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The Easiest Way to Double Your Tax Firm Revenue

You probably already know that your client list is the single most valuable thing in your business.

That list represents people that already know, like, and trust you. You have a relationship with them, and they hold you in high esteem (hopefully!). They view you as a trusted advisor, and should generally take any advice that you give them positively.

You can leverage this relationship to double your revenue. Here’s how…

The vast majority of tax professionals are not running what I refer to as a boutique tax practice, which is the type of practice I prefer to operate. What I mean by boutique is a tax practice that offers a singular service to a singular clientele. For example, I built my first private practice by offering state and IRS Collections representation to family-owned trucking companies in five western states with an average of 5 to 10 trucks. I didn’t offer seasonal tax preparation, ongoing bookkeeping service, payroll, etc. Highly focused, highly niched. Boutique.

Obviously, most Tax Marketing Tips readers aren’t operating that way (there are distinct pros and cons to that business model). In general, tax practitioners offer more than just tax prep services. I don’t know specifically what other services you offer, but I’m sure they exist. Here’s the critical question: How many of your clients take advantage of ALL your services?

The answer should be, “…as many as possible!”

So the easiest…simplest…fastest…cheapest way to drastically increase revenue is this: Make more offers.

Your clients love you. They appreciate you. They trust you.

Your tax prep only clients need and … Continue reading

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Free Tax Resolution Kindle Book Week

This week, through Saturday, all of my titles published on the Amazon Kindle platform are available at no charge. Whoot, whoot!

For the rest of the week, the following titles can all be downloaded to your Kindle reader, your smartphone, even your computer (Amazon has apps for every platform).

Tax Season Profitability Guide: 8 Big Ideas For a More Profitable Tax Season (all 8 ideas also apply to every other service you offer)
Effective Copywriting for Accounting Professionals
Tax Resolution Secrets (written for consumers, not tax pros, 2011)
How To Build A Million Dollar Tax Resolution Practice In 12 Months Or Less
The 80-Hour Workweek: A Practical Guide to Escaping the Bonds of Mediocrity and Getting More Out of Life (not really about tax resolution, but it has some useful ideas if you’re interested in a non-traditional, virtual, or semi-retirement type of practice)

In addition to that, I’ve temporarily dropped the prices on all print books in my Amazon catalog by 50% or more, including The Tome:

The Complete Tax Resolution Practice: Uncovering the Lucrative Opportunity Hiding Inside Your Tax Practice (released in 2013, but not much has changed)

If you don’t already have these, I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity. Again, the Kindle book promotion ends on Saturday (Amazon has a 5-day limit on these). After reading, I’d appreciate you taking 30 seconds to leave a review on Amazon.

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SEO Bare Essentials for Local Tax Firms

I’m a big fan of the Pareto Principle, which says that 80% (or more) of your outputs are generated by 20% (or less) of your inputs. The 80/20 rule is well known and has been demonstrated to be true across many arenas, from the income gap to agriculture to marketing results.

One area where I have long espoused an 80/20 rule viewpoint is in the field of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). SEO is a marketing strategy in which you seek to be at the top of the Google search results for a particular search term. For example, this blog floats around the top five in the search results for keywords such as “tax resolution marketing”. Today, I’m at #2 for that term, and #1 is an article I wrote for Canopy.

This ranking is not an accident.

At one point, my tax practice site ranked in the top three on Google for many search terms related to tax relief, tax resolution, and the IRS Fresh Start program. I gave up those positions several years ago when I stopped doing the activities that maintained the position, but I’m confident I could reclaim them with a little bit of work.

SEO in particular is one of those marketing strategies that has a well defined Minimum Effective Dose (MED). This is a Tim Ferriss term, and describes the bare minimum work you need to do in order to see the majority of positive results. Note that this isn’t about being lazy, but rather about being efficient.

Now, while I encourage tax professionals to utilize a service such as TaxProMarketer for your complete website, SEO, and social media marketing, there are plenty of people that either don’t want to commit the financial resources to a service provider, or that just enjoy the process of doing this stuff themselves. So, … Continue reading

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