How To Get Clients to Value What You Do for Them

If clients don’t see the value in what you do for them, they are going to constantly think that your prices are too high.

You know that the work you are doing deserves a premium price. But the client doesn’t know that. They probably don’t know anything about your job.

You need to communicate the value of the work you do to them.


You can watch the video here.


Here are 3 things you should be doing:


#1 - What is the client’s pain?


What pain is the client currently facing? What challenges or problems are preventing them from running their business efficiently or getting a high profit?

What problems might they face in the future if they don’t take action?

Research has shown that human beings are more motivated by the avoidance of pain than we are by the attainment of gain.

The better you are at explaining the current and potential pain to the client, the more likely they are to find value in the solution that you present to them....

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Avoid The Big Discounting Mistakes

Our profession is way too cheap.

We discount our prices and we crash and burn on prices. You should never discount. You should maintain the integrity of your price. Be confident about your prices, and the value that you deliver to your clients.

Discounting can be fatal.

Here’s a story explaining why…


You can watch the video here.


For 77 consecutive years, the leading business in the car industry was General Motors. 

Then, in June 2005, sales were starting to slump a little.

They had this genius idea to do a new discounting structure. They decided to give discounts to people who bought cars in June 2005 at the same level of discounts they gave their staff.

Their sales went up by 40% in comparison to the previous year. July sales went up and they started to congratulate themselves.

Unfortunately, August sales slumped, then September sales slumped. Three years later General Motors filed for bankruptcy.

Discounting is crazy. It may bring you in more...

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Powerful Strategies for Communicating Value

Have you ever revealed your price to a client only to hear “That’s so expensive! I can’t afford that!”

It’s so annoying. We hate hearing that reaction.

But there is a reason you are getting that reaction, and there are things you can do to avoid it.


You can watch the video here.


The reason


99% of the time, the reason the client thinks your price is too expensive is simply that they don’t understand the value.

They aren’t accountants. They aren’t bookkeepers. They have no idea what it is we do in our profession, and they have no idea what you do for them.

When you reveal a price for your services, the client is going to make a judgement on that number without any context of the value of the work you do. Usually, that means they think it’s too expensive, even if the price you gave was actually really low.

You need to get better at communicating the value of your services so that you don’t get this...

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What Does Value Pricing Really Mean?

value pricing Aug 27, 2019

Value pricing is a superior way of pricing.

When you boil it down, there are really only two ways of pricing: cost-plus pricing and value pricing.


You can watch the video I did on this topic here.


If you understand economics and the supply and demand equation, one deals with the supply side, one the demand side.

Cost-plus pricing: Add up the costs and add on an amount for profit.

In the accounting industry, many people use time-based billing as their form of cost-plus pricing.  It’s a crazy way to price, partly because customers hate it and partly because it won’t earn you as much money as value pricing.

Customers want certainty when buying. They want to be able to budget and plan, so giving them a fixed price upfront will give them the certainty they need.

The problem with hourly rates is you have no idea how long a project is going to take until you have done the work. That means you can’t give the client a fixed price and you instead have to...

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Increase Prices Without the Fear of Losing Clients

value pricing Aug 20, 2019

Most accountants and bookkeepers are too cheap.

But, when I tell people this, I find that most people are so afraid of losing clients, that they haven’t put their prices up in years.

That’s crazy!

If you have ever felt like you are working excessively hard and you aren’t making enough money to show for it - this is probably the reason.


I did a video on this topic. You can watch it here.


You need to increase your prices. You deserve to increase your prices. So, I’m going to share with you this simple process for increasing your prices without losing clients.


Menu Pricing


It’s called Menu Pricing.

Let’s imagine that you decide you want to increase the average price across your business by 20%.

You need to give your client three choices.

You need a Bronze, Silver and Gold package. The Bronze package will be very similar to the service you provided last year, but take out the frills. Only have the absolute essentials in...

