IFAC Updates Practice Management Guide for SMPs

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    IFAC Updates Practice Management Guide for SMPs

    The Small and Medium Practices (SMP) Committee of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) today released the second edition of its Guide to Practice Management for Small- and Medium-Sized Practices (PM Guide). First released in 2010 and developed with CPA Australia, the new edition of the guide features guidance on several new topics, including cloud computing and updated resources for further reading.

    “As trusted advisors and small businesses themselves, small practitioners need to be well-versed in all areas of operating a practice. The PM Guide can help SMPs achieve proficiency in a variety of areas to ensure their sustainable, long-term success,” said SMP Committee Chair Sylvie Voghel. “Only by properly managing their practices can SMPs successfully compete in today’s market for professional services.”

    To help practitioners improve the management of their accounting practices, this guide includes an extended case study, a sample office procedures manual, and numerous checklists and other worksheets. The comprehensive guide is comprised of eight standalone modules that include developing a growth strategy, managing staff and client relationships, risk management, succession planning, and more. It is intended to help IFAC members support their SMP constituents, and can be used for education and training. An updated companion guide to help members make the best use of the PM guide will be released in early 2012.     

    IFAC is grateful to its member bodies Consiglio Nazionale dei Dottori Commercialisti e degli Esperti Contabili and Certified General Accountants Association of Canada for providing some of the funding for the PM Guide’s development.

    The updated PM Guide can be downloaded free of charge from the SMP Publications and Resources area of the IFAC website. Filter by language to find translations of the first edition. Visit the Small and Medium Practices web pages for access to additional resources, aligned with the topics in each module of the PM guide (see Relevant Links—Practice Management).

    About the SMP Committee
    The SMP Committee of the International Federation of Accountants represents the interests of professional accountants operating in small- and medium-sized practices and other professional accountants who provide services to small- and medium-sized entities (SMEs). The committee develops guidance and tools, and works to ensure the needs of the SMP and SME sectors are considered by standard setters, regulators, and policy makers. The committee also speaks out on behalf of SMPs to raise awareness of their role and value, especially in supporting SMEs, and the importance of the small business sector overall.

    About IFAC     
    IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession, dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. It is comprised of 167 members and associates in 127 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.


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