Topic: new clients

Busy Season 2015: When Clients Are the Problem

Top nine client management solutions. NEXT QUESTION: Lessons Learned. Join the survey; get the results By CPA Trendlines Research The CPA Trendlines annual Busy Season Barometer is uncovering some frank and candid talk about clients. Yes, we love them. Couldn’t live without them. Most of the time. But, well, not always. It’s not that they’re bad people. But let’s face it, they aren’t always sweating tax prep much in advance of April 1, they have no idea what new regulations are in effect this year and their advisories from their CPA are filed under “migraines that can wait.” Plus, they truly believe their CPA is exclusively dedicated to their company and doesn’t really have much else to do but wait […]

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6 Ways to Know What You Don’t Know

By Ed Mendlowitz The CPA Trendlines Practice Doctor QUESTION: Occasionally I get a new client in an area I am unfamiliar with. How do I find out what I do not know? RESPONSE: This happens to everyone and probably more often than we expect. Thankfully we will continue to get new business and getting clients in areas we are unfamiliar with enables us to grow. MORE PRACTICE DOCTOR Q&A: 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Making Small Business Clients Happy | Client’s Difficult Daughter Balks at Bill | 6 Simple Steps to Impress a Prospect | 10 (Nearly) Painless Ways to Keep Up to Date with Technology | When a Staffer Stops Listening | 10 Ways to Get New 1040 Clients | Making Meetings […]

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Survey Finds Small Business Bullish on 2015

51% plan new hiring now and into next year. For 2015, 81 percent percent of small businesses forecast a revenue increase, with 21 percent expecting to grow more than 100 percent, according to a new Xero survey. The study also shows that employing an accountant pays off. SMBs (small and medium-size businesses) that use an accountant with online accounting software enjoyed a 16 percent increase in revenue over businesses that use online accounting software without an accountant. And using more accountants equals more revenue, says the study released by a cloud accounting software maker.

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6 Simple Steps to Impress a Prospect

How to walk in with head start. By Ed Mendlowitz The CPA Trendlines Practice Doctor QUESTION: How do you make a presentation to get a new client when you do not know everything you should about the client’s business? RESPONSE: No one can know everything about everything. Smaller firms have a harder time but they can reach out to others in their firm, or even partners in similar firms who have the knowledge to assist in the proposal, or friends in larger firms. Here are six simple steps to learn as much as you can about a prospect and their industry. 

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5 Areas to Improve Client Acquisition Success

Don’t bother with #5 if you don’t do #1, #2, #3 and #4 first. By Sandi Smith Leyva The Accountant’s Accelerator If getting new clients is a bit of a struggle for your business and you’re not reaching the revenue levels you desire due to too few clients, then the first step is to find out where the process is breaking down. There are five main places:

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Managing Risk in Client Relations

Wishful thinking? by Bruce W. Marcus Professional Services Marketing 3.0 CPA Trendlines research has uncovered the startling fact of the wide disparity between how accounting firm management perceives their own performance and how their clients see their performance. (Join the survey; get the results.) RELATED:  Your Clients Love You? What If You’re Wrong? •  The Three Degrees of Risk  • Four Essential Habits for Building Client Trust   •  The Nine Hallmarks of a Marketing Culture  •  The Four Cornerstones to Building A Marketing Culture   •   Getting the Client is Only Half the Battle  • Practice Development: It’s Not Rocket Science  •  Nine Fundamentals for a Healthy Marketing Culture in an Accounting Firm  • Another consideration of risk lies […]

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Some Clients Just Aren’t Worth the ‘Mishegoss’

Not the normal grade of obnoxious, but far more so…

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What Shopping Habits Reveal about Accounting Clients

The four flavors of new clients. By Hitendra Patil Pransform Inc. Tax season is over and you made it through the home stretch, significantly tired but scraped through!  Now is the time to rethink your business model on the new learning from tax season and to restart looking for new clients. You don’t want to create more “C clients” that suck the energy, time and profits like a vortex. Not sure how to estimate the value of your prospects? You may want to learn their shopping habits.

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Six Tips for Communicating with Non-Accountants

Checklist to assist financial professionals…

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