Hi. My name is Terry, and I'm the President of Quicksilver Accounting & Consulting,  Wilmington NC.

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No way, I'm not going...

It seems ADP has done a bit of research on various industries and median age groups.  They are predicting that 18% of US workers (baby boomers) are expected to retire within the next 5 years.

Well, I for one will say no to full retirement.    They will have to pull me from my dual screen computers, iPad, and smartphone in all my glory, kicking and screaming if anyone thinks I'm ready to give up when I'm having so much fun.   I love what I do for a living and  clever enough to create a virtual company where we can work anywhere in the world.   Who would give up sitting in a little cafe in Paris, or a farm house in Tuscany with a Cappaccino and an ultrabook at 6am for some chit chat with clients and access to all my tools?    I've worked while sailing through the Baltics, in the land of the midnight sun,  while looking out my balcony window and marveling a sunset at 11:45pm.   Our generation is the first that has managed this kind of freedom from the desk.. and I plan on enjoy it.

I know many others that aren't considering a full retirement either. They have wisdom and strength, and are willing to share what they know to help others just starting out, a pay it forward mobilization at its best.  We are job creators, and mentors, and although we enjoy the idea of retirement some day, we don't necessarily need that to be a full time endeavor.

What about you? 



Setting goals can stop "crazy squirrel" syndrome

Yesterday I got to experience the 'crazy squirrel' syndrome. I know you have experienced it too!  

The squirrel sits patiently on the side of the road looking very content, yet as soon as you are about to pass by, he darts into the road, moving left and right like a Ninga without any self preservation, until finally he makes those last leaps to the other side of the road.  All the while you are praying that you don't hit him, so you don't have to start the morning feeling guiltly that you killed one of God's creature.

When I started to think about what drives them to take such risk,  it reminded me alot of some entrepreneurs who switch around each day between sales person, bookkeeper, warehouse manager, payroll specialist, networking guru.  How could we stop darting left and right and move forward?

BY SETTING GOALS.  Goals help us energize and focus, and focus helps us to act in a measured way. 

Start by setting goals for one week, one month, six months and one year. Make sure you can measure your success.  Then concentrate on how to accomplish them,  creating a plan to see results.

When you get to the other side of the road, smile and know you have made your leap to success.


I just called to say I love you...

ADP published an interesting survey taken by the Accounting Today Executive Research Council in June 2012 of 1500 online panelists.

The subject:  What is the most effective ways to communicate proactively with your clients. 

Even though it was a survey for accountants, I believe this information can be used by many different types of companies to promote client relationships.  Are you doing any of these?

At the top: Placing a phone call -unconnected to scheduled work-  39%.

See the rest of the survey


It's official... Sitting Disease

I ran across an interesting article in Bloomberg Business Week that just confirms what I knew- that sitting in a chair at the office for hours on end was not healthy.  What accountant can't relate to this?  Now there is an official name for it;  Sitting Disease. Office workers unite-  get out of your chair every hour- go chat to your co-worker, or take a short stroll down the hall, get up and move!   Read more...


Could this happen in your state too?

Lately states are looking in all directions for revenue because they have lost so many Federal dollars. I read an article from Bloomberg Businessweek  (February 19 edition) about a program in Italy that they have been using to increase tax dollars. Could it be long before you see it here as well?

It seems Italy's police have been stopping people who have very high end cars.  They aren't really concerned if they had a traffic violation- no- what they want is your registration with name and address.  They feed this back to the government to find out if the owners have declared enough income to justify their lifestyle and its been reaping rewards.  What next?  Hope they don't check out my Rolex- it was a gift!

Now you know, there are some pretty nice cars traveling our byways...

so I'm just saying its possible here as well..