Welcome to Dashboard Insights

Getting Started

Welcome to Dashboard Insights!

We’re excited to have you explore the Dashboard Insights WFM Dashboards.

Whether you're diving in for the first time or looking for a quick refresh, this guide is designed to walk you through every step of setting up and using your dashboards effectively.

Here, we’ll share insights, tips, and tricks to ensure you get the most out of your WFM Dashboards experience.

In this guide, we’ll cover:

Let's get started!

Step 1: Explore the Dashboard Insights Homepage

If you're new to Dashboard Insights, you're in the right place.

Let’s start with a quick overview to get you familiar with the layout.

Access your dashboards

Navigate to the “Dashboards” tab after logging in.

On the Dashboard page, click the “WorkflowMax Dashboards”

This is your dashboards center, where all your WFM data comes to life.

Here, you'll find a comprehensive overview of your different dashboards, providing visibility to Billing, Job, WIP, and more!

Overview Billing WFM Dashboards

Head over this link to navigate your dashboard reports and filters.

View your platforms

To view your platforms, click on the “Platforms” tab.

To ensure your platform list is up-to-date, click “Refresh Status”.

This ensures any changes or updates are reflected accurately on your dashboard.

View and add users

For user management, head over to the “Users” tab.

You can add new users individually or in bulk.

To do this, simply click the “Add” button.

Enter the user’s first name, last name, phone number, email, and role to grant access for the dashboards.

This ensures that the right people have the right access to the relevant dashboards.

Click “Create”.

New user will be visible in the user list.

Click “Invite” to trigger Dashboard Insights registration instructions to new user via email.

Users who successfully registered will show as “Active”.

To invite new users in Bulk, click “Bulk Invite” and select the multiple users you want to send registration instructions to via email.

Click “Send Email” to trigger bulk invites.

View and add user groups

In the “User Groups” tab, you can organize users into groups.

This is especially useful for limiting access to certain dashboards based on user roles, enhancing both security and efficiency.

To add a User Group, click “Add”.

Input a Group Name for this User Group.

Tick the checkboxes of the users included in the group.

Tick the checkboxes for the Dashboards that the selected users will have access to.

Click Create.

Step 2: Navigate Dashboard Reports and Filters

Now, let’s dive into the dashboard reports.

Each report offers visibility of metrics and data-driven insights into various aspects of your business operations and management:

Utilize filters

To get started, navigate to the homepage of the reports section.

In this section, you can set your preferred filters for the reports you want to see.

You can filter by date range, client details, job specifics, and staff attributes.

This allows for precise tailoring of information based on the criteria most relevant to your needs.

For instance, to filter by client, select options like Client Partner, Client Manager, Client Group, or Client Name.

Similarly, job and staff filters can be adjusted to refine your data further.

Maximize the Report Filters to your advantage by drilling down on the specific attributes you want to reflect on your dashboards.

Navigate each dashboard

To begin navigating your dashboards, head over to the left-hand menu on the main screen.

This menu is your gateway to different dashboards with different data and reports for your needs.

Select the dashboard you want to view.

As an example, here is what the Billing dashboard looks like.

Overview Billing WFM Dashboards

The Billing dashboard is a powerful tool for managing your financial data and gaining insights into your business' billing health.

To access more detailed reports, begin by selecting the specific billing data you wish to see on the left-hand side of your screen.

For example, this is what the Overall Billing looks like.

From this page, you can further filter the data by clicking the filter icon on the top-left corner of your screen.

Similar to the WFM Dashboard Homepage, you can filter by date range, client details, job specifics, and staff attributes.

Master navigating your dashboards by clicking through the other pages and reports your WFM Dashboards are packed with!

Step 3: Update Profile Settings

Keeping your profile updated is essential for us to stay in touch and for your team to recognise you.

Here's how to keep your profile current:

On the top right corner of your screen, click the dropdown button and select "My Profile."

Once on the "My Profile" page, you'll see fields for your personal details.

Let's walk through updating each section:

Enter your First Name and Last Name as you'd like them to appear to other users on the dashboard.

Provide your Email Address as this is crucial for receiving notifications and updates.

Input your Contact Number to enable a direct line of communication when necessary.

Choose your Default Page Size from the dropdown to determine how many entries you'll see per page on your platform.

For an additional layer of security, check the box to Enable 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication) and follow the prompts as suggested on your screen.

After you've entered all your information, hit the "Update" button to save your changes.

If you need to change your password, simply click "Reset Password."

Keeping your profile updated is key to a personalized and secure experience with WFM Dashboards.

Step 4: Access Support

Feeling stuck or just have a query?

Don't worry, the Dashboard Insights support team is on standby to help you out.

Here's how to reach out for help:

Head over to the top right corner of your screen and select “ Support”.

