Tag Archives: strategic planning

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 …

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 …

Top Three Mistakes to Avoid When Growing Your Restaurant Empire

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

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, …

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. …

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 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 …