Are you happy at work? Do you find satisfaction in the way you spend your day? Is work-satisfaction something you even think about? Advisory services could be your answer.Read More
“My clients don’t want this.”
This is what I hear from many accountants when I talk to them about Strategic Advising.
“I wish my accountant would explain things better.”
This is what I hear from small businesses owners—even my artist friend who I saw last week. We were catching up and I began talking about Strategic Advising. “What?!” he said. “I would love it if my accountant would provide that kind of help!”
Somewhere there is a disconnect.Read More
I’ve done strategic planning for organizations of all kinds: public, private, growing corporations seeking IPO, and nonprofits. At the core of this work is financial modeling and forecasting. It doesn’t so much matter the type of business—the work is essentially the same:Read More
We’ve had a great year teaming up with Mark Wickersham to help more accountants adopt value-based pricing for advisory services in their firms. In the past few years, these two concepts have grown from buzzwords to important strategies for accountants, helping them get paid fairly for their services in a changing industry.Read More
Small businesses want help from accountants on strategic planning and financial forecasting. This word cloud represents a summary of popular responses from small businesses when we asked them this question:
“If you could get help in one area of your business right now, what would it be?”Read More
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.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