On the "Support" page, you'll find a straightforward form to guide you through submitting a support request:

Input the Subject of your enquiry to give us a quick heads-up on what you need help with.

Next, describe what’s on your mind in the Message field.

The more details you provide, the better we can tailor the assistance to your needs.

Prefer to reach out directly via email?

Drop a line at support@dashboardinsights.com for any further questions or concerns.

Need guidance on how to cancel your service or update billing details?

Also direct those emails to support@dashboardinsights.com and we will get you the personalized help you need.


You’re now ready to fully utilize the WFM Dashboards.

Dive in, explore, and optimize your business operations like never before.

January 2024 – Dashboard Insights, known for unlocking key data and metrics for accounting and bookkeeping firms, is proud to announce the appointment of Campbell Ross as Business Development Manager.

Campbell is renowned for his impactful roles at APS, Reckon, and The Access Group, where he excelled in fostering strategic partnerships and business development.

Ryan Richardson, Founder of Dashboard Insights, expressed his excitement about Campbell’s appointment: "We are happy to have Campbell on board. His expertise and experience in the industry align perfectly with our mission at Dashboard Insights. Together, we're looking forward to helping more accountants and bookkeepers harness the power of our platform, driving efficiency in their operations and improvements in their business reporting. Campbell's strategic mindset and industry knowledge are invaluable as we continue to enhance our offerings and empower firms to make data-driven decisions."

Campbell Ross shared his enthusiasm for his new role: "Joining Dashboard Insights is a fantastic opportunity. Coming off of a huge win as the Xero Practice App of the Year FY24, I’m sure it’s going to be a fun ride. I’m excited to contribute to the growth of Dashboard Insights and help more firms unlock their potential through our solutions."

With Campbell Ross at the helm of business development, Dashboard Insights is set to further its reach and impact in the accounting industry, continuing to provide solutions that offer valuable insights in an informed and visually engaging manner.

Dashboard Insights, known for its commitment to unlocking key data and metrics to improve firm performance, offers a comprehensive solution that simplifies access to crucial business information, including staff productivity, WIP, partner billing, and more, all in one place. The platform is designed to make every team member a key player in a firm’s success, providing up-to-date KPIs and business metrics without the need for custom spreadsheets.

For more information about Dashboard Insights please visit our website.

About Dashboard Insights

Dashboard Insights is a leader in connecting data to stunning dashboards, making data-driven decisions easier than ever for accounting and bookkeeping firms. The platform enhances productivity, profits, and cash flow, coupled with streamlined operations for increased efficiency and reduced costs. It empowers staff with real-time performance insights, driving continuous improvement and making firms a magnet for top talent.

Keeping on top of your accounting firm’s Work in Progress (WIP) is vital for tracking your practice team’s performance, staying on top of utilisation and making sure you’re billing out to clients in the most effective way. But good WIP management is also a critical factor in keeping your engagements profitable and ensuring the firm’s cashflow in a positive position.

How do you manage to drive this performance without cracking the whip (or should that be WIP?) and coming across as the classic micro-manager?

Unlocking the secrets to effective WIP management in accounting firms was the central focus of our recent webinar, hosted by Trent McLaren from Journey and featuring Ryan Richardson, our Dashboard Insights founder and managing partner at TNM Consulting.

Let’s explore the evolution of WIP management and discover how Dashboard Insights can transform the way you and your accounting firm approach WIP management.

The evolution of WIP management

Traditionally, WIP in accounting firms has been a top-down management process. For things to work well, the responsibility fell on the partner or the engagement leader to pull together the right WIP information, to analyse that data and to then disseminate this to their team.

But, as Ryan pointed out during our recent webinar, this top-down approach is a highly ineffective way of getting on top of your firm’s WIP.

So if you think about my role five years ago, it was very much about top-down management of our WIP. I would have to go and get a whole lot of information, pull it out of our practice management solution, and then start to collect the information in some sort of a way that was digestible for our team.

Firstly, the reality is that this took me a lot of time. But, secondly, I then had to disseminate that information, which involved a lot of time inefficiency.

This inefficiency and lack of easily accessible WIP information was one of the key drivers for Ryan to build Dashboard Insights.

With practice information centralised and delivered through our various dashboard templates, the firm could quickly get on top of WIP. And by removing Ryan as the ‘bottleneck’ in the management process really served to empower his team.

Managing our WIP is now efficient and transparent. Everyone has access to the right information at the right time, rather than just when I've decided to collate it. Realistically, that's assisted our team to really take control of their WIP.

So, I no longer have this situation where I've got this top-down management responsibility for managing WIP. The reality is that our WIP control process is driven from our team members up.

And that ease of access to WIP information has transformed the WIP management process. It’s now a team-empowered process, rather than a top-down management chore.

