How self confident are you, really?

By |2019-04-30T20:54:32+00:00April 30th, 2019|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Conversational impact, Experience and expertise, Marketing and promotion, Networking, Sole practitioners|

Do you consider yourself to be a confident person generally? What about in terms of your ability to attract and win over prospective clients? And to keep clients happy and willing to pay you the fees you deserve for the work you do? Whilst many accountants I work with have a fair degree of

What has the biggest influence on your ability to retain clients? 

By |2019-04-23T09:35:58+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Accountants, Business advice, Conversational impact, Key Business skills, Servicing clients|

Accountants have a distinct advantage over most other service professionals. Your clients need your help on an ongoing basis, at least once a year and often more frequently than this. When we discuss the lifetime value of clients at meetings of The Inner Circle for Accountants we have to consider how long

Are you prioritising the right type of training?

By |2019-03-12T15:11:08+00:00March 12th, 2019|Accountants, Career development, Dependability and trust, Experience and expertise, Key Business skills, Networking|

Weird question? I know. But stay with me for a moment. For as long as I can remember accountants have treated CPD as being synonymous with technical training - by which I mean technical updates and courses intended to explain new rules and regulations. And surely we have to prioritise such training?

Practical solutions for accountants who don’t want to choose a niche

By |2019-02-05T09:52:08+00:00February 5th, 2019|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Experience and expertise, Marketing and promotion, Networking|

There is no doubt in my mind. The more focused you can be as regards your ideal clients the more chance there is that they will recognise you as an accountant they should approach. And, if you have a clear focus, the easier it will be for other people you know to recognise

Do you make this mistake online instead of creating a good first impression?

By |2019-01-29T09:37:03+00:00January 29th, 2019|Accountants, Appearance, Facebook, Linkedin, Marketing and promotion, Social Media, Twitter, Websites|

I have never ‘swiped’ someone’s profile picture as online dating didn’t exist when I met my wife. The whole concept of swiping left or right is quite alien to me. I was curious though so asked a friend to show me how this ‘swipe left’ and ‘swipe right’ business works. It quickly became

What can you do about all the competition from other accountants?

By |2019-01-21T09:20:41+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Linkedin, Marketing and promotion, STANDING OUT, Strategy, Websites|

One of the accountants I spoke with recently has been struggling for over three years to build their own practice. Although they had won a fair few clients in year one, some have since moved on. The accountant feels their service is good enough and that their fees were not excessive.  They

Who gets to decide what are your top skills and expertise?

By |2019-01-08T15:12:22+00:00January 8th, 2019|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Career development, Experience and expertise, Key Business skills, Linkedin|

What are your top skills?  The key question though is not what YOU think they are, but what other people believe you are good at. What do your contacts and connections say when they reference and recommend you? And what do your clients say? A few years ago I had a surprise

Want to attract a different type of client?

By |2018-12-18T09:38:12+00:00December 18th, 2018|Accountants, Business advice, Business messaging and branding, Marketing and promotion, Websites|

When I ask accountants what they would like to be different in their practice, one theme is more common than any others. They frequently express the desire to have better quality clients, to increase their average fees and to be doing more interesting work. One sole practitioner accountant expressed this quite succinctly.

Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction

By |2018-11-20T16:48:23+00:00November 20th, 2018|Accountants, Business advice, Cloud accounting, Conversational impact, Experience and expertise, Future, Servicing clients, Sole practitioners|

During my talks about the future for accountants I sometimes share a famous quote from Bill Gates.  Before repeating it here, let me just offer some context. There has long been a tendency to over-hype new ideas and initiatives. Some accountants jump on the bandwagon early which is great. I don’t do

Debunked: Building brand awareness for your accountancy practice

By |2018-10-11T09:49:19+00:00October 9th, 2018|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Linkedin, Marketing and promotion, Sole practitioners, STANDING OUT, Twitter|

Think about ten top accountancy brands. Or at least the ones you can remember. How many of those do you think your typical client would be able to name - or would even recognise? Once you move outside of the accountancy and finance professions, brand awareness drops off very fast. Even the

What are you really ‘selling’ as an Accountant?

By |2018-09-16T16:44:37+00:00September 18th, 2018|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Experience and expertise, Marketing and promotion, Networking, Sole practitioners, STANDING OUT, Starting out|

What are you selling as an accountant? This is a simple enough question, and knowing the right answer could make a profound difference to the success of your practice. Let’s start with what you’re NOT selling. As I explained in a recent blog post, You’re not selling your time. And you’re not

What’s the best way for an accountant to win new clients?

By |2019-01-15T09:16:02+00:00September 11th, 2018|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Experience and expertise, Marketing and promotion, Social Media, Sole practitioners, STANDING OUT, Strategy|

Many of the accountants I speak with ask me the same question. How can they best attract new clients? I will rarely offer advice however until I have found out enough about the accountant, their firm, their services, their likes and dislikes and what they have tried previously. The simple reason is

Are you a specialist or a generalist accountant?

By |2018-07-23T15:56:13+00:00July 24th, 2018|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Career development, Marketing and promotion, Sole practitioners|

Most general practitioner accountants I talk with (and I talk with a lot of them) are, obviously, generalists rather than specialists. They started out as general practitioners and stay that way as their client base has always been quite disparate. Many of those who specialise do so only because they originally trained

If you cannot ‘complete the sale’ you’ll struggle to win new clients

By |2019-02-21T13:38:44+00:00June 12th, 2018|Accountants, Following up, Key Business skills, Marketing and promotion, Networking, Starting out|

In an ideal world, you would simply tell people that you are an accountant and your ideal prospects would then find you and ask to become your clients. Life isn’t like that. Even when these people do find out about your practice you need to have a process which brings them onboard

What’s the first thing you need to find out from a new client?

By |2018-05-28T10:29:23+00:00May 29th, 2018|Accountants, Business advice, Business messaging and branding, Starting out|

When you are approached by a prospective new client it is tempting to simply give them what they say they want. Most often this will be a fee quote to help them with their annual compliance obligations. As this area of work becomes more commoditised so you need to distinguish yourself from other accountants.