Most virtual CFO services try to take the big-business approach and provide highly strategic advice which centres around providing:
This can be very useful for certain types of businesses. But our experience shows that is not what modern entrepreneurs want or need.
That’s because the average digital entrepreneur is very switched-on, and not in need of high-level advice. The digital entrepreneurs who come to us want specialist knowledge and skill, delivered quickly and easily. Some of the things they want to know:
That’s why we provide Operational Finance services, instead of typical virtual CFO services. Virtual CFOs are for advice. Operational Finance is for execution.
Operational Finance is the amalgamation of Finance, Accounting and Bookkeeping for the purpose of increasing cashflow and profitability.
Some of the things we do:
What is the cost of business for every product and transaction? What is the cost of providing each service? What is the Cost Per Acquisition?
Are you making more than $1 back on every $1 you spend? Is your marketing working and actually making you money?
Your inventory is your money – literally. Handle inventory in ways that keep your money working.
How can you deliver more value or serve more customers without spending more?
Which customers are worth your time and cost? How can you scale your services?
Where is the business missing profit opportunities? Which parts of the business are costing more than they should?
We do these things by setting up systems and processes, and by performing deep analysis and consultations with our clients.
Manage books without fuss. Data entry; bank reconciliation; processing of invoices, receipts, payments and running payroll.
Run payroll, submit BAS and other government/regulatory reporting.
Take the actions that keep money in the company’s bank account, instead of being tied up in unnecessary costs. Find ways to bring more cash in.
Apply economic and financial principles that make the business more profitable in constantly evolving markets, and to be ahead of the market.
Dive deep into the numbers of the business to figure out where the money is coming in and going out. Find the levers that affect the true health of the business.
Keep the costs of the business under control. Support the different functions of a business to be industry-competitive.
Give the business leaders specific, actionable advice that drives profitable outcomes.
Educate the people in the business so the standard in the business keeps improving.
The costs of our services vary on the size and complexity of your business, and the specific services you choose. We will need to speak to you in order to give you a specific price. Generally speaking, our prices are similar to that of a typical bookkeeping service.
If you run a digital or professional services business that wants to increase profitability through the application of sophisticated finance and economic principles, then Operational Finance is for you.
“Over the past twelve years of working with accounting firms who are trying to successfully navigate the transformation of the finance field to this digital age, I’d say the number one thing that SBO provides, that no other partner provides, is that personable side to get right down in the dirt with you, and really understand your business day-to-day challenges. That hands-on support isn’t always there from your traditional accounting partners, who are generally more interested in high-level advisory and year-end reviews.
The sense of ease that the SBO team provide is great. We’ve got SBO servicing us across the board in London, L.A., New York, and Sydney. We’ve got a team of supportive and highly educated and informed people, that we can lean on to solve a lot of our business problems as we grow.”
– Isobel Stackpool, The Projects (read case study here)
Our engagement process is a little different to others. We take our potential clients through a commitment-free, fee-free engagement process to understand their businesses at a technical level:
Why do we go to all this effort? So we make sure that we are able to deliver value, and so you can be sure of what you’re getting.