Understanding WIP and its impact for the firm

Ensuring that your team is tracking well on engagement work and is supplying all the right deliverables on schedule is a big part of the management process on a job. But your WIP management also has a significant impact on the firm’s current cashflow position and your profitability on the engagement. If work is left unbilled for too long, there’s a danger of tipping the firm into negative cashflow and damaging the financial health of the business.

In a professional services firm – whether that’s an accountancy firm, or a law firm – WIP can be broken down into three basic areas:

  1. Timesheet-related WIP
  2. Disbursements
  3. Interims

And, as Ryan explained in our webinar, understanding these three elements of WIP is very important when you’re aiming to keep the firm on a solid financial path:

When we come back to WIP, there are three main components. First off, there’s timesheet-related WIP, so timesheets multiplied by an hourly rate to provide a timesheet value of WIP. Or, in other words, WIP that’s made up of unbilled time.

The second component is disbursements, so, for example, incurring a subscription or a legal fee on behalf of a customer or whatever it may be. So, disbursements on your WIP are costs incurred by the practice that are not yet billed to a customer.

And then the third component is the concept of interims, which is essentially deposits or recurring billing amounts that are not yet washed up or connected to a particular timesheet.

In short, if these three components of the firm’s WIP are well controlled, you'll be converting your productive hours into billing sooner, rather than later. That helps you drive cashflow and profitability of the business.

Dashboard Insights as the key overview of your firm’s WIP

So, managing your WIP efficiently isn’t just a performance thing. It’s a vital part of helping the firm stay in a liquid cashflow position and bringing in meaningful profits. But to drive the team-empowered approach we mentioned, you need deep, accessible insights into your WIP.

Dashboard Insights is a powerful tool for getting a clear overview of your WIP data. But it’s also an incredibly useful tool for addressing the main pain points associated with WIP management.

The big pain points when managing your WIP come down to:

  1. Poor profitability and poor cash flow – the number of practices that struggle with cashflow and profitability can be surprising. The answer, at base level, is to maintain the firm’s revenue and to have that productive hours-to-billing conversion going on.
  2. The ageing of WIP – the longer WIP stays on the shelf and remains unbilled, the less recoverable it is. So, actively and effectively managing your WIP means that you've got more recoverable work to bill out to the client – and that’s great for your cashflow.
  3. Individual responsibility for WIP – every individual in the firm needs to play their role in managing WIP. It’s this collective responsibility for keeping WIP under control and billing out effectively that drives the fundamental financial health of the business.

These pain points are pretty much universal, whatever the size of your firm. But when you have the right WIP, billing, cashflow and revenue metrics in front of you, it’s far easier for the whole team to get proactive with their WIP management.

Dashboard Insights offers a multi-faceted approach to your WIP management. At the individual level, your team members can now track the most important WIP-based key performance indicators (KPIs), focusing their efforts on productivity, billing, recoverability, and WIP.

In a nutshell, this is what Dashboard Insights does: as an operational tool, it shows you the WIP numbers you need to see and puts you back in control.

As Ryan explains, developing Dashboard Insights and plugging it into his firm’s WIP process has been transformative for TNM Consulting:

Five years ago, it was really the responsibility of too few people in our organisation to manage WIP. Now it's everyone's responsibility, and the organisation is empowered, appropriately and realistically. We've almost halved our WIP days over a period of time without changing our billing structure. Over three and a half years of managing WIP with Dashboard Insights, we’ve nearly halved our WIP days.

That’s a stat you can’t really argue with, and shows just how important Dashboard Insights has become in keeping TNM Consulting on top of their WIP management game.

Dashboard Insights: don’t crack the whip, collaborate on your WIP

Mastering your WIP management is a crucial element in making your accounting firm a financial success story. What emerged from our webinar was that Dashboard Insights is a game-changing tool when your firm’s WIP is starting to get out of control

Don’t rely on the traditional, top-down approach of putting responsibility for WIP with a senior partner. Instead, integrate Dashboard Insights into your practice tech stack and give the whole practice team access to their WIP KPIs and performance metrics.

If you’d rather collaborate on your WIP and leave the whip at home, Dashboard Insights is the reporting and KPI tool you need at the heart of your WIP process.

Putting your accounting firm on the market is a giant step for any partner. It will have taken you years, if not decades, to grow this practice and nurture it into the success story it is today. That's taken time, effort and a whole lot of dedication – so selling up and parting ways with your legacy can be a hard prospect to consider, both strategically and emotionally.

But with a clear exit strategy, and an awareness of the underlying value of your firm, you know you have a routemap for getting the best from the sale of your practice.

