5 Tips for an Efficient 2009 Tax Season

1. Organize your processes. Lost productivity and mistakes will often come from misunderstanding authority and responsibility. A tax season will be smoother when everyone knows the proper work flow, what their jobs are, and exactly how much authority they have to make decisions. You can make all of these things clear by designing organized processes, bookkeeping procedures and systems that your team can follow.

2. Prioritize. When you begin to feel overwhelmed, get systemized. Prioritize a to-do list and work on one thing at a time. As you cross a task off, celebrate! Make sure your team is clear on the priorities too.

3. Remember why you're there to begin with. Business can be a very detail-oriented affair, and it's really easy to get caught up in the moment especially when your dealing with your daily bookkeeping tasks. If you ever feel like you're drowning in details, stop and take a deep breath. Now look at the big picture. Just think about what your business goals are and remind yourself that you can obtain them. This exercise can help you to get back in tune with what's really important to you and will help you put everything back in the right perspective.

4. Communicate Clearly. Without clear communication it will be hard to get through the tax season. Your CPA is going to have a lot of questions for you and you will need to be able to answer them appropriately. Make sure you are not overtired and have plenty of energy to get you through. Be appreciative of all of the work that your accountant is doing for you. Gratitude is one of the fastest ways to change your perspective for the positive.

5. Model Leadership. Emotions are contagious. So is stress. If you are in a bad mood, everyone around you will feel it and may not be far behind. But if you come in cheery and ready to tackle the task before you, you can influence everyone in a more positive manner. It's a lot more fun to be around cheerful people. The Bookkeeping Basics Blog is my mini notebook about Bookkeeping. It...

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