Anne Field

Columnist: Fix My Business

Anne Field, is a veteran business journalist. Aside REP., she also writes for Bloomberg/BusinessWeek, The New York Times, and, among others. Her other areas of specialty include small business and management, in addition to triple-bottom line companies. She’s won numerous awards for her articles, including the American Society of Business Publication Editors Award for Best How-To Article and Best Case Study. She lives in Pelham, N.Y., with her husband Geoff Lewis and two children.  You can see more of her work by visiting

Face Time  1
It’s the rare advisor who wouldn’t like to spend more productive time with clients. But making the most of that time is essential to maintaining clients’ loyalty and ideally turning them into referral sources. Here's how to do it.
Getting the Word Out 1
Positioning yourself as an expert on a particular niche of financial planning is a great strategy, but how do you convince others of your acumen? Our panel of experts have some tips.
First Timers
Cold calling is out; networking is in. Here’s how to jump start a practice – from scratch.
It’s Not All About You
You can’t be a full service financial planning firm if it’s all about one person.
Aide to the Hearing Impaired: Richard S. Brown
About two years ago, at a banquet where he received an award for his work on the board of the Minnesota Special Olympics, Richard Brown met the cofounder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation and CEO of Starkey Hearing Technologies.
A Mother’s Mission: Shelly Church
As tragic as that was, it inspired her. She organized fundraising walks around her home of Naples, Fla., and ran the local chapter of the American Heart Association.
Drowning in Accounts
The first challenge? Getting clients. The second? Getting rid of them.
Printer? Check. Office Supplies? Check. But Where is The Corporate Ladder?
Successful firms have defined career tracks, and they usually end at “partner.”
Volunteering Pays Dividends
Supporting a charitable organization can do wonders for the soul. It may also be a path to new clients, if handled correctly.
Grooming the Reluctant Apprentice
A New Jersey advisor thought he had the perfect match for a junior partner, until she got cold feet about moving into the client spotlight. Our panel of experts helps them reconcile opposing goals.
Opening the Kimono
“Study groups” are growing in popularity among advisors, and can range from simple conference calls to gossipy luncheons to elaborate three-day retreats where everyone opens their books. Here’s what to expect when advisors get together.
The Measured Practice
You can ask for referrals and recruit prospects. But by tracking the time spent on each relationship – sometimes down to five-minute increments – with a tight focus on efficiency, these advisors have grown their practices from the inside out.
¿Tiene Usted Un Plan?
A young advisor, originally from Spain, wants to build a business serving international clients living in the U.S., but isn’t sure where to begin. We turn to our panel of experts to help him.
Going Solo
While there are many merits to having partners in the advisory business, for some being a lone practitioner is the only way to go. But it’s crucial to set expectations – and boundries – with clients.
Nailing Your Niche
Focusing on a niche market is often considered the road to success, but even the most promising niches don’t always pan out. You may need to make switch.
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