I just have a couple more in this series on “Getting Ready for Top 100” articles, so I’m going to focus on some of the questions in the Formal Application process that seem to always be an issue for some reason.
These questions really shouldn’t be a problem, but they have been in the past.
I guess you might consider these last few articles as “Tips and Tricks of Application Completion.”
What type of ProAdvisor are you: QBO, QBD or both?
One of these is an option question that allows ProAdvisors who have both a QBO and QBD practice to give us an estimate of the relative percentage of each product line within their practice. In other words, if your ProAdvisor practice was perfectly split down the middle between QBO and QBD, you would be 50% QBO/50% QBD.
Because we have completely remodeled the application form this year, those ProAdvisors who tell us they are only QuickBooks Online ProAdvisors (aka, QuickBooks cloud ProAdvisors) with a free ProAdvisor membership are considered to be only QBO, so they won’t be answering this question.
But ProAdvisors who first answer a question telling us they have a paid QuickBooks Desktop ProAdvisor Bundle that includes QBO as well (as shown above) will be answering the relative percentage question below.
Now all the answers are not shown in the above illustration, but are available in the actual answer drop-down selections ssuch that the ranges for answers go from 100% QBO/0% QBO to 0% QBO/100% QBD, with 10% increments for each along the scale.
Again, the purpose is to determine your relative percentage of practice with respect to QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop products.
You might be wondering why this is important to us, and to you?
Remember, everything in the Top 100 is driven by where you fit into the various categories we measure. QuickBooks Online is a major category, but also contributes directly to another category: QBO App-ology (the integrations award related to QuickBooks Online.
In the same fashion, QuickBooks Desktop is a major category, but also contributes directly to another category: Desktop Integrations.
The relativity of your practice when providing both QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop services helps to determine your scoring metric with respect to every factor that contributes to QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop. And, in turn, every related category for each of those two major categories.
Which most closely identifies your ProAdvisor Practice?
I cannot get over why people simply do not understand what we mean when we ask them, “on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest, 5 being the highest), which most closely identifies Your ProAdvisor practice?”
We then typically give them some sort of a question that looks like the new one we will be using for 2023 (below).
This is really your opportunity to come right out and tell us where you think you best fit into our Top 100 categories (or very close).
I mean, if you tell us N/A (not applicable) for QuickBooks Desktop General Practitioner, and also tell us a 5 for QuickBooks Online General Practitioner, we pretty much are going to be scoring you as a QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor—even if you answered the earlier question that you supported both QBO and QBD.
But we are going to be in a real quagmire if you tell us you are a 5 for QBO in this question, and then that you were 0% QBO/100% QuickBooks Desktop in the relative practice question.
This is where we are counting on you to have your act together when it comes to understanding how the Top 100 categories work, and how the questions tie to those categories.
Let’s face it: It is a big part of why I write these articles, i.e., to help educate you to do just that and prepare you for making Top 100.
Keep on the lookout for more of these final features to the series.
Remember, nominations for the 2023 Top 100 ProAdvisors and ProAdvisor of the Year remain open. You can get more information and either nominate yourself or a fellow ProAdvisor HERE.
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