Podcast – How to Hire a Part-time CFO

Five steps to hiring a part-time CFO to simplify your life.


This podcast lasts for 8 minutes 49 seconds.

A written format is available here.

How to Hire a Part-time CFO

In my earlier article, Seven Reasons to Add a CFO – part-time or full – to Your Team, I discussed the reasons to add a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to your team. If you have not read that article you should do so before reading this one.

The first step in the hiring process is to define the job you want filled. What specific results should the CFO produce for you and your company? Are you concerned about running out of cash because you have taken on a big project but will not get paid until completion? You worry about having enough cash on a regular basis. You are not certain that the bookkeeping is being done in an efficient and rigorous manner? What else of a financial character concerns you? Is your CPA driving you crazy with questions or suggestions that you do not entirely understand?

Make a list. Look back at the seven reasons I gave in my earlier article and see if this don’t provoke some additions to your list of worries. When you have completed your list, these are the problems, largely, that the CFO should solve.

Do not spend too much time thinking about exactly which functional skills are required to produce these results. It is the job of candidate CFOs to demonstrate to you that they have solved problems like yours and produced the required results. You are not hiring a trainee or development project, you are hiring an experienced CFO.

A few concrete skills and experiences you should look for.

First, your CFO must know how to get their hands dirty. This means they must have active skills to build spreadsheets and extract information from financial software systems and paper documents. Second, they must know how to present this to you in a clear, actionable format. A key task for them is to get financial information about company performance into your hands in a timely fashion and in a format that leads to making decisions. Third, preferably they will have experience in your industry so that they can set the analysis within the context your business lives in. Fourth, they should have worked as part of a team so that they have the skills to present the financial “score” clearly and then engage in a dialogue with the other management team members to help drive the business forward in a coherent fashion. At the level of the CFO, finance is not an isolated function, rather, it plays an integral role in managing the ongoing business and developing new strategies. Continue reading

Podcast – Seven Reasons to Add a CFO – part-time or full – to Your Team

7 Reasons why you need to add a part-time CFO to your business team


This podcast is 7 minutes 20 seconds long

Seven Reasons to Add a CFO – part-time or full – to Your Team

Many small businesses operate with only a bookkeeper and CPA to manage the finances. The owner or GM fills in, or at least think that they fill in,  for all of the duties of a Chief Financial Officer (CFO). As a result owners of these businesses frequently have inadequate financial information to effectively move ahead. And, they are frequently using scarce resources (their time) performing tasks far better done by a professional, experienced hand.

In this time of readily available outsourced or part-time professionals there are very few worthwhile reasons not to have your own CFO. Depending on your size, your CFO might appear once a month or several days a week.

So, let me list a few reasons for you to find a part-time CFO. Continue reading