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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How To Make 75% Of Your Annual Accounting Salary, In 3 Months


Last week I talked a about How To Work Two Jobs Without Getting Fired and I got a TON of emails about it! People want to know more about so many pieces of that story. But one of the main questions was: Can you really make 75% of an employee’s annual income in just 3 months…

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A Day in the Life of Audit

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This is all from my perspective of a day in the life of audit. My experience wasn’t always the norm (i.e. everyone in Miami gets into the office around 9:45am as opposed to 7:30am for me). I remember my very first week as an intern and how overwhelming it felt to join the workforce. I had…

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Do I Need To Work During My Masters Degree?

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From the mailbag: Great question Wyatt and there are a number of considerations when thinking whether or not you should even work during your masters! Money. Do you need the money to pay for school? I always try to have people go through school without incurring debt so your don’t have to pay off $55,000…

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One of the most successful accountants turned entrepreneur in the world [Podcast] with Rod Drury, CEO of Xero

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Rod has an incredible story that I am thrilled to share with you!

He started like many traditional accountants with Arthur Young which has eventually become EY.

Incredibly he won the New Zealand entrepreneur of the year award from EY many years later in 2013.

Xero is quite incredible company, imagine this: Rod started a…

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Have another questions we haven’t covered? Let me know (Click Here)!   About me: My Story and How I Got Started In Accounting Career Fairs: What Do I Need To Do To Prepare For The Accounting Career Fair? (Comprehensive Guide) How Can I Find My First Accounting Job Or Internship: How Can I Contact Any…

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Simple Advice From A Successful CPA


I go this email a few days ago from a Successful CPA and thought it was a very fun read and well worth sharing. I went ahead and got Bill’s Linkedin for your so go ahead and connect with him: Andrew, I love your podcast!  Although I have been working in accounting some 20 years.…

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Do I Need A Masters In Tax To Start A Small CPA Firm?


The controversy continues as I received quite a few comments/messages last week regarding whether you should consider an Online Masters Degree. Here’s one I wanted to share. From the mailbag: Hello Andrew! My name is David, and I am currently studying for my CPA exam while going into my second year at a Big 4…

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How Much Do You Want To Get Paid?

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From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, I wanted to get your feedback about a potential employer who had asked me “how much I want to get paid” after my interview. First, I am not sure what I am worth. I have had 3 years of public accounting experience with ~2 years of internship of public and…

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Worst First Year Audit Associate Ever

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It’s true. The worst audit associate I ever worked with actually did pretty good audit work. But I didn’t care. They were so distracting, obnoxious and rude. That’s what mattered. The transition from student to professional is bound to be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. I remember the first week of…

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You Are Just A Lazy Millennial (Ya, Right)

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Many people believe that younger people are just different from past generations. This article linked above mentions that millennials quit because they aren’t happy with a “boss” and they want a more egalitarian work environment where everyone is on a team. I think this completely misses the point. Here is the secret on why people quit…

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Public Accounting Not For Me. What are Alternative Accounting Careers?

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From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, I am just finishing my Bachelors degree in Accounting. I am interested in finding out what positions I should be looking at (other than CPA) that can use my knowledge and skills. Public accounting is not for me. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you, Adeline While I…

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5 Accountants You Should Be Following On Twitter


The #1 tool I recommend to people for getting engaged in the accounting profession is Twitter. LinkedIn is second, but Twitter is really where you can meet some of the most influential members of the industry! Follow them, read their tweets, and engage. The Twitterati of accounting are more than happy to help you in ANY…

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10 Essential Steps to Guarantee Your Public Accounting Promotion [VIDEO]

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How can we do things quicker and better than we’re expected to? “Do what others don’t do.” – Unknown Disclaimer: This post does not cover the basic requirements for being promoted at companies, such as passing required trainings or obtaining a CPA, CISA, CIA, or other license. It should also be mentioned that this advice…

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I Have Despair About My Accounting Career, What Can I Do? (Reader Question)


From the mailbag: Hey, I am currently feeling down about going into the field of accounting. I have a Bachelor’s in accounting & I’m almost finished with my Master’s. My undergrad GPA was really low & I pursued my Master’s to give me a better chance of landing an accounting job. I received my bachelor’s…

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