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What Is a SWOT Analysis, and How to Do It Right (With Examples)

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Oct 19, 2018 / by Noah Parsons posted in Business Process for Advisory

A SWOT analysis is an incredibly simple, yet powerful tool to help you develop your business strategy, whether you’re building a startup or guiding an existing company.

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Financial Forecasting: The Foundation of Strategic Advising

[fa icon="calendar'] Sat, Sep 29, 2018 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Business Process for Advisory , Budgeting and Forecasting

A strong financial forecast is at the heart of any successful Strategic Advising relationship. Many people assume that reporting is the most important, but the forecast provides the roadmap, and therefore the basis for advisory services.

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3 Observations From Scaling New Heights

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jun 29, 2018 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Business Process for Advisory

Scaling New Heights 2018 was a great experience! It’s always a true pleasure talking with customers face to face and reconnecting with industry peers. It’s also fascinating to see how the industry is growing and shifting year over year. This year there were a few big takeaways for me.

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Strategic Advising and the Future of Accounting with Ian Vacin

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, May 30, 2018 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Business Process for Advisory , Packaging and Selling Advisory

When I decided it would be good to align LivePlan’s method for advisory services with a workflow toolset, I wasn’t sure where I would begin. Then I met Ian Vacin, VP of partnerships and education at Karbon (and known accounting industry thought leader).

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Drowning In The Message: Why A Process for Advisory Is The Answer

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Apr 16, 2018 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Business Process for Advisory

I wrote this very first blog post for the Strategic Advisor blog back in July of 2016, right after Scaling New Heights, and a series of accounting conferences and industry meetings. It was true then, and two years later it is still true—except now I know more! With tax season just ending, it’s a good time to reintroduce this article with updates. Two years later, we are still drowning in the message!

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Forecasting Versus Budgeting: What’s the Difference?

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jan 31, 2018 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Business Process for Advisory , Budgeting and Forecasting

 

It’s the question I get asked the most by accountants who are beginning Strategic Advising services: “I do budgeting already. What’s the difference between a budget and a financial forecast?"

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Monetizing Client Advisory Services: 3 Easy Wins

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Dec 19, 2017 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Business Process for Advisory , Packaging and Selling Advisory

Client advisory services, like any other offering in an accounting practice, must be profitable to be worthwhile for your business. At the same time, Strategic Advising, or client advisory services, have the distinction of being the most open-ended type of work you can do in the spectrum of public accounting.

This might seem like a really great opportunity, but it can also be your biggest potential risk if you don’t plan for the work correctly.

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The LivePlan Method for Advisory Services and Workflow Software—Working Together

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Nov 14, 2017 / by Kathy Gregory posted in LivePlan Software for Advisory , Business Process for Advisory

The best way to grow and scale an accounting firm—and this is true of any type of service firm—is to implement standardized and structured business processes for all work. Categorize the work by service type and implement a manageable process—one that will ensure solid client deliverables, and also profitability for your firm.

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The LivePlan Method at Accountex: How to Catch a Curveball

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Sep 28, 2017 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Business Process for Advisory , Advice for Your Practice

LivePlan was happy to attend Accountex 2017. The show’s national sales manager, Patrice Hampson, really listened to us about what we hoped to get out of attending, which was to share and teach people about our scalable business process for Strategic Advising services, The LivePlan Method.

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Balancing Strategic Advising and Business Plan Writing

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Aug 30, 2017 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Business Process for Advisory , Packaging and Selling Advisory , Working with Clients

I am often asked during LivePlan training sessions: “When should I do a full business plan for my client, and how do I charge for it?” It’s a great question because it gets to the heart of advisory services.

Advisory services, done right, do not involve writing a traditional business plan.

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The Power of the Cloud in Strategic Advising Services: 4 Things You Should Do Now

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jul 27, 2017 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Business Process for Advisory , Advice for Your Practice

Remember the computing world just 10 years ago? Efficiency meant waiting for the next software upgrade and worrying that everyone we needed to work with had the right software version, so files could be shared. Remember compatibility lists, and the whole hassle over Mac files versus PC files? Good grief!

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How a Bookkeeper Increased Strategic Advising Skills and Confidence

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jun 29, 2017 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Business Process for Advisory , Working with Clients

I distinctly remember the moment I met Ingrid Edstrom, bookkeeper and founder of Polymath LLC. It was at the Scaling New Heights conference for accounting professionals in 2016, in the Bahamas. Everything was big: the resort, the ocean, the show itself.

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The Growth of a Strategic Advising Practice: Part 4

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, May 18, 2017 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Business Process for Advisory , Advice for Your Practice

This is the last in a four-part series, covering a project with Luke Gheen of Gheen & Co. on implementation and specialized training of The LivePlan Method for Strategic Advising services. The project spanned about 20 hours during the winter of 2017.

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The Growth of a Strategic Advising Practice: Part 3

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, May 11, 2017 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Business Process for Advisory , Advice for Your Practice

This is the third installment in the blog series about Gheen & Co. and LivePlan. Find the first two articles here and here. This installment covers the custom training I did with Luke’s staff, as well as the process they went through as a group to make decisions about their advising services. Next week will be the fourth and final post in this series.

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The Growth of a Strategic Advising Practice: Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, May 4, 2017 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Business Process for Advisory , Advice for Your Practice

This is Part 2 of a 4-part weekly story of how LivePlan and Gheen & Co. worked together to develop a Strategic Advising business process for Gheen & Co. CPAs. See Part 1 of the series here.

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