THOUGHT PROVOKING ARTICLES FROM COUNT AND OUR VALUED CONTRIBUTORS
With the impact of automation on accountants and advisers a hot topic, sometimes, the importance of knowing your client can be overlooked. Count Pinnacle Award winner Jim Pickersgill explains how putt...
It’s a big concern for young accountants looking to move into financial advice: how can you break from tradition … and also bring your older colleagues along for the ride?
The 32nd annual Count Conference was packed with valuable insights for Australian accountants. Here are seven highlights.
Technology is on the rise in the accounting industry – but it’s not necessarily a threat to your existence. Think of it as an opportunity to deliver even better service to your clients.
Here are some ways you can reward your staff for their hard work throughout the year.
Moving into aged care is a life-changing decision – which is why your clients need to start planning early. Here’s how you can help them make a smooth transition into their next life phase.
The success of your business depends on the relationships you build with your clients and your team. Expert Chris Helder can teach you the art of effective communication in seven simple steps.
With the new SMSF licensing rules now in place, what are the potential risks for unlicensed accountants who continue to provide SMSF advice? To find out, we spoke to Count Financial’s CEO, David Lane.
The transition from accounting into financial advice is a big step — but if you get it right, the benefits for your firm will speak for themselves. Here’s how Smart Business Solutions are making the m...
Want to give your accounting firm the best chance of future success? Then you need to start focusing on these seven key areas.
As competition gets fiercer for accountants and financial advisers, how can you make sure your message gets across to your clients? It all comes down to your communication plan.
On 7–9 September, thousands of accounting professionals and industry leaders met at the southern hemisphere’s largest tech conference, Xerocon. Here’s what we took home from.
It’s now almost three months since the licensing rules changed for accountants whoprovide SMSF advice. So how have these changes reshaped the accounting landscape?
With close to 7 million Gen Xs and Gen Ys in Australia, there are 7 million reasons to start reaching out to the people who don’t yet have an accountant or financial adviser.
While government reforms highlight some short-term opportunities, you need to think further ahead if you want to make self-managed super a lucrative and sustainable part of your business.
In this year’s federal Budget, the government proposed widespread reforms to Australia’s super system. If legislated, your SMSF clients may need to rethink their super strategies before the changes ta...
As the regulatory landscape continues to evolve, your accounting firm’s communication and marketing strategy should too. Here’s what some of the more successful firms are doing to set themselves up fo...
If you’re making the transition from accounting to advisory services, what does it mean for your professional indemnity cover? Here’s the lowdown from Marsh Advantage Insurance.
As EOFY approaches, we take look at some of the big-ticket issues that accountants have been talking about in FY16.
Colonial First State shares insights into some of the key trends shaping the global economy.
Last month, CommBank released the second edition of its Accounting Market Pulse for FY16. The report captures the sentiments of a cross-section of different-sized firms around the country.
When you’re running your own accounting firm, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks that keep your business going. What’s not always so easy? Stepping back to look at the bigger picture.
Many accounting firms are now moving towards value-based pricing structures — particularly firms who are expanding their offer to include financial advice. But if you’re looking to refresh your pricin...
Today’s new recruits could be your firm’s future managers and partners. So how do you attract the best talent for the job?
With job mobility on the rise, hanging on to talented employees can be a challenge. So how can you build a workplace that encourages up-and-coming staff to stick around for the long haul?
You’ve invested a huge amount of time, energy and capital into building a successful and profitable accounting practice. But when the time comes for you to exit the business, will the right person be ...
As technology continues to disrupt traditional accounting models, forward-thinking firms are uncovering new opportunities and ways to future proof their business.
The decision to integrate advice into your service offering is big. One that has paid off for the GNS Group of Melbourne, with a quarter of the firm’s annual revenue now coming from their advice servi...
Before choosing the right licensing model for your firm, think carefully about the pros and cons of each option.
“Your best prospects are your existing clients” is a well-known marketing maxim. Like all maxims, this one is based on generations of experience in the school of hard knocks. Beaton’s research of the ...
If you want to create the best possible client experience, making yourself more accessible can go a long way.
CONFIDENCE IS ON THE RISE AS ACCOUNTANTS LOOK TO THE FUTURE :: KEY TAKE OUTS FROM THE COMMBANK ACCOUNTING MARKET PULSE14 December 2015
The business landscape is changing faster than ever before — so what does this mean for accountants in the years ahead?
Dr George Beaton shares his research insights on how to successfully take public accountancy services to market
Approaching the advice conversation in the right way is key to creating deeper client relationships, better outcomes and a more profitable practice. There are three key points to remember when having ...
With the rise in online services and accounting software for data management and book keeping, switched on accounting firms are beginning to look at higher value added advisory services and client eng...
How do your clients perceive you? Do they still see you as the person who completes their tax return and sends you on their way until the following year? With the industry dramatically changing, you s...
Do you know what your clients like about your business and what they don’t? There is a simple way to find out everything you want to know – ask them!
What’s the best way to use technology to ensure growth and profitability? And how can you harness it to enhance the client experience and ensure customer satisfaction?