The Fractional CFO Concept

The idea of fractional or part time use of a valuable resource has been around since the 1960s. It was pioneered by the vacation real estate industry when a French ski resort owner recognized few people could afford, let alone needed a resort condominium for all 52 weeks of the year. He addressed this challenge by dividing every room into 52 separate units of time.

Using the slogan “stop renting a room, buy the hotel” he launched a worldwide marketing phenomenon we now know as the time-share industry. Units were sold to different owners, each of whom purchased the full use and enjoyment of the week that best suited their schedule, and at an affordable price. If a buyer needed more than one week a year, they bought as many units as they wanted. And while other “bells and whistles” have been added through the years, over 4 million American families now own at least one vacation timeshare.

The concept of a fractional CFO is no different. Most business leaders recognize the need for trained, experienced financial expertise on their management team. Many simply do not need a full time CFO. Therefore, they cannot cost justify the investment of a full time salary. Even if an owner or manager has the required skill sets, a professional CFO can likely generate a superior work product in less time. This in turn frees up the most valuable and scarcest resource of all, TIME!

No successful entrepreneur ever launched a business with the intent of spending all day analyzing balance sheets, determining marginal profit contribution, dealing with bankers and tax accountants or addressing regulatory inquires. They launch businesses to exploit competitive advantage in their chosen field by servicing customer needs. Any time spent “working on the books” is time away from their real mission and a costly distraction from their value proposition.

Retaining a fractional or part-time CFO or Controller presents a cost effective solution customized to a business’ exact needs, budget and life cycle. The key to a successful fractional CFO relationship is to design and staff that engagement with a professional who will understand your business and address your financial needs. They must also become an integral (if part-time) member of your management team. Your fractional CFO should meet with you to tailor an affordable program to address your specific business needs. Together, you will establish a regular schedule of dedicated time to service those needs. That schedule can vary from just a few hours per month to several days per week, and can be adjusted as future needs require. You the client can typically terminate your fractional CFO at any time and for any reason without incurring additional costs, just as you would if you had hired a full time employee.

Frequently Asked Questions
•What exactly does a CFO do, and how does that change if I use a fractional CFO?
The chief financial officer or CFO is the person primarily responsible for managing the overall financial operations of an organization. This position is responsible for planning, cash flow management, record keeping, financial reporting, etc. The only difference between a traditional CFO and a fractional CFO is the nature of their relationship to the business. While a CFO is full time officer and employee, a fractional CFO is a part-time, independent contractor. However, their duties and responsibilities are virtually identical.

•Will I retain a fractional CFO for a one-time assignment, or will they continue to provide on-going services?
Occasionally, a client will request that that their fractional CFO provides services for a one-time, special project. The CFO will likely endeavor to accommodate all client needs. However, their primary focus will be on providing on-going fractional CFO services, including the development, implementation and monitoring of a long-term business plan. While the time allotted to this process can be adjusted and even reduced as initial objectives are met over time, it is a continuous process that typically requires some effort at least monthly.

•How much should I expect to pay for my fractional CFO?
The cost of fractional CFO services are primarily determined by only two things, the number of hours spent on an account, and the billing rate of individuals providing client services. Barring temporary or emergency situations, a reputable fractional CFO firm will endeavor to staff assignments using associates with skill sets and experience appropriate to your needs. Ultimately, they will provide the level of service you determine based on your needs and within a budget determined by you. Your schedule can vary from just a few hours per month to several days per week, and can be adjusted as future needs require. Typical clients should expect to spend from $500 to several thousand dollars, per month, depending on their needs.

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Our approach is to provide a definitive yet thorough assessment allowing you, and your company, to consider a broad overview of alternatives to manage the challenges and enhance the performance of your business.

In short, we identify opportunities, work with you and your organization, and enable you to take advantage of business potential and growth. The move to part time, on call, and virtual services has become more accepted in the business world over the past few years. For a fraction of the cost of a full time employee, a small business can have the Controller / CFO function filled by an experienced professional.

We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; a portion of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, RealWorld, Peachtree, Great Plains, Dynamics, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software) experience, as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons. Peter DeSmidt’s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

We provide part-time offsite and onsite CFO, Controller, Accounting, Cost Accounting, Forecasting, Inventory Management, Cost Control, QuickBooks Problem Solving, and QuickBooks Training Services to small and medium sized businesses.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

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Contact us www.desmidtconsulting.com/contactus.html

813-252-9490

Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt, BA, MBA, PA

QuickBooks Certified Advanced ProAdvisor

Microsoft Certified Accounting Application Specialist

Microsoft Certified Installation Specialist

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Part Time CFO And Controller Services – 5 Ways Outsourcing Can Change Your Business

By Terry L Mickelson

Small companies often face similar financial challenges to those of larger companies. Many reach a point in company growth where the expertise of a financial professional is needed, but are unable to afford a full-time CFO. With a part-time CFO, you receive the benefits of financial help at a much smaller financial commitment than hiring another full-time employee. Along with saving both time and money, you’ll be able to focus on where your company needs you most. A part-time CFO can help you:

1. Receive accurate financial information. Many companies’ financial statements are filled with incomplete or inaccurate data, making it almost impossible for business owners to choose right for their business. A part-time CFO uses up-to-date accounting standards, giving you the key profitability information needed to make vital decisions for your business.

2. Spend more time with customers. Spending time with current and future customers is not just a luxury; it is essential for a profitable business. If you are not spending time with your customers now, then your competition is. By taking care of HR functions and accounting; a part-time CFO can free needed time so you can focus more on your customers and growing your business.

3. Get more money from banks or vendors. Banks and vendors are looking for financial statements that follow correct accounting standards, look professional and highlight key information. Create the professional financial statements you need to improve your company image and receive better terms with banks and vendors.

4. Discourage employee dishonesty. Many business owners have been shocked to learn how much stealing can go on within a company. There are many different types of theft such as; theft of money, customer lists, inventory and more. A part-time CFO can help discourage theft by establishing control and keeping you more aware of what going on inside your company.

5. Manage your cash flow properly. Lack of planning can often cause unpleasant cash flow surprises. Don’t address only the ‘squeaky wheel’, or let your company only ‘exist’ from month to month. By correct planning, using cash flow management solutions and securing needed financing, many cash flow issues can be reduced or even eliminated.

All companies face large challenges, but with the help of a part-time CFO big obstacles such as getting more money from banks and receiving accurate company data can be simplified and handled properly. By aiding in better cash flow management, discouraging employee dishonesty and freeing more time to spend with customers; CFO services can help your company succeed.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/1678331
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Our approach is to provide a definitive yet thorough assessment allowing you, and your company, to consider a broad overview of alternatives to manage the challenges and enhance the performance of your business.

In short, we identify opportunities, work with you and your organization, and enable you to take advantage of business potential and growth. The move to part time, on call, and virtual services has become more accepted in the business world over the past few years. For a fraction of the cost of a full time employee, a small business can have the Controller / CFO function filled by an experienced professional.

We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; a portion of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, RealWorld, Peachtree, Great Plains, Dynamics, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software) experience, as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons. Peter DeSmidt’s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

We provide part-time offsite and onsite CFO, Controller, Accounting, Cost Accounting, Forecasting, Inventory Management, Cost Control, QuickBooks Problem Solving, and QuickBooks Training Services to small and medium sized businesses.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

Visit our mobile website www.desmidtconsulting.mobi

Contact us www.desmidtconsulting.com/contactus.html

813-252-9490

Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt, BA, MBA, PA

QuickBooks Certified Advanced ProAdvisor

Microsoft Certified Accounting Application Specialist

Microsoft Certified Installation Specialist

Contact us to inquire about our CFO and Controller Services.

