Tag Archives: financial strategy

Expense Planning: Understanding the Sensibility of Cash

Recently, I presented the webinar, “Expense Planning: Understanding the Sensibility of Cash.” We covered a variety of topics, including expense characteristics, where expenses are found, expense types for planning and planning methodologies. Expense Characteristics While all companies strive to minimize expenses wherever possible, business can operate within varying cost structures. Yet regardless of the cost …

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 …

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, …

Why Companies Implement a SaaS Model

Are you using the right SaaS metrics to guide your business? Recently, I wrote a whitepaper on the SaaS model and key performance indicators that should be identified and tracked to improve performance and transparency, and provide a measureable road map to growth and success. From the whitepaper titled, “Software as a Service: Key Performance …

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” …

7 Tips to Better Financial Forecasting

Financial forecasts are one of the most important business planning tools, if not the most important planning tool available to a company’s managers. Without a sense of where you are expecting your business to grow (or shrink) over some period of time, it is unlikely that your management team will be effective in executing on …

How You Can Improve Your 401(k) Plan

How You Can Improve Your 401(k) Plan 1. Contribute. Not saving is one of the biggest challenges to retirement readiness. If you don’t think you can afford to save, you should start small… saving even 1%. When you are able to increase your contribution, do so and stay with it. 2. Work the Match. If …