And that’s a wrap. Accountants and bookkeepers of various stripes shrugged off the morning downpours to make this year’s Accounting Business Expo the biggest show yet.
Four assistant commissioners from the ATO pulled full houses for the latest on Single Touch Payroll, who the ATO’s Black Economy Taskforce is targeting next, how to prepare for e-invoicing and how firms should handle SMSF for financial planning clients. A big thank you to Dana Fleming (SMSF), Peter Holt (Small Business), Mark Stockwell (E-invoicing), and John Shepherd (STP) for being so generous with their time.
New faces included Sarah Lawrance from Hot Toast – a firm that only services creative types – on Why Specialisation Is A Powerful Strategy For Any Firm, and Ryan Kagan from Blue Rock with a packed room on automating his firm using Power Apps in Microsoft Power BI.
There were over 120 sessions, roundtables and demos over the two days and the ones I sampled were excellent. The one that taught me the most was one of the last of the show. Scott Scharf, co-founder of the US-based Catching Clouds, gave a masterclass on how to specialise on ecommerce accounting.
Scott’s tips and tricks on dealing with Amazon – always log into clients’ accounts with a sub-account so they don’t get barred, how to avoid short and long-term storage fees in Amazon’s automated warehouses – were real eye-openers.
Thank you to all the attendees, sponsors and speakers who made it all possible. And of course the National Media team including expo director and lead diva Laura Venables, marketing guru KJ Harvey, Stace, Georgia and the rest of the crew under the command of the unstoppable Mark Harvey. Starting this event from scratch in just under three years is an amazing achievement, and they deserve a well-earned rest after the sale of the show this month.
Accountech.Live 2019 and next year’s Accounting Business Expo will be produced by global conference and expo maker Terrapinn, led by Australian MD Craig MacFarlane. It’s only going to get bigger and better from here.
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