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What is Bitcoin and the Blockchain?

Blockchain is the future of finance, and the future is right around the corner! With technology constantly advancing, it’s critical for your small business to keep up to date. Otherwise, you risk falling behind and getting lost in the past. To stay informed and learn more about Bitcoin and the blockchain, including its benefits, keep on reading!

What is Bitcoin and the Blockchain?

“The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.” – Don & Alex Tapscott, authors of Blockchain Revolution

So what is Bitcoin and the Blockchain that everyone’s talking about? A blockchain is a public ledger of all Bitcoin transactions that have ever been carried out. The completed blocks are constantly added to the growing blockchain in a chronological order. More specifically, the blockchain contains the full history of the transactions, where you can think of the blocks as being individual bank statements. Thus, the blockchain creates a permanent and unalterable database of all Bitcoin transactions.  Also, since the blockchain is decentralized, you can carry out Bitcoin transactions directly, without any third-party intermediary. In sum, the blockchain’s mission is to create more a open, fair, and accessible financial future.

Benefits of Using Bitcoin

“As revolutionary as it sounds, Blockchain truly is a mechanism to bring everyone to the highest degree of accountability. No more missed transactions, human or machine errors, or even an exchange that was not done with the consent of the parties involved. Above anything else, the most critical area where Blockchain helps is to guarantee the validity of a transaction by recording it not only on a main register but a connected distributed system of registers, all of which are connected through a secure validation mechanism.” – Ian Khan, TEDx Speaker

No Intermediaries

Wait, so we don’t have to wait for days for a transaction to clear the banks? That’s right! Bitcoin allows two users to make an exchange without the intermediation of a third party. As a result, Bitcoin transactions only take minutes to complete and are processed constantly. Hence, people around the world can now validate and transact immediately using Bitcoin. Moreover, by eliminating third party intermediaries, costly transaction fees will be minimized.

Decentralization

The blockchain consists of decentralized networks that are spread over millions of computers. Therefore, this eliminates the risk of a central point of failure or weakness. In effect, the blockchain is more resistant to malicious attacks since no centralized information exists for a hacker to exploit. The data is accessible to users all around the globe and is secured by encryption technology. Encryption technology is more secure because it uses randomly generated strings of numbers that can only be decrypted using a private key. This is much more effective in comparison to the common “Username” and “Password” security method.

Transparency

Any changes made to public blockchains can be viewed by all parties, which creates transparency. The data is public because it is embedded within the blockchain network as a whole. Furthermore, all Bitcoin transactions are immutable. This means that they cannot be altered or deleted, which minimizes fraudulent activity. Consequently, the transactions are internally audited through blockchain technology. In other words, small business owner’s won’t have to worry about keeping track of these transactions (say goodbye to hording receipts!). On top of that, the stress and pressures of an audit are reduced, since all of the transaction information is permanently stored.

High Quality Data

Lastly, Bitcoin transactions provide high quality data that is complete, accurate, timely, and universally available. Since blockchain technology records every Bitcoin transaction ever executed, it can also provide historical insight. 

Hopefully, after reading this you have gained some insight about Bitcoin and its benefits. In brief, the blockchain and Bitcoin provide endless opportunities to those around the world, such as secure cost- and time-saving benefits. At UpSide Accounting, we are now accepting the digital currency, Bitcoin! If you’re a small business that currently operates using digital currency, phone us today at (226) 214-3233 and we would love to see if UpSide is a good fit for you. 

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Firm of the Future

September 20, 2016–CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO: UpSide Accounting places runner-up in Intuit Inc.’s Firm of the Future 2016 contest. Firm of the Future winners are selected from an international pool of accounting firms dedicated to dynamically changing the landscape of business bookkeeping from a necessary service to a supporting role in the clients’ success. As a runner-up in the Firm of the Future contest, UpSide Accounting is being lauded as one of the top 20 forward-thinking firms supporting small business on an international stage.

Contest entrants push the boundaries of traditional accounting with cloud-based accounting and value-based billing, enabling the firm to serve progressive small business owners from anywhere. UpSide Accounting also provides support to clients with business development consultations in addition to financial management. Incorporating technological advancement into their regular workday–like apps and social media communication–allows UpSide Accounting to meet with clients on their terms, and speaking the same language. While UpSide Accounting takes the initiative to train clients on cloud-based accounting apps, new clients seek them out because of this specialty. The increased efficiencies provided by cloud accounting allows the partners to engage with clients anytime, on any platform, “We always tell our clients that we won’t charge them for a five-minute phone call because we want them to save money and be confident that they’re doing the right thing,” says Mike Widdis, CPB at Upside Accounting.

Over 95% of UpSide Accounting’s clients use cloud-based accounting software and third-party apps to conduct business. However, Widdis says, the most noticeable difference between forward-thinking firms and traditional isn’t so much the technology as it is the company mindset. Accountants embracing technology are talking to each other and learning together as equals rather than distancing competition. “We have a niche clientele,” says Widdis, referring to their client-base consisting of creative start-ups and solopreneurs, “and we will send clients who don’t fit that to firms better suited to their needs.”

Intuit Inc.’s Firm of the Future contest is open to cloud-based accounting firms using Intuit financial management solutions in Canada, Australia, The United Kingdom, and The United States of America. The top prize is $10,000 USD and the winner is chosen by public voting committee from 4 finalists – one from each eligible country. Fifteen runners-up are selected from the international pool of entrants and are awarded $2500 USD.

ABOUT UPSIDE ACCOUNTING

UpSide Accounting supports startups, entrepreneurs, and solopreneurs with customized financial and business solutions, providing a rich source of support for businesses at every stage. The greatest source of career satisfaction for partners Mike Widdis and Phil McTaggart rests in their open communication platforms which straddle the traditional lines and ever-evolving social media. Embracing cloud-based accounting techniques and third-party app efficiencies puts UpSide Accounting on the leading edge of frustration-free accounting and business management skills to suit every definition of success.

Intuit’s Press Release

UpSide Accounting - Firm of the Future

UpSide Accounting – Firm of the Future

CONTACTS FOR UPSIDE ACCOUNTING

Mike Widdis and Phil McTaggart – (226) 214-3233 – office@upsideaccounting.ca

Website: www.upsideaccounting.ca  Address: 10 Queen St. W, Cambridge, ON  N3C 1G1