Thu, 21 December 2023
In this episode of Growing Your Firm, host David Cristello interviews Lisa Wolfson-Jones, owner and CPA at Mac-L Associates. Lisa shares the benefits of having client information ahead of meetings and how it helps create more effective discussions.
They also discuss running a virtual firm and serving small businesses, particularly sole proprietors and entrepreneurs.
Lisa launched Mac-L Associates in 2010, and they provide accounting services for small businesses and individuals. Tune in to learn more about Lisa's journey and insights for growing a successful accounting firm.
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Thu, 14 December 2023
Pawel Brzeminski is the founder and CEO of Snap Projections. Pawel has achieved great success in launching, growing, and successfully exiting his company. He has a strong ethos of reaching acquisition scale and shares insights on the unexpected process of getting acquired.
In this episode, host David Cristello interviews Pawel Brzeminski, the founder and CEO of Snap Projections. Pawel shares his journey of launching, growing, and successfully exiting his company. He discusses why he chose not to raise money from venture capitalists and instead opted for an acquisition.
Pawel also provides insights into the process of reaching a scale where the company becomes an acquisition target and shares his experiences afterward. Tune in to learn from Pawel's story and his successful arc with Snap Projections.
Thu, 7 December 2023
In this episode of Growing Your Firm, host David Cristello interviews Trina Rozen, owner of Trina Rozen CPA. They discuss various topics, including unique ways Trina has structured her firm, pricing strategies, making tax prep profitable, and her opinions on the coaching community. Trina shares insights on dealing with challenging clients and finding success as a solo practitioner in South Pasadena, California. Tune in for an entertaining and informative conversation.
In this episode, we talk about Trina’s experiences with tax preparation and running her firm. But we also dive into some of the following topics:
Wed, 22 November 2023
In this episode of the Growing Your Firm podcast, host David Cristello interviews Stephanie Mack, the founder of Account Mobility, a fully remote accounting practice. Stephanie shares her insights on how she's positioning her practice for growth, particularly in the area of tax advisory and tax prep.
She discusses the importance of workflow automation and software in streamlining accounting processes and talks about the increasing number of CPAs and EAs retiring, creating opportunities for her practice. Tune in to learn more about Stephanie's unique approach to growth and her perspective on the future of the accounting industry.
Thu, 9 November 2023
In this episode of Growing Your Firm, host David Cristello interviews Deneen Dias, Vice President of Growth and Strategic Partnerships at Botkeeper. Daneen shares her expertise in helping top firms undergo digital transformation and discusses the world of CAS (Client Accounting Services).
She also delves into the definition of CAS, where to start, and how to successfully implement and scale up CAS. Additionally, she explores the implications of AI in building CAS teams.
Thu, 26 October 2023
In this episode, host David Cristillo interviews Melissa Miranda, a certified public accountant and owner of Step-by-Step Accounting. They discuss the importance of preparing for maternity leave as a business owner and how to structure your team and workflow.
Whether it's maternity leave or any other extended absence, Melissa shares valuable insights on setting up processes that can be applied across the board. Tune in to learn how to effectively manage time away from your business.
In this episode, you will learn about Melissa Miranda's experience preparing for maternity leave as a business owner, including the challenges and strategies involved. You will also learn about the structure and services offered by Melissa's accounting firm, Step-by-Step Accounting.
Additionally, the episode discusses the use of a recruiter to fill a senior role, the organizational structure and change management strategies of Step-by-Step Accounting, the speaker's pricing strategy, and recommended books for business owners.
Thu, 12 October 2023
In this episode of "Growing Your Firm," host David Cristello interviews David Leary, partner at Earmark Media and co-host of The Accounting Podcast. They discuss David Leary’s experience of being fired as a client from an accounting firm and how it led him to become a business owner and customer of accounting firms.
They also touch on the talent shortage in the industry and the quality of TurboTax Live. Tune in to learn more about David's journey and Earmark Media's role in the accounting space.
Thu, 28 September 2023
In this episode of "Growing Your Firm," host David Cristello interviews Kayla Green from Bactrian LLC. They discuss the firm's impressive growth, which has largely been driven by word-of-mouth referrals rather than traditional digital marketing.
Bactrian LLC offers a range of accounting services, payroll servicing, estate planning, and financial advising, positioning themselves as a one-stop shop for their clients. Tune in to learn more about their strategies for success and how they have achieved such impressive growth.
In this episode, you’ll learn about the success of a small accounting firm in a rural farm community. The firm's competitive advantage is their deep relationships with clients, personalized services, and ability to deliver fast results. They have experienced steady growth and client retention through the power of word of mouth.
