New Study by Sterling Consultants Reveals Top Complaints Among CPA Practice Owners

The president of Sterling, Inc., today announced the results of an in-depth study of CPA practice owners which uncovers the roadblocks to success.

Glendale, CA, June 13, 2011 --( The top complaint of CPA practice owners is executive “burnout,” according to an in-depth study conducted by Sterling consulting group ( The recently-completed study was conducted through a series of extensive interviews with CPA practice owners from a variety of U.S. States.

“During tax season, the owner of an accounting practice may work anywhere from 60 to 80 hours per week for months. It’s no surprise that these people complain of burn out and poor quality of life,” said Barbara Wilson, president of Sterling. “When we examined the results closely, we found the root of the problem was staff issues. The staffs were not carrying their fair share of the load.”

The CPA study also revealed:

63% of the owners felt their practices were barely making ends meet or were not advancing to the next level

59% were experiencing staff management problems such as unmotivated staff or lack of team spirit

52% do not delegate as much as they should be or would like to

About Sterling, Inc.

Sterling, Inc., is a management consulting firm which trains accounting professionals to effectively manage their practices and staffs. In business for nearly three decades, Sterling is the most successful consulting company of its kind in the world. Sterling has delivered management seminars to over 160,000 professionals and their staffs and more then 70,000 management and personal achievement courses to clients and their staffs. Sterling consultants have delivered over half-a-million hours of consulting, apprenticing and coaching. As a result, Sterling clients have seen their revenue and productivity rise to unprecedented levels. For more information on Sterling, its services and client testimonials, visit

Andrea Kluge