Resources

How to Deal With A Slowing Economy Part 1

How to Deal (as a Business Owner) with Inflation, Recession, and Other Tough Times, Part 1 Recession. Inflation. Stagflation. Economic downturn. Global slowdown.  We’ve all read the headlines. We’ve all scratched our collective heads at the ever-changing predictions on an economic downturn.  It’s something every business owner has on their minds right now: Are we going into a recession? Are we already *in* a recession? How do we deal with inflation? And what do we do if things get worse? The questions (and the worries) can be endless. So what are the answers? Are there any answers?  I can’t tell [...]
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An Explanation of Our Discovery Process For New Clients

Our Discovery Process (aka The Financial Wellness Checkup That You Didn't Know Your Business Needed)  Have you ever wondered if your business was humming along at optimal condition? Or whether the financial health of your business was more like that of a star athlete…or the average Joe? Well, there is a way to tell what level the financial health of your business is at. It involves a deep-dive into your systems by an objective outsider with the expertise and skill to examine your business quickly and thoroughly, and then give you a detailed report that guides you through the changes [...]
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What is Our Firm’s Internal Process for Creating Your Tax Return?

  As the tax services manager here at Blumer, I wanted to share with you a little information about our firm’s internal process for creating your tax return.  Rest assured, there is a lot happening behind the scenes to ensure that your tax return is prepared carefully and completely. So let me pull back the curtain a little so you can see what is going on behind the scenes.   The process kicks off when you fill in the questionnaire (also known as the Client Needs List) and upload any tax documents we don’t have to your Client Portal.  If we [...]
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How (and Why) to Hold a Leadership Retreat

So you have a growing firm. And you have wisely created a leadership team to take some of the weight off your shoulders as an owner and to help manage the day-to-day activity of running the firm. But have you considered taking them out of the day-to-day activity of running the firm? Have you considered holding an annual leadership team retreat, with just firm owners and leadership team? You should! Why A Leadership Team Retreat? My partner and I say to clients we consult with “you can’t read the label on your own bottle.” In order to read the contents, […]

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The Capture and Movement of Calendar Workblocking, Part 2

If you read our Part 1 post on Strategic Calendar Workblocking, you know we have a philosophy and strategy behind the visible nature of a professional team’s capacity. The future planning of what you will attempt to accomplish on a calendar is key to moving blocks around when the reality of the future doesn’t look the way you expected it to. Whew, that’s a big sentence! Let me break that down further: Planning the future alone is a strategic activity (even though you know it won’t look the way you plan) Why? Because efficiency and clarity of work is a […]

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Our Team Methodology for Calendar Workblocking, Part 1

We believe in the value of our team’s professional capacity. As a firm, the team’s capacity is all we have to offer our value to our clients. So we spend a lot of time teaching our team the theory of brain capacity management, the value they have as individuals, and the importance of their commitment to collaboration with each other in fulfilling the scope of our client contracts.  It’s a big deal, and we know capacity management among services companies is hard for everyone. So I want to write a 2 part series on how we approach this important work […]

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Thoughts on Capacity Exchange for Service Companies

Transcript: I’m testing something called capacity exchange. This is something I’m building into some of our firm’s growth models. And so I wanted to share it in a quick video. It has to do when our clients ask us, “Hey, how do you hire somebody or promote somebody? What’s happening there? And how do I do that well?” And what we always tell the owners of the agencies we work with, we say, “Make sure when you give money to a team member, you get something back in return.” And basically, we call that a capacity exchange. And so basically […]

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Different Levels of Value in Service Capacity

Different Levels of Value in Service Capacity from Blumer CPAs on Vimeo. Transcript: You may have heard of the term capacity. This is something that service-based companies manage. They manage capacity to scale their companies, and you got to figure out capacity management. It’s something we’re thinking a lot about lately and we’re putting and building into some of our growth models. So I just wanted to talk about the value of capacity on teams right now. So if you look at a chart of a team, that is the owners at the top, and maybe some leaders, and then […]

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A Deep Dive into the Tax Provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Last week we posted a High-Level View of the American Rescue Plan video, but this week we wanted to dive a little deeper! We know this is a complex plan that has left many confused and wondering how this applies to their 2020 versus 2021 taxes. So we’re going to tackle that together! To start, let’s look at a few highlights you’ll see explained below: Only 25% of the provisions involve tax changes. Most of these provisions are intended to be in effect for just 2021. The majority of the tax provisions in this act affect 2021. Only one affects the current 2020 […]

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