South Jersey executives are passionate about their businesses and work life, and some are just as enthusiastic — if not more — about what they do outside of the office, but don’t get the chance to go into detail about it. We thought it would be fun for three local executives to talk about their secondary passion, how they discovered it and how they are able to overlap it in some ways with their business. READ MORE
On the heels of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), we celebrate successes!
Realimystic: “Dealing with reality in a positive manner”
When working to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities, we can face some difficult hurdles. With the right approach, open-mindedness and positive attitude, no mountain is insurmountable. It is this trifecta that we call “Realimystic” ~ managing reality in a positive manner. Having seen the “Realimystic” approach in action, we at SWP are challenging others to jump the hurdle and share your success stories in our 1st Annual Realimystic Challenge-NJ!
The Realimystic Challenge-NJ is open to any New Jersey resident who assists and emboldens individuals with special needs.
Because every individual possesses their own unique super powers. When combined with one’s inherent passion, mountains become molehills and he or she become unstoppable.
Share your personal “Realimystic” stories from now through November 30th and be a part of our Realimystic Challenge-NJ. Winners will be announced on December 6th, recognized on the SWP web site and social media.
Telling success stories has never been easier or more rewarding. Simply use
#SWPrealimysticchallenge-nj to share how taking the “Realimystic” approach to a challenge helped empower an individual with special needs to make a difference in your workplace and their lives. All success stories will be judged by a team of SWP interns and the top three inspirational successes will be awarded:
Food • Fun • Festivities
Join us for an evening of food, fun and festivities as we gear up for the holidays and show our support for all youth through SWP!
- Meet new people
- See old friends
- Hone your golf swing (or not)
- Win raffle prizes
- Donate to a great cause
DATE: Monday, December 9th
TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
PLACE: Topgolf, 104 Centerton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
All Proceeds Benefit Student Working Professionals.
RSVP by November 25, 2019
firstname.lastname@example.org • 856 414-1272
- $100.00 Food & Drink, Network, and Donation Included
- $125.00 Food & Drink, Network, Golf, and Donation Included
- $500.00 Food & Drink, Network, Golf, and Donation Included (Foursome)
- $250.00 Bronze Star Level (including corporate logo on golfing station)
- $500.00 Silver Star Level (includes logo on golfing station, banner and program)
- $1,000.00 Gold Star Level (includes logo on golfing station and banner, program ad and recognition at dinner)
- $1,500.00 Platinum Star Level (includes logo on golfing station and banner, program ad and recognition at dinner plus golf foursome)
- $2500.00 Double Platinum Star Level (includes logo on golfing station and banner, program ad, recognition at dinner, and golf foursome) at this years and next year 2020 event – a $500 savings
Step one to improved QuickBooks efficiency.
QuickBooks and other similar systems are invaluable. They help businesses pay bills, invoice clients, reconcile bank accounts and so much more. However no matter how integral a role they play, it is equally important for business owners to have at least a basic understanding of accounting practices and principles.
Is single-entry or double entry accounting better? What is the difference between cash and accrual basis? How do balance sheets and profit & loss statements differ? Add to these questions a new vocabulary with words like amortization, depreciation and chart of accounts to name a few. It is often not enough to rely on others to manage the system. A basic knowledge of how things work ensures data is being processed correctly and helps one manage their books accurately and efficiently.
VIA provides two (2) one-hour programs to help:
- Basic Accounting for QuickBooks: Learn the purpose of the accounting system and the accounting cycle
- Accounting for QuickBooks: Understand the use of a double entry method to classify, record and reconcile transactions
Ready to get started?
We all know the 2018 tax law changes were significant and some of the
most sweeping in past decades. One such change impacted charitable
giving ~ something that had many nonprofit organizations worried.
Why? Many financial experts and nonprofits feared donors would view
it more beneficial to forego itemized deductions, which includes those contributions to charity.
Good news! This fear did not come to fruition. With the use of tax advisor recommendations, donors could take advantage of other charitable contribution strategies to include appreciated investments, IRAs and even increasing their gift amounts. Therefore one-time worried organizations have sighed relief and have a more positive outlook for the year ahead.
For questions about your personal giving and tax deduction options, please ask one of our professionals.
Most people enjoy a good story. If it ends well, even better. In business, many of best successes are told through case studies ~ a thorough and investigative analysis of a particular issue and the road to the best possible resolution. Examples of such illustrations are vast and virtually unlimited ~ it could be a company facing bankruptcy, a product launch into a new market or a new employee seeking to reach his or her full potential. Despite the any number of issues, successful resolutions are often a team effort. The NOW! Financial Network believes strongly in bringing together the right group of experts and takes a team-based approach to turning a case study into a real life success story.
Hi, my name is Shubhangi Tyagi and I am
going to be a marketing student as at Drexel University this fall. My
interests include researching new things, playing the piano, dancing and
photography. As a wonderful opportunity to test out the profession,
Student Working Professionals has helped me gain a hands-on experience
in marketing. My usual day starts off at 9:00 am and meeting with my
mentor, Shannon. She gives me a summary of the day before I head to the
intern room and meet the rest of the team. They share insight on their
current projects and how I can contribute. Then, I log into my computer
and start my work for the day. So far, some programs I’m now learning
include Salesforce, Constant Contact and InDesign.
