Accountants and bookkeepers know that the only way of staying afloat in the vast and ever-changing ocean of the accounting business is through constant learning and practicing.
Granted, online accounting systems are easy to use (and not just from the accountant’s point of view), but they worth nothing if there is no practical expertise behind the user.
However, there are plenty of ways for an accountant to broaden their knowledge: from (free) online courses often provided by the developers of a certain accounting solution to the subject of this article, books written by cloud accounting experts.
Effective Writing: A Handbook for Accountants
The 320 pages guide you through all stages of the writing process, including – but not limited to – planning, critical thinking, generating and organizing your ideas, drafting, revising and how to design your presentation. To further help you in the writing process, Effective Writing also provides material on research, the ways of writing for a workplace in a convincing manner, and the general ethics of business communication.
Sadly, the prices of Effective Writing are ridiculously high: new and used books on Amazon range between $69 and $62 respectively, but if you rent the book the price drops by almost 75%.
The Intentional Accountant: Your Roadmap for Building a Next Generation Accounting Firm
The price of a freshly printed copy of The Intentional Accountant starts from approximately $20 on Amazon, but those fancying the ‘paperless’ edition can purchase the book for as low as $13.
Adding a Xero to Your Practice: Practical Advice for Accountants Looking to Be Successful in the Cloud
Written by true Xero enthusiasts – namely the CEO of The Sleeter Group Inc, Doug Sleeter, and CPA, Bruce Phillips – Adding a Xero… is a 130 page-long must for accountants of the 21st century.
It gives practical advice on how to be successful using cloud-based accounting, what Xero is and how it works, and how to run a firm based on the new technology.
Out of all three books we recommended, this one is by far the cheapest: a paperback copy of the book on Amazon is just $14 (without shipping), but the eBook version is even cheaper at $13.