Here's our quick guide to selling up, with five critical elements to include in your exit strategy

1. Set clear goals and objectives for the sale

The first step in developing your exit strategy plan is to know WHY you’re selling up, and to set some clear goals and objectives for the sale. These goals will help guide your planning.

Sit down with your partner group and ask some important questions about the sale:

There may not be an immediately clear answer to these questions, but it’s important that there’s agreement between the partners and a shared desire to sell up – either the whole firm, or just your own stake in the business as a partner.

Once you’ve agreed and decided on your goals and objectives, you can begin to develop a plan to achieve these end results.

2. Develop a timeline for selling up

A good exit strategy plan should include a timeline for achieving your goals and objectives. This will mean setting key milestones that tally with your goals for the sale, so there are agreed deadlines and a sense of impetus and motivation behind the sale of the firm.

Be realistic about these timelines and take into account factors such as the current market conditions, time needed for pre-sale housekeeping, and the time it may take to find a suitable buyer. It’s important to be flexible and to adjust the timeline as needed, but having timescales in place will help you to stay on track and make progress towards your goals

3. Identify potential buyers who fit the bill

Once you have a timeline in place, you can start the task of finding a suitable buyer for the firm. That might sound easy, but sourcing exactly the right buyer can be challenging.

If you’re passing on the firm to the next generation of your family, or have trained up a successor who is willing to buy you out, then finding that buyer is a lot easier. But if you’re putting the firm out on the open market, it may take more time to locate a buyer that meets your requirements – and is willing to offer a price that matches your objectives for the sale.

Here are some ways to widen the net and haul in your ideal buyer:

Purchasing your firm is an investment opportunity for the buyer, just like any other mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity. So, ensuring that the firm has good financial, sales and revenue potential will make it much easier to attract your ideal buyer.

4. Prepare the firm for sale (and increase the value)

The value of your firm can be divided into two areas: the tangible and the intangible. The tangible things are the assets in the firm and the price that a potential buyer is willing to pay for the practice. The price you can achieve will be dependent on the market, but it’s worth looking at industry benchmarking and recent sales to gauge a potential asking price.

But let’s not forget about the firm’s intangible assets. These are things like the satisfaction levels of your client base, the skills of your practice team and reputation of your brand in the market – all key drivers of whether the practice is seen as a good firm to buy out.

A core part of your exit strategy is to add value to the firm in the months, or years, preceding a sale. This means making the firm a viable and attractive business proposition, while doing everything in your power to add both tangible and intangible value to the firm.

This might mean:

It’s important to be transparent with your potential buyers, so you give them an honest and transparent view of the firm. The more you can do to provide numbers, metrics and evidence of the firm’s viability, the better your pitch will be when it comes to striking a deal.

5. Negotiate a deal that works for you and your buyer

Finding a buyer may take some time. But once you have an interested party, it’s time to get down to the serious business of negotiating the sale conditions, price and terms of the deal.

Negotiating the purchase price is an area where market knowledge and a sense of diplomacy will be very helpful. If you’re negotiating the sale through a broker or M&A specialist, they will be able to carry out some of the key negotiations on your behalf. But, even if you’ve sourced your own buyer, it’s sensible to work with a qualified adviser and legal team, so you cover all the right legal bases and have an airtight contract and price in place.

It will also be important to agree on a transition plan as part of your wider exit strategy, so there’s a clear handover of ownership, leadership and firm responsibilities.

Dashboard Insights: shining a light on the metrics that matter

The earlier you start your exit strategy planning, the more time you will have to add value to the firm and get the operational elements of the business reviewed, improved and updated.

At Dashboard Insights, we understand just how vital it is to have in-depth reporting and key metrics available to share with your prospective buyers. Our dashboards for accountants will track your financials, revenue, profitability and cashflow – in fact, all the key financial numbers your buyer will want to review during the negotiation process.

Using our dashboards, you’ll be able to share:

Dashboard Insights for accountants is the simple way to turbocharge your metrics and design a practical KPI dashboard for tracking your firm’s value.

If you’re aiming to sell your accounting firm in the near future, Dashboard Insights helps you track the big metrics that measure the value and viability of your accounting business.

When you're busy running an accounting firm, there's not always time to step back and think about the journey you've been on. But it’s important to stop and take stock occasionally. Looking from the outside in, you have a chance to see how your client base has grown, how your team has expanded and how your in-house services have evolved to meet client needs.

Taking time out to review your evolution as a firm isn't just about sentimentality, though. This is a golden opportunity to review the underlying value of the firm, the quality of the practice and what the firm may be worth – both in financial, reputational and legacy terms.

So, where do you start when considering the value of your firm? And what are the important metrics to pay attention to when tracking your value over time?

What do we really mean by ‘value’?

Value. It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot in business circles, but it’s not always 100% clear what we mean when we talk about the value of a firm or business.

