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The first steps towards value pricing | Karbon

Moving to a value pricing model isn’t straightforward, but it’s a move that all firms need to consider as compliance becomes more automated and a larger focus in placed on advisory services.

Moving to a value pricing model isn’t straightforward, but it’s a move that all firms need to consider as compliance becomes more automated and a larger focus in placed on advisory services.

To help outline the first steps of this transition, we spoke with Carla Caldwell at the recent Firm of the Future roadshow in Baltimore. As founder of Caldwell Consulting & Training, Carla has more experience than most helping accounting firms navigate this tough, but ultimately rewarding, journey.

What is value pricing?

Value-based pricing for accounting firms means pricing your services upfront, based on the perceived value that the client has for your services.

Instead of billing in arrears like accountants have traditionally been doing (hourly billing), you’re required to talk with your clients and discuss with them the services that they need, finding out what they perceive as that value, and then pricing that.

The benefits of value pricing

Carla says there are endless advantages of adopting a value-based pricing model, but outlines two main ones.

With this model, you’re not billing clients and needing to explain and justify the hours you spend. If you’re doing this, it means that the harder you work and more efficient you get, the less money you make.

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The first steps towards value pricing — Karbon.