’ve widdled down  some of the more popular and interesting answers. Here are 17 career concerns from fellow Bean Counter Readers: Will I enjoy public…

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My CPA Exam Story

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Believe it or not, when I started University, I had no idea that accounting was a career. Never knew an accountant, no family had ever done it, nothing! Then, when I sat in my first class, it all just clicked. I remember my first accounting professor (who looked like Borat and even has a student tell him…

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10 Essentials Every First Year Needs In Their Backpack! (Audit and Tax)

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While #3 shouldn’t even have to be on a list like this, I’ve seen it. Yes, I have. A budding new hire is so jazzed to get to the office in the morning and hit the workpaper file, he forgets….. His computer. While partners can ‘audit by iPhone’, that usually just because they never learned…

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10 Pieces of Advice College Graduates Are Unaware Of


I was recently asked what my biggest piece advice for recent college grads would be. While I don’t think of myself as an old geezer giving advice, I gave it a try. 1. Don’t live with mom and dad Seriously. Baby bird needs to fly from the nest. Time to grow up. I know you…

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10 Facts About Passing The CPA Exam

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Here’s the deal. For most of us, taking the CPA Exam sucks, big time. Yea I know you heard about the kick-butt accounting kids who passed on the first try, without studying and knocked out the entire exam in a week. But guess what? That person is not you or I. We are the ones…

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What is better… CPA vs. CMA?

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I get this question ALL THE TIME, so here is my definitive answer. First off, the most important thing in your career is not your degree(s), the CPA vs. CMA, it’s YOU. There are a lot of people in the “loony bin” that have professional certifications. People spend tens of thousands of dollars on their education, thousands…

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