Jun 2022

Best practice in phone security for Australian accountants

Australian Accountants, Time To Re-Look At Your Mobile Phone Security

By: Odyssey General, Outsourcing
Tags: Australian Accountant, australian accounting firm, Mobile Phone Security, Outsourced Accounting, Outsourcing, Phone Security

In the last few years, there has been increased activity by nefarious actors in the identity theft and bank hacking. Many bank hacks occur with the loss of control over the mobile phone number, frequently through SIM jacking. There are plenty of sites online that can give information on how best to protect your mobile number from being hijacked. Losing …


May 2022

cybersecutiry for accounting firms

How Australian Accounting Firm Owners Are Managing Cybersecurity Challenges in the Post COVID-19 World

By: Odyssey General, Outsourcing
Tags: Australian Accountant, australian accounting firm, cybersecurity, Outsourcing, Post-COVID

Impact of COVID-19 on cybersecurity The global pandemic significantly intensified fraudulent activities as many people become more vulnerable to cyber threats while working remotely. According to the Annual Cyber Threat Report 2020-21 from Australian Cyber Security Centre, there were over 67,500 cyber-attacks reported, an increase of nearly 13 per cent from the previous financial year. During the fiscal year 2020-21, …


Jun 2021

Australian compliance: the flight to quality offshore

By: Odyssey General, Outsourcing
Tags: Australian accountants, australian accounting firm, australian compliance outsourcing, australian outsourcing expert, offshore, offshore teams, Outsourcing, outsourcing partner, outsourcing quality, Remote working

For the past decade Australian accountants have been hearing of digital transformation, automation, data scraping and a dozen other terms that were on one hand labour saving, and on the other hand job threatening. For some, it’s been about as interesting as watching paint dry. Even with Covid-19 forcing the shift to at-home work, the resulting innovation has not resulted …


May 2021

Is WFH all it’s cracked up to be?

By: Odyssey General, Outsourcing
Tags: ACCOUNTANTS, accounting outsourcing, accounting outsourcing australia, australian accounting firm, australian outsourcing expert, outsourcing guru, Remote working, work from home, working overseas

In 2020, Aussie startup Atlassian started allowing employees to work from home permanently, and Atlassian employees will no longer be required to return to the office when an easing of coronavirus restrictions allow them to do so. Fast forward to 2021, and Atlassian has recently announced staff only need to attend the office four times a year.  It’s currently regarded …


Aug 2020


Signs a tyre kicker prospect has turned up to your accounting compliance practice

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: australian accounting firm, Australian tax compliance, commoditization of compliance, Outsourced Services

The first most important thing about handling potential customers who contact your company is to have a clear idea of the type of company you are, and the type of customer you best serve. This might sound strange, especially for compliance firms which can be frequently mentioned as commoditised, but at the end of the day you are going to …


Jul 2020


What to look for in a dodgy “fly by night” outsourcing provider

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: ad-hoc model, australian accounting firm, Australian tax compliance outsourcing, outsourcing provider, Quality work

Like everyone else, despite the fact we’re an outsourcing provider, our email inboxes are frequently filled with outsourcing providers offering their services. There are some great checklists online, but like virus and phishing spam, there are some quick “eye ball” checks you can do on an email arriving from a purported outsourcing provider. Here are our top 10 things you …