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The Benefits of QuickBooks Enterprise For Your Business

By Gary Farrell

Whether large or small, no matter what you sell, your business needs an accounting program that is reliable and accurate, allows for simple generation of reports and is highly functional. Enterprise Solutions from QuickBooks, designed for growing businesses, has the capabilities and flexibility to meet your business’ unique needs as it grows – and it could save you thousands in up-front and ongoing system costs.

QuickBooks Enterprise provides the key functionality you need with incredible ease of use. If you are a business owner or manager exploring the available solutions for improving the financial flow of your work, here are just a few reasons why you should consider this product.

Business Growth Support: QuickBooks Enterprise lets you scale up to 30 simultaneous users as your organization grows. Flexibility: The software is designed to work the way you work, so you don’t have to change your current business processes. This program lets you customize any of its 120+ built-in reports and forms such as estimates and invoices to look and work the way you want. Instant Access: Get real-time, instant access to the information you need to know about your business, when you want it and in the format you want it in, from Enterprises’ 120+ built-in reports, such as Forecast Overview, Forecast vs, Actual, Profit & Loss Budget Performance, and A/P Aging Detail. Functionality: Enterprise Solutions delivers all of the key financial management and accounting functionality you would expect from a sophisticated solution, including: G/L, A/P, A/R, Payroll, Fixed Assets, Job Costing, Budgeting and more.

Consult with a local QuickBooks business advisor today to learn more about migrating your current records to the flexible and manageable QuickBooks software solution.

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We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; a portion of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, RealWorld, Peachtree, Great Plains, Dynamics, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software) experience, as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons. Peter DeSmidt’s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

Ask us for help.

We provide part-time offsite and onsite CFO, Controller, Accounting, Cost Accounting, Forecasting, Inventory Management, Cost Control, QuickBooks Problem Solving, and QuickBooks Training Services to small and medium sized businesses.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

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Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt, BA, MBA, PA

QuickBooks Certified Advanced ProAdvisor

Microsoft Certified Accounting Application Specialist

Microsoft Certified Installation Specialist

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9 Benefits of Companies Outsourcing Their CFO and Controller Tasks

All businesses need financial consulting, however not every business can afford to hire a full-time Chief Financial Officer (CFO), or a Controller. As a result, small and medium-sized businesses are increasingly turning to expert outsourced CFO services. Here’s how an outsourced financial consultant can benefit your company:

1. Cost Reduction
Outsourcing a qualified accounting professional to handle your CFO services can help your company save a lot of money. You’ll be getting expert services without having to add additional personnel and technological resources. This can help reduce your company’s overall operation costs.

2. Quality of Services
With an outsourced CFO, you can be assured of quality services because he is a professional who has worked with different industries, and understands what works across the board.

3. Allows Better Focus
It’s very important for businesses, especially small ones, to concentrate on their core competency, and let professionals handle what they don’t understand. If dealing with the financial aspect of your business isn’t your specialty, outsourcing CFO services can help to concentrate more on what you know best.

4. Overall Efficiency
When it comes to meeting deadlines, as well as other requirements of different projects, an outsourced CFO is generally more efficient compared to a hired one. This is because he has experience with almost all financial situations, and you can only expect the best from him or her.

5. Assistance in Getting Financing
Bookkeepers do a wonderful job, but it’s usually an outsourced Chief Financial Officer, who has to present suitable financial statements to a lending body for financial approval. With his or her experience, the CFO will be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses in your company’s income statement and balance sheet, and can equip you with the financial information that the bank may need. Many times, such CFOs will introduce your company to banking sources that match its lending requirements, and thereafter, assist you throughout the financing process.

6. Developing Budgets
Every business, regardless of size requires a revenue and expense management plan in order to successfully grow. An outsourced CFO can help you as the business owner to develop a model that demonstrates what needs to be done to attain a desired gross or net profit, or meet a sales goal. Every company owner can attest to the fact that without a budget, it’s difficult to run the business efficiently, leave alone managing it to become profitable. Therefore, the CFO can work with you to come up with plans that can help you identify the sales level that should be reached to attain break-even profitability, or know when it’s sensible to hire additional employees.

7. Managing Cash
Small companies would love to be able to have sufficient cash to run their everyday operations, however, most of them lack the tool to help them forecast their liquidity needs. When you outsource a CFO, he or she can build a model that forecasts your cash-flow requirements both in the short and long term. In addition, he’ll be able to help your company in prioritizing its cash-flow needs.

8. Assist in Complying with Tax Regulations
Several business owners usually disregard the consequences of failing to pay taxes to the federal and local government on time and in full. In addition, they pay the wrong amount of taxes because of wrongly entered transactions in the ledger. Accurate tax returns can’t be prepared without proper financial statements. Outsourcing CFOs can come in very handy for such businesses because they’ll ensure that financial statements are prepared accurately, and in a timely manner. Consequently, they’ll be able to assist you in navigating and complying with various tax regulations.

9. Upgrading Accounting Software
An outsourced CFO is familiar with a huge variety of software packages. As a result, he can weigh the gains of getting more powerful accounting software against the package’s cost, in order to know if the purchase makes sense. However, that basic software you have in your office may not suit every business type; certain companies for instance, those that deal with manufacturing, have significant inventory management requirements, and need more sophisticated software. An outsourced CFO can offer you very valuable advice regarding which accounting software is right for your business.

As you’ve seen above, companies have a lot to gain from outsourcing CFO services, such as cost reduction, efficient services and cash management. Besides, you’ll get more time to concentrate in the day-to-day running of your business.

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Our approach is to provide a definitive yet thorough assessment allowing you, and your company, to consider a broad overview of alternatives to manage the challenges and enhance the performance of your business.

In short, we identify opportunities, work with you and your organization, and enable you to take advantage of business potential and growth. The move to part time, on call, and virtual services has become more accepted in the business world over the past few years. For a fraction of the cost of a full time employee, a small business can have the Controller / CFO function filled by an experienced professional.

We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; a portion of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, RealWorld, Peachtree, Great Plains, Dynamics, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software) experience, as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons. Peter DeSmidt’s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

We provide part-time offsite and onsite CFO, Controller, Accounting, Cost Accounting, Forecasting, Inventory Management, Cost Control, QuickBooks Problem Solving, and QuickBooks Training Services to small and medium sized businesses.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

Visit our mobile website www.desmidtconsulting.mobi

Contact us www.desmidtconsulting.com/contactus.html

813-252-9490

Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt, BA, MBA, PA

QuickBooks Certified Advanced ProAdvisor

Microsoft Certified Accounting Application Specialist

Microsoft Certified Installation Specialist

Contact us to inquire about our CFO and Controller Services.

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Does Your Small Business Need an Outsourced Financial Controller?

By Tim Garrison

Many small business owners launch their business to follow a passion, whether that passion is writing, programming, Web design, art, sound & video, or any number of other industries. Your business begins to grow by word-of-mouth and soon, you’re hiring employees or independent contractors to take over part of your responsibilities rather than doing it all yourself.