It can mean the financial value of the firm, of course, and what a prospective buyer might pay to acquire the business. But value can also be about the perceived worth of the firm for its many stakeholders. How much value does the firm hold for you, as a partner and owner? How do your clients perceive this value and the benefits that you bring to their company? And how do your team members gauge the perks and advantages of working for your firm?

The perceived value of the firm comes from a mix of all of these things. The potential sale value in the market. The brand reputation you have as a team of advisers. And how you’re seen as an employer, a professional services firm and an asset to the business community.

Knowing how your firm strategy can drive value

Understanding the value of the firm isn’t just about making a financial assessment of your assets and balance sheet. There’s also the prospect of how this value may drive your thinking as a partner group and your long-term goals for the firm and the partnership.

Understanding your short, medium and long-term goals for the practice is important, and will be tied in closely to the potential value that you and your fellow partners see from the firm:

For example:

A real-time window into your firm’s metrics and KPIs

But which key performance indicators (KPIs) and firm metrics should you be tracking? And what do they tell you about the underlying fitness and value of the practice? The exact metrics that matter to your firm will be unique, but there are certain fundamental KPIs that every practice should be recording, reviewing and analysing on a regular basis.

We’ve highlighted five of the most important value-based metrics:

  1. Revenue growth – the firm’s revenue growth is a key indicator of the health of an accounting firm. As a partner group, you should be tracking revenue growth over time, looking for variances against your forecasted revenue goals, and benchmarking your revenue growth against industry standards and prevailing trends in the sector.
  2. Profitability – Profitability is another key indicator of your success and your profit-focused KPIs should be central to your reporting. Important metrics to keep an eye on will include your net profit margin and your operating profit margin as a firm.
  3. Client retention – it’s far cheaper to hang onto an existing client than to try and win a new client. Because of this, it’s essential to focus on client retention techniques and to track your retention score over time. Checking this metric on a regular basis helps you spot the client issues and get proactive about improving your client experience.
  4. New client acquisition – tracking how well the firm is attracting new clients is another good measure of the perception of the firm in the market. Check that you’re meeting your new client goals and also that you’re attracting clients from the most valuable, desirable or profitable industry sectors or business types.
  5. Staff turnover – if the firm is haemorrhaging talent, this is generally a bad sign. Your staff turnover is a good measure of your reputation as both an employer and a brand, so a high staff turnover rate can be a sign of problems within the firm. Track your staff turnover rates over time and look for the areas where improvements are needed.

By tracking and monitoring these key metrics, you;ll have a far clearer understanding of where the firm is doing well, where core improvements are needed and how the health of the practice is affecting your overall value and reputation as an accounting firm.

Dashboard Insights: shining a light on the metrics that matter

At Dashboard Insights, we know the importance of having detailed, real-time metrics at your fingertips. Our dashboards are designed to help your accounting firm get back in the KPI saddle, with tailored reporting that reveals the true value of your practice.

Dashboard Insights is the simple way to turbocharge your metrics and design a practical KPI dashboard for tracking your firm’s value.

Whether you’re looking to track profitability, new client sales or staff retention, you’ll always have the numbers you need to drive your success story.

Effective work-in-progress (WIP) management is not just a fundamental practice for accounting firms—it's critical to financial stability and client contentment. High WIP days, indicating pending work and uninvoiced services, can significantly impact cash flow and overall profitability.

In this blog, we will delve into actionable strategies to reduce WIP days from 48 to 24, facilitating faster billing and elevating operational efficiency.

Understanding the Challenge

Before we delve into the solutions, it's crucial to comprehend the potential consequences that can arise from high WIP days. Work-in-progress encompasses billable time and services not yet invoiced to clients. Therefore, elevated WIP days can directly impact cash flow and profitability.

Reducing WIP days isn't just about financial benefits—it's about creating an environment where your accounting practice can flourish. By addressing this challenge effectively, you set the stage for improved productivity and quicker, more efficient operations.

Strategies to Reduce WIP Days and Expedite Billing

1. Streamlining Workflow and Task Prioritisation

Establishing a structured workflow is the cornerstone for streamlining your operations. Analysing and optimising your processes can help eliminate potential bottlenecks and redundant steps.

Clear Task Priorities: Ensure urgent and high-value tasks are promptly addressed. By prioritising these tasks, you can expedite their completion and billing.

Organised Workflow: A clearly stepped-out workflow ensures smoother task progression and reduces unnecessary delays. A roadmap of tasks and their dependencies, can minimise idle time and keep the workflow steady.

2. Emphasising Effective Communication and Collaboration

Efficient communication plays a vital role to reduce WIP days. Cultivating an environment where team members can openly communicate project statuses, challenges, and deadlines establishes avenues for updates and collaborative problem-solving.

