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By – Jagoadvisor.com
This eBook is lethal because it has the power to change your professional life forever. What your eyes
is about to scroll is something that you may have never read before. This book is not mere
compilation of words it is compilation of many years of experience, practical insights and practice
building ideas put together. With an open heart all the people who are featured in this book have
shared everything that they have learnt over a period of time. Every word in this eBook is authentic and backed with commitment to contribute.
You may be a new entrant into advisory business or experienced this eBook has something for everyone. If this eBook has reached you it means you are about to experience a radical change in your business life. This eBook is interesting in two ways; First, it helps you to learn the most real and practical business insights from 10 most thriving financial planners of India and second it is brief and impactful at the same time.
The idea of creating this eBook took birth a few days back and we immediately started sending invitations to few friends and colleagues whom we admire and trust in the industry. We take this opportunity to thank each one of them who accepted our invitation and for being our partner in creating this eBook. Each financial planners journey in this eBook is unique, is full of breakdowns and breakthroughs. The sharing done by each financial planner will touch you, move you and inspire you.
Advisory Business has several dimensions attached to it and it is extremely important to learn about them from the masters. This profession has a lot of potential but still many struggle to make it big.
With this eBook we want to communicate the message that you can learn many business lessons from other financial planner’s experience and the path of service can lead you to greater heights in advisory business.
We saw the urge to create this eBook and we are excited sharing the same with the world. Time has come to take a stand for our profession to grow, we can’t wait for some regulatory body or some association to do something for us. We need to be a stand for each other’s success and need to learn and grow together. We would like this eBook to be read by each and every advisor of India so feel free to share this eBook with those who can benefit. This is the second eBook that we have created and you can expect many such initiatives in future.
Jagoadvisor is run by Manish Chauhan and Nandish Desai, who also run successful blog on personal finance www.jagoinvestor.com. They have their own financial advisory practice which helps investors in living an awesome financial life.
The core idea behind starting jagoadvisor is to create an online space where quality practice building content is available to learn from. This profession has given us a lot and with this blog we would like to help other financial planners in building their practice. It is a space where we share our day to day business experiences and knowledge with other financial planners. Let’s all learn, grow together and become prosperous.
Book Index Click on a name to directly read their Answers Family About your business and team
Personal Interest Into the Business of personal finance since Q1. Let’s start with a brief description of the opportunities you introduce people to, the services that you offer and the personal finance education and support you provide.
Our Belief at Ffreedom is to help our members live/achieve their Life Goals we start this process with our proprietary “Art of Financial Freedom” Seminars which focuses on basic financial education bundled with complimentary Financial Health Check-up i.e. Ffreedom Financial X-Ray.
Post this Financial Health Check-up, we enrol our members with membership fee of 16545/ First Year and renewal fee of Rs 10,000/ per year followed by one on one counselling with Ffreedom Financial Planner Data Collection Financial plan writing & Approval Action Plan creation & Approval Action Plan execution Regular Review & Monthly reporting with Login Access to our portal for anytime access to reports Yearly Review and rebalancing resulting in Renewal of membership. All this is done within the aegis of Member Engagement & Member Success Team.
We do not do anything, but what I have just mentioned above i.e. we never do any transactions until we write a Financial Plan for our members. No transactions/No distribution. Our Core model is Partner Centric. We are already 100 plus partners all India and are looking for more Financial Planning oriented partners to whom we provide complete know how, Infrastructure, Compliance (now RIA compliance also), Technology and knowledge to become successful Financial Planners.
Q2 - Let’s go back to how you got started.....
As part of this industry, I knew that the only way this industry can and will grow is through Good Quality Financial Advice, which is client centric and not Financial Manufacturer centric and for this to happen, Indian clients have to pay for advice.
With this insight - we started Ffreedom in 2008/9 and we are following the same model, developing and growing and our belief that Indian Clients are keen and open to pay is proving right day by day.
Even the latest regulation of SEBI on Registered Investment Advisor is the step in this direction. We are very excited and want to register ourselves with SEBI.
Q3 - Fast forward and describe your business and your life as it is today...
We all at Team Ffreedom, feel that our direction is right and our distance will come over time. With that intent, as a team we are focussed on our Member Success.
1. We are continuously developing and investing in our Proprietary Technology Platform “Advisor Factory”. Our vision is to make it 360 degrees platform with focus on Members, Partners and Core Ffreedom workings.
2. We are currently scouting for expanding into other geographies. We just opened Chennai and are looking to open in Bangalore and Kolkata soon.
3. We are constantly working on improving member engagement and focus on Goal accomplishment for them this means new process’s being developed regularly.
4. Partner Financial Planners constant skill enhancements through workshops and personal engagements.
5. Knowledge enhancement of Team on regular basis with Member centricity in mind.
Q4 - What is it like for a person wanting to develop as a financial planner, in particular, working with individual investors? According to you how difficult or demanding it is?
We feel nothing is Impossible. Everything is in MIND, if one is clear about his WHY of Life and PURPOSE than its great fun and enjoyment. We follow this philosophy @Ffreedom and are enjoying every bit of what we do. As a result we are constantly improving on our model. So our message is simple - if your Why is client centricity that Fee based Financial Planning is Fun and full of contentment.
Recent Registered Advisor Guidelines by SEBI will make Fee Based Financial Planning more recognised and acceptable to individual investor but at same time will increase compliance/paperwork and funding requirement of this business model. We feel this is good that over time, only serious players will enter this business and those are not qualified or opportunistic will stay away this is very very good from client point of view.
