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Going Mobile

Are you tired of the office?  Do you pine for the day you’ll have more time to see the country?  Well, Rod Burkert and his wife Amy have it figured out.  Cheryl Meyer, freelance writer, interviews the Burkerts to find out how they’ve made going mobile work for them. To find out more on the Journal of Accountancy's article, click: Going mobile. ...

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Communicating Effectively with Others

Recognizing How a Position-Based Perspective Limits Communication The topic of communication, diversity, and perspective may initially seem like basic common sense. However, exploring how you and others look at things through our own lenses based on personal experiences shapes how we interact with others. In this article, the author shares his views on what limits communication and what it takes to effectiv ...

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Pricing Models For Financial Advisors and The Power Of “Free” Financial Planning

Are you looking for new ways to evolve your own financial planning business?  Michael Kitces, Partner and Director of Research for Pinnacle Advisory Group, discusses the innovative and inspiring ideas found in Chris Anderson’s book, “Free: The Future of a Radical Price”. To find out more on the Nerd’s Eye View article, click: Freemium Pricing Models For Financial Advisors | Kitces.com. ...

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Why a High-Performance Website May be Your Firm’s Greatest Asset

For those of us who spent much of our careers in the old professional services marketplace, it’s all too easy to think of our firm websites as an afterthought–something you have to have in today’s world, but not a priority. A growing body of research demonstrates, however, that this couldn’t be further from the truth. This article looks at recent research on the matter and suggests that a website may well b ...

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Surprise! The Cost of Cloud is About to Rise

Will Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon continue to competitively price match, even if it’s not necessarily in the downward direction?  Barb Darrow, a senior writer at Fortune, discusses cloud pricing and how the changes may affect your company. To find out more on the Fortune article, click: Surprise!  The cost of cloud is about to rise. ...

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Unlocking Client Value Leads to Firm Growth

The Opportunity for Value Growth Services How can one differentiate oneself? Scale production or services? Whether you’re an M&A advisor, a business valuator, a CPA, a transition planner, or a turnaround consultant, you would probably be very successful if you could consistently execute this simple growth strategy. For most people, the challenges of differentiating and scaling often seem to prevent succ ...

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Q&A: How to Present Your Prices to Customers

How can your firm present different pricing options to customers, decide which pricing model is the best to use, and overcome pricing objections?  Chris Baysden, for the Journal of Accountancy®, sits down with Ron Baker for this sixth in a series of Q&A sessions. To find out more on the Journal of Accountancy article, click: How to present your prices to customers. ...

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Why Visible Experts are Transforming Firms

And How to Become One We all know their names. They’re the industry stars that headline conferences and write the definitive books in their fields. Sometimes their names are known beyond their industries and they bring acclaim to their firms. We call these individuals Visible ExpertsSM, and it has become increasingly evident that they are changing the way professional services are purchased and understood. ...

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Ways to Ensure Your Firm’s Secrets Remain In-House When Employees Leave

Today’s competitive market helps to create the attraction and real possibility of employee mobility.  James Pooley, author of Secrets: Managing Information Assets in the Age of Cyberespionage (Verus Press 2015), shares nine insightful tips every employer should consider and put in practice to protect themselves and their companies. Find out more on the RIA Biz article, click: Ways to ensure your firm’s secr ...

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How Millennials Will Reshape the Workplace

The workplace is exciting and ever-changing.  Think about the evolution from your parent’s jobs to yours.  Landon Dowdy, Reporter for CNBC, examines how the next generation will transform it once again. Find out more on the CNBC article, click: How millennials will reshape the workplace. ...

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The New World of Referral Marketing

The Growing Importance of Social Media and Marketing Expertise Referrals are an old standard—perhaps the old standard—for growing your practice. For the better part of the last century, firms have worked under a simple assumption: do good work for your clients, network with referral sources such as attorneys and CPAs, and you will win new business through referrals. In this article, the author discusses the ...

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Q&A: Pricing Options that can Boost Firm Profits

Imagine, building your firms profits while also increasing client satisfaction.  There may be some psychology to this.  Consultant Ron Baker explains to Chris Baysden (for the AICPA) how offering different pricing options can help firms do just that in this Q&A. Find out more in the Journal of Accountancy® article, Q&A: To boost revenue, try offering these pricing options. ...

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Highlights from the 2015 NACVA/CTI Annual Consultants’ Conference

The theme of NACVA and the CTI’s 2015 Annual Consultants' Conference was: Cultivate, Venture, and Achieve.  It did not disappoint. On June 21, 2015, NACVA released its updated professional standards.  Mark Hanson, Mark Kucik, and Carl Sheeler unveiled the updated standards, which become effective August 1, 2015.  The new standards include: Articles VI, Business Valuation Review, and Article VII, Review Enga ...

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Make Your Company a Diversity Magnet

In 2014, a study by Chicago United documented a lack of diversity in leadership roles within American companies noting that more than 75 percent of executives are white.  This fact should be of concern to big businesses because diversity in leadership roles has real benefits including better customer relationships, increased employee creativity, and improved quality of work.  In this article, by Peter Gomez ...

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Overcoming Obstacles to Effective Scenario Planning

Scenario planning, an effective decision-making tool under uncertainty, is underutilized by organizations primarily due to deep-seated cognitive biases that exist.  Drew Erdmann, Bernardo Sichel, and Luk Yeung of McKinsey & Company tell managers how to address these common biases and provide guidance along with a practice cheat sheet on the dos and don’ts of scenario planning. Read more on scenario plan ...

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Q&A: What you need to ask clients before setting a price

An increasing number of industry pricing experts are advising CPA firms to consider replacing their billable hour pricing with a fixed pricing or value pricing model.  Author and consultant Ron Baker and the Journal of Accountancy have a question and answer session to discuss the conversations that firms must have in order to implement value pricing.  They talk about questions CPAs should ask during the con ...

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How to Defend Your Fees

  Advisors often ask how they should defend their fees when working with small clients who contribute the least revenue to the firm. Beverly Flaxington, a practice management consultant, suggests firms use a tier approach that classifies clients and outlines services and fees provided at each level. Remind clients during consultations of the services and values provided by your firm. ...

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Big Data = Big Opportunities

Big data offers unlimited potential to change the way business is done, for almost any type of company says Arleen Thomas, Senior Vice President of Management Accounting, at the AICPA. Management accountants can use the ever-growing amount of data to make decisions that will increase the competitive advantage of clients’ businesses.  This article discusses not only the sources of data available to the finan ...

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Managing Uncertainty for Market Advantage

Modeling Uncertainty to Gain Better Insight and Create Value Gary Lynch, founder and CEO of The Risk Management Project, proposes that uncertainty is the new normal and that firms that espouse risk management can create and preserve value. In this article, Lynch describes how his firm used quantitative models to assist a manufacturer assess how it should respond to a competitor’s price-reduction strategy an ...

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