The dreaded tax season is upon us, and you might already be feeling overwhelmed at your accounting firm. There’s a lot to do and not a whole lot of time to do it. Let’s face it: we could all use an extra hour in the day. So, we’ve compiled some helpful tips for saving time during the busy season! Here are some of our suggestions for making every minute count this year.
Let Technology Do the Heavy-Lifting
Technology can be a total lifesaver during the busy season, especially with recent advancements in automation. During this time of year, you need absolutely every spare moment you can find, and sometimes the simplest tasks can eat into much of your day.
How much time do you spend sorting information from clients or adding meetings to your digital calendar? Eliminate these simple, repetitive tasks through automation! Plus, good accounting software should help you manage your information and streamline your work processes even more.
We’ve all spent ten minutes searching for something we could have sworn was right there. Those ten minutes pile up if you’re struggling to find the information you need for your job multiple times a day. In order to prevent losing things, you’ve got to discover an organizational system that works for you. We also recommend recording your processes clearly and storing these written procedures somewhere safe. That way, you’ll have an easier time not forgetting any necessary steps this season.
Know There Will Be Obstacles
You can’t be caught off guard by an interruption in your work schedule if you’ve already factored in the room for change. Don’t plan out your day to the minute. Instead, leave some wiggle room for phone calls, emergency meetings, and answering emails. It doesn’t have to be the end of the world when something surprising comes up, as long as you’ve prepared for deviations in your schedule!
Remote work is pretty much here to stay, and many businesses are choosing to go either fully remote or institute a hybrid workflow. Some remote tools can be handy during tax season even if you’re not sold on giving up the office. Save time on your commute to the office by working from home some days, or schedule your meetings on Zoom so there’s no need to wait around for other parties to show up at a physical location.
We here at Aero hope you and your team have a blissful, stress-free tax season — or, at least, as stress-free as possible! It’s a busy time of year, but hopefully, now it can be a little less so. These tips should help you manage your time, and if you’ve got any other strategies for saving time, we’d love to hear them! Let us know down below how you’re planning to tackle the busy season.