Somewhere along the line, you grow large enough to hire a small business bookkeeper. Until now, you’ve managed your books yourself, either through QuickBooks or another bookkeeping software, or some system that you’ve devised yourself. Now, you’ve just gotten too big for this system to work anymore.

You hire a bookkeeper who understands financial accounting software and can manage your books on a full-time or part-time basis. This person could be an in-house employee, or maybe a local contractor. Or maybe you’re one of the growing number of smart business owners who hires an outsourced bookkeeper based in the U.S. who works virtually and communicates with you via phone and email.

Things go along well, but now that you’re not doing your own books anymore, you feel a bit out of touch with your company’s broad financial picture. Your bookkeeper can send you the reports and spreadsheets, but it doesn’t always make sense. You need someone to interpret all those numbers in boxes for you. Most importantly, you’ve grown large enough that you need a trusted financial advisor with the knowledge to help you make the best decisions for your rapidly growing business.

If you know anything about financial controllership, you might think a full-time financial controller comes with a 6-figure salary. And you’re probably right. Your business doesn’t have the budget for that — and it’s not what you need anyway.

You just need someone on a part-time basis to review your books with you monthly, provide checks-and-balances for your in-house or outsourced bookkeeper, and help you with financial planning and budgeting on a monthly or quarterly basis. If you think you can’t afford a financial controller, think again. Outsourced controllership services are less expensive than you may think, and will save your business money in the long run with better financial planning.

You may be concerned that, by hiring an outsourced controller, you’ll be giving up “control” of your company. That couldn’t be further from the truth. A financial controller provides you with the information you need to make the best decisions for your company — but all decisions remain yours. A financial controller doesn’t “control” your business. As a trusted advisor, he gives you the information you need to be more in control of your company.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7114727

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Our approach is to provide a definitive yet thorough assessment allowing you, and your company, to consider a broad overview of alternatives to manage the challenges and enhance the performance of your business.

In short, we identify opportunities, work with you and your organization, and enable you to take advantage of business potential and growth. The move to part time, on call, and virtual services has become more accepted in the business world over the past few years. For a fraction of the cost of a full time employee, a small business can have the Controller / CFO function filled by an experienced professional.

We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; a portion of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, RealWorld, Peachtree, Great Plains, Dynamics, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software) experience, as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons. Peter DeSmidt’s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

We provide part-time offsite and onsite CFO, Controller, Accounting, Cost Accounting, Forecasting, Inventory Management, Cost Control, QuickBooks Problem Solving, and QuickBooks Training Services to small and medium sized businesses.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

Visit our mobile website www.desmidtconsulting.mobi

Contact us www.desmidtconsulting.com/contactus.html

813-252-9490

Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt, BA, MBA, PA

QuickBooks Certified Advanced ProAdvisor

Microsoft Certified Accounting Application Specialist

Microsoft Certified Installation Specialist

Contact us to inquire about our CFO and Controller Services.

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Alignment – A Foundation For Lasting Revenue Growth

Your ability to win or lose more business is about alignment – configuring and calibrating key aspects of marketing and sales execution to optimize revenue growth. What this asserts is that the extent to which the organization consistently meets revenue targets is directly proportional to the degree of alignment between the organization’s parts and its strategic priorities.

Sustaining top-line revenue growth is an ongoing challenge for most companies. It’s no secret that one of the most critical challenges facing every 21st century organization is consistently delivering against the #1 driver of long-term company success-top-line revenue growth. Over the past decade of working with CEOs to design and deliver better long term revenue performance, I’ve seen and see, that those unable to sustain success routinely lack much of a coherent or comprehensive plan. Moreover, their teams have little understanding of how it all comes together and what their roles are, and/or the sequencing of events in achieving future plans.

When it comes to alignment, perception and reality often differ. That said, most executives think their companies are aligned. Over the past few months, they’ve put plans in place to align the organization and focus their resources to achieve maximum growth. They’ve organized a series of group and one-on-one meetings throughout the organization to communicate key initiatives, priorities, and growth expectations and get everyone on the same proverbial page. They sincerely believe that they are leading well-aligned companies, with all members of the management team and every employee clear on the rationale behind the strategic plan and their own priorities and accountabilities to support the plan, with specific time frames articulated.

But the facts tell a different story.
• 85% of executive teams spend less than one hour per month discussing strategy. (Norton)
• 54% of executives say that company’s capabilities do not reinforce one another (Booz@Co.)
• Two-thirds of support units are not aware of corporate strategy or aligned with their own business unit’s strategy. (Norton)
• 60% of organizations don’t link budgets to company strategy.(Norton)
• 95% of employees claim they are not aware of company strategy.(Norton)

It’s clear that organizations may not have their resources as well aligned as they think. Managers would do well to ask themselves and their teams the following questions:
• Are we all synchronized and systematically working towards the same objective-driving healthy revenue growth.
• Do we know the big picture and where we individually and collectively fit into that process?
• Are we clear on the critical factors that drive growth, there dependencies and that we’ve providing proper context for daily decisions being made in support of those objectives?

Without alignment, it’s difficult-if not impossible-for workers in an organization to have context for the decisions they’re making. Alignment and context allow an organization to move confidently beyond its current state to its future desired state.

Alignment is such a simple concept; why is it so difficult to achieve? The importance of aligning the team is hard to dispute, and it seems logical and obvious. But when you consider that strategy is set by very few, maybe once or twice a year, yet the real work is done over a long stretch by many who weren’t in those strategy meetings, you start to see the issue. The workers who ultimately carry out the mission have little understanding about how that strategy was reached, and they had no input on whether they think the strategy is plausible given the reality of resources, budgets, and competition they see out in the field. The result is that most do not have proper context for making good decisions in their daily work.

When you think of all the possible decisions that are made daily, one or two bad calls might appear to have little impact in the overall scheme of things. Most leaders may never be aware of these tactical decisions, or only find out about them when review meetings take place after the fact. But collectively, over time, decisions made outside the context of the organization’s overall direction will drive inconsistency and have significantly negative impact, with little opportunity to recover. This can result in confusion and unnecessary chaos, ultimately reducing the odds for success while driving down productivity and draining morale.

Alignment can be the difference between business success and failure. CEOs struggle each day with new challenges and increased complexity both within their companies and in the external environment. The percentage of companies that have consistently achieved even a modest rate of growth of over 5% for 10 years or more has continued to drop, and the business environment isn’t getting any easier.

Why do some companies succeed where others fail? When you think about it, all companies have the same basic ingredients: unique products or services, value propositions, a marketing budget, managers, leaders, people, buildings, metrics, etc. But, within each organization, the system can’t perform to its highest levels unless its constituent parts are aligned.

Think of professional sports teams. They all have the same ingredients: players, managers, owners, equipment, stadiums, playbooks, the best athletes, etc. Each is a system that is trying to become more successful than its competitors. What brings success? Alignment of the constituent parts. This rule applies equally to championship sports teams, Ferraris, and corporations. For the latter, it means developing and implementing a strategic framework that is translated into specific objectives and measurable initiatives. This framework galvanizes, links, and governs the entire organization, bringing more consistent and repeatable high performance.

