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Smaller or starting Accounting firms: How to increase your viability over the make-or-break point?

Smaller Accounting firm: Waiting for a magic opportunity?For a smaller Accounting firm or a sole practitioner just starting his/her own practice, choice of marketing systems and methods is perhaps even more important than to a well-established firm.

Due to (as yet) low income, your resources are very limited and you simply cannot AFFORD to invest into a marketing system that then doesn't have what it takes to bring new clients.

You have only a few clients and, while you get a few more every year, it seems to be impossible to SPEED UP that increase, try as you might.

Yet, speed it up you must, for else it can take years to reach a level of income that can sustain your firm comfortably.

It's a bit of a paradox:

You can't afford to market your services... but you can't really afford NOT to, either.

So, let's look at how to BALANCE the marketing & expansion strategy for a smaller Accounting firm so it meets both the low-cost / low-risk and the results-producing criteria we set for it.

 

Point 1: Invest in an applicable, proven system — buy knowledge, not a service

Steer clear of marketing SERVICES as those are always very costly due to the time and expertise required of the person performing the task. Never use an ad agency to create your marketing approaches for they're not MARKETING experts but masters of visual design.

You're forced to choose and, given the choice, choose RESULTS in form of new clients over mere visual splendour. Invest your money into something that CAN PRODUCE DIRECT RESULTS.

Buy knowledge. Buy experience in form of knowledge. The best way to ensure that you GET that is to evaluate the offered solutions from this viewpoint:

Has it been USED by other practitioners successfully?

If yes, then it will have TOOLS to offer. With "tools" I mean ready-to-use direct mailing letters, interviews, forms... things you can start USING NOW with little or no learning.

This is a vital point. Most marketing systems are not based on researched wishes of the target audience but, rather, on what practitioners HOPE TO ACHIEVE.

These are two very different things as you can see. If you want to impress your target audience (as opposed to impressing yourself) then you must go for a system based on what business owners want... and that's not always the most inviting message FOR YOU, see?

Most systems have never been tested and piloted for an adequate period of time with an adequate number of practices so as to get all the bugs out and ensure they really WORK.

Remember that you're probably a novice in terms of marketing and can therefore be easily impressed by big names and great presentations.

Don't look at WHO offers the system so much as WHAT IT CONTAINS. If the system has ready-to-use tools, it can be used. If it doesn't, then YOU will have to start creating those tools... and that's not what you want to be doing.

You want something that'll give you a way to GET RESULTS DIRECTLY, not an intellectual challenge requiring you to create half of the system, see?

 

Point 2: In terms of Accounting services, does it offer the CLIENT something he is NOT GETTING PRESENTLY?

You're going to have to tempt businesses to leave their current Accounting firm and sign onto your services instead.

That's the task and it's not something to be taken lightly. It's also the starting point of a competitive practice... something most of your colleagues ignore completely and, consequently, have no way of speeding up the flow of new clients.

By survey, business owners are reluctant to CHANGE Accountants because they expect it to mean a lot of extra work (and, possibly, expense), embarrassment (for terminating the contract with the current Accountant) while they don't see the BENEFIT achieved by exchanging their present Accounting service to what they see as "exactly identical one" of another service provider.

If you're simply "a more friendly and polite Accountant," you're not really providing a sufficiently pressing reason for business owners to go into the trouble of changing Accountants.

The only meaninful and sufficiently abundant source of new clients is "clients of other Accounting firms." By necessity, MOST of your future new clients will HAVE to be "slightly used" — old clients of another colleague — as startups are too few and the fees you get from these too small to keep your practice viable.

Thus, we come to the decisive point of client-acquisition:

If you offer the SAME service as everyone else, how is that going to give these business owners a sufficiently pressing REASON to change Accountants?

In fact, it's likely that you won't get them to even CONSIDER changing Accountants by offering (what they perceive as) "exactly the same service they're already receiving."

Reversely, if you DO offer something that THEY see as positively unique... and if that special basic service is what 85% of business owners most want from their Accountant (but aren't receiving it and think it's not even available anywhere)... then you can see how you WILL provide an ample reason to consider changing Accountants and, eventually, implement the change.

