Launching A Business: What to Consider When Beginning Your Startup

By Wiss, Posted in Emerging Companies

By Patrick D’Angelo, CPA The first step toward launching your own business is having an idea. But even if you have an idea for a business, you may have no idea about the legal and tax obligations that await you should you put that idea into practice.  Here are several things to keep in mind before getting your startup off the ground. Separate yourself from the business Running your business through your personal bank account might seem easy and convenient, but unless you keep your business an... read more.

The Language of Success

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

By Kimberly Bustamante Picture yourself hiking in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. Miles of warm, red soil stretch out in front of you, dotted by jagged rocks and sporadic cacti. In the distance the sharp ridges of a mountain range catch the sun.  What words would you use to build out this scene? Unwelcoming? Desolate? Foreboding? Beautiful? Wonderous? Tranquil? The words that come to mind have a physical effect on your brain and a powerful effect on your behaviors, feelings and actions.  Brain s... read more.

Changing Overtime Rules? New Recommendation Could Change Who Qualifies

By Wiss, Posted in General Business

By Laura Melville Under current regulations, employees are exempt from overtime pay if they meet three criteria: the employee must be salaried, perform executive, administrative or professional duties, and earn more than $455 per week, or $23,660 per year. The current salary threshold was enacted in 2004. But that salary threshold could be increasing, as the U.S. Department of Labor last year recommended raising the salary criteria to $913 per week, or $47,476 per year. (The rule was scheduled to take eff... read more.

The Power and Pitfalls of Pressure

By Wiss, Posted in General Business

By Connor Doyle There are few things done in the business world that are performed at a leisurely pace. Owners don’t wander through their fiscal year, money doesn’t change hands without intent, and bosses don’t demand 10% of one’s abilities within a project. More often than not, there’s an urgency to requests. There’s an unspoken agreement that a concerted effort will be made towards completion in a timely manner. With that request comes pressure, and with that pressure... read more.

Utilizing a Triple Bottom Line Approach for your Future Success

By Wiss, Posted in General Business

By Arnold Macalintal Yes, businesses can do good while also maintaining a healthy balance sheet and income statement. That’s the premise behind a triple bottom line approach, also known in some circles as TBL, or 3BL. The intent isn’t just to meet the company’s financial bottom line—it’s to focus on two others as well: social and environmental impact. The idea is to give equal consideration to the importance of people, planet and profit for the overall betterment of the busine... read more.

Advice for Accounting Newbies: Words of Wisdom for Future Staff 1’s

By Wiss, Posted in Workplace Culture

By Danielle Patton Stepping into a brand new position in the accounting industry can be both exciting and intimidating. Even if you have acquired internships in the past, clocking in on your first official day as a Staff 1 will unlock access to a completely divergent domain full of new experiences and opportunities. To prepare yourself, here is some inspirational advice from our very own Wiss team, sharing some pointers on how to make your Staff 1 experience as unique and beneficial as possible! “B... read more.

Enhancing Business Leadership and Performance Through Awareness Training

By Wiss, Posted in General Business

By Dr. Nick Molinaro, Ed.D., P.C. Successful business leaders have a skill set that includes curiosity, wisdom, courage, creativity, tenacity and the ability to lead, motivate and energize others. But one key trait—and the one that serves as the foundation of all others—is awareness. Internal and external awareness makes business leaders more sensitive to their environment and the conditions in front of them, and to how they’re perceived by employees, partners, vendors, customers and deci... read more.

The Cadillac of Technology: Yardi Aids Companies Both Big and Small

By Wiss, Posted in Technology

By Bob Risk When it comes to real estate investment and property management software, Yardi Technology is the Cadillac of products on the market. Few can compete with Yardi’s scope of offerings, from commercial real estate and construction management to residential rentals and investment partnerships. And while Yardi is one of the longest-standing companies of its kind, it’s also an innovator: It was one of the first such software brands to offer a total cloud-based product. Yardi is priced li... read more.

Update to Fiduciary Rule Improves Retirement Advice

By Wiss, Posted in Employee Benefit Plan Audits

By Wiss Associate You may assume that when a broker, advisor, insurance agent, or consultant makes recommendations about your retirement account, the advice is in your best interest. But that hasn’t always been the case. While the majority of advisers act in the best interest of their clients, not all have been legally required to do so, and some have been swayed by hidden fees or commissions to recommend investments that weren’t necessarily the best choice for their clients’ individual... read more.

Real Estate Crowdfunding: Is this Option the Right Choice for Your Business?

By Wiss, Posted in Real Estate

By Darin Valentine Until recently, developers seeking financing for a hotel, office building, or other project had two primary options to obtain most of the funding for their project: Take out an interest-bearing loan, or find a large investor willing to fund the project in exchange for significant equity. But in 2012, a new law opened the door to another source of real estate financing — crowdfunding. Real estate crowdfunding allows developers to tap into a larger pool of investors, anywhere from a... read more.