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4 Best Ways to Get New Clients That You Must Do More Of

Last month, Rod Burkert wrote about the four worst ways to generate new clients. Well, then there has to be the four best ways—right?! Read on! Here, Rod Burkert describes what you must do more of to get new clients. Last month, I wrote about the four worst ways to generate new clients. Well, then there has to be the four best ways—right?! Read on! For most businesses, getting referrals is usually a top mar ...

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Selling Your Business

Post Closing Task List This article provides readers with a checklist used at a business transaction that just closed. The list was adapted from e-mails sent by the author to clients immediately after the closing. The list includes what they can and should do following the closing and is a way to further involve oneself in post-closing activities. The list collects all the different things (personal, invest ...

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4 Worst Ways to Get New Clients

That You Think Still Work What are the most effective ways to market professional services? In this article, Rod Burkert shares the four worst ways to get new clients. We all know the “generally accepted” marketing techniques to create referral opportunities that can lead to new clients. We also know the mileage of different techniques can vary. What if I could tell you the worst (and best) ways? Backed up ...

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Adding Compensation Consulting to Your Practice

Diversify the Revenue Sources Valuation consultants usually have training and experience with the process of normalizing owner compensation. They may also have access to compensation comparability data, which is a collection of actual amounts paid by other employers which can be sorted. Therefore, valuation specialists may already have what they need to begin adding compensation consulting services to their ...

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The Business I Value Most is Mine

You Should Feel the Same Way There is a great expression that is used as advertising in our industry: the business we value most is yours. (It is like: The customer is always right.) It is a great slogan and one the author quoted in his LinkedIn profile! And then, as the author states, he wised up and discovered that the business he valued most was his own. In this article, he explains why the reader should ...

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Entrepreneurial Operating Systems® (EOS®)

Key Components How did so many business owners succeed in this current crisis? How did some business owners even thrive during the most challenging year one will hopefully ever experience? Because they stuck to the basics—staying focused. These business owners continually promoted their vision, ensured they had the “right people in the right seats” throughout their organization, used scorecards and measurab ...

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May 2021

How to Make Pricing Your Competitive Advantage This article is a follow up to the author’s April 2021 QuickRead article: “Here is What Prospects Believe About Our Pricing.” The lesson by the author is that prospective clients believe what the professional believes about pricing. If the professional believes that the price is too high, so will the prospect. If the professional believes that the price is a ba ...

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April 2021

What Prospects Believe About Our Pricing is What We Believe About Our Pricing When prospects say, “You’re too expensive” (and some inevitably will), we may have a problem. Because on the one hand, they may be telling us the truth (or their truth). But on the other hand, we think we are worth it. This article identifies two issues, suggests that there may be one impediment, and provides readers with resource ...

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March 2021

These Drivers Quantify the Time and Money You Get from Your Practice Time and money. These are two things we generally want more of. Because they are generally two things, we think we don’t have enough of. If you want more time and money than you are currently getting out of your practice, this QuickRead deconstruction is for you. Time and money. These are two things we generally want more of. Because they ...

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How Fees Help Determine Client Perceptions of Value

Confessions of the Pricing Man, How Price Affects Everything Financial experts often struggle with setting fees for their own services and expertise. It is easy to see how someone could have trouble with decisions involving hourly billing versus fixed fees, premium pricing, bundling, discounting, and adjusting for scope creep. The author in this article shares insight from Hermann Simon on the above conside ...

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10 Social Networking Tactics I Would Use to Build My BVFLS Practice

If I Were Starting Today Business valuation and financial litigation services (BVFLS) practitioners—since the COVID-19 disruption—have embraced the use of social media. Yet, some BVFLS practitioners remain on the sidelines. In this article, Rod Burkert shares 10 social networking tactics he would use today to build his BVFLS practice. One thing I have seen since COVID-19 began is the uptick in social media ...

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64 Ways to Increase and Enhance

the Value of a Business Buyers look at earnings as a primary driver of value. There are many other factors such as strategic value, competitive position, branding, secret processes, and cost to duplicate. There are also many other factors, some not so evident or obvious, some intangible and some in the “good feelings” attitude about the business or its prospects. At the end of the day, it is sometimes hard ...

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Reconsidering Compensation for Your Expertise

Perceived Value is the Driver Alan Weiss wrote a book titled Value-Based Fees, How to Charge - and Get - What You’re Worth. Even though the book was published more than fifteen years ago, it still offers pearls of wisdom for consultants today. One key takeaway involves recognizing the importance of perceived value, which should be the basis of the contractual relationship. Alan Weiss wrote a book titled Val ...

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I Used to Feel Awkward Asking for Referrals

Here is How I Changed my Mindset Asking for a referral may seem egotistical and a bit self-centered, but it is also a good business practice. In this article, Rod Burkert shares two personal obstacles he overcame that kept him from asking for referrals and what changed his mind on this matter. When it comes to building a pipeline of work, referrals are the lifeblood of a BVFLS practice. So why did I feel so ...

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Are Your Books and Records Adding Value to Your Business?

Operational Finance—A New Way to View your P&L? Have you ever thought about your accounting systems as more than an expense, and how it may benefit you, above and beyond reporting numbers and forms? It can and should be more than an expense. In this article, the author discusses the potential insight gained by tracking the data. Books and records. Bookkeeping. Accounting. Tax returns and quarterly filin ...

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A New Age of Professional Skills Education

Beyond the 40 Hours of CPE and Embracing Continuous and Mindful Learning The traditional requirement to account for 40 hours of CPE is often viewed as an annual hurdle. This mindset needs to change. This requirement is an opportunity to commit to continuous learning and improvement. In this article, the author identifies the impediments and opportunities to continuous professional and mindful development. I ...

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Why We Struggle with Pricing

Relative to “Those” Competitors Many BVFLS practitioners have a mind-set that presents a self-made obstacle to successfully marketing their professional services. In this article Rod Burkert shares three reasons he has observed that may explain why we, as professionals, struggle with pricing relative to “those” competitors and suggests ways to address those concerns of losing out on price. I want to go on r ...

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The Changing World of Business Development

Rethinking the Role of Your BD Team (Part II of II) In the November 2020 post, an alternative way to structure your firm’s BD efforts that relies less on a central “rainmaker,” and more on an integrated team. In this post, the focus is on how to execute the various activities involved in BD, such as hiring, outsourcing, or cross-training existing staff. For this exercise, do not get hung up on specific titl ...

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The Changing World of Business Development

Turning Traditional Business Development on Its Head (Part I of II) Business development (BD) used to be simple: do good work for existing clients, be active in your local community, and watch the referrals roll in. To be a successful rainmaker for a firm, all a professional needed was a little confidence, some networking skills, and perhaps the occasional educational presentation. But BD has changed, drive ...

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NACVA Standards Board

Litigation and Non-Litigation FAQ Interpretations Initiative Business valuation/appraisal standards are promulgated by different business appraisal organizations. The NACVA’s Standards Board was formed to continually review the organizations standards and to ensure that the NACVA’s Professional Standards remain up to date, relevant, and relatively consistent with the standards of the other professional orga ...

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