$100,000 Raised for Junior Achievement of Georgia Through the 2022 Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant

$100,000 Raised for Junior Achievement of Georgia Through the 2022 Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant

November 29, 2022

Atlanta-based recruiting and staffing firm specializing in accounting and finance, Accountants One, hosted the 2022 Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant in partnership with the Atlanta Business Chronicle on November 10, 2022, at the Coca-Cola Roxy inside the Battery. This event sold out with over 1,000 in attendance to cheer on Funny Accountants.

To date, this unique comedy show has raised over half a million dollars for Junior Achievement of Georgia. In 2022, there were more funds raised than ever before reaching $100,000.

There were 5 accountants who participated in the stand-up comedy competition including Mike Blake, Will Wright, Caspian Roberts, CPA, Steffanie Scialdone, CPA, and Tammara Buckey. Tammara Buckey took won the competition and was named the 2022 South’s Funniest Accountant winning an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas, Nevada sponsored by Casino Junket Club.

The event was sponsored by a variety of companies like Thomson Reuters, PwC, ADP, Moore Colson CPAs and Advisors, AGL CPA Group, Honors Holdings, Graphic Packaging, Southern Company Gas, Kanner Baker, Jamestown, Hartman Simons & Wood, The Siegried Group, Lumistella Company, Grant Park Accounting, Secureworks, Georgia Oak Partners, HonorBuilt, Mauldin & Jenkins, TechCXO, Cooleaf,  IMA, B. Riley Financial, and Windham Brannon.

If you were unable to attend the show but are interested in supporting the Funny Accountants Movement, please click here

About Accountants One

Accountants One provides contract, temp-to-hire, and direct hire placements to clients across the Southeast. Clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial startups rely on Accountants One for high-quality accounting and finance talent. Their ability to attract an outstanding community of Atlanta-based candidates dates to 1973. To learn more visit, www.accountantsone.com.

For More Information, Contact

Tori Wheeler

toriwheeler@accountantsone.com

How To Evaluate a Job Offer

How To Evaluate a Job Offer

When you’re in the often unenviable role of “job seeker”, you’re so eager to prove you’re everything a potential employer could want, it’s easy to neglect what YOU want.

Of course, before we can seek what we truly want in a job, we first must define it for ourselves.  So, how can you best evaluate a job offer to ensure it will lead to long-term career satisfaction?

While it may be tempting to jump at an offer that feels like it meets your financial needs, there’s a lot more to a rewarding role than the size of a paycheck.  In fact, today candidates are asking for a lot more from the companies interested in them.

Let’s look at how to best approach a new opportunity to ensure that you’ll land somewhere that fulfills what matters to you most:

1) Do Your Research

First, research the prospective company with the same deep dive they’re likely taking in learning about you.  Explore their website and their social media pages so you can understand their vision, their mission, and their culture.  Do their values align with yours?  In what ways do they speak of valuing their employees?  If you could describe the company’s “personality” in one sentence, what would that be? 

You’ll also want to consider how well-established the business is, and what kind of influence you will have on the company itself.  It’s worth exploring questions about your specific role:  Will you be doing a variety of tasks or taking more of a deep dive into a particular skill set?  Is it a culture that encourages learning and development of your skills?

These are questions that may not be answered by a simple Google search, so the next step in ensuring your job satisfaction involves action that is a bit more tactical.

2) Perform a Company Reference Call

Just as a business will reach out to your references to get a sense of who you are and how well you fulfill their needs, you can do the same with the company.  Performing a company reference call is an effective step in understanding what an organization is really like.

Visit LinkedIn and seek out former employees who might be willing to briefly share their insights with you about their time there.  Ask questions, such as:

  • What is the potential for upward growth?
  • Is the organization flat or hierarchal?
  • How many layers are there between you and your ideal role?
  • What is the turnover like?
  • Do people like working there?
  • What is the culture like: do employees hang out with each other, or do they just do their jobs and go home?
  • How do they celebrate holidays/special occasions in the workplace?

Questions such as these tell a lot about the work environment which you’re considering entering and can help you make a more well-informed decision about where you’re planning to spend 40+ hours each week for the foreseeable future.

3) Ask Your Recruiter

Next, you can talk to your recruiter, asking them to share what they know about the company’s culture and what the day-to-day work environment is like.  Recruiters often have a rich awareness of the businesses they are supporting and want nothing more than to create an ideal match.  So, a conversation with your recruiter may just give you the insights you need to make a final decision.  Again, ask questions that get to the heart of what matters most to you, such as:

  • What have employees said about working there?
  • What kind of employee tends to be most successful?
  • What do I need to look out for?
  • What is the dynamic between management and employees?
  • How would you describe the company culture?
  • How would you describe management’s leadership style?

