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Episode 3

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20th Feb 2023

How Accountants Can Grow with Video: Kate Johnson

Welcome to the Accounting Influencers Podcast, going live every Monday to 150 countries and 30,000 accounting practitioners, fintech specialists and influencers in the accountancy, CPA and bookkeeping space.

How Accountants Can Grow with Video: Kate Johnson

Our guest today is Kate Josephine Johnson, owner of Heritage Business Services, LLC, a virtual bookkeeping firm serving small businesses across the United States. Kate is also the Chief Hustler at Bookkeeping Side Hustle, where she helps other accounting professionals build virtual accounting careers they love.

In this episode, Kate shares her insights on how accounting professionals can diversify their revenue streams. She discusses various strategies, including eBooks, monthly membership for DIY clients, vendor referral links, YouTube, and sponsorships of newsletter and video content.

Kate emphasizes the importance of using video in your business. She shares statistics about the rise of video and explains that you need two skills to make videos: creating and communicating. She also provides different ways to use video, such as internal operations, clients and hot prospects, and external “Know/Like/Trust” marketing.

Kate also talks about how to enter the accounting space as an outsider and build a life you love. She shares her personal story of transitioning from corporate finance to small business accounting after being a stay-at-home mom for six years.

Lastly, Kate elaborates on the mission of the Bookkeeping Side Hustle Community. The community aims to support accounting professionals, emphasize that bookkeeping is accounting, provide honest reviews, and foster a community of hardworking people. The community also rethinks income, helps job seekers, and makes accounting fun!

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Kate Josephine Johnson is the owner of Heritage Business Services, LLC, a virtual bookkeeping firm that serves small business clients throughout the United States. She is also the Chief Hustler at Bookkeeping Side Hustle, where she helps accounting professionals build a virtual accounting career they love. Kate is a proud Texan, Baylor Bear, and Navy wife. With an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA in Economics from Baylor University, Kate worked in corporate finance before choosing to be a stay-at-home mom for several years after her first child was born.

In 2021, she was recognized as the Top 50 Women In Accounting. Kate is known to be a morning person and gets more done before 7:00 am than most people do all day long. She can be contacted via for small businesses and for accounting professionals.

Kate is also active on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and she manages the Bookkeeping Side Hustle Facebook Group.

Key takeaways from this episode include:

Diversify your revenue streams: In addition to traditional accounting services, explore other opportunities to generate revenue, such as creating ebooks, offering monthly memberships for DIY clients, vendor referral links, YouTube, sponsorships of your newsletter and video content, and more.

▶ Use video in your business: Video is no longer optional in today's business world. Learn to create and communicate effectively through video to enhance your marketing efforts and engage your clients.

▶ Build a virtual accounting career: If you're an outsider looking to break into the accounting space, consider building a virtual accounting career that can scale up or down with your family's needs. Take advantage of resources like the Bookkeeping Side Hustle Community to learn how to make accounting fun and rethink income.

▶ Emphasize the "know/like/trust" factor: In addition to providing quality accounting services, focus on building relationships with your clients and fostering a sense of community to establish trust and loyalty. This can lead to more referrals and repeat business.

▶ Foster a positive company culture: Create a positive company culture that values hard work and respect for others, and provide opportunities for your employees to connect and engage with one another. This can help attract and retain top talent and ultimately drive growth for your firm.


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Accounting Influencers
Insights, interviews and commentary for accounting, CPA, bookkeeping and finance professionals
ACCOUNTING INFLUENCERS is a weekly podcast for accountants, CPAs, bookkeeping and finance professionals, together with the networks, associations, fintech vendors and influencers who lead them, work in them and serve them.

The show is hosted by Rob Brown. co-founder of the Accounting Influencers Roundtable (AIR). The style of the show is not overly technical/technological/tax in nature but more on people, performance and success in the accounting world. Popular topics and themes covered include:

☑ leadership, executive presence, trust, integrity & reputation
☑ M&A, business models, future proofing, drivers of change & disruption
☑ performance, values, culture, vision & strategy
☑ employer brand, gen z/millennials & talent - succession, recruitment and retention
☑ industry trends, statistics and patterns
☑ growth, marketing, differentiation & positioning
☑ pricing & profitability
☑ digitisation, cloud, technology & automation
☑ advisory services, niches & emerging markets
☑ environmental & social governance ESG
☑ diversity, equity & inclusion DEI
☑ professionalism, career development & CPE/CPD
☑ business acumen & commercial awareness

Sources and guests come from:
★ EXPERTS - influencers, disrupters, consultants, gurus, podcasters and broadcasters in accounting and fintech
★ EVENTS - live coverage and interviews from exhibitions, conferences and a range of industry events
★ MEDIA - newspapers, online outlets, commentators, writers, bloggers and authors
★ VENDORS - suppliers and providers of accounting apps, platforms, fintech and software
★ REGULATORS - professional accounting bodies, institutes and associations
★ NETWORKS - alliances, associations, networks and communities of professional firms and accounting practices
★ SOCIAL MEDIA - opinion pieces, high engagement posts and controversial conversations

Rob Brown is a renowned presenter, facilitator and chair of high level conferences, panels and events globally for the accounting and fintech profession. He is retained by many professional networks, alliances, associations, practices and vendors to chair their events and provide high-level interview content for their communities.

He is a dynamic speaker and accomplished expert on trust, reputation, employer brand, talent, career development, succession, gen z/generations, executive presence, referrals, networking and winning new business. He is also the bestselling author of Build Your Reputation (Wiley) and his TEDx talk ‘The Personal Brand of You’ has been viewed 320K times on YouTube.
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Martin Bissett

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Martin Bissett is the founder of the Bissett Group of companies that provide practice and personal growth communities, content, and continuing education exclusively to the accounting and bookkeeping professions worldwide.

Previously he established a high six-figure consulting firm while serving as a keynote speaker with over 100 one-off and repeat engagements to his name, as well as becoming the most published author on his topics of specialism with 11 books including 1 bestseller.

Since 1998, he has played a major part in working with over 1800 accounting firms in over 40 countries. These projects have led to those firms acquiring over £500m of recurring fees before inflationary increases, referrals and upselling are factored in. He stopped keeping track of this number over 5 years ago. Martin now advises both accounting practitioners and FinTech companies alike, at board level.

Rob Brown

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Rob Brown is a renowned MC, facilitator and chair of virtual and in-person panels, conferences and events globally for the accounting and fintech profession.

Rob is co-founder of the Accounting Influencers Roundtable (AIR) mastermind group and co-hosts the world’s most popular accounting and fintech podcast: Accounting Influencers.

Throughout the pandemic, he chaired 24 virtual panels with leaders of global accounting networks and alliances to discuss the key issues and challenges. Rob is retained by several associations and vendors to chair their events and provide high-level interview content for their communities.

He is the bestselling author of Build Your Reputation (Wiley) and his TEDx talk ‘The Personal Brand of You’ has been viewed 300K times on YouTube.