How an accountant gets results from value pricing

Reza Hooda used to price based on a mixture of hourly rates and gut feeling.

Then he learnt about value pricing through my mentoring programme and it completely transformed his business.

In the interview he says:

“I could see how time-based billing was completely ludicrous. So we scrapped that idea completely, and then started to price much more based on value.”

An opportunity arose for Reza to use his newly learnt value pricing techniques to price an incorporation project involving a property client.

By using menu-pricing

He sat down with the client and worked out what they wanted to achieve and where the value in his service was.

Based on that, he prepared a proposal and, using the menu pricing tactics, presented his client with 3 options.

It was priced at £66,000. And they accepted it.

By using the Cloud Pricing software

Reza used to price his compliance work by charging a similar rate to the client’s previous accountants.

But since having a software based...

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Dealing with cheaper competitors and low-ballers

valuepricing Jan 16, 2019

How do we deal with those low-ballers that are always competing with you on price

There are 2 strategies.

Number 1 - you could compete with them.

But that’s crazy because if you’re competing on price no one will win. You’ll both just keep reducing your prices to become lower than the other. It’s pointless. It will just continue spiralling until people go out of business.

What we do instead is focus on being better. Compete on quality and on service.

I’m going to share with you three things you absolutely should be doing to beat your competitors in quality.

Number 1 - Communicate your quality to the client

In every communication you have with your client, focus on quality, service and value.

Make sure what you do is better than your competitors. Then communicate that in your marketing.

You need to make yourself seem different from the rest, you need to stand out. If what you are offering is exactly the same as your competition then the customer will...

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3 Keys to Pricing Your Bookkeeping Services

Uncategorized Jan 09, 2019

How to price bookkeeping services

I received an email a short while ago from a Chartered Accountant called Patrick. He told me how he’d used a process to get 4 times his normal price for his bookkeeping work.

You can watch the whole video here.

I’m going to share with you the techniques he used to achieve this in 3 easy steps.

The Brochure

The first thing Patrick did was to create and use a brochure. He called it “Taking Away the Hassle of Keeping the Books”.

There are several reasons why I strongly recommend you have a professional brochure.

Firstly, it is one of the strongest forms of marketing. You are professionally packaging your services and this influences people’s perception of what you do.

They will expect high standards and they will expect a high price.

Secondly, your brochure becomes your script on how you would run a meeting to properly communicate value to the client.

The Packages

Patrick’s second technique was to package his...

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Some accountants have no idea how to value price auto enrolment

Some accountants have no idea how to value price auto enrolment

An enormous range of prices

One of the things I’ve found in my benchmarking studies is the huge range of prices in how much firms are pricing for automatic enrolment.

I’ve come across many who don’t know how to price it and are doing it for free!  I have heard of many firms charging approximately £500.  I have heard of firms charging £2,000 to £3,000.  And I have even heard of one firm charging £6,000.

So, given the huge range - from FREE to £6000 - it’s very clear that as a profession, we don’t know how to price this opportunity.  It’s very clear that some firms have found a better way; they are more comfortable about their pricing and are getting better results. 

Auto enrolment is such a big opportunity for the UK accounting and bookkeeping professions but we need to have a system to price it properly… otherwise we risk...

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The Fastest Way To Change Profits

value pricing Jan 08, 2019

Many business struggle with their profits and their cash-flow. They work crazy long hours and aren’t making enough money.

The biggest reason for this is price.

The price is too low or the pricing strategy is wrong.

Most businesses price using emotion, their gut feel, and by copying competition. They ignore price psychology and price strategy, proven price tactics.

We need to figure out better ways to price.

Here’s an example…

Let’s use this small business havebike as an example. They are a small London-based business that provide a mobile bicycle repairing service.

 

You can from their website that see they use the menu pricing system with 3 options which is great!

But if we look at the difference in their price options we can see a huge gap between the ‘Deluxe’ and ‘Super Deluxe’ packages.

