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).Read More
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!
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?"
The answer is fairly straightforward, but also intriguing, in that it has a lot to do with the real value of advisory services: helping your customers survive and thrive.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Luke Gheen is the owner and CEO of the CPA firm Gheen & Co. in Colorado Springs, CO. He has built his firm from the ground up, over the last seven years, by listening to peers, forming strategic partnerships, and always with very careful planning and an eye to the future. I worked with Gheen during the winter of 2016/17 on a custom implementation of the LivePlan Method for Strategic Advising. This series of four blog posts tells that story.Read More
Most people think that meetings are a waste of time. They’re right.
Too many meetings are run poorly, have no real objective, and waste employees’ time—which kills productivity.Read More
An interview with Palo Alto Software’s CFO Trevor Betenson, on why he switched the company from QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise Edition to QuickBooks Online, and why he feels QuickBooks Online is ready for most businesses.Read More