The podcast also discusses the importance of over delivering for clients and being involved in a passionate community.
Thu, 14 September 2023
In this episode of Growing Your Firm, host David Cristello welcomes back Louie Vazquez III, CEO and founder of Vazquez and Associates. Louie shares his journey of growing his firm from half a million in sales per year to achieving even greater success.
They discuss the sales and marketing strategies that led to this growth and delve into the challenges and opportunities that come with scaling a business. Tune in to gain insights on how to take your firm to the next level.
Fri, 1 September 2023
Congruent Advisory Services, LLC began in 2019 with Tejal starting a boutique one-woman show. Her goals were to support business owners in the process of inception to exit.
Tejal tells David that there was an agreed upon cohesive and collaborative approach. The exposure and openness shared amongst both partners led to a culture that was rooted in this type of thinking for business. In turn, this passes on the same experience to clients. Business involves numbers and emotions, but how do we manage them both?
Tune in for our interview with Tejal Shah as she shares how building trust in her partnerships allowed for tremendous growth and positive reviews within her business.
Thu, 17 August 2023
Nicole is the managing principal at Madison Brothers Consulting Group. The group commits to exceptional client service provided by trusted advisors. They endeavor to give peace of mind to clients by offering solutions for ever changing business challenges.
Madison Brother’s Nicole Durio joins our show and she’s offering a free 1 hour consultation to 5 individuals. For those that don’t know, that’s a typically going rate of $995! Find out how to earn a chance by listening to our podcast here.
Thu, 3 August 2023
John is the president of JEnsley Financial, a fiduciary financial planning firm based out of Vancouver, WA. John started his firm in 2012 after a U-turn move from corporate America to financial services.
After obtaining a copy of "The 4-Hour Work Week" by Tim Ferriss, John began to understand that the technologies existed to build a life that allowed him to control his time, and ultimately his life.
From here, he built a firm that allowed him to do just that. He comments how winters in Washington can provide a somewhat gloomy ambiance, so why not take business to Mexico? John will spend a portion of his time in Mexico averaging 10-20 hours a week working on his business, while sharing the joys of teaching others about sailing and cruising.
On this Growing Your Firm Podcast episode, jump on with John Ensley as we discover the world of controlling time and income, experiencing your money, and building strategic partnerships in the fiduciary financial planning model.
Thu, 20 July 2023
Today we welcome Breanne Mode on the podcast. Breanne is the Director of Client Accounting and Advisory Services (CAAS) at Cbiz.
After a visit to a QuickBooks Connect conference in San Jose, CA, Breanne decided that her flight back was a networking opportunity, instead of her typical relaxation time. Of course, this happened to be the plane ride where taking out her headphones led to a great opportunity for her and her business.
As she sat next to Greg Landers, Managing Director of Cbiz, they built a business relationship that ultimately led Greg to ask Breanne to be his right hand person. Brennane had built a very foundational practice in the interim with 3 employees and approximately $500k in revenue.
After ironing out some M&A-like details, Brenanne joined the Cbiz team as their Director of CAAS and set the table for our conversation today.
Fri, 7 July 2023
Thu, 22 June 2023
Brannon is the founder of Poe Group Advisors & Accounting Practice Academy. He is also a returning guest on the show!
Poe Group Advisors is based out of Charleston, SC. The group is known for their processes surrounding facilitating the buying and selling of CPA firms.
We enjoy an annual conversation with Brannon about M&A and his expertise in the buyers and sellers market of accounting firms. Join us for the 2023 version as we talk with Brannon on how he sees the market reacting to a post-COVID era and trends associated with the world we all live in today.
Fri, 9 June 2023
Today we talk through how to think about your own wealth. The listener should be asking themselves a simple question: How are you thinking about the wealth YOU are creating?
We welcome Colleen, a Certified Financial Planner, at IG Wealth Management on today’s show. Colleen shares a wealth of knowledge (literally) about her experiences in the financial planning realm. She shares an outside approach to planning, especially for firm owners.
The conversation today is less focused on partnerships, referrals, or adding wealth management to a practice, and more focused on those running the practice and how their wealth management is on a personal level.
Colleen kicks us off by saying: ‘Every wealth [management] person wants to partner with them [firm owners], but no one asks how they are doing.’
Thu, 25 May 2023
Today we welcome back guest Jeff Jacobs where we talk through some interpersonal conversation that dives much deeper than the accounting business itself. Jeff and David cover momentum, self assessment, breaking chains, and much more.
