FAQs

Have questions for Consult Your CFO?

 

We’re happy to answer them. See the answers to our most frequently asked temporary CFO services questions below:

 

  1. Why do I need an outsourced CFO/Controller?
  2. What do you offer that a temporary agency cannot?
  3. Can I afford your outsourced CFO services?
  4. How will Consult Your CFO fit into my company?
  5. How would I be billed?
  6. How often should I consult my CFO/Controller?
  7. Why don’t you have a physical corporate office?
  8. What standard of security will my CFO/Controller be held to?
  9. What happens during the initial consultation?
  10. What conditions must I agree to?
  11. What system access do I need?
  12. What can I expect during the first few months?
  13. What happens if I eventually require a full-time CFO or Controller?

 

1. Why do I need an outsourced CFO/Controller?

In short, you need more time and energy to devote to your business, and you need expert temporary CFO advice to preserve your company’s financial future. By outsourcing your CFO/Controller, you lift the burden of financial services from your shoulders. For more information, see “Why Consult Your CFO” .

2. What do you offer that a temporary agency cannot?

We work more closely and more flexibly with you than a temporary agency can. Your needs may require various and infrequent scheduling requirements (e.g., once a week, once a month, twice a week, etc.), and we can meet those needs. With us, you can also schedule time directly with your CFO/Controller, which would be much more difficult to do with a temporary agency.

3. Can I afford your outsourced CFO services?

Our services are affordable to most small- and mid-sized businesses. Typically, we charge from $130-$150 per hour in quarter-hour increments. Our low overhead and fair hourly rates allow you to obtain a seasoned CFO/Controller at a historically unattainable cost.

4. How will Consult Your CFO fit into my company?

For specific assignments (i.e. mergers/acquisitions/sales, etc.) we will work with designated key team members under CEO approval until the project is completed. For monthly operational accounting and financial engagements, we oversee your entire accounting department. If desired, we can also oversee treasury, billing and receivables, payroll, human resources, and purchasing for start-up or early growth firms.

5. How would I be billed?

You will be billed on an hourly basis. We may ask you to fund a retainer before starting work.

6. How often should I consult my CFO/Controller?

Frequency is based on the agreed-upon action plan. We will work only within your budget and your needs. Typically, there is more front-end work followed by a reduced workload to maintain the improved processes.

7. Why don’t you have a physical corporate office?

Simply put, we don’t need a corporate office to help you achieve your financial goals. Like many companies, our virtual environment gives us the flexibility to work at your office or at our respective home offices depending on your needs.

8. What standard of security will my CFO/Controller be held to?

Your CFO/Controller will be held to the same standard as the rest of your employees. We will happily sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) upon request.

9. What happens during the initial consultation?

The initial consultation is a complimentary meeting during which we’ll discuss your company’s goals, the nature of our relationship, and whether the engagement is a win-win.

10. What conditions must I agree to?

You and your CFO/Controller agree upon the scope of the project and the hourly rate. Once both parties have signed the agreement, work will begin. You’ll receive a copy of the agreement for your records.

11. What system access do I need?

To achieve your goals, your CFO/Controller will need access to your accounting software. You can establish a separate username for your CFO/Controller and/or you can provide access through a web-based hosting company or Citrix connection. Ideally, your CFO/Controller will have immediate 24-hour access to your data. (Your CFO/Controller, as with any permanent staff, should have system restrictions that adhere to internal control procedures.)

12. What can I expect during the first few months?

Your CFO/Controller will follow the project guidelines as per the signed agreement. As he or she gets more involved with the company, your CFO/Controller may uncover other financial issues that could change the list of priorities. We’ll work closely with your company leadership to resolve any unforeseen issues in addition to achieving your original goals.

13. What happens if I eventually require a full-time CFO or Controller?

We’ll adapt our services to your company’s changing needs. We’ll help you interview your permanent CFO/Controller and oversee an orderly transition of duties until we are phased out. If desired, we can also provide occasional advisory services going forward.

 

Learn more general information by viewing our temporary CFO services

 

If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to call us today at 410-371-0821.