vcfo Blog

Welcome to the vcfo blog! Here you will find posts written by our finance, HR, technology and recruiting experts.

How to Determine if You Need New Accounting Software Part Two - Systems Selection

08.22.2017 | Published By:

Carter Freeman, Denver

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Now that you have done an honest assessment and decided to make the leap to migrate to a new system, what kind of system should you select? Part two of this article covers systems selection and explores several high-level dos and dont's that will help you select the best system. 

Categories: Finance, Finance Consulting

Tags: financial strategy,financial services,strategic planning

Outsourcing vs. Centralizing vs. Offshoring: Which is Best for your Business?

08.18.2017 | Published By:

David Bizzaro

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Looking to streamline your business functions and can’t decide whether you should outsource, centralize or offshore? All three are great options for small business owners looking to increase efficiencies, reduce cost and improve service – so let’s break them down to determine which is the best for your business.

Tags: strategic planning,financial strategy,financial services,small business management

How to Determine if You Need New Accounting Software Part One

08.11.2017 | Published By:

Carter Freeman, Denver

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One of the questions we receive most often is how a company can know when it’s time to make the switch from Quickbooks to a more robust accounting system. As a business owner, how do you decide what system works best for your company, and what should you be looking for? Part one of this article reveals the questions owners and CEOs should consider when deciding whether a change in accounting systems will up their game or just distract their team.

Categories: Finance, Finance Consulting

Tags: financial consulting firms,financial services,small business management,financial strategy

The Single BEST Way to Prevent Financial Fraud

08.02.2017 | Published By:

Carter Freeman, Denver

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Financial fraud makes big headlines – and it’s one of the biggest things that keep CFOs up at night. CFOs do their best to avoid financial fraud, but are they aware where all of the vulnerabilities lie? This article shares the single best way to prevent financial fraud, breaking down the biggest causes of fraud and discussing how you can prevent it from happening to you.

Categories: Finance, Finance Consulting, About vcfo

Tags: strategic planning,risk mitigation,financial strategy,preventing fraud

Top Three Mistakes to Avoid When Growing Your Restaurant Empire

07.10.2017 | Published By:

Bill Schwartz, Austin

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Half of all restaurants close within three years of opening. In fact, what makes a restaurant owner successful when they have one location can make them unsuccessful with multiple locations and concepts. Learn the three fatal mistakes that you should avoid when growing your restaurant empire and the recipe for financial (as well as culinary) success.

Tags: entrepreneurship,strategic planning,operational advice,small business management

How to Fund Your Business

06.22.2017 | Published By:

Carter Freeman, Denver

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Options to fund a business range from family and friends to banks to institutional capital and business owners are best served by understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each option before making this decision. Learn some tips for navigating this process effectively.

Categories: Finance

Tags: financial strategy,strategic planning,financial consulting firms,financial services,operational advice

The Guide to Long-Term Incentive Planning

06.09.2017 | Published By:

Steven A. Cook

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What kind of long-term incentive plan should your business have? vcfo breaks down best practices to avoid employee turnover and how to encourage your employees to reach new goals by using long-term incentives and benefits.

Categories: CFO Consulting

Tags: cfo consulting dallas,cfo series,virtual cfo services

Do You Need a CFO?

05.22.2017 | Published By:

Steven A. Cook

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I often get asked by my peers if their company needs a CFO and it’s not surprising for CEOs with good controllers and accounting managers to struggle with it. The lines between unique skill sets are blurred in many companies; however the differences are important and should not be overlooked. This post explains four key job responsibilities of CFOs and highlights red flags, which are helpful for deciding if it might be time to consider hiring a full time or part time CFO.

Categories: CFO Consulting, Executive Placement Consulting

Tags: strategic planning,cfo consulting,hiring manager,recruiting candidates,recruiting firms,hiring,executive leadership,operational advice

Bringing Your Business to Houston? Consider These Things to Avoid Costly Mistakes

05.11.2017 | Published By:

Mike Mackey

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According to a survey conducted among members of the LinkedIn Forum for International Expansion, the number one problem for companies expanding to new international markets was not knowing where to start or which questions to ask. Are you in the same place? Read more about important considerations for companies thinking about moving or expanding to Houston.

Categories: Recruiting, Human Resources, Executive Placement, CFO Consulting, Recruiting Consulting

Someone Wants to Buy My Business! Now What?

03.16.2017 | Published By:

Cristina Silingardi

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It’s the call many business owners dream of: out of the blue, a big competitor or maybe a holding company calls and says they’re interested in buying your business. But how can you best prepare for this conversation? Learn what questions to ask so that you stay in the driver's seat throughout the process. 

Categories: Finance, Finance Consulting, CFO Consulting

Tags: entrepreneurship,strategic planning,small business management,start-up