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Firm Administrators Can Ease Partner's Burdens

Managing partners and firm administrators can collaborate to make a CPA office

Partners involved in running a corporate accounting firm have a lot to deal with: Not only do they have to worry about their own professional duties, they are also in charge of managing all the details that come with owning

Partners involved in running a corporate accounting firm have a lot to deal with: Not only do they have to worry about their own professional duties, they are also in charge of managing all the details that come with owning your own business.

As Accounting Today points out, having a general administrator who can oversee the minute details "execute" tasks and run the back office leaves partners with more time to look at the big picture and brainstorm strategies for growth and practice improvement.

"Every hour saved to a partner amounts to $300 they could bring the firm via billable work," Janine Zirrith, firm administrator at CPA and consulting firm Wilkin & Guttenplan, told the source. "It's important to free up the partners for things important to the firm: growth, strategic planning and initiatives."

Working in a smaller firm, Zirrith fills a support role, overseeing training, marketing and other management responsibilities that keep operations humming along.

Ed Guttenplan, the firm's managing partner, collaborates with Zirrith on a biweekly basis, checking in to see how both people are fulfilling their roles. He told the news outlet that it was also important that administrators be empowered to critically assess the way the firm is operating and speak up when something doesn't seem to be working.

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