Category Archives: Finance Consulting

Ideal Qualities of a Turnaround Interim CFO

In today’s economic climate, interim CFOs tasked with a business turnaround must immediately consider whether the company has sufficient resources to withstand a downturn. They must ask, “Can the company withstand a serious competitive attack and respond by funding alternative investments to ensure survival and growth?” Essential qualities of an interim CFO are  substantial change management …

Discover More Cash in Your Financial Statements

Looking For Cash in All the Wrong Places Whenever a company needs working capital, turning to outside sources seems to be the first thing they do. But looking to the outside is more time consuming and expensive than finding the necessary capital within the company. An analysis of the financial statements is always the place …

Demystifying the Balance Sheet

Recently, I presented to a Vistage Key Group and spoke on how the balance sheet enables business owners to better understand the health and well-being of their companies. Originally, I had developed this presentation upon soliciting ideas for presentation topics from entrepreneurs. What I found was that while many understand income statements and cash balances, …

Cash is King: How to Manage Cash Flow

As a business owner or CEO, you likely wear multiple hats at your company—from driving revenue and closing deals to managing client relationships and mediating employee issues. However, one important aspect to running a business is having the ability to successfully manage and oversee the company’s financials, including where to obtain, spend and save money. …

Effective Methods for Projecting Revenue

When it comes to revenue planning, there are a few different ways to gather relevant data needed to produce a comprehensive budget, including resource-based projecting and market-based projecting, which take historical data into account, and analog-based projecting, which looks at comparable business models. Resource-Based Projecting utilizes your company’s history to forecast your sales. Understanding the …

Startup Struggles for Today’s Entrepreneur

Starting a new business is an exciting, yet often unpredictable time. Whether you’re a veteran entrepreneur or embarking on your first business venture, it’s important to understand and recognize the obstacles you’ll be facing during the startup journey. From customer retention to lead nurturing to obtaining credit, this infographic from Clarity clearly outlines the struggles …

Elements of a Successful Pitch

Attracting capital is never easy. Venture capitalists, angel investors and others who provide capital for entrepreneurial enterprises are constantly pitched for funding. In today’s market, the average VC fund will review between 80-100 deals for each one they choose to fund. However, in order to stand out to investors, entrepreneurs must know how to formulate …

Top Blogs of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, we’re taking a look at some of our most popular blogs from the past year. Whether you’ve read them before or are seeing them for the first time, we hope that vcfo has provided you with knowledgeable, informative content, and we look forward to continuing to share our financial, …

What Level of Financial Expertise Does Your Company Need?

When companies approach me seeking financial expertise, they are often unsure what type of financial role or position will best accomplish their goals. However, there are a variety of factors that can affect this decision, including company size, growth potential, current internal resources, the state of finances and more. Even as a practicing CFO, after …

Year-End Tax Knowledge to Lower Liability

As the end of the year quickly approaches, it is important for businesses to take time to make some tax planning decisions that have the potential to lower their tax liability. One of the key strategies is to determine the need to accelerate or defer income/deductions between tax years. The goal should be to “even” …