We understand that staying healthy is priority number one. However, we recognize many businesses are also facing sudden, unforeseen challenges affecting how they manage cash flow, remote operations, and their strategy during this time. We've seen similar challenges in the past, and are here to offer reassurance.
What is a fractional CFO?
Every business needs financial leadership and resources to get things done. But if a dedicated or full-time position may not be budgeted or even necessary, a fractional CFO (chief financial officer) could be the way to go.
What, exactly, is a fractional CFO? They are an experienced CFO who works with organizations in an outsourced, part-time, retainer, or contract arrangement. This gives a company with the experience and expertise of a C-level finance executive without the in-house cost—salary, benefits, and more—of a full-time employed CFO.
Small to mid-sized business owners certainly know the importance of having clear financial reports, insight and business strategy. Yet it's often difficult to attain trusted data without a full-time, dedicated C-level finance executive. In this scenario, a fractional CFO can be an invaluable asset to a company.
How our fractional CFO services help you reach business goals
Focused Energy’s CFO services are designed to help your business grow, scale and strategize appropriately.
Our team comes from different industries and backgrounds, so they have a clear idea of what your business needs and how we can maximize your existing opportunities. Instead of simply presenting accurate data to you, our consultants provide the answers you need to boost your goals.
Our trusted advisors provide the financial insights and skill sets that your organization needs. We go over the details of your finances and study the implications of your financial decisions. Given this knowledge, we help you take more confident steps toward the future of your business.
Engage our CFO services at full capacity or scale them up and down based on your unique business needs.
There are many ways our fractional or outsourced CFOs can work alongside a company's currently existing financial or executive team. Here are a few:
Forecasting & Reporting
Exit Support (M&A and IPO)
Fractional CFO versus traditional CFO
The fractional CFO is an outsourced chief financial officer whose duties and pay can be more easily scaled than a full-time, in-house CFO. A traditional CFO role would by definition include heavy involvement in determining the long-term goals and strategic decisions of a company. A fractional CFO, while also involved in steering the company in the right direction, would function in a more consultative role.
A full-time CFO generally manages and provides all general financial strategy and management. An interim CFO performs CFO duties before or between hiring a new CFO. A fractional CFO’s typically works on a project basis and tends to be specifically focused on a particular challenge or goals at a company.
Why outsourced CFO services are a good idea
Outsourced CFO firms like Focused Energy harness data that is necessary to execute your vision. But the benefits of fractional CFO solutions go deeper than that.
The following are reasons to trust our advisors with financial and accounting needs:
- You need help with accounting, bookkeeping, and financial forecasting
- You notice limited financial growth and are exploring organizational changes
- You’re creating a new business plan and aren’t sure of its long-term effects
- You’re planning to open your business for IPO, or are looking into a merger
There are many more aspects of finance that an outsourced CFO can do for you. Discuss your needs with an experienced consultant today.
What does a fractional CFO do?
Fractional CFOs perform many duties related to the protection of the financial well-being of a company. They focus on helping a company in three main capacities. One is to work through financial challenges. Another is to attain forward facing financial support. This includes facilitating business growth, partaking in business planning and implementing financial systems. The last is helping companies to achieve their business goals. This often involves raising capital and preparing for a business audit, merger or acquisition.
Common services that they may provide to a company include:
- Financial Planning and Strategic Implementation
- Short- and Long-Term Financial Forecasting
- Fundraising and Debt Financing Advice
- Systems Strategy and Design
- Budgeting and Forecasting
- Expansion of Products, Services, or Geographies
- Cash Flow Optimization and Management
- Maximizing Margins
- Interim CFO Services
- Proposals for Sustainable Growth
- Merger and Acquisition Support
- Preparing for an Exit
Fractional CFOs have to be versatile in their skill set and have experience in a number of different fields.
Related Blog: Secret to Success: Outsourced CFOs
Benefits of a fractional CFO
Your finance and operation functions should do more than just process transactions and reports. It should produce insight to grow your business, drive profitability and help you have a clear understanding of the road ahead.
Focused Energy's experts apply their financial and operational know-how to help clients reduce stress, improve profitability, and increase a business’ chances of success.
Here are just a few of the other advantages to consider.
More Time in the Day
How a fractional CFO can work with your team
There are several ways a fractional CFO augment or work alongside a company's currently existing financial team.
For example, if a company already employs a CFO, CPA, bookkeeper, or other accounting employees, then a fractional CFO would function largely as a consultant and fellow strategist. However, if that infrastructure is not in place, then a fractional CFO, along with other accounting professionals, can fulfill all of those duties as well, depending on the need.
We work with each client to determine the best solution for their needs, as well as existing and future resources.
Either way, Focused Energy can free up your time and help you gain control and clarity over your business finances.