Of course, you may have other questions as well, including what the company values, what perks they offer their employees, and what feedback the recruiters have heard from others who they’ve helped onboard at the organization.

4) Ask Your Interviewer Qualifying Questions

Finally, when it’s time for the big interview, think of it as a two-way street.  Your interviewer will be asking you a healthy list of questions about yourself, and you should be prepared to do the same with them.  In fact, they’d be disappointed if you didn’t come in with some qualifying questions.  After all, they want someone who is curious, ambitious, and eager to find a good fit for themselves.  Here are some potential questions for your interviewer or the hiring manager:

  • What would an average work week look like?
  • What about a busy one?
  • What kind of people are successful here?
  • What do you personally like about working here?
  • What’s something you hope will change about the business in the near future?
  • What advice would you give someone who is interested in working here?

Final Words

As you can see, there are a lot of steps involved to truly evaluate a job offer on a cultural and technical level.  One more step – perhaps, in fact, the first one to take – is to talk to Accountants One about your aspirations.

We’re a business made up of talented recruiters who truly care about your career journey.  We’re good listeners who are invested in helping you discover what matters most to you and then matching you with a role that helps bring those goals to fruition.  Think of us as trusted career partners who value people and their passions.  In fact, that’s OUR passion:  connecting you with a role that will allow you to thrive.  We’re here to help you find AND qualify for job opportunities so you can curate the career you desire.

#1 Trusted Resource for Accounting & Finance Talent

Providing Organizations Cost-Effective Solutions through Interim CFOs

Providing Organizations Cost-Effective Solutions through Interim CFOs

Providing Organizations Cost-Effective Solutions through Interim CFOs

Executive-Level Contract Staffing Case Study

Project Summary

A 45-year-old Atlanta-based nonprofit had just lost its CFO. The current CEO needed to bring in a Controller / CFO level professional to add an extra set of hands to their team while they looked for their permanent full-time employee replacement.

This CEO began using the Featured Candidate resource to explore some of the high-level available contract candidates through Accountants One.  The CEO caught interest of a particular individual who was an Interim CFO at a reasonable bill rate.  After filling out the contact form, our team quickly got to work. 

Our team followed up with the CEO to learn more about their needs, business challenges, and company culture. Through deep listening and thorough evaluation, we were able to recognize what type of candidates would be a good match.

Our contract team identified a candidate that was a good fit for the position. By using a portfolio approach during the interview, our team got to know the candidate both on a technical level as well as on a personal level to really understand what the candidate was looking for and ensure she would thrive in this position.

Bringing It All Together

  • Our contract team quickly realized this could be a good fit and submitted the candidate to present to the client
  • The controller/CFO candidate interviewed with our client only two days after the job order had been taken and was extended an offer which the candidate accepted
  • Our team identified how we could best serve the client and the candidate and meet their needs on a short notice

The Outcome

  • Through the Accountants One unique MATCH approach to recruiting, we were able to recognize the candidates with the best potential to match the client’s needs both on a technical as well as a behavioral level
  • Our client’s role was filled in less than 5 business days due to the accessibility of our professional contract team 
  • The candidate was able to quickly find a new role that was a great fit
  • Accountants One helped with the introduction and onboarding as well as handling all the paperwork for the contractor saving the client can save valuable time and resources

Clients are utilizing our Contract Staffing services to bring in Controller / CFO level professionals and add an extra set of hands to their team. This helps them either catch up or do some cleanup to make sure they are ready to continue focusing on growing their business full steam ahead.

Have a hiring challenge that you’d like our help with? 

770.395.6969

clientservices@accountantsone.com

How to find talent through our Featured Candidate Database

How to find talent through our Featured Candidate Database

About Accountants One

Accountants One provides contract, temp-to-hire, and direct hire placements to clients across the Southeast. Clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial startups rely on Accountants One for high-quality accounting and finance talent. Their ability to attract an outstanding community of Atlanta-based candidates dates to 1973. To learn more visit, www.accountantsone.com.