Hitting your revenue growth expectations is proportional to your team’s degree of alignment. What becomes paramount is how well the organization can become aligned in order to move faster, make better decisions, and ultimately win more than the competition. This will allow leaders to more successfully align and optimize the collective resources to achieve key initiatives. This is a critical step in becoming more consistent in winning more than your competitors and, as such, should be a managed and formalized process that executives focus on for the long haul.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7488684

We provide remote cloud based Accounting and Accounting Management services for users of Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise / Desktop / OnLine, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Passport Business Solutions, including Entries, Inventory, Consolidations, Payroll, Analysis, Reconciliations, Budgeting, and Financial Reporting.

We provide these services on an hourly / part time / as needed or project basis, to include Accounting, Distribution, and Reporting functions; remotely or on your hosted systems.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation experience (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, Dynamics, Great Plains, RealWorld, Peachtree, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software), as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons.

Peter DeSmidt‘s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; the majority of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

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Intuit QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise – We Provide Remote Accounting Services In Your Hosted Environment

After serving the needs of small businesses for over 10 years, Intuit identified a need to better serve small to medium sized businesses growing in size or complexity. QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise was designed specifically with these businesses in mind.

QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise is the most flexible QuickBooks that adapts to the way you run your business. It scales from 1 to 30 users with everything you need to manage your users and data properly. Its add-on modules cater to your specific workflow needs.

With QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise you can:

  • Get room to grow without sacrificing control over user access.
  • Keep your growing data history to provide the best possible financial data about your business.
  • See your data the way you want with the most customizable reporting tools in QuickBooks.
  • •Manage your end-to-end workflow inside QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise.
  • Access Enterprise any way and anywhere you want, anytime.
  • Let users work at the same time with more activities in multi-user mode.
  • Add monthly Hosting Service to run your Enterprise in the cloud, and connect all your users and get anywhere, anytime access with no network to set up or maintain.
  • Combine reports from multiple company files for clearer business insights.
  • For more complex reporting needs, you can create custom reports with ODBC-compliant applications9 by connecting directly to the QuickBooks database for maximum flexibility in report design.

We provide remote cloud based Accounting and Accounting Management services for users of hosted Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise / Desktop / OnLine, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Passport Business Solutions, including Entries, Inventory, Consolidations, Payroll, Analysis, Reconciliations, Budgeting, and Financial Reporting.

We provide these services on an hourly / part time / as needed or project basis, to include Accounting, Distribution, and Reporting functions; remotely on your hosted systems.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation experience (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, Dynamics, Great Plains, RealWorld, Peachtree, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software), as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons.

Peter DeSmidt‘s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; the majority of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

Visit our mobile website www.desmidtconsulting.mobi

View our testimonials www.desmidtconsulting.com/testimonials.html

Contact us www.desmidtconsulting.com/contactus.html

813-252-9490

Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt, BA, MBA, PA

QuickBooks Certified Advanced And Enterprise ProAdvisor

QuickBooks Certified Online ProAdvisor

Microsoft Certified Accounting Application Specialist

Microsoft Certified Installation Specialist

Microsoft Great Plains Authorized Real World Consultant

Microsoft Certified Small Business Manager Consultant

Contact us to inquire about our CFO, Controller, Accounting, Dynamics GP, Passport, or Intuit / QuickBooks Services.

 

Better Profit of Your Business Dependent Upon Small Business Advisor

By Nantaram Peggy

While starting a business it is not always that the person knows everything about the business and there are always something or the other lacking behind in knowledge. In fact there are certain things which cannot be understood unless you have practical experience in it or have some expert advice with him. With the question of expert advice it can be said that it is always better to seek the help of some small business advisor who can guide you the best in managing your business and provide your expert advice in making it gain better profit. And therefore the role of the small business advisor is quite important for the better growth and development of any business. In fact there are also other factors that should be kept in mind.

The point is that the small business advisors that you choose should be efficient and trustworthy. In fact this is the primary criteria of choosing a small business advisor. When you do not have much idea of the business you are dealing with, in such a case it is obvious that you may have to depend a lot on the small business advisors and if they are not trustworthy the result may be that they may cheat you by providing false reports and take away your money. Therefore it is essential that you choose the proper small business advisor that can help you the best and is trustworthy as well. It is always better to choose someone who is already having quite a good deal of experience and a good reputation in the field you are working on. Therefore it is better to do some homework before choosing the right small business advisor. On the other hand the impartiality is also a great factor and if the company or the person you choose is partial towards any of your competitors it is most likely that the only sufferer would be you and your business.

Besides that it is essential to keep track of the total progress of the business and for that an accurate financial reporting plays a very important role. In fact when you have the total and proper reports of your business every week or every month it is easier for you to keep track of the progress of your business. In fact the accurate financial reporting can also be helpful in several other ways like providing you the actual state of your business and the things you are lacking behind in. Not only that, but with the help of accurate financial reporting it is easier for you to fix the future plans for your business for its better development with advice of the small business advisor. In fact when you do not have the proper reports it is not possible for anyone to understand the state of the business clearly and therefore there should be no mistake in the reporting for the better growth of the business and for better profit.

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Our approach is to provide a definitive yet thorough assessment allowing you, and your company, to consider a broad overview of alternatives to manage the challenges and enhance the performance of your business.

In short, we identify opportunities, work with you and your organization, and enable you to take advantage of business potential and growth. The move to part time, on call, and virtual services has become more accepted in the business world over the past few years. For a fraction of the cost of a full time employee, a small business can have the Controller / CFO function filled by an experienced professional.

We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; a portion of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, RealWorld, Peachtree, Great Plains, Dynamics, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software) experience, as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons. Peter DeSmidt’s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

We provide part-time offsite and onsite Advisory, CFO, Controller, Accounting, Cost Accounting, Forecasting, Inventory Management, Cost Control, QuickBooks Problem Solving, and QuickBooks Training Services to small and medium sized businesses.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

Visit our mobile website www.desmidtconsulting.mobi

Contact us www.desmidtconsulting.com/contactus.html

813-252-9490

Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt, BA, MBA, PA

QuickBooks Certified Advanced ProAdvisor

Microsoft Certified Accounting Application Specialist

Microsoft Certified Installation Specialist

Contact us to inquire about our Advisory, CFO and Controller Services.

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Why You Should Have an Advisory Board

By Robbi A. Gunter

Many small businesses have a Board of Directors to make executive decisions and to oversee the company’s various activities. Your business may or may not have a Board of Directors, but you will want to consider organizing an Advisory Board to help boost your company’s success and credibility within the local and business communities.

The Benefits

Advisory Boards typically consist of three to five professionals with expertise in various areas of business. Individual board members may have experience in finance, marketing, your specific industry, purchasing, or another area of business operations. An Advisory Board will give you the benefit of working with seasoned professionals whose interest lies in helping your business thrive.

Members of Advisory Boards do not profit from their work with your business. Although you may compensate the board members by covering their travel expenses, providing meals, or offering stock options or monetary payments, their purpose is to give you guidance in developing a successful company. Advisory Board members will generally be more objective than Board of Directors members because they are not seeking any return from their time and work investments. You can expect the advice from Advisory Board members to be honest and straightforward.

Advisory Boards are an excellent resource for business knowledge as well as advice. The members usually have years of experience in their field and have likely encountered many problems along the way. “Experience is the best teacher” is absolutely true when it comes to operating a business, and the lessons learned from your Advisory Board’s cumulative business experiences are more valuable than any training course, book, or lecture. These professionals have “been in the trenches” and can offer realistic and relevant advice.

