Ryan Lazanis

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My Journey from Physical Office to Running a Remote Firm - Part 1

In 2 part blog series featured on MYOB's blog, I share my personal experiences in how I ended up running a remote accounting firm. To access part 1 of this story about how I went from a physical office location to running a remote accounting firm, click here. Part 2 of this story discusses my key lessons, which can be accessed here.


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The 4 Best Communication Apps for Accounting Firms

In this increasingly digital world that we are living in, easy, efficient and frictionless  communication is important for offering a modern service experience for your customers and an efficient experience for your team. Heading into 2019, what are the best communication apps for accounting firms on the market today? Let’s have a look! 1. Slack Stop sending emails to your team! I can…


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Upcoming Accounting Firm Trends into 2022

In identifying accounting firm trends, it’s helpful to take a look at reports from reputable organizations that have studied where markets are heading in the years to come. The World Economic Forum (WEF) just recently put out its 2018 “Future of Jobs Report” and the report helps gives insight into the trends facing the workforce in the upcoming 5 years to come. Why is this…


Attract millennials to your accounting firm

3 Ways to Attract Millennials to your Accounting Firm

  Is your accounting firm attractive to the type of people in this the photo above? Most aren't. Which is why it's important to understand what makes these people tick in order to attract millennials to your accounting firm. Since recruitment and retention of key employees is often listed as the top challenge facing accounting firms and since the millennial generation (and soon to be Gen Z)…


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5 Best Books for Accounting Firms Looking to Modernize

I was never one to enjoy reading much and hadn't picked up a book in years prior to starting my business in 2013. But I knew that if I was to succeed in business, then I would need to get insight into the minds of others. One way that I achieved this was through reading up on topics that I felt were important for the success of a modern accounting firm. If you're looking to modernize your firm…


Impact of blockchain on accountants

Impact of Blockchain on Accountants - Cutting Through the Hype

We’re in a bit of a weird time right now. We are seeing a lot of people, including myself, talking about the impact of blockchain on accountants & auditors and many are dissecting the technology from an extremely technical standpoint. Nobody questions the technology behind email & the internet for instance. We know that the use-case of this technology is to be able to disseminate…


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Impact of Blockchain on Bookkeeping - Cutting Through the Hype

On October 29th I’ll be speaking at an NYU Roundtable on the topic of blockchain and accounting based on a piece I wrote on Techvibes back in 2014 entitled, “How Technology Behind Bitcoin Could Transform Accounting As We Know It”. In it, I stated that within 10 years, this technology would significantly impact the accounting and audit profession and replace a good chunk of what the profession…


A Remote CPA in Indonesia with No Internet Connection

The Story of a Remote CPA in Indonesia with No Internet Connection

Certainly there is a massive trend towards working remotely. If you’re a remote CPA reading this, you may fully understand what I’m saying. But when you think about working remotely, for the most part, you think about working from home or from a coffee shop. Australian CPA, George Paterson, who I met on my travels in Indonesia this August, takes this to a whole new level. He works from a remote…


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Running an Accounting Firm Without Timesheets - My 5 Year Experience

The firm I run, Xen Accounting, has been operating for 5 years… (gulp)… without a timesheet. Sounds crazy? To many firm owners and managers, running an accounting firm without timesheets probably does. Not only has the firm been operating, but it has been operating well and operating profitability. Not having timesheets has also without a doubt improved team morale and the relationship we…


Starting A Blog as a CPA

Why I'm Starting a Blog!

Sup y’all! I’m Ryan Lazanis, a CPA from Montreal, Canada who’s passionate about technology & disruptive business models. While I’m a CPA, and while I have my training and education in accounting and tax, that’s actually not what I’m passionate about. In fact, after leaving the small firm I worked for back in 2012, I actually never thought I would go back into public practice. I threw out all…