On this episode of Advisor Skinny, Mike Walters shares some surprising statistics about investors and their actions after a death in a family. By understanding these forces, an advisor will be better prepared to retain clients’ assets.
On this episode of Advisor Skinny, Mike Walters reviews many of the contrapositive actions advisors may be doing that are affecting the value of their businesses. Mike discusses how each has an inverse action and by targeting the activities that bring positive value, an advisor can make small changes that have a big impact.
On this episode of Advisor Skinny, Mike Walters discusses business valuation from the buyer’s perspective. He explains what it means to buy a business rather than a job and how that will ultimately lead to a more successful transition and future growth.
On this episode of Advisor Skinny, Mike Walters discusses business valuation from the point of view of the seller. He shares his thoughts on finding the right buyer, how to structure a practice so it’s more valuable to a buyer, and how to approach the sale with clients to allow for a smooth transition.
On this episode of Advisor Skinny, Mike Walters discusses contingency planning and how to prepare for the unexpected as a business owner. Join us at:
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On this episode of Advisor Skinny, Mike Walters starts the discussion around business valuation. He shares his thoughts about beginning the process, engaging professionals to help, and mistakes to avoid.
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Here’s the Skinny,
I apologize for my recent absence. Very unexpectedly, we have moved homes.
My two oldest are in college (so mostly out of the house), which leaves just me, my wife, and our youngest. We had been halfheartedly (read as lackadaisically) looking for a new home over the past two years. We were in no rush. But then my wife stumbled onto a home she really liked and we could “see” ourselves in for many years to come.
And if you know the Walters, once a decision is made, we hit the gas pedal and get to high gear as quickly as possible.
Bang – bang real estate conditions in our area had a bit to do with the speed of things, but in a nutshell, we bought a new home in 24 hours and sold our existing home (of 15 years) in under 48 hours. Bang – bang – done. And to make things even more interesting, the previous owners of the home we purchased were relocating to Hawaii, so we bought their furniture as well. Then the buyers of our home expressed a desire to buy our furniture as they were relocating from Chicago. Bang – bang – done.
Its like we were in college all over again, throw the cloths in the car, bang – bang – done.
Or so I thought. We soon learned, the traditional moving companies were not interested in “our small job” as there was no furniture involved. That left us to do all the packing (not something we had anticipated) ourselves. But the good news is that we were able to prune & purge 15 years of accumulated clutter. This cut the moving job in half, literally.
In the end…
In that vein, below is a link to a great article from John Jones, Digital Marketing & Communication Manager at USA Financial. He shares great insight on using Facebook as a marketing & seminar tool. May I suggest you focus on John’s article while thinking how you could revamp, streamline and enhance your seminar/event marketing?
Here is the article link from July 24, 2018, Investment News, “Why advisors are turning to Facebook ads to fill seminar seats”.
I’ll be back at it with regular blogs and podcasts in August.
That’s the Skinny,
Here’s the Skinny,
We’ve all heard before the statement, “the only constant is change”…
Take a moment to reflect upon your business 5 years ago, even 10 years ago. Was it exactly as it is today? Or is it dramatically different?
Many in our industry started out as agents in the insurance/annuity business or as registered reps in the securities business. Yet today, a primary focus is more often directed toward assets under management. But even that segment has evolved.
Years ago, many advisors were managing their own portfolios for investors, Rep as PM (portfolio manager) is the common terminology today. Yet, now, the Rep as PM model is dwindling as advisors embrace the scalability of using third-party asset managers and TAMP programs like USA Financial Exchange. Indirectly, this new model has solved two crucial problems for advisors…
The point is, to use another true cliché, “if you aren’t growing you are dying.”
If you do not adapt and remain agile, eventually the marketplace may diminish your worth to the point of disaster. I am not a close follower of Sears, but it did not surprise me to see hundreds of stores closing. (Sears previously announced 166 stores to close this year. Now they’ve added 68 more to the list. There are less than half the Sears stores today as there were just 5 years ago.)
Strictly from my own consumer perspective, they do not appear to have kept pace with digital or online sales, their storefronts have fallen out of favor and seem out of touch with today’s shopper, and the few times I’ve wandered into a Sears store they struck me as being almost vacant on product and in a state of disrepair. At some point simple math will grind such a business to a halt.
Similarly, in our industry, think of the advisors who have not evolved. Conducting their business as if it’s from the 1980’s or 1990’s. Trying to live on commissionable products alone. It’s an uphill battle and we’ve all seen their decline. Business models need to adapt and evolve as the business changes… Or you end up feeling like Sears in an Amazon world.
So how do you stay ahead? Keeping your business on the cutting edge?
Things are not the same… Thank God… Are you ready?
Everything can (and will) always get better and better with time, as long as you continue to nurture your business as if it is a loved family member. It’s a mindset. And the beautiful option is that you get to choose… Adapt and grow rather than decay and decline.
That’s the Skinny,