You will not be the only one profiting from having an Advisory Board. Professionals that are members of an Advisory Board are part of your business because they want to be. They love what they do and want to reach out to other business owners to pass on their knowledge and enthusiasm. Advisory Board members welcome the opportunity to network with other like-minded professionals while helping business owners build or expand successful companies.

Impact on Your Business Credit Profile

One of the greatest advantages of incorporating an Advisory Board into your business plan is the positive effect this can have on your business credit profile. Your association with proven business leaders will boost your presence in the community. This can potentially draw more interest from investors and also enhance your credibility with community leaders and local lenders. Taking a strong interest in your company’s future by coordinating an Advisory Board will let others know that you are serious about your business’ success.
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Our approach is to provide a definitive yet thorough assessment allowing you, and your company, to consider a broad overview of alternatives to manage the challenges and enhance the performance of your business.

In short, we identify opportunities, work with you and your organization, and enable you to take advantage of business potential and growth. The move to part time, on call, and virtual services has become more accepted in the business world over the past few years. For a fraction of the cost of a full time employee, a small business can have the Controller / CFO function filled by an experienced professional.

We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; a portion of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, RealWorld, Peachtree, Great Plains, Dynamics, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software) experience, as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons. Peter DeSmidt’s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

We provide part-time offsite and onsite CFO, Controller, Accounting, Cost Accounting, Forecasting, Inventory Management, Cost Control, QuickBooks Problem Solving, and QuickBooks Training Services to small and medium sized businesses.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

Visit our mobile website www.desmidtconsulting.mobi

Contact us www.desmidtconsulting.com/contactus.html

813-252-9490

Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt, BA, MBA, PA

QuickBooks Certified Advanced ProAdvisor

Microsoft Certified Accounting Application Specialist

Microsoft Certified Installation Specialist

Contact us to inquire about our Advisory, CFO and Controller Services.

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Intuit QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise – We Provide Remote Accounting Services In Your Hosted Environment

After serving the needs of small businesses for over 10 years, Intuit identified a need to better serve small to medium sized businesses growing in size or complexity. QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise was designed specifically with these businesses in mind.

QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise is the most flexible QuickBooks that adapts to the way you run your business. It scales from 1 to 30 users with everything you need to manage your users and data properly. Its add-on modules cater to your specific workflow needs.

With QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise you can:

  • Get room to grow without sacrificing control over user access.
  • Keep your growing data history to provide the best possible financial data about your business.
  • See your data the way you want with the most customizable reporting tools in QuickBooks.
  • •Manage your end-to-end workflow inside QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise.
  • Access Enterprise any way and anywhere you want, anytime.
  • Let users work at the same time with more activities in multi-user mode.
  • Add monthly Hosting Service to run your Enterprise in the cloud, and connect all your users and get anywhere, anytime access with no network to set up or maintain.
  • Combine reports from multiple company files for clearer business insights.
  • For more complex reporting needs, you can create custom reports with ODBC-compliant applications9 by connecting directly to the QuickBooks database for maximum flexibility in report design.

We provide remote cloud based Accounting and Accounting Management services for users of hosted Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise / Desktop / OnLine, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Passport Business Solutions, including Entries, Inventory, Consolidations, Payroll, Analysis, Reconciliations, Budgeting, and Financial Reporting.

We provide these services on an hourly / part time / as needed or project basis, to include Accounting, Distribution, and Reporting functions; remotely on your hosted systems.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation experience (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, Dynamics, Great Plains, RealWorld, Peachtree, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software), as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons.

Peter DeSmidt‘s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; the majority of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

Visit our mobile website www.desmidtconsulting.mobi

View our testimonials www.desmidtconsulting.com/testimonials.html

Contact us www.desmidtconsulting.com/contactus.html

813-252-9490

Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt, BA, MBA, PA

QuickBooks Certified Advanced And Enterprise ProAdvisor

QuickBooks Certified Online ProAdvisor

Microsoft Certified Accounting Application Specialist

Microsoft Certified Installation Specialist

Microsoft Great Plains Authorized Real World Consultant

Microsoft Certified Small Business Manager Consultant

Contact us to inquire about our CFO, Controller, Accounting, Dynamics GP, Passport, or Intuit / QuickBooks Services.

 

QuickBooks Help Save Small Businesses Money at Tax Time

Many small businesses use QuickBooks for their bookkeeping software. It is a fabulous way to maintain financial records in a convenient way, especially around tax time. If done correctly, your QuickBooks file should make tax time a breeze. However, if you have made small mistakes in recording throughout the year, you may be paying more taxes than you owe. Overpaying is never a good thing for a small business, so to avoid this situation you should have a qualified consultant review your files to look for mistakes you may have made during the year.

One way an error can happen when a business owner contributes their own money to their business. It happens now and then that you may have to use your money for a business expense. If this money is simply recorded as income, it will be taxed. This type of income must be specified as an owner contribution to the business within your QuickBooks file in order to avoid being taxed. Don’t make this mistake and find yourself paying tax on your own money.

Often, instead of giving money to use for your business, a business owner will loan money to their business. These are funds that will be paid back to the owner, possibly at a more stable financial time in the business. Remember, you only pay sales tax on income not on loans or contributions. Record this type of credit as loan so it will not be mistakenly taxed as income.

Many business owners use credit cards to make purchases for their business. QuickBooks is able to sort these charges and recognizes them as expenses for your business if they are recorded correctly. Suppose you purchase new office furniture from a superstore and simply record the total amount spent. QuickBooks needs to know what type of expense this was so that it could be correctly classified. This would be an office expense, and would be a tax deduction for your business. Take the time to specifically record credit card charges rather than just a one-time charge to your credit card company in order to receive accurate deductions.

QuickBooks also keeps track of how much sales tax you will need to pay to the state. However, if you have not recorded each of your income and expense transactions correctly, the sales tax payment may be too high. For each sale to customer, the amount of the tax must be recorded separately from the cost of the item. The amount you will pay to the comptroller will also need to be correctly recorded through the ‘Pay Sales Tax Liability’ window.

Finally, a common mistake people make both in business and in personal finance is incorrect recording of ATM or debit card purchases. It’s easy to swipe your card making a quick transaction and be on your way. It is crucial to record each debit or ATM use correctly. Think of it as each time you use a debit card, it’s just like writing a check and must be recorded just like a check would be.

Anyone who uses QuickBooks knows the value of this software. It makes the business owner or bookkeepers job much easier. However, it is always a good idea to have an experienced QuickBooks help consultant review your file at tax time to make sure you are not paying too much in taxes.

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We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; a portion of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, RealWorld, Peachtree, Great Plains, Dynamics, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software) experience, as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons. Peter DeSmidt’s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

Ask us for help.

We provide part-time offsite and onsite CFO, Controller, Accounting, Cost Accounting, Forecasting, Inventory Management, Cost Control, QuickBooks Problem Solving, and QuickBooks Training Services to small and medium sized businesses.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

Visit our mobile website www.desmidtconsulting.mobi

Contact us www.desmidtconsulting.com/contactus.html

813-252-9490

Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt, BA, MBA, PA

QuickBooks Certified Advanced ProAdvisor

Microsoft Certified Accounting Application Specialist

Microsoft Certified Installation Specialist

Contact us to inquire about our QuickBooks services; or to set up a free consultation telephone call.