By promoting a culture of effective communication, you enable your team to work cohesively towards common goals. When everyone is on the same page, tasks are completed more efficiently, and billing can happen promptly upon task completion.

3. Leveraging Technology and Automation

In today's tech-centric age, powerful solutions are available to minimise WIP days and expedite billing.

Modern Accounting Software Implementation: Automating repetitive tasks and providing real-time insights into project statuses can significantly reduce WIP days. By automating routine tasks, your team can focus on high-value activities, ultimately fast tracking billing processes.

Integration of Project Management and Accounting Systems: Aligning project management tools with accounting systems ensures accuracy and accelerates invoicing. Seamless integration allows for a direct flow of project data into the invoicing process, reducing manual effort and potential errors.

Taking control of the automation process lifts administrative burdens, enhancing the accuracy and efficiency of the billing process.

4. Continuous Process Review and Improvement

No company can thrive without regular process reviews, as they are an integral component in the identification of areas of improvement.

Soliciting Feedback: Actively seek feedback from team members and clients to offer diverse perspectives on your firm's operations. This feedback can reveal inefficiencies or areas where streamlining is needed.

Data Analysis: Analysing the data and feedback provided by team members allows for the refinement of strategies. By identifying patterns or recurring issues, you can tailor your approach to mitigate these challenges effectively.

When you establish a work culture that prioritises continuous refinement, you enable your firm’s processes to remain efficient and effective over time.

Incorporating Dashboard Insights for Expedited Processes
An invaluable tool in this endeavour is leveraging Dashboard Insights. This sophisticated platform offers real-time data visualisation, enabling quick identification of project statuses, resource allocation, and potential bottlenecks.

Full workflow view: Dashboard Insights do this by transforming client, invoice, cost, job, task, employee, time sheet, and budget data into a meaningful set of insights which surfaces the right information, to the right people, at the right time. Dashboard Insights helps firm owners understand what’s going on in their firm and gives them peace of mind that they are focusing on solving the right problems.

Real-time Decision-making: With instantaneous insights provided by Dashboard Insights, informed decisions can be made promptly, making workflow faster and reducing WIP days. Real-time data ensures that the team is always aware of the project's status and progress.

A new approach

Harnessing technology and fostering a culture of agility and efficiency will assist to position your firm for long-term success. It can help strike a balance between productivity and client satisfaction.

With the aid of Dashboard Insights, this journey becomes even more streamlined and efficient, paving the way for a successful and prosperous accounting practice.

By taking a proactive approach and embracing innovation, your firm can navigate the intricacies of billing and WIP management effectively. Here's to a future of optimised operations, satisfied clients, and a thriving accounting practice!

KPI Mastery for teams

In the dynamic realm of accounting, efficiency is an essential piece of the puzzle. In order to ensure success, the following become imperative:

Recently, the Metrics that Matter Webinar brought these points to the forefront, revealing how accounting firms can decode profitability through the establishment of precise KPI’s and strategic insights. 

Dashboard Insights Founder, Ryan Richardson, was pleased to welcome industry leaders to the discussion, including Director of Business Depot, Rebecca Mahalic, along with Director of Future Advisory, Jason Robinson, and Founder of Journey, Trent McLaren. 

Here we reveal the critical insights shared by these experts that can reshape modern accounting practices.

Tailoring KPIs to Your Firm

Experts reminded us that KPIs aren't a one-size-fits-all solution. KPIs should be tailored to align with the specific goals and nature of each firm.

Dashboard Insights Founder, Ryan Richardson, emphasised this by dividing KPIs into four key areas:

Understanding these nuanced levels of KPIs enables firms to measure progress effectively and drive growth in a direction that resonates with their unique organisational structure and aspirations.

Ryan went on to further explain the partnership level, which is highlighted by a ‘three-pronged focus’: top line, bottom line, and client service. Here, KPIs like billing, profitability, efficiency rate (or average hourly rate), and the essential service matrix take centre stage. These metrics form the bedrock for assessing the firm's financial performance and aligning strategies accordingly.

Empowering Growth through KPI Optimisation: TNM Consulting

Dashboard Insights was born out of an accounting firm, TNM Consulting, to solve typical problems of professional services business such as operational and reporting efficiency, workflow, and WIP management.

The success journey of TNM Consulting was shared during the webinar, showcasing the transformative power of effective KPI management. 

Starting as a modest 10-person team, they navigated their trajectory with a focus on managing key metrics efficiently, overall visibility, and team empowerment. Their growth story, scaling to today's team of 35 illustrates the symbiotic relationship between vigilant KPI tracking and business expansion.

For TNM Consulting, the manager level introduces a production-oriented approach while maintaining a focus on the top line. Here, metrics like billing, productivity, recoverability, and work-in-progress (WIP) days take precedence. 