For More Information, Contact

Tori Wheeler

toriwheeler@accountantsone.com

Dan Erling featured on the “On Leadership” with Atlanta Business Chronicle podcast

Dan Erling featured on the “On Leadership” with Atlanta Business Chronicle podcast

July 26, 2022

Dan Erling sits down with Crystal Edmunson, host of “On Leadership” with the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Accountants One CEO Dan Erling: Current labor market is a 'wild ride' (podcast)

Accountants One has been proud to serve the Atlanta accounting and finance community since 1973. After the onset of the pandemic, Accountants One was forced to throw out old rules of recruiting. Accountants One has seen firsthand that the cost and demands of high-quality talent have increased while a strong labor shortage continues to characterize the market.

The good news is that it is possible to hire great people. However, it is also the toughest and most frustrating market on record. Accountants One strives to bring value to anyone hiring at this time and has collected a list of five strategies that are providing companies with hiring success.

In this podcast with Crystal Edmunson, Dan speaks about Accountants One’s adaption to talent recruiting. He also shares more about his father, Bert Erling, his time as an inner-city math teacher and a wonderful fundraising event called The Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant.

About Accountants One

Accountants One provides contract, temp-to-hire, and direct hire placements to clients across the Southeast. Clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial startups rely on Accountants One for high-quality accounting and finance talent. Their ability to attract an outstanding community of Atlanta-based candidates dates to 1973. To learn more visit, www.accountantsone.com.

For More Information, Contact

Tori Wheeler

toriwheeler@accountantsone.com

Considering Contractors? How Skilled Contractors Can Help Your Business

Considering Contractors? How Skilled Contractors Can Help Your Business

July 8, 2022

Here’s the understatement of 2022: running a business is not for the faint of heart!

What’s going on here? The unique combination of economic and societal disruption has changed not only the hiring market, but the decision-making framework business owners have historically leaned on. Changes are afoot – some temporary, some permanent. How do you navigate these choppy new waters? 

From a hiring perspective, many businesses are finding success in hiring independent contractors. This model gives you the flexibility to respond to immediate market forces while providing you the space to be thoughtful about your long-term planning. In other words, it gives you breathing room. 

If you’re at all unsure how to make the best use of the contractor model, we can help. Not only do we have a huge pool of vetted candidates, but we also have the experience to help you build your contractor strategy. 

The contracting model can be vital to your business, but it’s not without its cautions. Here are some Pros and Cons(iderations) of hiring contractors: 

The Pros  

Contractors add value because they: 

  • Bring a higher-than-average level of varied experience to the work and to your company 
  • Often have specialized skills that are an exact fit for the project 
  • Can hit the ground running; onboarding is minimal – they know how ‘get to it’ quickly 
  • Can be hired for discrete projects during busy times, which allows you to react organically to changes in business 
  • Require minimal paperwork – no taxes or benefits 
  • Often require little supervision; they’re used to working independently and providing value 
  • Allow you to ‘try before you sign’ – if you’re considering hiring a person fulltime 

Cons(iderations) 

A few cautions here: 

  • Bringing on a contractor often requires upfront time to define the project and expectations. You need to be aware of those parts of the project that might require value judgments or creative approaches and decide if a contractor is right for them.  
  • Though the contractor may be familiar with your industry, they may not know your specific company. Check your assumptions and be upfront about your requirements and definition of success. 
  • The culture fit can hit and miss. Some contractors will fit right in; others won’t. (We think it’s important for us to get to know your culture before we send you candidates).  
  • Freelancers might be juggling multiple projects and, unless specified, may not be always on the clock for you. 
  • For some (usually longer) projects, you may experience a ‘brain drain’ when the contractor leaves, taking their learnings with them. 

Get Set Up for Success 

While contractors can make life easier for your business, you’ll still want to follow some basic best practices to create the best experience possible – for both them and you.  This means covering your bases, from screening and hiring to contracting and onboarding.  

  • Craft a job description. For the sake of clarity, and to find the ideal contractor, crafting a job description is in your best interest.  Share details about the project, skill set, and expectations. Define what success will look like.  (We can help you write a job description, if you’d like.) 
  • Interview them for both cultural and skills fit. Your recruiter should be checking their credentials and references, as well as making their assessment around the fit of the contractor with your workplace. And though you don’t need to vet a short-term freelance employee the same way you would a potential full-timer, you’ll still want to schedule an interview to go over the particulars of the project, as well as get a feel for their personality and working style. 
  • Draft a work agreement. Once you’ve found the right person, draft a Statement of Work that stipulates the scope, rate, dates of engagement, and other pertinent details.  You’ll also want to have a W-9 and 1099 ready for your contractor to fill out.   
  • Give them the tools to succeed. Finally, you’ll want to set your contractor up for success in much the same way you would a full-time employee.  Make sure they have access to all the tools and resources your company provides for them to get to work.  Step them through any training they need to understand the dynamic of their role and associated expectations.  Agree on how they’ll communicate their status. Set up regular touchpoints so you can make sure your project is on track and on schedule.   

