Actionable Advice

A Tale of Three Radically Different CFOs: How to Hire a Part Time CFO that Fits Your Company Culture

Part Time CFO Swat Team

Hiring a CFO is tough: No other role will be so crucial to your success, so getting the right chemistry, skill set, experience and personality is vital. Its no wonder that more and more business owners are outsourcing the CFO role using a Part Time CFO or “Fractional CFO Service”.

But not all Outsourced CFO service providers are the same. Let’s take a look at the three most common CFOs and the ways they work with – and within – a business. Which one is right for you: The Cowboy, the Rain Maker or the Swat Team?

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Love to Hate Your Accountant? 8 Ways to Know It’s Time to Break Up

bad accountants

Time and again I hear of entrepreneurs complaining about a lack of accurate books – but in the same breath say that they have been with their accountants for so long that they couldn’t possibly leave. Sounds crazy, right? Sure, your relationship with an accountant feels personal. But how bad […]

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4 Ways Do-It-Yourself Accounting will Tank Your Business

We’re in a time when anyone can spend a few hours on YouTube and learn almost anything — from brewing your own beer to making a better soufflé.

Even so, no one would try to learn to be a surgeon, or to fly a plane, or embark on any number of highly skilled tasks without expert coaching. So why is it that so many business owners take on the task of accounting without so much as consulting a professional finance person? Here’s the 4 warning signs for DIY Accounting… are you falling victim?

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The Least Fun You’ll Have this Holiday: Year End Tax Planning Checklist

It’s a shame, really, that we have to interrupt our joyous year-end holidays with gut-wrenching year-end tax planning… So to minimize the pain, I’ve put together a quick list of the 6 things I think you should know this year.  Put down the fruitcake and eggnog for just a second, […]

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Skip the Bank: Where to Find a Business Loan when Banks say “No!”

Banks don’t really “get it” do they? You stride into a bank with all the confidence in the world… and you slink away because they just don’t want to put their money into your business.

That’s no reason to give up. There are at least 4 other major sources of business capital available to you. Check out these 4 places you’ll find hidden capital to help you grow your business:

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Optimizing Cash Flow: 7 Steps to Less Stress and a Better Business

Keep Cash Flowing Like Niagara Falls

It’s a simple truth: “Hope is not a strategy.” It’s true in so many fields of human endeavor, but none more than cash flow.  And with so many business owners relying on hope to avoid a cash flow crisis, it’s no wonder some businesses wind up in a place known for a very different saying; “Abandon all […]

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How to Live with your CFO: Fixing a Dysfunctional CFO-CEO Relationship

CFO CEO Relationship

The best way to build a strong, profitable and sustainable company is to start with a solid CFO-CEO relationship. In the best companies, the two executives are in lock-step, working together to realize a common vision. And in doing so, they divide the work, compliment each other’s strengths and have each other’s back.

When it works well, the interplay and support between CEO and CFO creates value greater than the sum of its parts and catapults the company past the competition. When it fails, the bad relationship can tear an organization apart at the seams.
Creating a great CFO-CEO relationship does not happen naturally. Like a marriage, the relationship takes time, effort and self awareness to understand how your work style impacts your CFO (and vice-versa).
If you and your CFO are not working together to build the strongest company possible, perhaps its time for some couple’s counseling. See if you recognize yourself in any of these three common relationship danger zones:

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4 Strategies for Surviving Foreign Currency Exchange Risks

Manage Foreign Exchange Risk

Any business that deals internationally deserves to have a strong, forward-looking currency plan that supports the company’s overall financial goals and protects their profit margins. The re-valuation of the Chinese Yuan this week highlights a risk that most small businesses barely acknowledge: the cost and volatility of international money exchange.
If you’re buying raw materials from China, your costs suddenly increased by 4% (enough to wipe out the entire profit margin for some businesses), which makes foreign currency exchange a risk that you cannot afford to ignore.
How do you protect yourself against these kinds of risks? Here’s the 4 basics you need to know now…

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