Having a data-driven approach, like TNM Consulting, ensures not only a profitable business but also streamlined operational efficiency.

Understand How Firm Time Is Spent

Rebecca Mahalic from Business Depot shared sentiments from all experts about the importance of tracking each team member’s time.

For a firm with a keen focus on growth and productivity, making sure that the team is doing their timesheets is critical. There also needs to be those responsible for ensuring this is accounted for and making timesheets a key metric. 

In this inflationary environment where pricing and profitability is so important, there is value ensuring every single minute that people are spending is the best minute that they can be spending in the business.

Culture Matters For KPI Tracking

Jason Robinson of Future Advisory recognised that a culture shift to track timesheets and activities was a tough but necessary step to enable:

Collaborative Excellence: The Power of Community within the Industry

The webinar celebrated the essence of collaboration within the accounting industry. A united community, merging to discuss challenges, triumphs, and best practices, amplifies collective knowledge. Professionals openly sharing experiences, failures, and breakthroughs foster a culture of continuous improvement.

This collective wisdom enriches the industry's knowledge base, and creates a thriving community poised for overall success.

The accounting level brings a self-empowered approach, encouraging accountants to delve into their activities while still keeping a billing focus. Key metrics include job turnaround time, income tax lodgements, and work-in-progress (WIP). This granular focus empowers individual accountants, ensuring they are accountable for their contributions.

Guiding the Path to Success Through KPI Mastery

The webinar illuminated the path to success through KPI mastery. The true potential for firm growth and productivity is unlocked by recognising the nuanced ways KPIs can be tailored to the specific firm DNA.

An invaluable tool to make better decisions is leveraging Dashboard Insights. This sophisticated platform offers real-time data visualisation, enabling quick identification of job statuses, resource allocation, and potential bottlenecks. This is particularly helpful to gain confidence with:

KPIs Sailing to Success

KPIs are somewhat similar to the art of sailing (Bare with us... It’s a metaphor worth sharing). It's about setting the right course, adjusting your sails according to the wind, and, most importantly, leveraging the power of a well-knit crew (and the accounting community!). With KPIs serving as a compass, we navigate the seas of accounting, steering our ships towards profitability, efficiency, and sustainable growth. That sounds alright, doesn’t it?!

Attend the Xero NZ Roadshows with Dashboard Insights

A World of Opportunities Awaits at Xero NZ Roadshows

Dashboard Insights is thrilled to announce our enthusiastic participation in the upcoming Xero NZ Roadshows! This event stands as a pivotal platform for accounting firms to explore the latest advancements in financial technology and gain invaluable insights that can transform their practices. 

We are inviting you to join us as we dive into the world of Xero and uncover how Dashboard Insights can empower your firm for enhanced profitability, client visibility, and strategic growth!

Unveiling Xero NZ Roadshows: Where Innovation Meets Insight

The Xero NZ Roadshows is an annual event, characterised by a gathering of some of the brightest minds and innovators in the accounting and bookkeeping world. 

For 2023, Dashboard Insights will make stops right across the country. Come see us at these locations:

Xero NZ Roadshows give this industry the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the latest trends, emerging technologies, and groundbreaking innovations that are shaping the accounting landscape. 

It's an opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of how the industry is evolving and how we can adapt our solutions to your advantage.

Dashboard Insights: Your Trusted Partner in Growth

For us at Dashboard Insights, Xero NZ Roadshows is more than an event—it's a chance to connect with you, our valued partners and clients. 

Our journey in the accounting and bookkeeping sphere has been guided by a single mission: to empower firms like yours, providing you with the tools and insights needed to make informed decisions, ultimately driving growth and success.

At the roadshows, we'll be showcasing how our solutions can transform your practice, giving you better control over job profitability, efficiency, and recoverability. We understand the challenges you face in pricing engagements, managing workflow, and preparing for the future of your practice. Dashboard Insights is committed to providing you with actionable strategies to navigate these challenges effectively.

Engage, Learn, and Transform

When you attend Xero NZ Roadshows, you're not just attending another industry event—you're embarking on a transformative journey. The event is designed to offer a rich tapestry of experiences:

1. Educational Sessions and Workshops:

There’s a ton of educational sessions and workshops that cover the latest in accounting technology, best practices, and actionable insights. 

Deep dive into Xero’s State of the Industry report covering inflation challenges, skills shortages, how to grow your practice, seamless collaboration with clients, and how to get time back.

There’s also some of New Zealand’s High Performance Coaches and explore what separates the best from the rest during times of change and volatility. In Christchurch, you can meet Lou Kuegler of Propel Performance Group and in Wellington, you can enjoy insights from Simon Curran, CEO of Bastion Shine.

