When it comes to providing advisory services to new and existing clients, it’s critical to start at the beginning: what does the client want?
For tax professionals, the distinction between providing advising services and preparing tax returns is clear-cut: with the former, customers have no choice but to comply with the law while the latter is compliance work that they are paid to provide.
Most clients want to meet financial goals they establish for themselves and want more guidance from their tax specialists to help them do so. The catch is when clients express a desire for extra services at the same cheap cost of simply submitting their taxes. So, where should tax professionals go from here?
Clients require information that is relevant to their life. Work on putting together a plan that will quantify the results you can deliver in terms of their small business or financial trajectory. When clients can see the money saved or the goal attained as a result of advising services, they are more likely to pay the charge in order to see the return on their investment.
Everything is relative, and if you can demonstrate to your clients that the money they spend on advisory services isn’t prohibitively expensive compared to the money you will save them, you will have successfully campaigned for your expertise in a way that they can see the financial benefit.
After you’ve grasped your clients’ point of view, it’s time to transform your thinking from reactive to proactive. Instead of merely contacting them once a year for their tax return, consider establishing a subscription-based business or scheduling meetings to discuss a roadmap on a regular basis. When you consistently work to improve their financial situation, they might recognize the value in what you offer. You must teach your consumers that they may seek your help whenever they need it because you are aware of their financial situation and have their goals in mind.
On the subject of mindset, you must also overcome a common fear among tax professionals: acknowledging that you are worth it. You’ve seen the data and done the math; you understand how advisory services benefit so many clients in the long run. You must now convince not only your clients but also yourself, to take the risk. Use this time to educate yourself using all available resources, chat with other tax professionals about how they made the switch – absorb all the knowledge you can, and remember you are the expert in this case.
Clients will not adopt advisory services overnight. It takes consistent work and initiative to demonstrate that it is worthwhile. Begin by knowing what each client wants and assisting in shifting not only their thinking but also yours. Everything begins with a discussion, so start planning what you’ll say to help overcome your clients’ uncertainty. Not all clients will seek advisory services, and it is your responsibility to identify them and demonstrate the long-term benefits you provide for them and your practice.
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