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Are You Running Your Business Without a CFO? Seriously?


By Jon C Daiker

The role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) -and the structure in which CFOs operate-varies significantly across organizations. Market complexity, revenue sources and budget size are important factors that drive how the CFO role is configured-and how the role evolves over time.

The past decade has seen dramatic changes to the role of CFO – an evolution from a “bean counter” who reported the numbers and controlled over-all costs to a dynamic, strategic member of the management team. The responsibilities of today’s CFO have gone well beyond the finance function as more time is expended on strategy and operating issues and less on budgeting and accounting. Increasing business pressures, government regulatory intervention, the tight economy and a need to measure the operating performance of a company in order to stay ahead of the competition has transformed the “green eye-shaded” CFO into a key business partner of the CEO.

An interim CFO can fulfill a vital role in keeping a company on track, both in terms of day-to-day operations as well as longer term strategic objectives during these transitions. According to The CFO Expert, Samuel Dergel, even if a company is truly serious about hiring their next CFO and makes the search a priority, it could take up to 3 months to complete the search. “Can a company afford to leave this position unfilled for up to 3 months or more”?

In order to answer that question, let’s look at some of the responsibilities of the CFO on which organizations have become very dependent.

Cash flow is of utmost importance for all companies, and a tight economy really exacerbates managing the cash flow situation. To be successful, today’s CFO needs to manage both sides of the balance sheet.

On the asset side, managing the company’s accounts receivable balance becomes critical. How many days’ sales are outstanding compared to a year ago, compared to industry standards, compared to the company’s best ever? Has the company’s aging deteriorated? What can be done to accelerate collection? How much will it cost? What has been written off and why? Does the credit extension policy need revision in light of economic conditions? No business can afford to lose sight of any credit extension factors and the collection of outstanding accounts receivable balances. Who is the key to all this? —-the CFO and the financial staff.

Again, on the asset side of the balance sheet, a potentially huge use of cash that needs to be managed is inventory level. In a tight economy, consumer spending habits change. In response, production output probably needs to be reduced. However, cutback production too far and sales may be missed. A lot of analytical work needs to be done by the CFO and the financial staff to understand which SKUs are moving on a regular basis and which ones have started to stagnate. If production is cut, what facility is most efficient and has the capacity to meet new needs? What are the economics of the labor agreements in the plants where downsizing would occur? No business can afford to lose sales, build inventories without demand or make bad decisions on plant cutbacks. Who is the key to all this? —- the CFO and the financial staff.

One last area of concern on the asset side of the balance sheet is capital improvements. Even in good economic conditions, capital investment decisions are somewhat subjective. There are always a lot of assumptions that need to be made and challenged. A tight economic environment only intensifies the decision making process. And when funds requested are for an intangible like software, assumptions are difficult to challenge and evaluate. No business can afford to forego ROI and Payback analysis at any time, let alone in a tight economy. Who is the key to all this? —- the CFO and the financial staff.

Turning to the right side of the balance sheet, accounts payable and accrued expenses can be an important source of funds from a cash flow perspective and require more scrutiny and management in tough economic times. Understanding vendor agreements and negotiating better terms are responsibilities of the CFO and the financial staff. No business can afford to leave a stone unturned if the goal is to maximize cash flow and minimize borrowing. Who is the key to all this? —- I think you know the answer!

One of the CFO’s primary responsibilities in all economic environments is ensuring there are adequate funds available through loans, lines of credit or equity. These agreements require continual monitoring to avoid default. Also, determining if market conditions are right for a refinance or equity offering are equally important. No business can afford to default – the market waits for no one, so be ready to refinance when appropriate. You know who is the key to these transactions.

The tactical responsibilities detailed above all support the day to day activities of cash flow management which by itself is a full time job. And that is before the control and reporting aspects of the CFO’s responsibilities are considered. When you add all the regulatory responsibilities that are now part of the CFO’s portfolio, the CFO is truly moving from “bean counter” to “jack of all trades”.

The CFO’s responsibilities go well beyond finance into balancing compliance and risk management with overall business performance. A CEO needs the CFO to take a leading role in shaping strategy that drives bottom line results while managing risk. Market conditions are continually changing and the CFO needs to recognize change as it relates both to control as well as business performance.

The executive team needs to seize opportunities as they arise. Understanding and monitoring evolving business drivers and developing models that portray the “what ifs” of new market conditions requires diligence as well as consistency. Management needs to know the deeper sense of how business will be affected by various scenarios. The CEO is no longer relying on marketing and business development to make these decisions without having applied the financial analysis tools of the CFO and the financial staff. No business can afford to approach these scenarios in a haphazard way, as a wrong turn could cost the company millions of dollars and a potential loss of market share. Who is better equipped to address these issues?

Increased business pressure and the tightening of purse strings are causing the CFO and CIO to work more closely together to leverage technology to cut costs and improve processes. The need for real-time operational and financial data and analyses is being demanded by management and the need to respond to the fast pace of today’s market conditions. Processes need to be streamlined to adapt to the ever-changing business and market demands to meet key business goals and improve the bottom line. Again, these decisions are more subjective and can negatively impact the bottom line if the appropriate analysis and due diligence are not performed. Here, again, you can’t afford to proceed down the process improvement path through technology improvements without the scrutiny and challenge of the CFO and the financial team.

With the changing focus of the CFO’s responsibilities and financial management in general, the CFO is becoming a strong business leader. More involved with the evolution of the company’s culture, concerned with the development and mentoring of the financial team, the CFO must now instill financial acuity into the whole organization. Assisting the CEO and other key management personnel with talent management is only the tip of the iceberg. Today’s CFO must instill a sense of confidence and credibility with all stakeholders….employees, customers, partners, business analysts, and shareholders.

The CFO’s role is no longer one just of stewardship, statistician and historian. The narrow purview of years past of reporting, compliance and controls, while still part the CFO’s responsibilities, has evolved into strategist, visionary, technology leader and communicator. The CFO role has become the glue that holds everything together and moves the organization forward—balancing compliance and risk management with business performance goals. CFOs have emerged as the key business partner to the CEO. CFOs require an understanding of the company’s markets and the evolving business drivers, as well as broad knowledge of the organization and the relationships between functions. And CFOs require the communication skills to recognize the concerns of all stakeholders and assure them that the accountability and integrity of the company and its management is not being compromised. A business that wants to become or remain a market leader and create value for the shareholders/owners cannot afford to be without the strong business leadership of the CFO for any period of time, including the candidate search window, without jeopardizing the company’s performance. That is why an experienced Interim CFO can add value in a time of change, provide steady and seasoned direction in a turbulent business situation, and continuity and counsel to the CEO, executive team and eventually to the new CFO. Every business of substance could use some CFO assistance whether it’s full-time, part-time, or on an interim basis.

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Our approach is to provide a definitive yet thorough assessment allowing you, and your company, to consider a broad overview of alternatives to manage the challenges and enhance the performance of your business.

In short, we identify opportunities, work with you and your organization, and enable you to take advantage of business potential and growth. The move to part time, on call, and virtual services has become more accepted in the business world over the past few years. For a fraction of the cost of a full time employee, a small business can have the Controller / CFO function filled by an experienced professional.

We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; a portion of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, RealWorld, Peachtree, Great Plains, Dynamics, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software) experience, as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons. Peter DeSmidt’s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

Ask us for help.