2. Networking Opportunities:

Connect with professionals, thought leaders, and exhibitors, including the team from Dashboard Insights. Share experiences, discuss challenges, and forge new relationships that can propel your business forward.

3. Discover Innovations:

Explore the different showcases, where you can witness the latest innovations in accounting technology. Learn how these innovations can be seamlessly integrated into your workflow, enhancing efficiency and productivity.

See You at the Xero NZ Roadshows!

We are eagerly looking forward to meeting you at the Xero NZ Roadshows . Look for the Dashboard Insights booth, and come have a chat with our team. Let's share ideas, discuss challenges, and explore how we can collaborate to take your practice to new heights.

The Xero NZ Roadshow is not just an event; it's a gateway to the future of accounting. We can't wait to be a part of this journey with you.

See you there!

What to Expect in Xerocon Sydney 2023: Your Ultimate Guide

It’s that time of the year again! We're buzzing with excitement as we prepare for Xerocon Sydney 2023, a highlight of the year for anyone interested in the world of accounting and bookkeeping. Slated for August 23rd and 24th at the state-of-the-art International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney, this conference is a two-day journey designed to inspire, educate, and connect the community.

Understanding the Significance of Xerocon

If you're a newcomer to Xerocon, it's worth understanding why it matters and is considered as the biggest event of the year. Xerocon isn't just any conference, it's an annual collaboration of individuals from all corners of the globe who are keen to explore the future of accounting and bookkeeping industry. As a partner app of Xero, we at Dashboard Insights are thrilled to join and participate in the Xero ecosystem, providing us with an opportunity to engage in thoughtful and relevant discussions with you and share ideas on how to supercharge your business.

Xero: Shaping the Future

One of the key highlights of Xerocon Sydney 2023 is Xero itself. Renowned for its revolutionary approach to bookkeeping and accounting, Xero consistently delivers fresh, innovative features that help businesses thrive. The objective is simple: provide you with the tools to navigate today's business landscape and prepare for the future.

Our partnership with Xero is a badge of honour at Dashboard Insights. This collaboration enables us to bring you services and products that can make a genuine difference to your business.

Deep-Diving into Xero at Xerocon 2023

No matter where you currently stand on your journey with Xero – whether you're a beginner or an expert – Xerocon 2023 serves as an ideal platform for learning. With mainstage showcases and over 20 in-depth breakout sessions, you'll gain an extensive understanding of how Xero can boost your business potential.

We at Dashboard Insights are equally keen on these sessions. They provide us the opportunity to engage in conversations with you about how we can enhance your experience with Xero products and streamline your day to day operations.

Building Connections: Xerocon's Community Focus

One aspect that sets Xerocon apart from many other conferences is its unwavering focus on community-building. The event serves as a unique platform where accountants, bookkeepers, and business owners can connect, enabling a fantastic exchange of ideas and knowledge.

We're eager to become an active part of this dynamic community. We're ready to listen, learn, share experiences, and use our expertise to help you elevate your business to the next level!

Finding Inspiration: The Xero Showcase

The Xero Showcase is the heart of Xerocon. It's a beacon of inspiration, a hub for ideas, strategies, and practical tips designed to foster growth and innovation in your business.

Remember, inspiration is the catalyst that can trigger groundbreaking ideas, fresh approaches, and even complete transformations. If you're prepared to embrace new ways of thinking and push your business to new heights, the Xero Showcase is a must-visit.

Meeting the Industry Leaders: Keynote Speakers

One of the core elements of Xerocon is the presence of industry leaders who share their knowledge and experiences. This year, we're excited to hear from our experts, we’re having Xero’s new CEO Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Australian TV personality Julia Zemiro, Inspired Companies’ founder Lisa MacCallum, Xero’s new Chief Product Officer Diya Jolly and many many more!

Balancing Work and Play: The Xerocon Wrap Party

A unique feature of Xerocon is its commitment to ensuring a balance between work and play. The Xerocon Wrap Party offers an exciting tropical escape right in the heart of the city. With live performances and a vibrant atmosphere, it's the perfect chance to let your hair down and celebrate the success we've achieved together. We're already looking forward to raising a glass with you!

Xerocon Sydney 2023: A Sneak Peek into the Future

In conclusion, Xerocon Sydney 2023 isn't just an event. It's a window into the future of the accounting and bookkeeping industry. It's an opportunity to get familiar with the latest Xero features, connect with the broader Xero community, and learn from industry leaders.

For us at Dashboard Insights, Xerocon is a chance to learn more about you. It gives us the opportunity to showcase how our services and products, integrated with Xero, can help drive your business to success.

So mark your calendars for this two-day transformative journey. Let's explore the future together at Xerocon Sydney 2023.

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