Using the Cloud to Build Your Niche Miami Accounting Service

Using the Cloud to Build Your Niche Miami Accounting Service

It’s been terrific to watch accountants Using the Cloud to Build Your Niche Miami Accounting Service discover the momentum that technology can bring to their Miami Accounting Service and their clients and I’m often asked what the most successful Miami Accounting Service are doing with technology.  In many cases, they’re harnessing cloud-based solutions to take specialization and industry focus to a whole new level.

The recipe is simple: Combine powerful, Web-based tools with a deep understanding of a client’s business operations and environment. Replicate that success with similar companies, and your Miami Accounting Service is poised for substantial growth.

The basic process and productivity improvements from Web-based tools are familiar to most Miami Accountants practice leaders, even those Miami Accounting Service who haven’t fully embraced the cloud.  When considering use of Web-based tools, always start with information that’s always accessible and can be updated instantly; the ability to create powerful, easily grasped financial reports; and the development of better capabilities for business continuity and disaster recovery, but these benefits are just the beginning.

While specialization can pose challenges, to do it right you have to completely reimagine the most effective way to deliver results for your client, based on that specific vertical or sector. For example, take the retail or hospitality industry. What can you do to drive efficiency and add value from the time a sale is rung up to the creation of detailed financial reports for the business owner? The ultimate goal is giving the client clear, insightful guidance on decisions that will shape his or her business.

For example, one of our partners has a substantial expertise delivering technology solutions for the restaurant industry. Recently it was able to develop a suite of cloud-based applications for a small Boston-based restaurant chain that wanted access to real-time financial data to guide expansion plans.

The restaurant’s finance and back-office operations weren’t delivering the results the company was looking for, so it turned to the firm’s business process outsourcing platform which incorporates tools such as and Intacct to get better visibility into the restaurant chain’s financial situation and sharpen its planning and budgeting.

Since the engagement began, the company has opened two new restaurants despite a shaky economy.  But whether it’s the restaurant business or another industry, the idea is to create a technology-driven road map that other businesses in the same niche can use.

Remember, your firm isn’t just delivering an overview–you have to be well-versed in the finer details, too. You may need to know, for example, which point-of-sale devices are best for collecting data on retail sales. You also have to have a firm grasp of the standardized services you’ll need for the sector, and lay out premium rates for times when you have to deviate from those.

The goal is to create a standardized practice built around your niche, with pre-built templates so you can get clients up and running as quickly and efficiently as possible. As your business grows, the push toward standardization gives you economies of scale. But successful firms aren’t creating a cookie cutter approach, they’re using a well-designed blueprint that can be tweaked to best serve each client.

In short, the opportunities for specialization are limitless and there’s still time to stake out your turf, but it pays to learn from your early adopter peers too.




Gustavo A Viera is the managing partner of Gustavo A Viera, PA. His experience spans more than 25 years. He started his career in public accounting at PriceWaterHouseCoopers where reached the level senior audit manager. His Fortune 500 experience includes positions as CFO - Latin America Region for both Hewlett Packard and Telefonica of Spain. Gustavo also writes a blog twice a week that addresses trending accounting and tax issues. He is an SBA Advisor and teaches workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs. His office is located at One Alhambra Plaza Floor PH Coral Gables FL 33134, and is admitted to practice in the State of Florida as a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Gus welcomes questions and he can be reached at 786-250-4450.