Thursday, 31 March 2011

Accountants and Professional Service Firms Update


Accountants Update (Oct 2013).


I have been asked to put my accounting and professional service firm blogs etc in one place. These apply to accountants, lawyers, bankers and most professional service firms. Often I am misquoted, but do feel free to add your own comments:

  • "I Love My Accountant" - blog entry. Accountants can be... should be... and, in fact, must be... fantastic for your business...

40 comments:

Richard said...

A remarkable variety. And of course (despite what we each may think) there is a huge similarity between accountants and lawyers etc. More than we would care to admit. We all think we are all so very special.

Anon said...

Accountants still a trusted source of advice, say SME
http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/accountants-still-a-trusted-source-of-advice-say-smes-20110401-1cpz2.html

Georgie said...

This is turning into a useful body of work.

PaulS said...

At first I thought this was all red rag to a bu,ll provocative rubbish. Now (after the Nottingham event), I believe your style is to provoke but with the best intentions. Interesting (if not fascinating) but you will lose friends if you take this approach.

Gideon said...

Is this the new book?

CA said...

What entreprenerus want article being used to promote an accountancy firm!
http://www.thefinancedept.co.uk/2010/08/19/what-entrepreneurs-want-from-their-accountants

Robert Craven said...

Hourly rate not workable for advisers http://bit.ly/hjJTvH

Robert Craven said...

Honing your competitive edge http://t.co/9738Id1 #accountants accountancy age

Robert Craven said...

Social Media = Emperor’s new clothes http://t.co/LVoDAFV #accountants accountancy age

Robert Craven said...

The next generation http://t.co/KpOiRHY #accountants Accountancy Age

James said...

http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/money/article/how-to-tell-if-your-accountant-is-a-crook-mike-periu

How to tell if your accountant is a crook

James said...

3 Things Your Accountant May Not Be Telling You
http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/money/article/3-things-your-accountant-may-not-be-telling-you-barbara-weltman

James said...

http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/money/article/6-ways-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-accountant-anne-field

http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/money/article/6-ways-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-accountant-anne-field

James said...

Accountant 101: Finding the Right Match

http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/money/article/accountant-101-finding-the-right-match-tom-harnish

Ant said...

Accountants - do you think it is time to stop accountant bashing! http://t.co/TpOxUKg

Steve said...

Ant, I seem to be following around this site.

To quote RC on the other posting (the part two one)

"Of course the article contains huge sweeping generalisations and of course it is unfair to polarise an entire industry. However the use of the two extremes gets us to think about where one might stand along the continuum.

And as other commentators have noted, this isn't an accountant specific polarisation. The same is broadly true for most professional service firms. Enough!"

Now it is probably time for him to demonstrate this.

Steve said...

Hmmm - bit of research and I've scored a home goal.

Some proof
'Accountants - Know Me Know My Business - the original article and also Bankers - Know Me, Know My Business (Chartered Banker)' (see the blog posting) - these are essentially the same article so YES Mr C this applies to Professional Service Firms and it looks like you are applying the critical eye to all service firms.

Also I note he says
'Professional Service Firms and Smaller Businesses - specifically aimed at accountants, this thought piece applies to all PSFs' I will give you the benefit of the doubt when he uses the word 'aimed'

Clearly he is not simply pointing the finger at accountants.

Meanwhile the I love my accountant piece suggests it is not simply a pop at the accounting profession.

Steve said...

I have just seen the title of the post it says
'Accountants and Professional Service Firms Update' and I just assumed it was about accountants. Oops.

Steve said...

Must read more carefully.
It also says
'These apply to accountants, lawyers, bankers and most professional service firms. Often I am misquoted,'
Double oops

Robert Craven said...

Steve

Thanks for your time and effort.

RC

PS You have rumbled the new book subject...

Robert Craven said...

Accountants how do you spend your day - A day in the life of a MAAT Accountant – Carleton Long cheapaccounting.co.uk/blog/?p=1866

Cal said...

Creating Customer Loyalty - Keep Them Coming Back on AccountingWeb (invcludes RC comments)
http://www.accountingweb.com/item/105503

William said...

This post is great and sorry that accountants seem a little sensitive. Not a problem to those who are delivering.

Robert Craven said...

How to increase rates without losing clients - powerful stuff for #accountants http://ow.ly/4AKne

Robert Craven said...

#Accountants admit their accounts don’t count for much. Time for HCM accounting? http://tiny.cc/nz71r

Robert Craven said...

@AccountingWEBuk: @bookmarklee asks, "Call yourself a business adviser?" http://ow.ly/4CkmO /

Office said...

What accountants must do to keep up with technology http://ow.ly/4F6mh

Robert Craven said...

Should professional service firm business owners be using Twitter? - ...http://bit.ly/ePKwmF

Robert Craven said...

see Choosing An Accountant
http://accountantsipswich.co.uk/2011/04/26/choosing-an-accountant/

Robert Craven said...

For a services business, like a law firm, a blog trumps a website - http://bit.ly/jJByBI - like a warm-up act for my forthcoming book

Robert Craven said...

The death of the billable hour?: http://t.co/zGvV1Lz - more warm-up for the forthcoming book!

Robert Craven said...

ThE Crowsd in the cloud - even more warm-up
http://intelligentchallenge.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/the-crowd-in-the-cloud/

Robert Craven said...

and finally today
Accountants, are you clear on your core service offerings? http://bit.ly/jIDeju

Robert Craven said...

Dawn of the #Accountant #Adviser http://bit.ly/ka9Koh

Irene said...

Do you know who your accountant really is? - http://tinyurl.com/3b3vfvk

Tom said...

Great article for #accountants to re-think selling RT @ThisIsSethsBlog Selling vs. inviting http://bit.ly/iW68pi

Robert Craven said...

... and PR agencies:

15 Essential Social Media Tools for PR Agencies http://bit.ly/jjJunm

Nick Goddard said...

Great idea, having so many links on one blog - thanks

Robert Craven said...

Thank you.

RC
 

DavidG said...

Looking forward to the new book