The days vary so we are not always bound to computer. We sometimes attend staff meetings that provide us with interesting tips for the real world ahead. Before leaving for the day, once again, I meet with Shannon about the work I have completed and any unfinished tasks. When she gives the okay, I head back home, relax and gear up for the day ahead.
Are you ready for your very first internship? Do you think you are prepared? If not, don’t worry, I have the best tips for you so that you are more than prepared for your first day! Your boss will be so impressed that you may even get a promotion on the first day! Okay, well maybe not THAT extreme, but you get the idea!
1. Learn Your Industry
DO YOUR RESEARCH! You MUST read about your company! This is the number one thing that you anything else you think is relevant to know about the company. Understanding the company’s mission and office hierarchy are crucial aspects of any job, and they will make your life SO much easier, I promise you that! Try to remember what you can, or maybe even take some notes.
2. Set Goals
You want to set some personal goals that you want to achieve during your internship and ask your supervisor for things to do. You want to start thinking of these goals on your first day, that way by the end of your internship you can see if you have achieved these goals. If you find that your work is done, ask for new projects, don’t just sit around doing nothing, the more you do, the better you look! Setting goals is very important for interns because it ensures you that you can gain the skills employers are looking for when looking for a full time job
3. Ask Questions!!!
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! You are a newbie! You are not going to know everything! I promise you the boss would rather you ask him/her questions, rather than doing something wrong! You will not get scolded for asking too many questions. I know it can be intimidating to ask a question to the boss or even a co-worker, but they are here to help you, not belittle you.
4. Be Professional
Always keep a professional image and ALWAYS, ( and I mean this), ALWAYS AVOID GOSSIP! You don’t ever want to be know as the “girl who gossips.” Keep a positive and professional image when you are in the office, at all times!
5. Meet New People
You may only work directly with a supervisor and a few other interns, but that depends on the internship. Just because you are only working with those people, don’t ever let that stop you from meeting other people in the office. Don’t just stay quiet at your desk all day long, get up and introduce yourself to lots of people in the office. Learn their names and roles, and form relationships with them.
6. Know the Dress Code!
I know you always want to “dress to impress”, but sometimes you have to make sure you know what the dress code is before you walk into the internship. Sometimes the business could be more casual and laid back, and others could be very professionally dressed. I know all you ladies want to wear those cute red pumps and that cute black dress, but sometimes, depending on the business, it could be too much. All you have to do is either ask you boss what to wear, or research!
7. Bring a Notebook
On your first day you usually are just getting the run down of the place and how they operate. Your boss will most likely be explaining the ins and outs of your work place and what you will be doing for the rest of your time at the office. You always want to write down everything you can! You cannot always remember everything, (believe me, I tried, doesn’t work) you will most likely forget the first thing you heard for that day. Just come prepared with a notebook and a pen and stay organized!
8. Be Enthusiastic!
I know you are nervous because it’s your first day at a new place, but you must stay positive and show interest! Show your motivation by asking to be included in meetings or asking people to show you how things are done. No one likes a Debbie Downer! (Not even Debbie)
9. Be on Time! (or Even Early!!)
One thing you never want to do on your first day at an internship is be late! That is a BIG no no! Try to be early! Early is on time, and on time is late. That is my motto. Being early looks like you are eager to be there and are ready to get started!
10. Be Yourself
If there is one person to be in life, it is yourself. No one wants to see you act like a different person. Always be yourself and everyone will like you just the way you are.
New Jersey is just one of many states that recognizes the value of teaching financial literacy and the need to do so at a younger age. This is evident in the most recent mandate for all middle schools to incorporate the subject into their annual curriculum starting this fall.
But school classes are not enough. Financial literacy and “knowing the value of a dollar” starts at home. It should be part of everyday lives. Yet, talking to kids about money is not always an easy topic. The American Institute of CPAs offers some tips to help:
- Focus on values and the best ways to use money
- Make it a family affair, setting aside time for meetings to discuss budgets and spending
- Use visual aids including monthly bills and explore ways to lower costs
- Give kids a chance to earn then discuss ways to save for short term desires vs. long term goals
At SWP, we encourage families to instill the value of community service and social-preneurship as part of one’s overall financial wellness. We do it and think you should too. These are just some of the ways families can work together to improve the community as a whole.
April 15th may have come and gone but personal finances extends far beyond tax season. All too often individuals see it as a time to avoid “money talk” yet planning ahead can help with both short term and long term goals. Here are some areas you should continuously consider:
- Follow realistic savings and budgeting strategies uniquely designed to your resources and goals
- Bolster financial strengths while mitigating weaknesses through proper planning
- Keep an eye on future financial milestones (i.e. new home, college funding, retirement planning, etc.)
- Incorporate flexibility when budgeting to account for the unexpected
- Continuously monitor and adjust budgets and savings strategies regularly
These are just some of the ways you can create greater peace of mind and the good news is you don’t have to do it alone. CPAs, including our team at RS&Co., is here to help with internal checks throughout the year.