Category Archives: Finance

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Single BEST Way to Prevent Financial Fraud

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 …

How to Fund Your Business

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, …

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 …

The First Question Every Consultant Should Ask

When business owners call on consultants, they are often excited to jump straight into strategy or tactics for a project or process. After all, time is money and most business owners are motivated, action-oriented people. But the reality is that business owners and their leadership teams are usually going a million miles per hour, which …

The Best of vcfo Webinars: Expert Training for Your Business

With 2017 still new and full of possibility, we thought it was the perfect time to revisit some of our most helpful webinars from recent years. Whether you need winning ideas for a big upcoming pitch or want to brush up on your budgeting basics before diving into the year’s financial planning, you’ll find valuable …