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How will automation affect your clients?

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

We mostly work with businesses that have really big clients, it seems to be the thing that defines us. And most knowledge economy B2B's will be like that, where their ..

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Focus on the large and variable - not the small and predictable

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

If you have a 30 June year end you're probably putting the finishing touches on your annual budget. If you are, it's a good time to have a look at the way you categor ..

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Podcast Interview With Leigh Dunsford @ Waddle Loans

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

I recently did a podcast interview with the very cool Leigh Dunsfield from Waddle Loans Check it out https://soundcloud.com/waddlepodcast/thomas-taylor-t2-c ..

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Why it's better to be slightly resource constrained

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

Human beings work better with constraints and we are usually not very good at restraint. Constraints drive better creative solutions (), plus we get a sense of  ..

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Design The Life You Love

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

Check out "Design The Life You Love" by Ayse Birsel. This is a great read for business owners. Especially the consideration of constraints as well as deconstruction a ..

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How to Write a Budget Paper

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

If you have to present a budget paper to your Board and/or investors it's a good idea to provide a document explaining the numbers, rather than just hit them col ..

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Strategy vs Housekeeping

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

Some things have to get done - else they will come back to bite you later - but they won't necessarily grow a business. As an example, accounts depart ..

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Do you know where the day goes?

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

Time flies - but it can also sink you. So how do you better control it? Usually only people that bill by the hour use time sheets. I think a lot of other bus ..

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Who's Who in Your Business Zoo?

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

Most people only have a limited number of different tasks to perform each day. If they are delivering work for clients, their days look fairly similar week to week.  ..

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Beware the Budget Loch Ness Monster

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

In last week's blog entry I talked about how what might appear to be a lumpy business is more often just lumpy accounts and how dangerous that can be. It's a pr ..

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is Your Business Lumpy? Is it Going Downhill?

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

Is your business really lumpy? Or is it just the accounts? And if so, is it, beneath all that distortion, having problems? How do you find out? Most businesse ..

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Which Income Stream Is Making You Money?

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

We often recommend better management reporting, but also, the equally important, regular time put aside each month to review and interpret the results. This might ..

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No one eats just cake - have your cake on top

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

Do Not Only Eat Cake It's absolutely fine to put high-value, time-based, consulting work on top of your standard products. That suits bespoke and complex prob ..

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How to Do What You Love and What's Good For You

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

There is no end of advice out about how to be more productive, to get more things done in your day. But how often do you sit back and have a think ..

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Why You Don't Need Accounts Staff Anymore

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

If you have to spend money on compliance, try to get some value from it. Bookkeeping and tax definitely fall into that category. We often recommend that busines ..

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How Much Money Are You Really Making From SaaS Sales?

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

How do you know if you're making money from your SaaS sales? It's easy right? If you sell it for more than it costs you. Anyone that knows anything about Saa ..

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Living With Constant Disruption......

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

It wasn't that long ago that we were discussing the end of jobs for life. How we would need to retrain a few times during our working years. It seemed exciting b ..

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Managing the Cost of Client Acquisition

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

After the cost of delivering services, the cost of client acquisition is the most critical expense to control in your business but most people don't track what the to ..

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How Do I Know When Can I Employ Someone?

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

Anyone who runs a service business knows the feeling, a constant concern about balancing the amount of work on and knowing when you can employ someone. I ..

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Why You Should Bootstap For As Long as You Can

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

bootstrap ˈbuːtstrap/ verb gerund or present participle: bootstrapping 1. COMPUTING fuller form ..

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We're Dogfooding it - and it's Great

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

Eating your own dog food, also called dogfooding, is a slang term used to reference a scenario in which a company uses its own product to test and promote the p ..

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Maybe the Best Person for the Job is More than One Person

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

Hands up if you know how Hubspot works.... keep your hand up if you have the time to keep it humming along with the best marketing tactics and relevant content.  ..

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Charging by the Hour is Like Flipping Burgers

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

Charging by the hour is hard work. And any time you stop work, the income stops too. It's life on a treadmill. I think part the reason a lot of professio ..

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Get the Numbers Right Before You Throw Fuel on the Fire

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

The more time I spend working with growing businesses, the more I see that the biggest success factor is usually sales. It's stating the obvious but there is a bit mo ..

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Should you employ a junior first?

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

A question I'm asked all the time is "how do I know when I should employ someone". And that's usually easy enough to estimate, once you've done it a few times ..

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Are You Ready to Let Go of Timesheets?

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

Are you ready to let go of the edge of the pool? The traditional way of managing service firms, utilisation and charge-out rates, was fundamentally tryin ..

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How a CFO adds value to your business

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

Have you noticed that there seems to be a bunch of new Outsourced CFOs about? This is a great thing, I think there needs to be a lot more of us. That's  ..

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We Are Living Through the Transition to Post Industrialism

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

Economists in the twentieth century, from communist through to fascist, and everything in between, almost exclusively relied on labour cost (per hour) as the mai ..

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Is the Traditional Professional Services Model Dying?

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

These days smart professional services firms are leveraging bundled products and automation, not so much people. It used to be just people. For many decades  ..

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How to Survive A Christmas Cash Flow Problem

By Sydney Outsourced CFO Thomas Taylor

It's common for businesses to have problems with cash flow in January. Expenses seem to pile up in December and your clients are off on holidays in January when  ..

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