10 steps for creating successful strategic alliances with professionals other than CPAs

This week we’re going to discuss strategic alliances. We know you’re already well aware of the benefit of cultivating these alliances with CPAs but now we want to expand on that. If you limit yourself to only creating relationships with CPAs, you may be missing out on some serious potential cash flow. There is a whole world of professionals out there that you could (and should) be aligning yourself with! From lawyers and insurance agencies to contractors and religious groups, you just never know … [Read more...]

Why You Need To Update Your Job Descriptions

Let’s take a look at job descriptions. Chances are you already have job descriptions for your team. If you don’t, it’s time to write those! Job descriptions are so important for setting expectations and doing performance reviews! Assuming you already have job descriptions, it’s important to keep them current. When is the last time you took a good look at them and updated them based on what your employees are actually doing everyday (rather than just what they were supposed to do when you … [Read more...]

3 Ways To Get More CPAs To Refer You

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Financial advisors tend to see the relationship between advisors and CPAs as strategic, well-balanced and win-win. From your vantage point, you’re bringing value to the relationship by providing your services. And the CPA is bringing value to it when they refer you to their clients. Unfortunately, CPAs don’t usually see things the same way. The reality is, CPAs often view forming a professional relationship with a financial advisor to have little to no benefit to them. From their perspective, … [Read more...]

Key Tax Terms You Need To Know To Win The Tax Game

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Welcome back! This month we're talking about all things tax related, including tax terms. If you missed our other posts this month, we invite you to check them out now. To learn how to choose the right entity, click here. To find out how you can take advantage of some surprising tax deductions, check this out. And to get your arms around tax obligations you need to know about, look here. This week we want to share some key tax terms you need to know to win the tax game. While CPAs are … [Read more...]

Tax Obligations You Need To Know About

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This month we're talking about everybody’s favorite topic: taxes and tax obligations. We know, we know…it’s actually not your favorite topic, nonetheless, it’s a very important topic so it’s something we’ve got to address. If you missed our first two posts this month, make sure you check out our posts on How To Choose The Right Business Entity and Surprising Tax Deductions—both are full of insights you need to know. This week we'll be continuing our series by talking about tax obligations … [Read more...]

Surprising Tax Deductions For Financial Advisors

Deductions

Last week we kicked off the month by giving you the information you need to decide which entity is best for you. This week, we want to talk about something that you might find to be a lot more fun—tax deductions! As a Financial Advisor, you can deduct your mileage and other auto expenses, office rental, employee wages and contract labor. But did you know there are a plethora of other things that you may be able to deduct on your taxes? Keep reading to learn about some truly surprising tax … [Read more...]

How To Conduct An Income Growth Strategy Session

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During tax season, most CPA’s put in at least 60 hours of work each week. They don't have the ability to look at growth opportunities for their clients at this time. It’s an exhausting few months filled with tight deadlines, anxious clients and more often than not, too few hours in the day to get everything on the to-do list done. It’s not uncommon for the clients your CPA networks manage to request help growing their wealth during tax season. After all, for many, this is when they take a … [Read more...]

How To Help Your Clients Get Organized At Tax Time

Get Organzied

Earlier this month we gave you a glimpse into the typical day of an accountant and last week, we taught you about some great time-saving hacks and technologies that you could share with the CPAs in your network. This week we’re going to give you some tips on how to add value to your relationships with clients by assisting them in coordinating their tax documents for their CPAs and get organized. By helping your client get organized for tax season, you’ll also be helping your client’s CPA. … [Read more...]

The Surprising Link Between Workplace Efficiency & Your Budget

Budget Effeciency

As a tax business owner, you know the importance of constantly looking for ways to reduce costs.  Over the next four weeks, we’re going to help you by sharing four of our favorite cost-reduction strategies. We’ll start by taking a deep dive today into the benefits of increasing workplace efficiency. Workplace efficiency has a sort of domino effect to it: Every time you practice efficiency in the workplace, you decrease the amount of time (and money) you need to spend in order to get things … [Read more...]

How To Work Within A CPAs Schedule

CPA Schedule

As a financial advisor, it’s always good to expand your connections and try to create relationships with new CPAs. In order to do that, it’s important to keep in mind just how hectic tax season gets for CPAs. This will allow you to respect their time and give you the ability to know how to best connect with them and work within their schedule. Let’s take a glimpse into a typical day in the life of a CPA. The average accountant works 60 hours per week during tax season. Most CPAs start each … [Read more...]