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Your Company’s Success Part II: Quality over Quantity

In our last blog we outlined the important parts of a job description and how to set up a marketable sales pitch that describes critical performance objectives rather than a laundry list of skills.  This approach will help attract the right candidates from the start allowing you to spend more quality time with fewer, better qualified candidates. …

Using Competitive Insights to Catapult Past the Competition

Top performing businesses assess their strengths and weaknesses and where they hold competitive advantages or disadvantages against their competitors.  Research and actionable information increase the odds of outperforming the competition.  Take a look at the following financial benchmarks implemented for vcfo clients and consider how you can achieve similar results in your organization. Increasing Cash …

Avoid the Rev Wreck

Avoiding a Revenue “Wreckognition” Nightmare- How the new Revenue Recognition Standard Could Impact Debt Covenants The way entities recognize revenue and certain expenses associated with obtaining or fulfilling contracts is changing as a result of the new revenue recognition accounting standard (ASC Topic 606).  It is important that entities understand the impact of these changes …

Revenue Recognition and M&A Transactions

How the New Revenue Recognition Standard Affected a Recent M&A Transaction In late 2017 vcfo Houston Practice Manager, Russell Naisbitt, enjoyed the opportunity to serve as transaction CFO for the sale of a small SaaS software company to a much larger publicly-traded company.  The Seller had wisely put together a deal team to represent them …

Your Company’s Success Depends on Hiring Great People

Attracting The Best Talent in a Labor Tight Market Part I: It All Starts With The Job Description Know the 6 Key Parts of a Job Description 1. JOB TITLE – Keep it simple and searchable.  It might be tempting to come up with a creative title for the position, but doing that only ensures that job seekers …

Two Sets of Books for Revenue Recognition

You Will Have to Keep Two Sets of Books if Impacted by the New Revenue Recognition Standard. It is not too soon to be evaluating the impact of ASC 606 on their financial reporting and other aspects of their business. It is recommended that businesses undertake and impact assessment and develop an implementation plan and budget.  …

Seven Common Mistakes in Strategic Planning

Strategic planning can be critical to the success of a business. As a Consulting CFO, I have been engaged in many strategic planning sessions over the years and I find that there are common mistakes leaders make. Here are some examples and ways to mitigate the challenges.   Using an internal facilitator who does not …

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

In part one of this series, I identified the considerations you should keep in mind when deciding whether or not your company has outgrown Quickbooks. Part two covers how systems selection is the first big hurdle in a conversion.  Selecting the “wrong” system is not an uncommon mistake and the “right” system may be one of several …

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

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. Defining the Options When it comes …

How to Determine if You Need New Accounting Software Part One

A common concern for many of our clients is in regards to their accounting software, specifically QuickBooks. Deciding when to make the switch from QuickBooks for a more robust accounting or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is no trivial matter. On the one hand, once a company has outgrown QuickBooks, remaining with it may limit …