Top Accounting & Finance Trends to Watch in 2021

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, accounting and finance professionals have dealt with significant changes to the way they work. One of the biggest was the sudden shift to working from in the office to the safety of home. This meant increased use of technology to communicate with coworkers, manage projects, and finish work. Another big change was the increased use of flexible staffing. Many employees took off work to care for dependents when schools and daycares closed. Others were unable to work because they contracted the virus. Bringing aboard interim professionals let business operations continue. Because of the efficiency that technology and flexible staffing provided, they will continue to be used on a wider scale in the new year.

Look for these four accounting and finance trends in 2021.

Cloud-Based Technology

The increasing number of remote accounting and finance professionals means more employers will implement cloud-based technology. This provides a flexible, secure way to store, share, and access real-time information among coworkers. Cloud-based technology allows organizations to efficiently operate without geographic constraints. This enhances project management functions and improves organizational communication. Accounting and finance professionals can more effectively manage large datasets to create sophisticated data analytics, detailed financial reporting, and more.

Blockchain  

More accounting professionals will have blockchain technology involved in their work. This distributed ledger uses a network of independent computers to record, share, and synchronize transactions into an unchangeable ledger—the technology strings together a transparent, fully trackable chain of events into a trustworthy, unalterable database. Accounting professionals use the blockchain to track ownership of assets, maximize internal workflows, and remain within budget. This technology aids in conducting in-depth audits and improves the traceability of events, resulting in greater accuracy of information.

Data Analytics

The use of data analytics is on the rise. They help accounting and finance professionals gain valuable financial insights, track client progress, and create accurate forecasting models. Data analytics also uncover operational inefficiencies and help make more informed decisions. This lets companies differentiate themselves from competitors.

Flexible Staffing 

More companies will have a mix of full-time and interim accounting and finance professionals. This provides both specialized expertise and the ability to scale their team without overworking permanent staff. Bringing aboard interim professionals lets businesses remain agile as they navigate economic uncertainty.

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The year 2021 will bring a multitude of changes to the accounting and finance industry. The rise of cloud-based technology, blockchain, and data analytics means greater accuracy and more informed business decisions. The use of flexible staffing lets organizations stay nimble and adapt to changing economic conditions.

When you need full-time or interim accounting and finance staff, turn to Casey Accounting & Finance Resources. Our consultants provide exceptional value while easing your workload, saving you time, and increasing profitability. Get in touch with us today.

Are You Staying Ahead of the Game? 5 Best Accounting Trends to Get Ready for in 2020

The accounting industry continues to evolve along with clients’ changing needs. Improvements in technology mean automating many accounting tasks and altering job duties. As a leader in the accounting field, you need to stay informed about developments affecting your industry in the coming year. Here are five accounting trends to prepare for in 2020. 

Machine Learning Will Increase Automation  

With the rise of machine learning, accounting tasks increasingly will become automated. For instance, vendor bill data entry, general ledger coding and expense reporting are being done by machine learningSome corporate accounting firms use a machine learning platform to review sales documents, leasing and derivatives contracts, invoices and financial statements for key accounting information. Corporate accounting firms also may use machine learning to maintain compliance with accounting standards.   

Digital Content Consumption Will Be Constant  

Because of growing access to video, social, meme and other formats, people’s consumption of online content continues to increase. To compete for people’s attention, corporate accounting firms need a dynamic online presence. In addition to a website, corporate accounting firms need extras such as a library of how-to videos and frequently asked questions that address common issues. Articles and posts that are easy to read and share are valuable as well.  

Most Clients Will Be Mobile-First 

The majority of accounting clients will be mobile-first, if not mobile-only. To provide the best user experience, corporate accounting firms’ websites must include quick load times, thumb-friendly buttons, and easyto-read text. Branded mobile apps make it easy to send individual messages tailored to each client’s needs. Information from smartphone cameras can be integrated and processed within a native app and used to record copies of receipts and invoices to send to an accountant.   

Increase in Millennials as Clients and Employees  

An increasing number of Millennials will be corporate accounting firms’ clients and employees. To attract Millennials, corporate accounting firms need to increase flexibility, convenience and brand image. They also need to offer meaningful work opportunities, foster connections, and show how each role impacts the company and society. Plus, corporate accounting firms should provide opportunities for development in the form of special projects, exposure to other departments, or classes and trainings outside the office. 

Breakthroughs in Blockchain 

Blockchain will be used for significantly more accounting functions. The single-ledger technology is a delivery method allowing users from multiple sources access to the same information in near-realtime. When one user makes a change, everyone with access can see it once it is validated. Transactions take minutes or seconds and include greater security and transparency. Auditing, compliance and reconciliation are faster and more accurate.  

Prepare for Your Accounting Future 

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