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How To Win High Value Business Advisory Services

value pricing Aug 13, 2019

The accounting profession has been going through some big changes with the improvements in technology, automation and artificial intelligence making compliance work very quick.

We have to do more for our clients. We have to add value.

That could be by doing planning work, consulting or advising, anything that adds value to the service.

Let’s focus on business advisory. This refers to the process of giving your client advice about their business: producing management reports, helping them reach their goals, improving their efficiency, looking at the numbers, identifying problems and suggesting how to fix them.

How do we sell more advisory services?


You can watch the video here.


Here are three tips…


#1 - Packaging


The first thing you will need to do is give your service packaging.

Your clients probably won’t know what business advisory services are. Giving it packaging helps you to build up the value of what you do by having a system or...

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Building an Accounting Firm is Such Hard Work

It can sometimes feel like we are wading through treacle as we try to grow our accounting firm.

The reason it feels so hard is because we are trying to do too much at once…

  • chase new clients
  • put new systems in place 
  • recruit that new person we’ve been looking for
  • train that person we’ve got in the office right now 
  • learn social media marketing
  • make videos for a YouTube channel
  • write an ebook
  • launch a brand new service

We’re trying to do everything and it’s too hard. You can’t get everything done all at once. 

Rome wasn’t built in a day.

I want to share with you a simple strategy that will help you get complete clarity as to what you should be doing next.


You can watch the video here.


Never work on more than three big projects at any one time


Just pick three things.

It could be that your want to launch your Facebook presence. Or it could be that you want to rebrand. Maybe you also want to sort out the...

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Why Is Everyone Moving to Value Pricing?

value pricing Jul 30, 2019

Everybody in the accounting profession is talking about value pricing right now. Why are so many firms making the change to value pricing?

I’ve been teaching value pricing since 2000.

I first came across it in the late 1990s when I was working in my own accounting practice as a sole practitioner. I met Ron Baker, who is now a good friend of mine. He taught me about value pricing and I read his book - it changed my life.

When I first started teaching value pricing everyone was using timesheets. They were all pricing based on the hour; almost nobody had heard of value pricing.

But there has been a big change in the last 5 to 10 years. Everyone is moving to value pricing. Why is that?


You can watch the video here.


There are a number of reasons.


Firstly, we have had a cloud revolution. The technological changes in the accounting profession have made a significant difference to the way we have to price.

We have cloud technology, cloud accounting, artificial...

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How To Create Effective Packages That Sell

value pricing Jul 26, 2019

I talk a lot about menu pricing.

Menu pricing means that when we are presenting our solution to our clients, we give them a choice. This shows a move into value pricing as it allows the client to choose based on what they value.

We create different packages. You may have seen it presented as Bronze, Silver and Gold packages, or the Good, Better and Best strategy.

I call this menu pricing.

I want to share some tips on how to build up effective packages that will get more clients to buy from you.


You can watch the video here.


#1 - Think of the client’s needs


When creating their packages most people start to just randomly allocate different services to different packages. This is a big mistake.

Because if you randomly assign things to your packages then you are not tailoring it to the client's specific needs. It may turn out that the package in their price range doesn’t give them all they need so they won’t be happy.

You harm the chance of buying...

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How To Find Out What Is Important to Clients

value pricing Jul 23, 2019

Value pricing is all about coming up with a price based on value. But before you can do that you need to find out what your clients actually value.

After all, if you don’t know what they value, how can you possibly give them a value-based price?

Everyone values things differently. You need to find out what your clients find valuable so that you can build it into their package and give them maximum value.


You can watch the video here.


If you want to find out what your clients value, here’s what you do…

Ask them.

It’s that simple.

Once you understand what is important to your clients, what they value, you can then build those things into their solution.

You can communicate those things better when describing their solution so they really see the value. If you communicate it effectively and help the client to understand the value of your solution, they will be willing to pay the higher price.

You can, and should, charge more for highly valuable...

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