Ryan Lazanis

What We Can Learn From Venture-Backed Accounting Firms

In today's episode, I'd like to discuss the things we can learn from venture-backed accounting firms and how we can use this to our advantage to remain relevant in our industry as it changes. Show Notes 0:52 - Why start an accounting firm? We chose this profession so we can fulfill our duty as CPAs, to provide the public with a variety of services to serve and protect it. 1:23 - However, to…


3 Valuable Lessons for Setting High Prices

In today's episode, I want to share with you 3 valuable lessons that I’ve learned in my almost 10-year journey to setting high prices. Show Notes 0:53 - I enjoy talking about pricing simply because I've developed a process that really works well not just for setting high prices, but also for landing those high prices. 1:45 - Having looked back at my first packaged plans, I have faced a couple of…


Tame the Chaos with Capacity Planning

In today's episode, I talk about the importance of capacity planning so firm owners can achieve the work-life balance they need. Show Notes 0:45 - In episode 49, I shared something that I call the professional services growth trap, which means that firms in the accounting industry experience overwork, long work hours, and unbalanced work-life balance. 1:10 - Business model standardization can…


Limit The Choice You Give Your Clients

In today's episode, I want to talk about why giving your clients too much choice and flexibility is a bad idea if you want to create a scalable model. Take a listen: Show Notes 0:36 - In episode 52,  I defined a scalable accounting firm as one that is able to handle an increase in sales, work, or output in a cost-effective, reasonable manner. 1:03 - I’ve also previously shared my 6 part formula…


Why I Sold Xen Accounting

In today's episode, I'm going to talk about a personal subject, namely why I sold my online accounting firm, and then relate it to some of the challenges firm owners are facing today. Show Notes 0:37 - I was exposed to entrepreneurship at an extremely young age through my father, who owned a small business. 1:27 - Following my family's path, I started Xen Accounting. It was one of the first…


What Does it Mean to "Scale Your Firm"?

What does it mean to scale an accounting firm? In this Future Firm Accounting Podcast episode, I discuss and dive deeper into what scaling a firm means and how you can get started. Show Notes 0:30 - I would like to spend some time discussing what it means to scale a business. 1:10 - In episode 33, I made a specific point that compares growing a firm versus scaling a firm. 1:38 - I also shared in…


Your Firm's Prices are Too Low

In this Future Firm Accounting Podcast episode, I discuss a major issue I see amongst a lot of firms implementing subscription pricing. Namely: Prices are way too low for what's being offered. Show Notes 0:33 - This episode is all about pricing. The main message I would like to convey is that your firm's prices are too low. 1:13 - Several, as discussed in episode 37, feel the instinct to apply…


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The "Just Jump" Business Concept

In this podcast episode, I discuss how I use the "Just Jump" business concept and how it's helped me launch and grow my last 2 businesses: Show Notes 0:37 - I share a story exemplifying the "Just Jump" concept. 2:14 - This "Just Jump" concept has guided me in all aspects of my business, from concept to execution, which I believe has helped me launch and grow my businesses. 2:39 - Since the…


How to Start A Bookkeeping Business in 2020

How To Start a Bookkeeping Business in 2021 [Step by Step]

Do you want to know how to start a bookkeeping business or accounting firm in 2022? Great news, because this step-by-step guide will cover the critical 7 steps you’ll need to follow to set up a modern bookkeeping practice and to land your first clients. In fact, these are the very steps that I followed to help take my heavily bookkeeping-focused accounting business from scratch to sale in only 5…


Accounting Automation The 2020 Annual Guide

Accounting Automation: The 2021 Annual Guide

This is my complete guide to automated accounting for the accounting profession in 2021. In addition to the basics of accounting automation, you’ll also get: Actionable new strategies and accounting processes that are working great right now to help you with accounting automation. In this guide, you’ll learn how you can: Implement accounting software for automated accounting tasks like…