We provide part-time offsite and onsite CFO, Controller, Accounting, Cost Accounting, Forecasting, Inventory Management, Cost Control, QuickBooks Problem Solving, and QuickBooks Training Services to small and medium sized businesses.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

Visit our mobile website www.desmidtconsulting.mobi

Contact us www.desmidtconsulting.com/contactus.html

813-252-9490

Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt, BA, MBA, PA

QuickBooks Certified Advanced ProAdvisor

Microsoft Certified Accounting Application Specialist

Microsoft Certified Installation Specialist

Contact us to inquire about our CFO and Controller Services.

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Outsourced CFOs are Smart for Business


By Mark Ferguson 

Running a business takes many skills sets, and business owners, eager to keep costs in check, try to do it all. From hiring decisions to compiling financial statements, owners spread themselves thin running from task to task.

The upside? There’s no large salary tied to people holding specialized positions. The downside? Each task gets but a fraction of the time it deserves – and requires.

According to the Harvard Business Review, outsourcing is one of the most important management ideas and practices of the last 75 years. Companies using outsourcing cite innovation as their number one reason for bringing in a fresh perspective to key company functions. Business owners and executives say they derive these four benefits from outsourcing:
1. Outsourcing allows companies to focus on what they do best – their own core competencies.
2. Companies achieve greater efficiencies without adding people or technological resources.
3. Outside expertise helps companies become more profitable, thereby increasing company or shareholder value.
4. Outsourcing offers increased service levels within company functions.

One of the most critical functions in a company – especially one transitioning through one of the growth phases – is that of the financial officer. A Chief Financial Officer (CFO) typically focuses on how efficiently a business is operating. While some business owners view this function as a reporting function – one where the CFO merely is a score keeper of how well the business already has performed, that’s just where CFO duties begin.

A CFO takes the historical financial data (also known as financial statements and other typical recording reports), combines that information with operating practices, and analyzes areas where the company could – and should – make changes that affect profitability, productivity and efficiency. The CFO with top-notch business sense can dramatically impact a company’s bottom line.

Companies nearing the half million up to the $5 million revenue mark often find they can benefit from the services of a seasoned CFO, but can’t – or don’t want to – afford the $200,000+ these professionals typically demand for a salary. Some business owners, realizing that they do not have the resources to hire a full-time CFO, simply accept this and vow to grow their businesses so they can hire a CFO in the future. Smart business owners recognize that if they want to reap the benefits of an experienced, results-producing CFO, they must look for a more creative way to do it.

These smart entrepreneurs regularly make outsourcing work for them. They understand the importance of leveraging their money while obtaining critical tools for success. Many times, the cost savings accompanying qualified CFOs makes the decision that much easier.

Outsourced CFOs sell their time by the hour or on a monthly basis -four to eight hours a month, for example, at an agreed-upon fee. CFOs can isolate areas of concern that the business’s accountant wouldn’t (and possibly couldn’t) detect until tax time. Even the closest accounting advisor isn’t privy to day-to-day business practices.

CFOs can have a positive affect on the outcome of major business decisions. For instance, companies facing reorganizations or mergers need to have access to real numbers associated with these events. They also need to know how to leverage available resources with company debt. Skilled CFOs handle these issues regularly and can bring much-needed expertise to company owners and executives as they make short- and long-term decisions.

Other areas offer opportunities as well. Purchasing agreements sometimes can hurt the well-intentioned company manager. If a company makes larger purchases because of negotiated lower prices on products and the trade off is a shorter pay schedule, CFOs can isolate this scenario as the key reason why a company could constantly be in a cash crunch.

Finding a qualified CFO may be as far away as a phone call to your CPA or accountant who offers outsourcing as a credible service component for companies like yours. Today, some firms offer the services of experienced CFOs who have retired and now work as temporary workers – much like you would hire a secretary on an as needed basis. Whichever route you take, financial matters aren’t the only areas where an outsourced CFO can lend advice. CFOs can help your business in several critical areas including:
· choosing appropriate accounting software,
· deciding whether leasing or buying equipment is best,
· how to compensate company officers,
· how to handle company collections,
· how to handle cash flow and how to balance company debt with receivables, and
· how systems can be improved to improve productivity.

While hiring a CFO for a short amount of time may get you past a cash flow crunch, help secure a much-needed loan or initiate systems that increase productivity, experts agree that to get the most out of your investment, you should commit to your outsourced CFO arrangement for at least a year. An experienced CFO often can impact your business in less time than an average work day or approximately eight hours.

If you are a business owner currently functioning as CFO, think of all the things you can do with your leveraged time.
· Spend time with valued customers to ensure their continued business.
· Attract and win new business.
· Develop new products or services.
· Work on operational or financial projects to make your business more profitable or accelerate its progress toward your growth goals.

Bottom line: the choice to outsource comes down to dollars and sense. When companies add a CFO’s salary to a benefits package complete with annual bonuses, the price tag is high. And, not all CFOs are equal- navigating the maze of available CFOs can leave you dazed and confused. Keep in mind that CFOs possessing business performance management knowledge add an extra dimension that positively affects other areas of your company, including productivity, operating efficiencies and internal systems.

It takes time to make the decision to outsource a critical management position. Aligning company growth goals with the operating budget, and comparing that to the benefits an outsourced CFO can bring to the picture, enables you to determine if outsourcing is right for your company. If you still aren’t sure, call your accounting business advisor to discuss the pros and cons of this type of arrangement.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Mark_Ferguson/43797

DeSmidt Consulting, Inc.

We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; a portion of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of Accounting, Cost Accounting, and systems implementation (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, RealWorld, Peachtree, Great Plains, Dynamics, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software) experience, as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons.

Peter DeSmidt’s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

Ask us for help.

We provide part-time offsite and onsite CFO, Controller, Accounting, Cost Accounting, Forecasting, Inventory Management, Cost Control, QuickBooks Problem Solving, and QuickBooks Training Services to small and medium sized businesses.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

Visit our mobile website www.desmidtconsulting.mobi

View our testimonials < www.desmidtconsulting.com/testimonials.html

Contact us www.desmidtconsulting.com/contactus.html

813-252-9490

Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt, BA, MBA, PA

QuickBooks Certified Advanced ProAdvisor

Microsoft Certified Accounting Application Specialist

Microsoft Certified Installation Specialist

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits of our CFO and Controller Services.

Retain A Part Time CFO – Reach Your Business Potential

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By Sara Johnston

Often small businesses are confused when deciding which is best for their company; an accountant, a bookkeeper, a CFO, etc. For most small to mid sized companies, the best choice is a part time CFO. You can benefit from all the experience of a CFO, without the commitment and added cost of hiring a full-time senior staff. Using a variety of financial planning tools they help map out a company’s future, on an affordable, as need basis. Choosing to hire a part time CFO can greatly benefit your company in many ways, such as:

1. Many are seasoned professionals with at least 20 yrs of experience in accounting and finance. They have overcome and learned from numerous challenges, have already experienced most problems your company faces and know how to help you run your business successfully. With a part time CFO, plans and strategies can also be tested in financial models before you risk implementing them in your company.

2. Using strategic, insightful solutions, they work as a member of your team to help you reach your company’s financial goals. They provide financial management at a significantly lower cost than hiring an in-house senior staff and should be seen not as an additional cost, but as a way to boost profits.