Such a basic service exists and it is the pivotal point of the whole system within Modern Accountancy Marketing & Sales Course.

We call it Monthly Financial Consulting Service. You can, of course, rename it at will — only don't change its contents for it is based exactly on what we've researched and tested to be what business owners WANT (but aren't getting) from their Accountant... and it has proven to be a great success.

This service is very simple to deliver and yet it will impress your (current and future) clients unlike anything you (or they) have ever seen.

Now, we've researched this service and the tools to market, present, sell and deliver it for the past few years. The system was tested and piloted for three years with more than 50 practices until it was functional and produced the expected results in the hands of every Accounting professional.

The other unique thing about this course is that the TOOLS within it are in a ready-to-use format. Sales letters, interviews, presentations... all ready for use, including instructions on how to use them and even troubleshooting tools giving you the combined experiences of years of use by your colleagues.

Thus, the remarkable about it is that you don't have to go deep into the THEORY of marketing.

You can just start using the tools.

The course IS extensive — it'll give you all the tools you'll ever need, no matter how much your firm expands — but you certainly don't have to use every system. Parts 1-6 deal with obtaining NEW clients from the biggest target audience you have... all those businesses in your area currently serviced by other Accountants.

But it ALL hinges on having the special basic service which "replaces" monthly accounts. (It really includes compliance services but that's not what you'll SELL to new clients, see?)

And you need to have the detailed APPROACH for finding prospects for this service and presenting it to potential new clients.

With Monthly Financial Consulting Service and its tested marketing approach, you will soon be able to control expansion. In other words, you can get new clients when you want.

But if you insist on offering the SAME service than what the business owner is already receiving from his CURRENT Accountant, then you're left with no way to tempt him to change... or even CONSIDER changing Accountants.

Can you see how he would have NO meaningful incentive for changing?

Trust me.

You NEED to give a VERY COMPELLING REASON for anyone to even start CONSIDERING a change of Accountants.

By survey we know that business owners are extremely reluctant to change Accountants. The logic of this makes sense if you look at it from their viewpoint.

For the first, most business owners know little or nothing about Accounting services. Thus, they lack the ability to EVALUATE or COMPARE the services of two firms. Consequently, they have no way of determining whether or not the NEW service is any better than the one they're already using.

For all they know it could be WORSE, see?

Secondly, business owners fear that there will be additional costs when changing Accountants. Not only that but the losing Accountant may well make the transition difficult, time-consuming and very expensive.

Thirdly, business owners are embarrassed to terminate their existing contract. After all, they've grown to know the Accountant over the years and now he is more like a friend.

So, what have you to offer to the business owner to make it worth his while to face all these obstacles?

Well, if it's a splendid, new service which gives the business owner significantly MORE than what he is currently receiving... you're in with a good chance.

But if it's just the same service he already gets from his Accountant...

You get the idea.

Thus we see that if you hope to tempt clients away from their current services, the importance of having a high-interest basic service with client-perceived pulling power cannot be overstated.

And that's exactly the idea with Monthly Financial Consulting Service. It is a basic Accounting service created to meet the researched needs and wishes of business owners. This special service is an integral part of Modern Accountancy Marketing & Sales Course.

Tested and piloted in dozens of practices and with hundreds of clients, Monthly Financial Consulting Service has proven to be a service with superior pulling power.

 

Point 3: Start with a system that can grow with you

Another basic mistake that most small firms make concerns foresight. Trying to get by without spending ANY money OR in an attempt to skimp costs, they choose a partial system based mainly on its low cost.

In itself, price isn't a clear indicator of quality. Many of my clients have wasted tens of thousands in well-advertised systems that never brought a single client. It's quite a blow to pay £15,000 to 25,000 and then not get any tangible results in return.

And I've seen systems costing very little... and giving even less in terms of something functional to build on.

Go for quality, proven functionality and choose the system that covers your future expansion too, not just today's needs.

Mind you, that's not the same thing as "asking colleagues." To get anything with teeth, you cannot go with what everyone knows and accepts. To gain a competitive edge, you must think for yourself and NOT go with what other firms do.

