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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

How To Determine if You Need New Accounting Software Part One - vcfo

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 …

The Single BEST Way to Prevent Financial Fraud

The Single BEST Way to Prevent Financial Fraud - vcfo

Financial fraud is a bad scenario for business owners. Beyond the embarrassment or the financial loss, fraud can also result in the termination of a long-term employee. A few factors may put a company at risk; however, the primary cause is a lack of internal controls and oversight. We also find that a lack of …

Top Three Mistakes to Avoid When Growing Your Restaurant Empire

Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Growing Your Restaurant Empire - vcfo

I’m sure you’ve heard the statistic that half of all restaurants will close within the first three years of opening. In fact, new and exciting concepts are generally started by a chef or restaurateur, but often not by a business person. The systems for running these operations are virtually non-existent, which isn’t really a problem …

How to Fund Your Business

How to Fund Your Business - vcfo

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. Read more below for tips on navigating this process effectively. Overview of the Stages: Even though every company has a timeline, …

The Guide to Long-Term Incentive Planning

The Guide to Long-Term Incentive Planning - vcfo

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. The Guide to Long-Term Incentive Planning Whether you’re seeking to keep good employees in a tightening labor market or desire …

Do You Need a CFO?

“Do I need a CFO?” This question pops up casually at almost every lunch or event I attend. 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. …

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

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 …

Someone Wants to Buy My Business! Now What?

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. Maybe you instantly start seeing big dollar signs, or perhaps you’re unimpressed, but either way, you’re probably thinking the same thing almost all of my clients …