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Transforming Your Accounting Practice: 7 Components of an Ideal Practice™️

Patricia Hendrix
Posted by Patricia Hendrix on Sep 14, 2023 7:30:00 AM

The journey to building an ideal accounting or bookkeeping practice is often riddled with challenges, from managing long hours to grappling with scalability. As accounting professionals navigate these choppy waters, they confront pivotal questions: Are they passionate about their clients? Do they have a well-defined path toward their vision? If you find yourself oscillating between yes and no, it's time to hone in on Woodard's seven components for building an Ideal Practice.

Bridging the Gap to Your Ideal Practice

The gap between your current state and your ideal vision represents opportunities for improvement, transformation, and ultimate success. To close this gap, one must take deliberate steps based on a well-laid-out plan. But a plan is only as good as its execution. As Peter Hickey astutely notes, "the number one reason for the failure of a plan is the failure to execute."

Hence, the first step is to conduct an introspective analysis and define your ideal practice across seven components, as developed by Woodard.

1. Ideal YOU

A sturdy house starts with a strong foundation, and the same goes for your practice. The philosophy of "begin with the end in mind" serves as a fundamental guide here. Understand your unique qualities as a person and business owner, and align them with your vision for your practice.

2. Ideal SERVICE

A comprehensive menu of services that generates value for your clients while fulfilling your own vision is imperative. These offerings should allow you to work purposefully and feel fulfilled in your role.

3. Ideal CLIENT

Consider employing a meticulous selection process for your clients. An "Ideal Client" profile can serve as a blueprint, allowing you to curate a client list that aligns with your values and ideals.


Optimizing front and back-office technology stacks that work FOR you is non-negotiable in this age of digital transformation. Leveraging cloud technology, data capture, and integrations can significantly elevate client experience while making your job easier.


A set of well-defined and rigorously tested business processes form the spine of any successful practice. They simplify automation, facilitate training, and ensure clarity in role-based outcomes. Moreover, a functional SOP manual should be easily accessible and continuously updated.


Engagement parameters must be crystal clear to avoid misunderstandings and improve pricing strategies. This becomes easier when you are already interacting with ideal clients.

7. Ideal TEAM

Lastly, your internal and external teams should be built with an intentional, well-informed strategy. This ensures that you avoid the pitfalls of bad hires and maximize productivity by having the right people in the right roles.

Your Next Step: The Ideal Practice™️ Symposium

Understanding these seven components is a step toward realizing your Ideal Practice, but execution is key. That's where Woodard's Ideal Practice Symposium comes in. These events serve as a comprehensive guide for accounting professionals to turn their ideal practices into reality. Offering a blend of deep insights, practical knowledge, and actionable strategies, these symposiums provide a clear roadmap for success.

So, don't just read about building an Ideal Practice—take action to make it happen. Sign up for one of Woodard's four Ideal Practice Symposiums this fall and propel your practice into its best version yet. Your future self will thank you.

Learn more about Woodard®️'s Ideal Practice Model™️ and The Ideal Practice Symposiums from our CEO, Joe Woodard, by watching the video below!


Topics: Modern Practice, Practice Growth


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