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Financial Forecasting: The Foundation of Strategic Advising

[fa icon="calendar'] Sat, Sep 29, 2018 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Financial Modeling & Forecasting , Strategic Advisor Method

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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Planning Is a Key Advisory Service—Keep It Personal!

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Aug 31, 2018 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Financial Modeling & Forecasting , Strategic Advisor Method

Summer break is ending, and I can feel it.

With three weeks remaining before the beginning of a new school year, there is a need to get it all in! There were big expectations for our summer plan: night time bike rides and star gazing, s’mores, family reading, and pool time. Maybe a trip to the mountains, and if we are applying stretch goals, the ocean too!

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The Road to Strategic Advising Services

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jul 25, 2018 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Strategic Advisor Method

Avoiding the potholes

Implementing a process to manage the work of Strategic Advising is the key to making it happen in a profitable, seamless way. Having a regular routine can make all the difference.

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3 Observations From Scaling New Heights

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jun 29, 2018 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Strategic Advisor Method , Growth & Productivity

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

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Apr 16, 2018 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Strategic Advisor Method

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

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Nov 14, 2017 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Growth & Productivity , Strategic Advisor Method

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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Strategic Advising Services: A Step-by-Step Method for Growth

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Oct 30, 2017 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Strategic Advisor Method

The accounting industry is changing rapidly, and your clients are turning to you for advice on their business growth challenges and opportunities.

Your firm needs to be able to offer Strategic Advising services confidently and profitably.

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Balancing Strategic Advising and Business Plan Writing

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Aug 30, 2017 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Growth & Productivity , Strategic Advisor Method

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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How a Bookkeeper Increased Strategic Advising Skills and Confidence

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jun 29, 2017 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Strategic Advisor Method , Growth & Productivity

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 Strategic Advisor Method , Growth & Productivity

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 Strategic Advisor Method , Growth & Productivity

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 Strategic Advisor Method , Growth & Productivity

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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The Growth of a Strategic Advising Practice: Part 1

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Apr 27, 2017 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Strategic Advisor Method , Growth & Productivity

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.

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Planning Principle: It’s Business Planning, Not Accounting

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Apr 14, 2017 / by Tim Berry posted in Financial Modeling & Forecasting , Strategic Advisor Method

It’s business planning not accounting. Your projections, although they look like accounting statements, are just projections. They are always going to be off one way or another, and their purpose isn’t guessing the future exactly right, but rather setting down expectations and connecting the links between spending and revenue.

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Strategic Advising: Your Happiness at Work

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Mar 27, 2017 / by Kathy Gregory posted in Strategic Advisor Method , Growth & Productivity

I’ve done a lot of writing about how to do the work of Strategic Advising, but in this post I want to emphasize how it should feel. The question is this: Are you happy at work? Do you find satisfaction in your work days? Are you sure?

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