Finding a Rock-Solid Contractor 

At Accountants One, we specialize in helping our clients align with the ideal candidate, whether that’s for the long haul or a month-long (or year-long) assignment.   

To better understand the services we offer, please visit our Staffing Services page, where you can read about Contracting work.   

If you know you’re ready to seek out a qualified Accounting & Finance Contractor right away, jump on over to our Featured Candidate page devoted to vetted and qualified accounting contractors who are immediately available to support your team through Accountants One.  

Learn More About Our Services

Accountants One has been developing and refining value-driven hiring strategies since 1973. Our clients range from Fortune 500 Public Companies to entrepreneurial startups. With expertise encompassing more than eight areas, we are confident that we can bring exceptional results to your organization.

Accountants One Named One of Atlanta’s 25 Largest Temporary Employment Agencies For Second Consecutive Year

Accountants One Named One of Atlanta’s 25 Largest Temporary Employment Agencies For Second Consecutive Year

ATLANTA – July 7, 2022 – The Atlanta Business Chronicle has recognized Accountants One as one of Atlanta’s 25 Largest Temporary Employment Agencies. This is the second consecutive year that Accountants One has made the Top 25 in the Temporary Employment Agency category.

Accountants One secured its place on the ranking by employing, on average, over 80 people on a weekly basis in 2021. This recognition is based solely on Temporary Staffing and not based upon Recruiting/Direct Hire services, which Accountants One also provides.

See the full list of the Top 25 Temporary Employment Agencies.

Accountants One offers long-term staffing solutions, short-term staffing solutions, temp-to-hire placement, direct hire placement, and exclusive retained search. Read more about the services Accountants One provides.

About Accountants One

Accountants One provides contract, temp-to-hire, and direct hire placements to clients across the Southeast. Clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial startups rely on Accountants One for high-quality accounting and finance talent. Their ability to attract an outstanding community of Atlanta-based candidates dates to 1973. To learn more visit, www.accountantsone.com.

For More Information, Contact

Tori Wheeler

toriwheeler@accountantsone.com

Contract Employment: What’s the difference between W-2 and 1099

Contract Employment: What’s the difference between W-2 and 1099

What is the difference between W-2 and 1099 contracting?

Great question! While most of our contractors are under the W-2 umbrella, some contractors do opt to work as 1099 workers instead. Here is a quick breakdown of the two options if you are considering contracting through Accountants One.

W-2 Employee

W-2 is the tax form used to report an employee’s annual income. As a W-2 employee, you have payroll taxes automatically deducted from your paycheck and your employer pays the government directly. W-2 employees are eligible for healthcare benefits and even 401k programs after an initial new hire wait period.

Benefits of Being a W-2 Employee

  • Healthcare benefits, once eligible
  • Company 401k program, once eligible
  • No additional tax-related paperwork

1099 Independent Contractor

1099 is the tax form issued to an independent contractor to show how much you were paid for the year. 1099 contractors are responsible for calculating their own payroll taxes and submitting the sum to the government on a quarterly basis. Most 1099 contractors need to pay for their own healthcare benefits and retirement planning.  If you don’t have time to do your own taxes, we recommend consulting with a CPA who can help you stay on track financially.

Benefits of Being a 1099 Independent Contractor

  • Ability to deduct expenses on tax returns
  • Able to manage and control tax deductions
  • Higher earning potential

Are you ready to learn more about open contract positions?

Whether you want to be a 1099 contractor or a W2 contractor, Accountants One has resources to help!

At Accountants One, we understand the value of contracting, both for our clients and our candidates.  Whether your passion is working as a true contractor or more of a temp-for-hire, we’re here to help. We put the same care and passion into placing contract workers as we do direct hire roles.

We’ll support your journey with a track record that offers you peace of mind. Our placement contract success rate has never dropped below 80% and is consistently at least 20% higher than the industry average.

So, if contracting is something you’ve been considering, or you’ve already committed to the notion, let’s chat!  We’d love to hear learn more about your aspirations. Reach out to an Accountants One Recruiter directly or check out our open positions.

