Tag Archives: strategic planning

Strategic Planning – 7 Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

As consulting CFOs who have led and participated in countless strategic planning sessions over the years, we have experienced first-hand the value that effective strategic planning brings to business. Strategic planning is a vital activity that helps an organization assess the state of its business, market, and resources. It determines priorities, identifies operational gaps, and …

Do I Need a CFO?

Some form of the question, “Do I need a CFO?” surfaces in the course of conversation at a very high percentage of the lunches or professional events our vcfo consultants attend with business leaders. It’s a pivotal and not surprising question for CEOs to struggle with, especially when they have solid controllers and accounting managers …

Churning out Profits in a SaaS company to fuel Growth…which KPI to focus on

“Churning” is probably not the best choice of words in the title of this article, since it can have negative connotations in any business – especially a recurring revenue model.  However, I do want to draw attention to the concept of churn – the rate of client termination – because it: Is an essential element …

Two Sets of Books for Revenue Recognition

Revenue Recognition Standards – Virtual & Part Time CFO

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

Seven Common Mistakes in Strategic Planning – Virtual CFO

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

Selecting The Right Accounting Software – Interim CFO

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?

Outsourcing, Centralizing or Offshoring – Virtual & PT CFO

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

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, …