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Managing a developing business involves making a number of decisions which often are financially based. Our experience can help you make the right choice efficiently and help you avoid unnecessary costly errors. Employing highly experienced quality CFO/FD's however is often unaffordable for some companies.

FCFO offers support on a part time (fractional) basis- priced on a retainer basis dependent on the monthly hour commitment that works for your business.    

Fractional CFO is an experienced CFO who provides services for organizations in a part-time, retainer, or contract arrangement. This offers a company the experience and expertise of a high-end CFO without the in-house cost—salary, benefits, and bonuses—of a full-time CFO.

Unlike a full-time CFO who oversees and maintains all general financial strategy or an interim CFO who performs CFO duties before or between CFO hires, a fractional CFO’s duties are typically on a project basis and specifically tuned to the company’s particular challenges or goals.

What Does a Fractional CFO do for a Company?

Fractional CFOs most commonly partner with companies to help overcome financial challenges, achieve growth, optimize strategy, implement systems, raise capital, or navigate an audit or transaction.

Overcoming Specific Challenges:

Fractional CFOs are often brought into an organization when there are financial challenges that the company’s existing team does not have either the skills or manpower to overcome. In many cases, a company does not have an in-house CFO. In some cases, however, the company may have an existing CFO, and the fractional CFO acts as a partner or advisor or helps lead separate projects such as raising capital or navigating an audit.

A fractional CFO is often brought into a company to help overcome specific financial challenges such as:

  • Cash flow issues 

  • Low gross margins

  • High expenses

  • Outgrown existing systems

  • Need to make cost cuts

  • Navigating an audit

Create Forward-Facing Financial Visibility

Fractional CFOs are also helpful in optimizing or implementing more forward-facing financial visibility. While many financial professionals such as bookkeepers, accountants, and controllers are tasked with keeping past and current finances organized and well-documented, a CFO focuses on the future.

A fractional CFO helps determine how to get you from where you are to where you want to go. Growing a business requires strategic use of capital. For many fractional CFOs, one of their most important contributions will be providing a financial forecast that will act as a blueprint to achieve the growth in the most efficient, accelerated, and sustainable way possible.

With a short-term (next 90 days), mid-term (rest of this year), and long-term (next 3-5 years) view of the business, a company can better anticipate its trajectory and cash position or requirements. It can make it easier to manage through the lean times, help determine when and how to secure loans or investments, anticipate future owner compensation, and help plan and prioritize future business decisions such as staffing, production, geographical expansion, etc.

Fractional CFOs can help companies:

  • Develop detailed short-, mid-, and long-term financial forecasts.

  • Prepare budgets based on forecasts.

  • Analyse potential future products, services, markets, and customer segments.

Helping Manage Growth

Fractional CFOs are also helpful in scaling a business, ensuring profitable growth as the business becomes more complex. This work involves reinventing the tools, processes, and vendor relationships the business uses to deliver value to an ever-growing and increasingly diverse set of customers. 

Many bootstrap start-ups begin with a part-time bookkeeper and simple systems but later find that they cannot sustain additional business growth and complexity. Systems, resources, processes, and strategies must scale in sophistication as a company grows.

Fractional CFOs can help companies:

  • Develop existing employees and hire new ones that bring essential knowledge and skills.

  • Implement systems that will support sustainable growth.

  • Improve visibility and analytical capabilities to convert large amounts of data into actionable information.

  • Explore causes of revenue leakage, cost overruns, and operational friction in a growing business and develop potential solutions.

Helping Achieve Goals

A fractional CFO is also often brought into an organization to help achieve a particular goal, such as raising capital or preparing for a sale, merger, or acquisition. Most fractional CFOs have helped raise debt and equity funding, and have helped oversee mergers and acquisitions.


In these cases, a fractional CFO is helpful in:

  • Getting books in order

  • Producing financial forecasts

  • Bringing expertise and validation to the company

  • Sitting in on board meetings

  • Helping with strategic relationships

  • Analyzing term sheets and contracts

  • Overseeing due diligence

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