Free Stuff! Freaking accountant’s “before & after” contest!

Infographics make information a whole lot easier to understand.  But why don’t accountants use infographics?

In this contest, I challenge you to use accounting information to prepare an original infographic.  Send to me, via e-mail (

  • your “before” (whatever data you are using ),
  • your “after” (the graphic),
  • a little information about how you prepared your graph (Excel, PowerPoint, Charmin)

Freaking Accountant will post all “before & after” submissions so that readers can “like” their favorites.  Whoever submits the graphic that gets the most “likes” by May 31, 2012 will receive a free Texas Instruments BA II Plus Financial Calculator, compliments of Kaplan CPA Review.

This example illustrates Apple’s stratospheric growth:



Look at the cash trend: most of Apple’s assets are cash (the blue line), and its cash is more than three times its net income!

Source: Apple’s 2001, 2006 and 2011 Annual Reports.

I’m not sure I covered everything here – I never did a contest before.  So if you have any questions, please ask them in the comments below, or e-mail me at

Good luck!


About Mark P. Holtzman

Chair of Accounting Department at Seton Hall University. PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. Worked at Deloitte's New York Office. BSBA from Hofstra University.

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