You want to get the advantage and create a positively different image, don't you? So don't go with that which most firms consider "accepted and widely acknowledged"... for that's also yestedays news — lame and ineffective.

Confirm that the system has a proven set of ready to use tools, troubleshooting and more advanced systems based on the SAME basic marketing you're going to start with.

In other words, even if a referral programme or going after bigger outsourcing clients is, at this time, something you cannot think with, make sure that your system INCLUDES those for whatever its cost... for that will make it much easier for you later on.

This is also the principle of Modern Accountancy Marketing & Sales Course. It will be the last marketing course you'll ever need.

 

Point 4: Ensure that you get the best usage out of your enthusiasm

Starting a practice and for a good while during the first years, you're bestowed with a naturally-occurring enthusiasm and high spirit of entrepreneurship. This enthusiasm is really one of your most useful resources IF you make use of it.

That's why it is so important to get a marketing system that allows you to DO things — effectively start actions whose direct goal is to obtain new clients — instead of having to go to seminars or get into theory. Theory is needed too but the emphasis should be in practical application — in DOING THE THINGS THAT BRING RESULTS.

Given that you SUCCEED in getting new clients with your system, your enthusiasm will grow and expand on part with your income.

Reversely, if you take on a theoretical system which doesn't emphasize the importance of practical action and results, your enthusiasm is at risk.

And enthusiasm is a frail thing that needs to be nurtured. It's much easier to MAINTAIN it than re-vitalise it after a long series of disappointments.

The one thing that keeps enthusiasm alive is success.

Reversely, the one thing that will kill it is failure.

Essentially, Modern Accountancy Marketing & Sales Course gives you the road map to marketing and sales of Accounting services, one you can follow by using the tools and DOING the practical things that bring new clients (at about 22% higher profit, too).

The benefit for a small or starting firm is that you don't have to find things out through trial and error... which will save untold amounts of time and money while also increasing your income all the while you're at it.

With these proven methods and practical ready-to-use tools, you can make the most out of the high enthusiasm and motivation you currently possess for expanding your new firm successfully.

The sooner you achieve results, the better off you'll be for the future.

In the final analysis, you're faced with a make-or-break point while your practice is below or too near the level of viability needed to ensure its survival and continuance. It's nothing to be alarmed about — everyone has to go through it — but, by the same token, the sooner you get over it, the better.

You can go about it two ways.

l The traditional way... is to get new clients by the rate they come naturally as new companies are founded and when established companies occasionally change Accountants. It's going to be slow going and you'll remain below (your set limit) of viability the longest possible time.

For this, you don't need any marketing tools. Just follow the example and advice of your colleagues on the various forums of Accountancy.

l The MODERN way... is to ensure you can affect the outcome, have a unique basic service to offer and effective tools to tempt businesses to find out more about it... and proven presentation systems to bring closure to negotiations.

For this, you need to think for yourself and get a highly competitive basic service and marketing system.

If this alternative is more to your liking, I think you'll see why your Modern Accountancy Marketing & Sales Course could be the best-producing investment you'll ever make for your Accounting firm — apart from your own expertise and power, of course!

 

Click here to read about Monthly Financial Consulting Service to learn why it practically sells itself...

Click here to read more about ready-to-use tools and why some practitioners RAVE about the results...

Click here to read about Modern Accountancy Marketing & Sales Course and how you can try it at the price of a lunch...

 

Best wishes,

Harry Kafka
HDK Consultants U.S.A. Inc.
PMB 211, 411 Cleveland Str.
Clearwater, FL 33755, U.S.A.
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-Accounting Firm Prospecting System Evaluation Points-

Does it have correct Approach in Prospecting for Accounting clients?

Does the prospecting system have a planned and tested route
from contact to sign-on to follow?

Does the prospecting system have ENOUGH of what it takes
to really GET results?

Does the prospecting system include a systematised method
with TOOLS that require no training to use?

Does the prospecting system allow for constant marketing outflow
& sales activity of practical nature?

Does the marketing system include a way to monitor results
and troubleshoot problems?

Does the marketing system put you in control and give full
independence to obtain new Accounting clients wherever you want?

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