Jeff is a returning guest on our podcast where we previously covered client acquisition, retention, and expansion. Jeff is the Director of Development at Wilkins Miller, where he will tell you he does everything except accounting. Jeff is active in his firm, daily life, and an exciting guest that we’re excited to have back on the show.
Thu, 11 May 2023
Shauna is a returning guest on our show. She is the owner of Tax Goddess Business Services ® and a certified tax coach. Shauna also acts as an author, speaker, and investor. Skilled in many and all things, learn more about Shauna’s career here.
Today we welcome back a well thought and experienced guest, Shauna Wekherlien, CPA and founder of Tax Goddess Business Services. This is part 2 of our interview with Shauna. Check out Part 1 here. In the summary and podcast Jetpack covers Shanua’s inside look at team building and recruiting.
Thu, 27 April 2023
James has experience in all things accounting. He has 20 professional years of experience working within firms including serving as a director of Ernst & Young in Sydney, Australia. He has 5 years of senior finances roles under his belt as well.
Prior to COVID, James started his own firm, JD Scott & Co. Here, lies the interesting part of James’ story. His firm focuses on hiring part-time employees, does not utilize administrative personnel, and doesn’t own a printer.
Wait a minute, James… How does he do it? We’ll cover more in this episode.
Thu, 13 April 2023
Join us today as we talk with Mark Stovel and his proven systems that help accountants take home $250k annually. We’ll talk through equity positions, win-wins, and much more.
Simply put, Mark helps accountants take home $250k annually. After launching his firm in 2017, Gyroscope Accounting was acquired in 2021. Now, Mark helps clients through coaching.
Mark’s experience began by obtaining bookkeeping clients during the early stages of his career. After leaving the corporate firm, Mark joined a manufacturing company as its controller. Three years later,, he moved across the country to start his CPA firm.
Thu, 30 March 2023
Shauna Wekherlien is the owner of Tax Goddess Business Services, a CPA firm located in Scottsdale, AZ. Tax Goddess is a firm that focuses on tax strategy and planning to help lower and minimize taxes for business owners and investors.
At the time this was written, her firm had saved their clients over $740,264,635. Talk about lowering and minimizing taxes!
Shauna earned the name ‘tax goddess’ after needing to market herself at a networking event, and 60 seconds to do it. Quickly, she decided ‘tax goddess’ was an eye catching and head spinning name, so she went for it.
A marketing friend at the same event loved how it sounded, and 17 years ago, Shauna the Tax Goddess was born.
Thu, 16 March 2023
Jeff, a fan of our show, is the Director of Development at Wilkins Miller. Wilkins Miller is a top 400 Accounting firm in Mobile, AL. He started his career in IT business development and soon transferred to development, which we will cover throughout. Ultimately, Jeff is in the pursuit of new clients and new business.
On today’s episode we sat down with Jeff Jacobs, and talked about retention, hiring, development, and most importantly, relationships.
Thu, 2 March 2023
Amy is the CEO, keynote speaker, and consultant at B3 Method Institute. B3 Method Institute is an educational organization focused on providing work-life harmony. Since you’re in the learning mood, here’s a ‘math’ problem of the B3 Method: (Business + Balance = Bliss).
In our latest podcast, Amy Vetter shared her philosophy on creating harmony in life and work to help create purpose in our work.
Thu, 16 February 2023
Dan has quite the story and journey unlike any other. After finding himself in prison twice during his teenage years, he found a second chance in life. He was able to get sober and began starting companies beginning at the age of 18. By the time he reached 24, he began to see some true success. However, because of the demand from his newly started company, Sphere Technologies, Dan still experienced issues in his personal life.
On today’s podcast, we sat down with high energy and highly focused Dan Martell. Through conversations of deep intellect and the introduction of incredibly new principles, Dan and David discover the whos, whats, whens, wheres, and whys of buying back your time.
Thu, 2 February 2023
Today, we sat down with Darren Root, Chief Strategist at Rootworks & Right Networks.
Rootworks is a company of Right Networks. They focus on firm improvement and emphasize the drive of helping small to medium-size accounting firms improve every day.
Let’s jump right in.
Thu, 19 January 2023
Joe and Carla are from Long Island, NY, where they took the train into the city at the very beginning of their journey. During their commute, they discovered the Growing Your Firm Podcast, taking in as much information as possible. They started Cycle CPA at one of the most challenging times any of us have faced, Q4 of 2019 as it led into the testing time of 2020.
Thankfully, due to Carla’s previous professional experience, they landed in the right niche. Because COVID-19 created much demand for home improvement projects and investments in people’s homes, this allowed for their business in the green industry to thrive and grow, both figuratively and literally.