6 Tips for Responding to Client Emails

[fa icon="calendar'] Sun, Apr 5, 2020 / by Jonathan Michael posted in Working with Clients , Advice for Your Practice

Right now, practices everywhere are trying to adapt to a drastically different work landscape that often changes from day-to-day. Your team is working remotely. Your tax season has been extended. Your clients are dealing with disaster relief efforts and trying to stay above water.

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The Importance of Financial Forecasting for Your Clients In Crisis

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Mar 31, 2020 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Working with Clients , Budgeting and Forecasting , Advice for Your Practice

When small business owners are stressed from financial uncertainty they need information from their accountant that will help them from feeling blind-sided by unknowns, and enable them to forge a clear path forward.

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Improved Cash Flow Forecasting in LivePlan for Strategic Advisors

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Feb 26, 2020 / by Joey O'Shaughnessy posted in LivePlan Software for Advisory , Budgeting and Forecasting

Helping your clients understand their cash flow is an integral part of delivering quality advisory services. But cash flow isn’t just about the current financial position.

Creating an accurate cash flow forecast gives your clients the insight necessary to drive decision making for their business.

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New in LivePlan: QuickBooks Desktop, Dashboard Statements, and More

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 24, 2020 / by Joey O'Shaughnessy posted in LivePlan Software for Advisory , Budgeting and Forecasting

Over the last few months, we’ve released a variety of new features and improvements for LivePlan, many of which are specifically developed for LivePlan Strategic Advisors.
Our continued goal is to improve the overall experience for you and your clients—allowing you to serve more clients, build better forecasts, and generate strategic and thoughtful reports.

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An Accountant's Guide to Strategic Advising Services for Small Businesses

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Dec 18, 2019 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Packaging and Selling Advisory , Working with Clients , Advice for Your Practice

Strategic advising is a specific type of small business advising service. It focuses on lean business planning, financial forecasting, and monthly financial performance tracking. In the accounting profession, it fits within the umbrella of client advisory services (CAS).

What differentiates strategic advising from other client advisory services is its focus on planning and iterative forecasting as the primary means of measuring and driving small business growth.

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Planning Is a Key Strategic Advising Service—Keep It Personal!

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Dec 12, 2019 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Business Process for Advisory , Advice for Your Practice

The notion of planning, and adjusting our plan, is a fundamental part of all of our lives. We do it daily, sometimes without even realizing it, on things both big and small. Planning for retirement? Planning a vacation? Planning for next month’s grocery bill?

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The Road to Strategic Advising Services: Implementation and Pricing

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Dec 6, 2019 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Business Process for Advisory , Packaging and Selling Advisory

Implementing a process to manage the work of Strategic Advising is the key to making it happen in a profitable, seamless way. The LivePlan Method is a business process and pricing model for strategic advising services.

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How to Use Key Performance Indicators in Strategic Advising

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Nov 27, 2019 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Business Process for Advisory , Working with Clients

“Get comfortable with the uncomfortable.”

This modest sentence is powerful. It’s only in the difficult places that we grow, so the more we can get comfortable with things that make us uncomfortable, the stronger we become.

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How to Prepare and Conduct A Strategic Advising Client Meeting

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Oct 30, 2019 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Business Process for Advisory , Working with Clients

As a Strategic Advisor, you’re a critical partner for your small business owner clients. The work you do and the expertise you offer helps your clients establish business goals, and guides their growth.

Your work should cover questions such as these:

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The Recommended Sales Forecasting Method

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Oct 17, 2019 / by Noah Parsons posted in Budgeting and Forecasting

New entrepreneurs frequently ask me for advice about forecasting their sales. These entrepreneurs are always optimistic about the future of their new company, but when it comes to talking about the details, most aren’t sure how to predict future sales and how much money they’re going to make.

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How to Improve Your Strategic Advising Website Using Analytics

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Sep 27, 2019 / by Nina Bamberger posted in Advice for Your Practice

To understand the overall health and performance of a business, the three main financial statements—income statement, cash flow statement, and balance sheet—tell a vivid story.

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LivePlan Update: Cash Flow and Balance Sheet on the Dashboard

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Sep 20, 2019 / by Noah Parsons posted in LivePlan Software for Advisory

Running your business takes more than just a passion for your customers and the products and services you sell. You also need to keep a close eye on your business financials so you can track performance and know how your business is doing.

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Email Marketing Is Exactly What Your Client Advisory Service Is Missing

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Aug 21, 2019 / by Nina Bamberger posted in Working with Clients

In the public accounting industry, the practice of client advisory services involves much more than compliance-based work—it’s a relationship business. To grow and scale your Strategic Advising practice, your efforts need to be aimed at nurturing your clients and developing a personal connection that will set you up for repeat business.

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Is Your Small Business Prepared for a Data Breach?

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Aug 14, 2019 / by Jon Schram posted in Advice for Your Practice

In May 2019, Fortune 500 title insurance company First American became the latest high-profile victim of a cyber blunder when its website leaked more than 8.8 million documents related to mortgage deals.

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Build Customer Trust and Better Sales With 4 Buyer Touch Points

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jul 31, 2019 / by Kelly Bosetti posted in Working with Clients , Advice for Your Practice

If I’ve learned anything during my two-plus decades of marketing leadership, it’s that trust is the backbone of the seller-buyer relationship.

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