“I’ve worked with Accountants One as a W-2 employee, and I’ve worked with them as a 1099 employee. In both cases, I found them helpful and knowledgeable. Definitely recommend!”

Accountants One W-2 and 1099 Contractor

Are you ready to learn more about open contract positions?

Whether you want to be a 1099 contractor or a W2 contractor, Accountants One has resources to help!

At Accountants One, we understand the value of contracting, both for our clients and our candidates.  Whether your passion is working as a true contractor or more of a temp-for-hire, we’re here to help. We put the same care and passion into placing contract workers as we do direct hire roles.

We’ll support your journey with a track record that offers you peace of mind. Our placement contract success rate has never dropped below 80% and is consistently at least 20% higher than the industry average.

So, if contracting is something you’ve been considering, or you’ve already committed to the notion, let’s chat!  We’d love to hear learn more about your aspirations. Reach out to an Accountants One Recruiter directly or check out our open positions.

The Case For Contracting: Flexibility? Autonomy? What’s Not To Love?

At Accountants One, we understand the value of contracting, both for our clients and our candidates.  Whether your passion is working as a true contractor or more of a temp-for-hire, we’re here to help.

Auditions for the 2022 Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant

Auditions for the 2022 Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant

Funny Accountants, it’s your turn! Do you have what it takes to be named the 2022 South’s Funniest Accountant?

When: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 | 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Contact Vivien Canady to schedule an audition time. All you need to audition is a one-minute routine (can include a video submission to Vivien Canady).

Where: Silverspot Cinema at The Battery Atlanta – 960 Battery Ave SE Suite 5000, Atlanta, GA 30339

The final comedy show performance will be held on November 10th at the Coca-Cola Roxy

Who: An individual currently employed as an accountant or financial professional in the Southeast is eligible to participate.

Why: Proceeds from the event will benefit Junior Achievement of Georgia, which partners with businesses and educators to bring the real world to students, opening their minds to potential.

Six contestants will go on to compete in the Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant at the Coca-Cola Roxy on November 10th! Prior to the show, contestants will attend comedy boot camp facilitated by Tommy Housworth, our event host/emcee.

The grand prize winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas and the coveted title of the 2022 Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant.

Visit www.accountantsarefunnytoo.com to learn more.

Watch our grand-prize winner, Brad Manning, perform at the 2019 Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant
Accountants One to host first post-pandemic Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant

Accountants One to host first post-pandemic Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant

By Accountants One

Posted: March 29, 2022

After taking a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant is once again returning to the stage. 

Due to the show’s overwhelming popularity in previous years, the 2022 show is set to be the biggest show in history.  The 2022 show is set for Thursday, November 10, 2022, at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta, Georgia, and will be sponsored by Accountants One and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. 

“The Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant was such a fun experience, benefiting an amazing cause. The event and the entire process leading up to it was a blast,” said Brad Manning, Senior Associate at Grant Thornton and 2019 Funniest Accountant Grand Prize Winner. 

Another Big 4 Senior Manager gave glowing feedback regarding the event, “I’ve been coming to the show for years and wouldn’t miss it – a guaranteed good time!”

The show benefits Junior Achievement of Georgia, a nonprofit whose mission is to prepare and inspire young people to succeed in a global economy. 

Through Accountants One’s nonprofit arm, Stand-Up for Leadership, there has been nearly $500k raised to support the work of Junior Achievement of Georgia. By supporting Junior Achievement, four-year graduation rates have increased to 92% in 2019 as opposed to 62% in 2015. 

Past sponsors of the event include Mercedez-Benz USA, Moore Colson CPAs and Advisors, Graphic Packaging, Genuine Parts, Chick-fil-A, Georgia Power, PwC, Grant Thornton, EY, Deloitte, GreenSky, Cox, HonorBuilt, Consume Media, Nichols Cauley & Associates, Sage, Beech Valley, Altium Packaging, Purchasing Power, and more.

To learn more about this event and ways to get involved in 2022, you can reach out to Vivien Canady, CSR Manager at Accountants One or click here to view available sponsorship opportunities.

About Accountants One

Accountants One provides contract, temp-to-hire, and direct hire placements to clients across the Southeast. Clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial startups rely on Accountants One for high-quality accounting and finance talent. Their ability to attract an outstanding community of Atlanta-based candidates dates to 1973. To learn more visit, www.accountantsone.com.

For More Information, Contact

Tori Wheeler

toriwheeler@accountantsone.com