3. With accurate financial statements, a part time CFO helps empower business owners to better achieve their goals and control the direction their company is moving. By clarifying and enhancing your financial situation you will be able to see exactly where you are now and decide on future steps needed. You’ll be able to move forward confidently in the direction you want with a strong foundation under you, and anticipate company needs before future events occur.

4. Having accurate financial statements is critical when trying to obtain necessary cash from banks or other financial institutions. A part time CFO can help create financial statements that will help you feel more confident in your control over your business. When a lender sees the owner knows exactly what is happening, they will have confidence in that business and be more apt to provide the working capital needed.

Experienced and thorough financial management is vital to building a successful business. Part time CFOs are skilled at enhancing and assessing your financial situation and offer advanced, affordable expertise. By working as a member of your team, they offer strategic solutions to help you move in the right direction for your growing business and achieve long-term goals, with lasting results.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Sara_Johnston/137485
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Our approach is to provide a definitive yet thorough assessment allowing you, and your company, to consider a broad overview of alternatives to manage the challenges and enhance the performance of your business.

In short, we identify opportunities, work with you and your organization, and enable you to take advantage of business potential and growth. The move to part time, on call, and virtual services has become more accepted in the business world over the past few years. For a fraction of the cost of a full time employee, a small business can have the Controller / CFO function filled by an experienced professional.

We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; a portion of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, RealWorld, Peachtree, Great Plains, Dynamics, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software) experience, as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons. Peter DeSmidt’s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

Ask us for help.

We provide part-time offsite and onsite CFO, Controller, Accounting, Cost Accounting, Forecasting, Inventory Management, Cost Control, QuickBooks Problem Solving, and QuickBooks Training Services to small and medium sized businesses.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

Visit our mobile website www.desmidtconsulting.mobi

Contact us www.desmidtconsulting.com/contactus.html

813-252-9490

Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt, BA, MBA, PA

QuickBooks Certified Advanced ProAdvisor

Microsoft Certified Accounting Application Specialist

Microsoft Certified Installation Specialist

Contact us to inquire about our CFO and Controller Services.

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Five Biggest Reasons For Considering QuickBooks Hosting For Your Growing Business

By Shalu Singh

In today’s era of high competition, businesses are working hard to achieve the highest in every business aspect. Sometimes because of the burden of responsibility, they find it very difficult to manage everything from top to bottom. However, for a business to prosper one has to manage everything effectively and efficiently, especially the most important field of any kind of business industry that is accounting. Managing accounting data is as much difficult as essential for the business success especially for SMB’s as they find traditional accounting practices unaffordable. Every small business knows very well that accounting is a necessary evil that will take a lot of time and efforts, and can frustrate CPA’s while doing bookkeeping or further leads to data complications. Financial audit dealing and reporting may not look the most exciting part of a business but if treated in an effective way then these practices can provide considerable benefits.

From small to mid-sized businesses across the globe, people are taking advantages of cloud services to connect easily with clients to make their business practices more effective. The cloud technology has a lot of features that gives Startups and SMB’s the ability to avail most of the benefits that previously can only be afforded by the big boys with a big budget. In the case of managing finance and accounting data, many studies have shown that very few businesses are relying on hard drive or spreadsheet to store data. As every business person knows the importance of accounting and wants to reduce the bookkeeping and accounting frustrations, they are shifting towards the most cost-efficient accounting system. Yes, we are going to talk about latest technology in trend for accounting treatments – QuickBooks cloud hosting. With days, people are turning towards QB hosting for their financial treatments.

No matter from where you are going to use it – you login outside, in the office or dedicate it in your home for your 24/7 remote access, it will ultimately be cost-effective and less risky to host your data for these below listed 5 major reasons:

Security And Spam Protection: Security of an on-premise data are very hard to guarantee. Most of the time, there is no real security of data in typical offices having many devices with USB connections that may lead to many serious business security risks. Chances are that your confidential data may get broken or lost. But by hosting QuickBooks you can safely store your data in the cloud. In data centers, there are a lot of security practices such as the implementation of most efficient Antivirus and firewalls to protect it from disasters. This will provide more consistent computing environment.

Cut Costs And Control The Way You Use Your Resources: In earlier days, businesses were relying on local computers, each time at the refreshment of hardware, they had to plan in a new way for their needs. But with the time, they shift from on-premises to the cloud servers since it provides them a tighter control over their business expenditures with predictable costs. It will also help to increase ROI by eliminating the cost of setting an in-house infrastructure and maintenance. This means to run QuickBooks application, you only have to pay for RAM, disk space and bandwidth that your cloud server uses. In other words, you don’t have to prepay, pay when needed. The best part is that it can save almost the half of money by controlling the way you use your resources with QuickBooks hosting.

Go Green With Cloud Accounting: Today everyone is talking about the buzzword “Global warming”, from plastic bottles Reutilization to reusable coffee cups, putting their best possible efforts to make the world green. But, do you ever think that how reducing all those paper works and moving business software system to the cloud will help to go green? Many worldwide types of research have shown that how cloud technology could reduce Data center usage in upcoming years. So, In this way, by hosting the most efficient cloud accounting software – QuickBooks can help SMB’s to eliminate resource use, the risk of error, and expenses. The staff is no longer bogged down by repetitious tasks that drain hours of productivity. Every department of a company can help themselves by using cloud hosting as they don’t have to shift their computers and other hardware one place to another, they can work seamlessly without any shuffle. In the cloud, businesses can Go Green and Grow Green.

Rapid Elasticity: Elasticity is another name for scalability that simply means the ability to scale up and down the capacity based on performance. Forecasting future demand is always a tough deal and there is an uncertainty with business risks. So definitively, SMB’s will opt for a service that provides them an opportunity to increase or decrease the demand for service. And by using QuickBooks hosting, businesses can meet their expectations during busy periods and off – peak periods by increasing & decreasing the capacity per use. By this way, one can easily manage the resources as per the use and monitor the resource utilization and performance. This means with QuickBooks hosting, clients are served with on-demand service quality.

Increased Productivity With Anytime-Anywhere Access: Everybody wants a hassle free environment to work. They try to handle everything on their own and in the case of software installation; if PC crashes, they lost their productive data. With anytime accessing of QuickBooks file through a highly available host, they can boost their productivity in multiple ways. Without interrupting each other, CPA’s can log on to their clients QB files at any time from any location at once. It also allows 30 people accessibility to the same application at once.

Bottom Line
In a nutshell, QuickBooks hosting is all in one package for accountants. It is as versatile as a small business owner wants with a lot of unexpected benefits. Are you ready to avail these benefits and move towards QuickBooks hosting?

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Shalu_Singh/2332998
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We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; a portion of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, RealWorld, Peachtree, Great Plains, Dynamics, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software) experience, as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons. Peter DeSmidt’s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

Ask us for help.

We provide part-time offsite and onsite CFO, Controller, Accounting, Cost Accounting, Forecasting, Inventory Management, Cost Control, QuickBooks Problem Solving, and QuickBooks Training Services to small and medium sized businesses.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

Visit our mobile website www.desmidtconsulting.mobi

Contact us www.desmidtconsulting.com/contactus.html

813-252-9490

Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt, BA, MBA, PA

QuickBooks Certified Advanced ProAdvisor

Microsoft Certified Accounting Application Specialist

Microsoft Certified Installation Specialist

Contact us to inquire about our QuickBooks services; or to set up a free consultation telephone call.

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