Accounting gap an opportunity for advisers, says consultant

Gaps in the client offerings of accountants revealed on their websites provide advisers with a great source for identifying business partnership opportunities, suggests one business consultant.

Slipstream Consulting's director of coaching, Scott Charlton, said in a webinar – titled 'Uncovering the significant opportunities to provide additional advice and service to your clients' – that a good starting point for advisers wanting to partner with accountants would be to look at what offering elements are missing on their websites.

“Things that you would be looking for would be a desire that’s expressed to go beyond just providing tax returns," he said. "Possibly even firms that are actually highlighting self-managed superannuation fund administration as a core expertise but don’t actually have in-house expertise in terms of advising clients on things like insurance and investments.

“The firms that are just doing self-managed superannuation fund administration, that’s a pretty significant opportunity [for advisers].”


Mr Charlton added that what arises is that the adviser and the accountant end up with more work to do with and for the client.

“Clients just love it because it sets the expectation that things are going to happen and it’s all ultimately linked back to what the client is looking to achieve,” he said.

Accounting gap an opportunity for advisers, says consultant
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Adrian Flores

Adrian Flores

Adrian Flores is a deputy editor at Momentum Media, focusing mainly on banking, wealth management and financial services. He has also written for Public Accountant, Accountants Daily and The CEO Magazine.

You can contact him on [email protected].

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