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Jun 2020

Firing clients the right way

Australian accounting firms: Firing clients the right way

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: Accounting Firms, ad-hoc model, Australian Accountant, Compliance Work, profitability

We’ve all seen the silos of different client types: Type A – clients you love working with and are highly profitable, the kind of clients you’d go on holiday with.. Type B – clients you like working with and are profitable Type C – clients that are ok and you make some profit Type D – clients that cost you …

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Jun 2020

Do 12 hour working days do anything more than blunt the edge?

Australian tax compliance: Do 12 hour working days do anything more than blunt the edge?

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: Accounting Firms, ad-hoc model, Australian compliance, Outsourced Services, work life balance

There was a large accounting firm interviewing one of their junior partners the other day, and we were struck by the antique nature of the partner business model. Do your time, work hard, work up the ladder, and make it to partner. The female junior partner had taken 15 years to make it to partner level. “Fast Track”. As the …

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Apr 2020

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Australian accountants: Are you working as best as you can in remote mode?

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: Accounting Firms, Ad hoc work, Australian Accountant, Compliance Work, WORKING FROM HOME

We’re seeing and hearing from our clients that some of them have been taken by surprise by the recent and quick move to lock down in Australia. Despite providing pretty much the same compliance services to the public, remote work for firms has been a huge range from “not a problem” to “very difficult”. For more progressive firm owners who …

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Apr 2020

Accounting Compliance firms valuation drops in the face of SME closures

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: Accounting Firms, Australian compliance, COVID19, systemisation, valuation

I was speaking to an accountant who has a business assisting accounting firms get their practices ready for sale, usually when they are retiring. He assists both buyers and sellers. Basically the premise of valuation of an accounting firm is a multiple of the annual revenue, with individual returns having a lower multiple than other “stickier” clients. There’s a lot …

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Feb 2020

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Design Metrics to Measure your Australian Accounting Outsourcing Performance

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: Accounting Firms, Australian compliance, Management Accounting, Outsourced Services, OUTSOURCING PERFORMANCE

When outsourcing accounting work to overseas has become a trend to many Australian accounting firms, measuring your outsourcing partner’s performance is important for your firm growth and to optimize the outsourcing benefits. In a previous article, we talked about the Guidelines to choose the right outsourcing partner. Metrics are useful for decision-making. Let’s design the metrics (Key Performance Indicators) to …

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Jan 2020

Let’s-look-inside-the-current-Australian-accounting-compliance-Bots-and-the-hidden-offshore-processing-behind-the-scenes

Let’s look inside the current Australian accounting compliance Bots and the hidden offshore processing behind the scenes!

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: Accounting Firms, Australian bookkeeping, Bots, compliance, offshore labour

With the rise of automation and AI in the Accounting industry, many accounting firms invest in cloud software packages. Cloud bookkeeping is becoming a standard for many businesses enabling them access to accounting information and management reports in real time. Indeed, AI / automation are the keys providing the processing speed that is required for the “real time” promise. But …

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Jan 2020

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Gen Z Accountants: What are the challenges for Australian employers in accounting industry?

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: ACCOUNTANTS, Accounting Firms, GEN Z, Outsourcing, RECRUITMENT

The entering of Gen Z into the workforce is changing the way the world turns, and that means Australian accounting firms and employers in the accounting industry are putting their focus on this young generation to recruit and retain top talent. However, Australian accounting firms may face many challenges in recruiting and training Gen Z accountants. Attracting and recruiting accounting …

16

Jan 2020

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Automation in Australian Accounting: Risks or Opportunities?

By: Odyssey Uncategorised
Tags: Accounting Firms, Australian compliance, Automation, Cloud software, Outsourcing

Automation has been threatening thousands to millions of jobs with obsolescence, and accounting jobs are supposedly at the top of list. Indeed, there is no surprise here that accounting automation truly makes productivity improvements in Australian compliance services. Accounting software that automate processes have taken over many back-office functions in accounting services. Hence; Australian accounting firms who were charging their …

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Dec 2019

Key Criteria in Choosing a Right Australian Accounting Outsourcing Partner for your firm

Key Criteria in Choosing a Right Australian Accounting Outsourcing Partner for your firm: Part 1 of 2 – Maximize Your Cost Efficiency

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: Accounting Firms, ad-hoc model, Australian Accountant, Cost, Outsourcing

During the festive season, many Australian accounting firms will close and thus not work on their compliance jobs. In order to reduce the burden of deadlines after the holiday, Australian accounting firms can choose a better solution: outsourcing. Indeed, most of outsourcing firms in Asia countries like Vietnam still process work during the Christmas and New Year season. However, it …

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Nov 2018

top 10 best practice

The Ten best practices for Accounting firms working with Offshore Outsourcing firms.

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: Accounting Firms, best practices, Labour hire, offshore outsourcing

Outsourcing is not a new way of working, and outsourcing to Australian accounting firms is now approaching 20 years. Certainly a mature offering for those firms like Odyssey that were the first movers (the pioneers) in this space. However, it’s acknowledged that with demand far outstripping supply in this area, there has recently arisen “labour hire” firms, with low barriers …