Michael Kitces’ #FASuccess Podcast: How Micah Shilanski Makes Working 4 Months a Yr Work for Him


Welcome again to the 110th episode of Monetary Advisor Success Podcast!

My visitor on at the moment’s podcast is Micah Shilanski. Micah is a associate with Shilanski & Associates, an impartial registered funding advisor in Anchorage, Alaska, the place Micah personally oversees practically $130 million of belongings underneath administration for nearly 160 shopper households.

What’s distinctive about Micah, although, is that over the previous eight years, he’s transitioned from working 70-plus-hour workweeks to refining his follow all the way down to the purpose the place he can service all 160 purchasers whereas being within the workplace solely 4 months of the yr, an endeavor that he first began merely to get extra environment friendly and a greater work/life stability, after which needed to lengthen additional out of necessity over the previous a number of years sadly to assist a sick youngster.

On this episode, we speak about how Micah manages his shopper workload of assembly processes to have the ability to maintain 160 purchasers whereas being within the workplace solely 4 months of the yr. How he boxed collectively a whopping six or seven shopper conferences a day for five-week surges within the spring and the autumn, the way in which he handles assembly preparation and shopper notes within the midst of sustaining such an intensive shopper assembly schedule, how he units a communication coverage with purchasers through the onboarding course of to set their expectations round his considerably uncommon schedule, and the way in which Micah overcame his personal extreme dyslexia to maintain rigorous notes in a buyer relationship administration system by utilizing a mixture of audio dictation instruments and video emails to purchasers.

We additionally speak about how Micah has managed to not solely keep his follow but in addition develop at 20 p.c a yr, regardless of being within the workplace just for 4 months, by focusing into a distinct segment of serving to federal staff with their retirement advantages. How he created his personal area of interest web site, plan-your-federal-retirement.com, to achieve potential purchasers, the seminar advertising technique he makes use of to get much more purchasers into his area of interest, why he fees and might get a $500 preliminary session price even for prospects that discover him on the web, and the way by focusing into a distinct segment, he’s in a position to confidently cost above-average charges of $four,000 for an preliminary plan plus 1.75 p.c of AUM, as a result of, as Micah emphasizes, there’s nothing flawed with charging a premium price if you genuinely supply specialised and premium service to a distinct segment clientele who merely can’t get the identical experience and expertise anyplace else.

And be sure to hearken to the top, the place Micah shares the preliminary steps that any monetary advisor can take to at the very least begin to enhance their very own private effectivity within the workplace, and the way regardless of his outing of the workplace and the employees assist he must make that occur, he’s in the end nonetheless been in a position to keep his goal of practically 70 p.c earnings earlier than proprietor’s compensation take-home from his $130 million AUM follow.

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