AdvicePay Financial Advisor Community Blog

Who Can You Best Serve Under the Fee-For-Service Model?

April 22, 2019 By: Lucy Robeson, CFP®

If you’ve decided to enhance your business by adding the fee-for-service model to your financial advisory firm, congratulations! You are staying up-to-date with the latest industry trends and are taking the initiative to explore new frontiers, which will allow you to serve clients you can’t today under your current fee structure.

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Topics: Practice Management

How Electronic Signatures Can Improve Your Efficiency (Even More Than You Might Think)

March 28, 2019 By: Lucy Robeson, CFP®

Many advisors have already adopted electronic document signature tools for their practice to some degree, and this has been a huge win for accuracy and convenience when it comes to processing agreements. Chasing paper agreements (and paper checks) can become a huge hassle for you and for your clients.

The truth is, there are good reasons why some haven't been able to make the switch to electronic signature yet (including system interoperability issues and more), but I'd like to tell you why -- and how -- you can adopt electronic signatures starting today, if you use AdvicePay.

Back in November, we rolled out our eSignature integration, and we continue to expand our eSignature functionality. But before we take a look at all of the feature details, let's talk about why eSignature could be the best $15 you spend all month when it comes to being more efficient and providing a great client experience.

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Topics: Practice Management, User Experience

10 Operations Tips You Can Start to Implement Right Now

March 15, 2019 By: Lucy Robeson, CFP®

Improving Your Business Through Operations

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Topics: Practice Management

Does My Client Have to Approve Their Ongoing Payment Each Time?

January 30, 2019 By: Lucy Robeson, CFP®

AdvicePay Lets You Charge on a Subscription Basis

One of the major advantages of AdvicePay is its subscription payment functionality. In fact, AdvicePay was created, designed, and built specifically to provide financial planners with a compliant billing option when utilizing the fee-for-service model.

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Topics: Practice Management, User Experience

What's Your Whoop-De-Do Level?

December 12, 2018 By: Lucy Robeson, CFP®


What's your Whoop-de-do level This season?

It’s the holiday season, and there’s a holiday song I’ve never quite understood. As with most holiday songs, there are a lot of versions, but I’m going with the medley of “Happy Holiday” and “The Holiday Season” as popularized by Andy Williams. And here’s the line that really gets me:

“It's the holiday season, so whoop-de-do...”

First of all, who says “whoop-de-do”? Second of all, what sort of enthusiasm is that for the most wonderful time of year* (also known as Mariah Carey’s holiday)? This expression feels like a well-intended effort toward genuine holiday excitement that just gets lost for words.

Between work and extra time with family and friends -- all wonderful, but time is the operative word here -- this season can become exhausting to the point of mere whoop-de-do levels of excitement. Managing ourselves well -- our greatest business asset -- becomes even more important during this busy time of year.

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Topics: Practice Management

5 Ways Financial Planners Can Avoid Making Early Mistakes

November 30, 2018 By: Lucy Robeson, CFP®

5 Ways Financial Planners Can Avoid Making Early Mistakes

When starting a financial planning firm, advisors often fall into traps around:

  • Who they work with;
  • How they work;
  • And the systems and processes they implement.

 

The five mistakes listed below provide examples for how these common traps play out, and offer solutions for how to avoid them.

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Topics: Practice Management

Communicating the Value of Financial Planning to Clients

October 24, 2018 By: Lucy Robeson, CFP®

Growing up, I was told my grandfather was a financial planner. He had a thousand clients and hit a home run - or was it a grand slam? - with some Chinese stock. Or so the legend goes.

I was also taught about how much my grandfather cared for people - his clients, his neighbors, his family. Based on my early memories of him and the stories I’ve heard over the years, I am confident he served his clients with integrity and to the best of his abilities with the resources available to him. However, I’m not sure "financial planner" accurately describes the work he was doing - at least as I understand comprehensive financial planning today.

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Topics: Practice Management

How often should I bill my clients?

October 08, 2018 By: Lucy Robeson, CFP®

At AdvicePay, we are asked this question often, and it’s an important one to consider. Charging a fee “too frequently” can make clients feel nickel-and-dimed, and may stress the relationship if the client feels they’re being charged more often than they’re talking with or receiving services from their financial planner. On the other hand, charging “too infrequently” will make each fee larger when it does occur, potentially causing sticker shock and more disruptive cash flow for your clients.

What's the Most Common Fee Frequency?

There are four common fee frequencies, each with different pros and cons, depending on your business and the clients you serve.

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Topics: Practice Management