Why do financial advisors fail?
The reasons why financial advisors fail are not all inclusive but the common threading behind it. Begin to work towards mastering these and you will be on the right track for success. We don’t want to spend time on talking about the financial advisor failure rate, but more of how to avoid falling into it.
Being an advisor can be a very rewarding career as long as you understand what it entails. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the financial services are supposed to grow “faster than average“. Building a business is no easy undertaking and requires a trained mind to do so. The fear of rejection and failure triggers the mind to withdraw you from those situations and seek comfort. It is a basic human trait that is built upon our experiences and will to survive.
The good news is that we can overcome this and succeed in the face of such a challenge. There are many opportunities to be had with the larger firms constantly losing massive amounts of assets.The 5 reasons why financial advisors fail are not all inclusive but the common threading behind it. Begin to work towards mastering these and you will be on the right track for success.
You will fail if you are not in the right mindset
I have seen it happen to a lot of good people but unfortunately this won’t protect you from not achieving success.
There are many peaks and troughs of wins and losses and both will make you feel on top of the world or in a hole with steep muddy walls.
Balancing that emotion will help calm you in times of darkness but also appreciate the wins.
You will start questioning your “worth” as this industry is flooded with competition and even internal technology (self-service discount brokers) that will compete directly with you.
Remember, you will provide more value, insight and education that will be worth your fee 10 times the rate. Your clients will know that they have you by their side, returning inquiries quickly, exceeding their expectations and meeting with them 2-4 times a year.
You provide peace of mind, not just investment advice or wealth planning.
Your clients go to sleep easy at night knowing they are in good hands and you are prepared for whatever the world throws at you.
This is easier said than done and is a lifetime learning experience, but being able to identify it will put you ahead of 99% of the competition.
Lack of process
Process, process, process for everything. This is the number one reasons financial advisors fail! They become REACTIVE instead of PROACTIVE in their daily routine. Scalable, repeatable and flawless processes will give people the impression you have been in this industry since the beginning of time.
- Follow-ups with prospects?
- On-boarding clients?
- Serving your current base of clients?
- Answering calls or emails?
- Delegating work to others?
- Training junior associates?
- Someone taking over in the event you are traveling, vacation or in a meeting?
Think about what consumes the most of your time and build a process around dealing with it more efficiently. This helps create time for you to focus on the growth of your business. This also helps others in your team know exactly what they need to do in the event they need to step in for you.
Lack of prospecting is causing high financial advisor failure rates
The lifeblood for any business and can debatably be first of reasons financial advisors fail. This should always tilt towards the majority of your time. You have heard the passage a million times “you reap what you sow”. The actions you take today will be what dictates your future success.
There is no sugar-coating this, prospecting is hard, can suck greatly depending how you train your mind and there are days you can come up completely empty.
You will see ads such as “cold calling is dead, do this instead”, “$200 per lead, looking for a financial advisor”, etc.
Many of your competitors will fall victim to this and end up failing out anyway. If you think you are going to drive business solely on digital or buying expensive leads, you will burn your marketing budget quicker than it takes to burn a piece of toast.
We are not going to tell you to “make a game out of it” or tell you there is some “secret trick” to it.
There is only repetition through habit and process that will make prospecting successful. This is the foundation of why financial advisors fail and it will be critical you develop this no matter where you decide to go in life.
So in order to avoid failure, implement the following
- Determine your most energetic time of the day. Know when you are most alert, have the most energy and focus.
- Block that time off EVERYDAY. Let your support staff you CANNOT be reached during this time unless it is an dire emergency. Close your door or put up a sign that says “Do Not Disturb”
- Put away your phone and email. Only keep up your list or prospecting platform of prospects.
- Make a call within 5 seconds. It takes approximately 5 seconds for the brain to turn you off to an uncomfortable task. Use this to your advantage by accomplishing the task before it has time to realize what you are doing.
- Focus on the successes, at the least, get an e-mail from the person you speak to. This should help you build up an email list very quickly for the next steps of the prospecting process which we will go into with another post.
- Repeat the process everyday. Expand the prospecting time so you can plant more seeds and ultimately convert prospects into clients.
Poor mentorship or lack there of
Some firms do a better job of getting you ramped up to produce.
Even the larger firms have crappy programs and actively contribute to the high rate of financial advisors failing.
Being part of a larger firm’s training program once before, this is something that can help propel you or make it difficult to progress further and is also why this makes this list of reasons financial advisors fail.
A GREAT mentor in this field can be difficult to come across. Remember, they are in business for themselves. Their duty firstly is to grow their business and service their clients.
Advisor training programs across the country vary from firm to firm and from office to office. A mentor program that is strong in one office under the same firm can be awful or poorly structured in another office less than 100 miles away.
Consider a mentor
DO NOT choose someone without speaking to all advisors. Ensure they know your name and what you’re about. At times, they will come to you with opportunities they may not be able to continue to handle or even want
Being too general in your marketing efforts
Number 4 on “The Reasons Why Financial Advisors Fail” is not going after a target market. This one is such an easy fix and shouldn’t be on this list. Because there are so many generalists, it has valid reason to be on here.
- Do I care about this market? Obvious enough? Not to some… For example, do not go after physicians if you don’t like dealing with physicians or don’t want to talk medicine or care what they go through to become a physician
- Is there enough money in this market? This is the business you are in. If there is little to no money to target, then you need to pursue other opportunities.
- Is the market growing? Make sure you check to ensure that your target market will be meeting or exceeding growth. Take a quick look at Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
- Does my firm have the resources? Can you support this target market with different resources of your firm? Can you provide lending and banking advice? Speak to your specialists to discuss your ideas and see what they come up with.
Not knowing anything about your prospect
As the reasons financial advisors fail , the lack of knowledge or information about your prospect will kill a conversation before it gets going.
With the information age upon us, there is no reason to NOT know anything about the person you are prospecting. People openly divulge their life, careers, political stances, hobbies and everything else between on social media.
The best part about this is that you save countless hours researching so you can get to prospecting and ultimately win more business!