Q5 - What are the three or four most significant turning points, discoveries or breakthroughs that occurred for you along the way?
The First one : My own Financial Plan written by Gaurav Mashruwala addressed my uncertainty/Fear mental queries which were stopping me from plunging full time into this field. I owe this journey to Gaurav Mashruwala and will always see him as some who not only influenced me, but also the whole Indian Financial Planning Industry in my view. He is the Father of Indian Financial Planning industry.
Power of Technology : Very Early I understood that, If we have to fulfil our Vision of Profitable and Scalable Financial Planning oriented Model, we have to understand and Invest in Technology, which we continue even today. We are investing disproptionately in Technology.
People are the most important ASSET of Ffreedom. Without them we are nothing. I have very high Gratitude and Humility towards all our Team members as our Industry is all about Human Trust.
Last but not least, the latest SEBI guidelines on Registered Investment advisors is big turning point it will give our industry much required legitimacy and recognition, which it requires to reach masses of India and help them in Financial Freedom.
Q6 - Is it reasonable to say that it is easier for someone to become a financial planner today to achieve significant success than it was for you, when you started out? I’m going to assume you’ll say ‘yes’, so - why?
I will reiterate what I said earlier - it’s not about Easy or Tough. It’s about what you Want to Do with your LIFE. To me Human MIND is supreme. God lives within us. It empowers us to climb Mt Everest or Cross Seven Seas single headedly in sail boat. So if you are very Passionate about being a Financial Planner, then it’s Fun and Fulfilling. But if you want to do this because you have a CFP and its Fashionable being Financial Planner, then it’s almost next to impossible. Mahatma Gandhi defined Happiness as “When what you think what you Say and what you Do is in SYNC, then you are Happy" Q7 - What are some of the biggest benefits of being into personal finance profession?
Its fulfilling. It gives you opportunity to give it back to Society.
Huge Growth Potential.
It’s Kind of Conscious Capitalism. A true WIN WIN For all There is no retirement Age. In fact with age you will become better.
It is the best entrepreneurship opportunity for anyone, who wants to be genuinely interested helping Indian Clients in achieving Financial Freedom.
Q8 - We both know – people are sceptical about our profession. There are agents, advisors, financial planners and financial coaches out in the market.
Investor’s doubt as some of them already had some bitter experience in the past. How do you handle such situation and open up people to have conversation with you? How do you prepare before talking to your potential client?
TRUST is cornerstone of our profession. TRUST comes from 2 qualities
We at Ffreedom continuously keep evaluating all of us on these parameters. In fact, our Hiring Motto is “Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill”. Last but not least, one cannot prepare for being Trust worthy. It’s in your Character, which is fundamental for our profession.
Q9 - Do you follow some kind of sales system that helps you in converting clients? Can you give a little background about your sales process that you follow from start (prospecting) to end (client closing)?
We are big believer of Process. Infact our Success Mantra is PPT i.e. PeopleProcessTechnology.
We have well defined Process for Client Acquisition which is Art of Financial Ffreedom Seminars Financial X Ray Complimentary Financial Health Check-up and Report Minimum 5 meetings/Calls with prospects (Our experience is, 60% of the time financial advisors stop after 3rd call and 70 % conversion happens post 3rd call).
Q10 - What are some of the strong ways you have discovered over a period of time to grow your client list? also how do you service your clients? and How do you get referrals?
PPT i.e. People - Process - Technology is the way for us to serve our clients we give them enhanced personnel attention with continuous assurance. Technology is very important tool for servicing our clients and referrals are the by-product of good work you do. You can’t have referral strategy without the content and with right content referrals are auto.
Q11 - What according to you is the hard part of financial planning profession? and How do you make HARD part fun? If someone is struggling asking for fees or is convincing people what would you like to suggest? Can you please share the nitty gritty of exactly how a person makes money in this profession?
I have already answered. It’s not hard/tough or simple. It’s about what you as Financial Advisor WANT and what is your WHY?? The Nitty Gritty of Money making is in Client engagement and continuity. It has to be WIN WIN for you to make Money Q 12 - What role does technology play in the overall success of a financial planner or advisor? Is it important to focus on having a strong online presence or not? What about social media? Do you get clients using social media?
Technology is not a choice. It’s must for our business and the most basic requirement is to improve your (TQ) Technology Quotient and that can be done through Reading and using Technology. As Financial Planner you should not delegate this function to someone else.
Q13 - What kind of personal finance software’s or tools you would recommend to new planners and advisors? They help you in making the overall business process smooth There is no single tool or software which does all. We have adopted a “Build your own Platform” strategy as per our need. It’s definitely expensive in short term, but over long term its scalable and flexible. Remember one thing - Technology is ever evolving and changing. What we are doing today will be redundant tomorrow. Be comfortable with this and you will enjoy Technology a lot.
14 - As you probably know, there are a ton of misconceptions in our field, and the vast majority of new financial planners enter the profession but find it difficult to establish their practice. What do you think the #1 reason is for why most financial planners are not able to grow their practice? And what do you think the #1 key to success is?
Key to Success in this Profession is Clarity of your Thought Process in your MIND.
One Needs to Know WHY HOW WHAT of his life before he jumps on to this profession. Many times youngsters do CFP without knowing WHY are they doing it and then they try to become Financial Planners without knowing WHY. Many a Times I meet qualified CFP;s who want to sit in office and write Financial Plan and not do Client engagement. This is what I Mean by not clear about their WHY.