The career path of a solo CPA can be an exciting blend of autonomy, creativity, and growth. However, the journey is not without its own set of challenges, especially for those who may be used to the networking, support, and resources that would be available when working for a larger accounting firm.

In this comprehensive guide, we aim to explore how to maintain a sense of community when working as an independent accountant, the importance of doing so, as well as the various ways by which Harness can help you along your solo CPA journey.

Table of Contents

  1. The Power of Community in Professional Development
  2. Finding the Right Community for You
  3. Harness Tax: Your Community for Growth

The Power of Community in Professional Development

According to an article from the Harvard Business Review, maintaining a sense of community in the workplace can lead to improvements in both productivity and overall employee engagement. The article states that “when people had a sense of community at work, we found that they were 58% more likely to thrive at work, 55% more engaged, and 66% more likely to stay with their organization.”

Having a sense of community can also help reduce stress and prevent burnout by offering support and camaraderie that can be difficult to replicate when working independently. This can be particularly important given the high-stress nature of the accounting industry, especially during the busy season.

Professional Benefits of Maintaining a Strong Community

A strong community can also offer more tangible professional benefits, particularly in a service and relationship-based industry such as accounting. Through effective networking strategies and the exchanging of advice and ideas, a strong community plays a pivotal role in business growth. Beyond business development, leaning on the expertise of peers can be invaluable. For instance, when unique client circumstances arise, having a community to consult prevents the risk of clients seeking solutions elsewhere. This collaborative approach not only enhances service quality but also fosters client retention.

Finding the Right Community for You

As a solo CPA, you have the freedom to choose how you run your business, and building your professional community is no exception. From industry events to local business groups, here are some ideas to help you get started.

Industry Events and Conferences

There is an abundance of accounting industry events, conferences, and trade shows held year-round and throughout the country. Here are a few events to consider attending:

Online Communities

The internet offers a plethora of platforms where you can connect with like-minded professionals. Here are some online communities to consider:

Local Professional Interest Groups

Local groups can offer more personalized connections. Here are some types of local groups to consider:

Many events, online communities, and local groups offer solo CPAs opportunities for growth and networking. Harness Tax, however, stands apart by providing not just networking opportunities but also a comprehensive suite of software, resources, and a dedicated support system, all designed with the solo CPA in mind.

“The Harness Tax platform has allowed me to stay autonomous as a solo practitioner, but now I’m also part of a community of fellow advisors where we draw upon each other’s expertise and share ideas and best practices.”

— Doug Waite, CPA

Harness: Your Community for Tax Practice Growth

Harness Tax is a comprehensive platform that combines a modern software suite, in-house support staff, and a community of experts to provide you with a best-in-class solution to run your growing accounting firm.

When you join the Harness Tax community, you gain access to the following:

Growing Your Accounting Firm With Harness

Beyond the community elements of Harness Tax, joining the platform also provides you with the resources you need to stay up-to-date and competitive with the way you run your accounting business.

Becoming a solo CPA or the founder of a small accounting business is indeed exciting, but it takes a lot of support to get things right. Building and maintaining a strong network can be the missing piece to your success. If you’re considering taking the next step in your entrepreneurial accounting career, and are interested in what Harness has to offer, join our growing platform and community today.

This document should not be considered tax or legal advice. It is provided for information purposes only.