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Work out where the real money is in your book of business
by Tony Vidler        Let’s talk about one of those elephant in the room things: not all clients are equal for a professional service firm. As human beings they might all be equal, but as clients they are not.   Each client relationship has a commercial value….and a commercial cost.  Each therefore has varying profitability, […]
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5 Tips for selling, or buying, a practice.
by Tony Vidler        There are a number of traps that professionals consistently fall into when selling (or buying) a book of business.   The mistakes are so consistent and prevalent that there is are some golden rules evolving on how to make sure any sale is successful.   The Top 5 are: 1. Get […]
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Who are your most valuable clients?
by Tony Vidler        It may seem an obvious question to many however understanding who the most valuable clients are to a firm is not actually universally known it seems.  There is often an innate understanding of who they are however it is often not underpinned by any analysis.   Even when there is, and […]
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If you have repeated problems, you need a process!
by Tony Vidler        For financial advisory firms the word “process” has become synonymous with “best practice advice”, but good process is so much more than just a compliant and well-documented series of advice documents.   Process is what builds franchise businesses.  Process is what creates turnkey operations that are highly valued by prospective purchasers. […]
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Anchors away! How to work out which clients to drop
by Tony Vidler         More clients is good, right? How many are enough for a typical adviser though? 1,000? 2,000? 200? And then the plan is “drop some clients, and build it back to up whatever the ideal number is/was with better clients.” Let’s begin by challenging a big myth pervading many practices, being that […]
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The Next Strategic Evolution For Advice Firms
by Tony Vidler        There’s a classic cartoon that shows the way forward for advice firms when it comes to how they must evolve.  It is called “The evolution of an entrepreneur” and even though it is aimed at those starting out, it captures where the advice industry has come from and where it currently sits […]
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The 3 Barriers To Adviser Business Success (& one can be deadly)
by Tony Vidler        There are 3 distinct barriers every adviser must manage in their career.  Each of them is a defining point which can see the end of the advisory career….but Barrier 3 is where most founders flounder.   Barrier 1 is simply getting enough new business and clients to earn a living and survive […]
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Why Advisers Need To Invest In Their Businesses, Now
by Tony Vidler        For most of my advisory career there has been a very real opportunity for advisers to operate “lifestyle” businesses.  It has enabled them to largely choose when they will work; who they will work with; and how much they will earn.  It has cost little to run and required virtually no […]
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The 6 Steps To Growing Your People
by Tony Vidler        Introducing leverage into a professional services firm is most often done through adding people, and growing the people leads to growing the firm.   Finding and developing the right people is one of the greatest challenges for professional services firms, and also one of the greatest opportunities it has for creating […]
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Penny-Pinching IT Madness in Professional Practices
by Tony Vidler        Professionals keep getting their fingers caught in the trap of “penny pinching”, and nowhere does this appear to be more prevalent than when it comes to using IT to guard their IP.   Everyone has heard the saying: “If you think an expensive mechanic is bad, just try and hire a […]
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