Most Accounting firms plan their revenue by 1 (or a mix of) 3 ways:

  1. Our revenue last year was X – let’s go for Y. Then do an internal work back of people x charge rates x productive hours.
  2. Our profit last year was X – let’s go for Y. Then do an internal work back of costs, people x charge rates x productive hours.
  3. We have X people. We should be getting X hours out of them. Let’s put their charge rates to Y and there’s the target.

All 3 ways are flawed for decent (>25%) growth. You’ll never realize your true potential and the entire process is internally focused.

There is a better way and it’s all about the clients. A client centric growth model. It too as 3 components that multiply to get revenue:

  1. We have X clients now. Let’s increase them to X with solid marketing and sales. MULTIPLIED by:
  2. Each client pays $X per project (each invoice average value). Let’s work on better packaging and pricing to get a higher number. MULTIPLIED by:
  3. Each client buys X number of projects per year from us on average. Let’s add additional services and increase the number of projects per client per year.

Here are last years numbers:

No. of clients = 323 X Average project value $2,200 X number of projects 2.2 = $1,563,320

This years plan:

No. of clients = 355 (10%) X Average project value $2,420 (10%) X number of projects 2.42 (10%) = $2,079,022

A 33% increase! It’s compound interest for an accounting firm.

If you keep your costs under control, price up front and get super efficient then you’ll need less people and the new increase will be new profit.