While chatting in a Facebook group with my accounting friends, we were asked what advice would we give to accounting students and new professionals.

Here’s my career advice:

Before you say, “Ok Nikki, that sounds good but how do I do this?” Easy! Keep reading…..

One of my favorite movies is and creating this post reminds me of a clip from the opening scenes. As The McAllisters jet off to France for vacation, the driver is loading up their van. One of the neighbor’s kids randomly appears and started asking the driver a thousand questions about vacation, what kind of…


This is my score release after taking audit the first time. CLEARLY I failed — partly because I didn’t study that hard. I had just passed FAR and felt like if I could pass FAR with minimal effort I could do the same with audit.

Seeing FAIL on my score release left me so defeated! When you fail the CPA exam it can be tough, almost impossible to keep going. To work so hard and invest so much time only to get that FAIL on day.

The Course gives you the support and guidance you need to pick up and…


All of the business owners, entrepreneurs, girl bosses, startups, boutiques, course creators, freelancers, and gig workers with LLCs — this episode is for you.

Treat 👏🏽 your 👏🏽 business 👏🏽 like 👏🏽 a 👏🏽 business.

Too many entrepreneurs form businesses without fully understanding the implications of selecting an LLC.

You chose an LLC because you saw somebody else do it but have you considered the tax impact of that? What about if you want to sell and be acquired later?

Did you know that you can STILL be sued even if you have an LLC?

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They’re here! The AICPA has published updated CPA exam blueprints . New and expanded content was added to keep the CPA exam relevant to the knowledge a new CPA needs.

The Uniform CPA Exam covers four areas: Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Business Environment & Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR), and Regulation (REG). The format is the same for the four sections: multiple-choice questions, simulations, and written communications (BEC only). The content changes take effect in July 2021 and mostly impact the BEC and AUD sections.

D.R.E.A.M. (Data Rules Everything Around Me)

Yes, it does! Most things we see…


If you’re looking to sharpen your accounting & finance knowledge, check out this course I created in partnership with Coursera called Financial Accounting Explained.

In this 1-hour long project-based course, you will access and evaluate financial statements of publicly traded companies and learn how users rely on this information to make lending, regulatory, and investing decisions.

Learning activities include:

  • Access and analyze the components of a public 10-K financial report
  • Create journal entries and produce financial statements (requires free Wave Financial account)
  • Search accounting standards for financial reporting compliance

You’ll even walk away with tips to showcase your knowledge in your next job interview!

Learners should have a basic understanding of the 3 most common financial statements: the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows.

Access the Financial Accounting course here: https://www.coursera.org/projects/financial-accounting-explained

Originally published at https://www.nikkwinstoncpa.com on November 23, 2020.


It’s gonna take a minute to declare a president, but one race has already been called: Proposition 22. California residents voted to pass Proposition 22 — a measure that exempts rideshare and food delivery-related tech companies from reclassifying gig workers as employees. Ok, so? Why should you care? What difference does it make?! A huge difference. Here’s how.

This historic vote that passed Proposition 22 overrides California’s previous ruling for the rideshare and food delivery tech companies to convert gig workers to employees by January 1st. …


Employees don’t quit companies — they quit people, usually bad managers or toxic environments created by toxic people.

There’s also those employees who realize their professional aspirations are out of reach with the current company. Growth is a beautiful thing, no love lost. It can be emotional if it’s a great company and you’ve come to form deep relationships with colleagues. It’s also emotional if it’s not the most amicable professional breakup. Either way, resign from your job with the same energy you had on your first day with these tips.

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Discuss with your immediate manager.

I’ve said AD NAUSEUM…


The blueprints detail the exam structure and testable topics plus references to guides and reinforce your understanding of exam content. Each section, FAR, REG, AUD, and BEC has its own section with valuable information CPA candidates need to know before they take the exam.

The blueprints contain a lot of valuable information like:

- Exam structure

- Required skills levels: analysis, application, understanding, evaluation

- Accounting guides and resources to learn more about testable content

- Score weight between multiple-choice questions and simulations

- Summarizing testable content by topic areas

In the video below I did a walkthrough of the…

Nikki Winston, CPA

Accounting Executive | CPA Exam Coach | Podcaster | Writer www.nikkwinston.cpa

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