#FA Success Ep 372: Quadrupling Income By Restructuring Your Enterprise Mannequin To Replicate Your Complete Worth To Shoppers, With Melody Townsend


Welcome again to the 372nd episode of the Monetary Advisor Success Podcast!

My visitor on at this time’s podcast is Melody Townsend. Melody is the president of Townsend Monetary Planning, an RIA primarily based in Lexington, KY, that oversees $112 million in property underneath administration for 160 consumer households.

What’s distinctive about Melody, although, is how after her first decade in observe, she quadrupled her income within the subsequent 2 years by restructuring her enterprise mannequin from standalone hourly engagements and undertaking planning charges to a extra holistic wealth administration providing that mixed funding administration and monetary planning for a single AUM payment… which each higher mirrored the total worth she was offering shoppers, and enabled her to really scale her agency and rent up so it was now not solely depending on her alone.

On this episode, we discuss in-depth about how though Melody initially constructed an hourly, fee-only agency for its skill to serve the center market in Kentucky the place she was primarily based, she discovered that whereas it offered lots of flexibility, there have been limitations to the expansion and scalability the mannequin supplied once you’re additionally answerable for all the back-office duties along with making an attempt to generate sufficient billable hours, how Melody additionally realized that the hourly mannequin had led her to undercharge by not billing for all the time she was spending servicing shoppers and determined to take a giant leap to right-size her costs by wrapping them into an AUM payment for these shoppers she was serving to with implementation, and the way Melody discovered regardless of her fears about shedding shoppers within the face of a payment change that will on common double her consumer charges, in observe even her shoppers knew that she was undercharging, to the purpose that nearly each single one stayed and lots of even consolidated extra property with Melody as soon as she was truly in a position to handle (and invoice on) them.

We additionally discuss how Melody invested early, not less than relative to her income and earnings, in enterprise coaches and her personal workers to be able to maintain the service mannequin that will meet her personal requirements, why Melody determined to rent with a concentrate on character over technical expertise, reasoning that whereas she might educate paraplanning work, she could not educate integrity and work ethic, and now has a number of house-trained CFPs working in her agency, and the way Melody leveraged the shortage of Licensed Monetary Planner professionals out there in Kentucky as a technique of her personal branding and let organizations like NAPFA and FeeOnlyNetwork ship potential shoppers to her door, quite than spending time in gross sales that she did not get pleasure from anyway. 

And make certain to hearken to the tip, the place Melody shares how she struggled initially with delegating as a result of it was exhausting for her to articulate in phrases what he simply ‘knew’ in her personal mind about how shoppers must be served, how as Melody has grown her income and employed extra individuals, the e-book “Lead From Any Seat” which advocates that groups deal with the boss as a ‘buyer’ of the workers each remodeled how she formed her communication together with her group for the higher, and empowered her workers to take full accountability for his or her work, and the way Melody’s profession and enterprise selections got here not as a gradual path of development however a collection of epiphanies about her personal value and worth led her down new avenues that she had by no means envisioned when first embarking on entrepreneurship as a 20-something advisor practically 20 years in the past.

So whether or not you are taken with listening to about how Melody calculated her project-based work to make it 1 dimension suits all (and shortened her onboarding course of within the meantime), how Melody remained relentlessly centered on discovering her supreme shoppers, even within the early years, and the way Melody makes use of her agency’s core values to filter by each her strategic enterprise and team-building selections, then we hope you get pleasure from this episode of the Monetary Advisor Success Podcast.

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