What was the last conference or webinar you attended?
Did you learn some great content? Probably.
Did you walk away with action steps? Maybe.
Good content is not enough. You need to implement what you learn and do it quickly. Otherwise, one year later you will be stuck in the same place.
You need to make one small decision, take action and evaluate. Decide, act, evaluate–repeat. Through iteration, a series of small decisions becomes a large change.
What change do you want to make in your business? What change have you dreamed of year after year?
The AltAccountant is a movement to which the top 5% of accountants and bookkeepers belong–both differentiated and united around a business model that swims against the current.
If you do the work, you will feel much more confident doing three essential things.
- Creating your professional and brand positioning–a clear way to communicate who you serve and why they want to pay you more.
- Confidence in pricing that transcends the measurement of time and embraces the value of results.
- A framework for innovation that will inspire you to create new products, services, and solutions to serve your clients in such a unique way that you are never seen as a commodity.
We are not teaching efficiency, workflow, data entry, etc. We are not engulfing you in theory. We want you to build projects with practical meaning and transferable lessons that you can implement in your practice immediately.
And, we want the cohorts (attendees) to build deep relationships so strategic alliances are created.
Why The AltAccountant?
We have developed online courses for years. The one piece of feedback we hear more than any other is, “How do I ________?”
“How do I?” is code for “I want to take action now.” And, we hear you.
After researching online education, we discovered the altMBA by Seth Godin. After studying his model and talking to altMBA graduates, we created the AltAccountant.
The AltAccountant emphasizes doing over learning, because learning happens by doing. The faster you do, the faster you learn. And, if you have a team to support you, you accomplish more.
What is the AltAccountant?
The AltAccountant is a six-week online workshop. We chose the word workshop because you are going to do the “work”.
Every two weeks, we will focus on one of three pillars: Positioning, Pricing and Innovation. Each week, you will complete a project for the pillar.
At the end of six weeks, you will have completed six projects, two for each pillar. The projects will relevant because they will be about your business.
When is the AltAccountant?
The AltAccountant starts on Sunday, January 27 and ends on Friday, March 8th. We will use Zoom for online sessions (3 per week) and Basecamp to share your work and receive feedback.
And yes, we are aware the AltAccountant is two months before “tax season”. If you want to break the ball-and-chain of tax season, you have to start. There is no such thing as the right (or wrong) time.
Who is AltAccountant designed for?
Any CPA, accountant or bookkeeper who is ready to be the change they want to make in their business. It starts with your mindset. Your mindset changes when you make a commitment and start doing.
How will the AltAccountant work?
You will be assigned to a cohort (group) for the duration of the workshop. The cohort will inspire and encourage you. You will go on the journey together. They will be your tribe.
Do you need feedback on your weekly project? Do you want someone to hold you accountable? You have a cohort, a team, to help you.
What is the weekly schedule for the AltAccountant?
- Sunday – Read an email “prompt” with learning resources for the week.
- Monday – Attend a Learning session led by Hector and Kirk for the pillar.
- Tuesday – Attend a Creating session with your cohort (4-5 people) to start the weekly project.
- Wednesday – Post your completed project to a private forum.
- Thursday – Review and comment on the work of your cohort.
- Friday – Attend a Debriefing session with your cohort to evaluate your progress.
What is the price for the AltAccountant?
- Early Registration – $2,500 by December 31st
- Standard Registration – $3,000 starting January 1st
- Group Registration – Save 10% when you register two or more people from the same company.
Need a payment plan? Make three equal payments of $1,000. Make the first payment when you register, the second on January 15th and the third on February 15th. (A payment plan is not available for Early or Group registration.)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do you have more questions? We may have answered them below.
How is the AltAccountant different from other accounting and bookkeeping courses?
We are laser-focused on the getting stuff done. Yes, the AltAccountant has content. However, it is lean on content and heavy on doing.
You will have a project to compete each week. You will be accountable to your cohort for the project. And, the cohort will provide feedback so you can improve.
In short, if other courses are working for you, take them. If not, register now.
Are the weekly sessions mandatory (Learning, Creating, Debriefing)?
Yes, you need to engage with your peers to give and receive from the AltAccountant. They will depend on you, and you will depend on them. You cannot travel this road alone.
How should I plan my time during the AltAccountant?
We all have 168 hours in a week. The difference between you and someone else is how you allocate your 168 hours.
You will need to prioritize 6-8 hours per week for the sessions and project work. What sacrifice will you make for the change you desire? TV, social media, sports?
What time of day are the Learning, Creating and Debriefing sessions?
The Learning session will be a the same time each week during the workshop, probably at 2pm Eastern. The Creating and Debriefing sessions will be at a time mutually convenience for your cohort.
Can I choose who will be in my cohort?
No. We will assign you to a cohort. All you have to do is show up and do the work.
How do you work with different time zones?
We will take your time zone into account when we assign you to a cohort. Ideally, the members of your cohort will be in the same time zone. If not, we minimize the difference between time zones within the cohort.
Will the weekly sessions be recorded?
We will record the Learning session, so you can refer back to it if necessary. The Creating and Debriefing sessions will not be recorded. Be sure to schedule the sessions on your calendar.
What are the weekly projects during the AltAccountant?
We are not going to disclose the weekly projects in advance. Why? Because, if you have attempted one before, you may think “I have already done it.”
No, you have not. Not in this way.
What do I need to participate in the AltAccountant?
You will need a computer, a high-speed internet connection and a webcam. Oh, and your gorgeous smile!
Who are you, and why are you qualified to teach this workshop?
Hector Garcia is the founder of Quick Bookkeeping & Accounting, an “alternative” accounting practice. He focuses on delivering value through training, advisory and coaching his client’s success. Hector has mastered his positioning, practices value pricing, and innovates regularly to deliver unique services to his clients.
Kirk Bowman is the founder of Art of Value, a pricing consultancy helping professionals change their business model from hourly billing to value pricing. He is host of the Art of Value Show, a weekly podcast on value, options and pricing.
In 2009, he made the decision to change the business model at his software company. Revenue was up 50% the first year and 70% the second year.
In short, Hector and Kirk have walked the talk. They practice what they preach. Their business success is directly tied to strong positioning, better pricing and continuous innovation.
Besides, if they did not teach this workshop, who would?
Do you offer a guarantee for the altAccountant?
Yes. We stand behind the AltAccountant. If you are not satisfied, let us know. Our only request is to have a phone conversation so we can understand your concern and make sure we have done everything possible to address it.
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