Firstly, I believe, for a London-based business, all of these prices are too low. Cycling is rife in London and people spend a lot of...

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Why you must have an upselling system

value pricing Mar 19, 2018

Why you must have an upselling system

When someone buys from you they are in buying mode. They want to purchase. Which means they are also at the most receptive stage to buying more from you.

So how can you maximize the opportunity for upsell?

You need a system in place, that’s how.

What is an upsell?

Upselling involves selling something extra to your customer. It’s something that’s evident in all sorts of industries. In the car or consumer technology industry it could be extended warranties for example. And generally it’s particularly powerful in high value transactions.

You need to find something else that you can upsell to your customers. So, if you are selling annual bookkeeping at £5,000 for example you will want to add in something extra for a price such as £100.

When people are already in buying mode and you offer an additional, smaller purchase like this they think they are already spending £5,000 so what’s another £100....

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Why The Accounting Profession is a Great Profession

accounting Mar 12, 2018

I believe that the accounting profession is an incredible profession.

Accountants make a profound difference to the lives of clients, and, as a result, we should be very well rewarded. 

Unfortunately, that's rarely the case. Most accountants are working way too hard for way too little money.

That’s how it was for me when I first started my own accounting firm back in 1996. It was seriously hard. In the space of two years I had grown it to about 200 clients. It was growing fast, but I wasn’t making any money.

I was working longer and longer hours, it was crazy! But I think that's the state of most accountants and bookkeepers around the world; we work too hard for too little. 

It all changed when I implemented value pricing…

When I started to put in place value pricing systems in 2000, my results changed so significantly that a few short years later I was able to sell my accounting firm.

Since then I’ve been teaching accountants around the world...

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How we help people choose the middle option

value pricing Feb 26, 2018

Making the middle option top choice

I often talk about menu pricing and the power of three. It’s truly powerful stuff. It’s the fact that when faced with three options people tend to gravitate towards the middle option.

And it works with pricing too.

So you might only currently offer one package – your tax return package for example. By adding more services and creating two other packages you will find that many will choose to pay you more by going for the middle, and therefore more expensive, option rather than your basic package.

But how do we get them to do that?

There are things you can do to prompt your customers to pick that middle option but essentially it boils down to one thing. Social proof. It’s something we learn from Dr Robert Cialdini, author of Influence: Science and Practice. Social proof is one of the six main laws of influence. It is defined as follows: “As humans we are lazy when it comes to decision making. When it comes to making...

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The power of free

value pricing Feb 05, 2018

The power of free

Everyone loves a bargain. But actually there’s something they love more.

Getting something for free.

The most powerful word in marketing

Free.

It’s the most powerful word in marketing. And it’s used all over the place in marketing copy.

A powerful way of presenting your prices to customers is through menu pricing using a tick list of options that shows customers what they do and don’t get. It’s visual, powerful and it works. And most of the time that technique means a series of ticks and crosses.

But sometimes you can add in something different. You can add in the word free.

It’s even more powerful than a tick.

As I’ve already said people love getting something for free. They love getting something more than they expected. It stands out.

Don’t go overboard

Of course, it could be tempting to go overboard. To use it everywhere. But don’t.

People like getting a bonus. Something extra. But use the word free...

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The tick list technique

value pricing Jan 15, 2018

The tick list technique

I’m a strong believer in the power of menu pricing.  You create three different packages – three different options – that you then present to the customer to help increase your chance of an upsell.

But how can you best present those options?

One of the most powerful ways is the tick list technique.  It’s simple.  Visual.  Powerful.

It works.

How to do it

Essentially it’s a simple as it sounds.  You set out a table with your options on it.  Across the top are the packages you offer. Bronze, silver and gold for example.

Down the side you list all the things you do.

Then, with a series of ticks and crosses you mark which services are part of that particular package and which aren’t.

How it helps you and your customer

Although the ultimate aim is convincing the customer it’s also useful for you.  It’s a great way to plan and structure your solutions when you are first designing...

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