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Outsourced Accounting

Expertly trained accountants with a deep understanding of the software and your industry,

Family Office Accounting

High-touch technology family office accounting services that ensure security and privacy.

Bill Pay

Outsourced bill pay solution with cash flow reporting and tracked expenses.

What Are Outsourced Accounting Services and Do I Need Them?

If you are asking yourself these two questions, you've come to the right place.

What’s the Difference Between CFO and a Controller - and What Do I Need?

Although these two important roles are sometimes viewed as interchangeable there are important differences between them.

Industry Expertise
Our Key Industries

Expert knowledge and high-quality software solutions for our 5 key industries.

Construction & Real Estate

Real-time financial data and integrated job costing to generate reports and improve accountability.

Manufacturing & Distribution

Track billing of materials, implement inventory control systems, manage supplier base, and reduce unnecessary costs.


Our team has the expertise needed to navigate deposits, refunds, chargebacks, and processing fees to maximize efficiency.

Professional Services

Streamline financial operation and increase overall profitability to enable faster and smarter decisions.

Family Office Accounting

High-touch technology family office accounting services that ensure security and privacy.

Why does industry expertise matter?

Industry focus allows us to be experts in the accounting needs of the companies that operate within these industries.

Why Plumb Works With These Industries

This is another one of our favorite questions. The answer is easy: we know these industries.

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Sage Software

Innovative software to manage your accounting, people, payroll, payments, and more.

NetSuite Software

Integrated cloud business software suite, including business accounting, ERP, CRM and ecommerce software.

QuickBooks Software

Scalable solutions for reporting, transactions, month-end close, analysis, and more.

QuickBooks to NetSuite Migration: A Comprehensive Guide

Migrating from one accounting software platform to another is a critical undertaking for businesses. This is especially true when considering a transition from QuickBooks to NetSuite.

How do I know which Software is right for my company?

Selecting the "right" software for your company might seem like an overwhelming task, but we'd like to help make this process easier for you.

Sage Software

Innovative software to manage your accounting, people, payroll, payments, and more.

Sage Intacct

Automate the critical processes, reduce the spreadsheet headaches, and get greater visibility into real-time business performance.

Sage 300 CRE

Sage 300 Construction & Real Estate connects finances and operations to help ensure maximum profit.

Sage 100 Contractor

The all-in-one construction software that goes beyond basic accounting to put you in total command of your projects.

Sage Estimating

Build bids quickly and precisely, plus integrate with other Sage software solutions to streamline operations.

Sage Paperless

Easily store, retrieve, and route documents for accounting and operations.

Sage Service

Streamline service calls and construction projects from start to finish with web-based real-time information.

Additional Solutions

Add-on these services to improve workflow and enhance data and analytics.

How and When to Choose Construction Accounting Software?

The right tools can help you manage your construction projects efficiently, provide clarity of your finances, and ultimately help improve profitability and job success.

5 Types of Visibility Every Construction Firm Should Have.

Here we list 5 key elements to help capture insights that are pivotal to running an efficient and lucrative constriction firm.

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What can Plumb Do for Your Business?

At Plumb we pride ourselves on providing "clarity in accounting and stewardship in service." But what does that actually mean?

What's the Plumb Promise and What's in it for You?

We're on a continuous journey to go above and beyond for our clients. Here's how we do that.

8 Signs Your Small Business Needs Fractional CFO Services

Posted on April 1, 2024 at 7:09 AM
Written by Plumb

Gradually transforming into a titan takes work for a small business. It demands dedication, unyielding effort, and, most importantly, financial acumen. Engaging a small business CFO can be the desired accelerant to this transformation.

Catering to small and mid-sized companies, we provide Outsourced Accounting services and an experienced small business CFO to bridge any financial gaps. Plumb believes in fostering growth by embracing financial transparency, thereby allowing you to steer your business toward its true potential.

Struggling to Manage Complex Financial Processes as Your Business Grows

If your financial transactions are becoming complicated and harder to manage, this is a sign you need a small business CFO. Whether it's reconciling accounts, overseeing monthly close processes, managing payroll, or monitoring cash flow, these financial tasks can become a burden. Keeping them in-house, especially when your team needs more expertise, results in costly financial errors and compliance issues.

Hiring a small business CFO can help manage these complex processes for you. Outsourced CFO services have the expertise and experience to handle larger volumes of financial transactions. They understand compliance requirements and can identify cost-saving opportunities. This allows your team to focus on what they do best: driving the growth of the business.

Facing Challenges in Strategic Financial Planning and Analysis

Effective financial planning and analysis (FP&A) is fundamental to the success of growing companies. However, not all businesses have the resources to conduct meaningful financial analysis. More often than not, financial reports go unused simply because there's no one with the time or expertise to interpret them. This lack of actionable financial insight can lead to poor decision-making, slower growth, and missed opportunities.

This is where a fractional CFO comes in. They can provide FP&A services that align with your business's needs. By leveraging modern technology, outsourced CFOs can dive into your financial data, make sense of it, and even predict what's going to happen so you can make proactive decisions about your company's financial future. This kind of service is valuable to businesses determined to maintain steady growth and dodge any potential financial pitfalls before they turn into crises.

Requiring Expertise in Fundraising and Capital Management Strategies

Raising capital is a critical task, especially for businesses on growth trajectories. If internal team members need more savvy to attract investors or manage capital efficiently, fractional CFO services offer a lifeline. Expert CFOs have the knowledge and networks to build capital-raising strategies that align with business needs. Their understanding of different financing options can uncover opportunities you may have yet to consider.

Equally important is the proper management of the capital once it's been secured. Effective capital management strategies ensure the business uses the funds most wisely. A skilled small business CFO is adept at prioritizing different areas of your business for investment. They aim to strike a balance between fulfilling the immediate needs of the business and investing in initiatives that promise long-term growth and profitability.

Encountering Difficulty in Budgeting and Financial Forecasting Accuracy

One of the more tangible signs your business needs CFO services is frequent discrepancies between your budget forecasts and the actual figures. If your cash flows are often in the red when you expected them to be in the black, you need a more expert perspective. Financial forecasting isn't just about making educated guesses. It requires a deep understanding of the business's financial health, operational efficiency, and market trends.

A fractional CFO can help rectify this by developing more accurate and realistic budgets and forecasts. They bring their skills and tools to generate financial forecasts that reflect your actual business performance and the realities of your marketplace. With their help, you can plan more effectively for future expenses and avoid unnecessary financial stress.

Needing Assistance with Investor Relations and Financial Communication

Maintaining transparent and effective communications with investors, lenders, and other stakeholders is another challenging task that can be outsourced to a fractional CFO. If your monthly or quarterly reporting consumes less time or results in valuable insights, a CFO's high-level perspective can be a game-changer.

They manage your investor relations, ensuring your financial stakeholders are kept informed while also interpreting the complex financial data into understandable outcomes. By hiring a small business CFO, you ensure clear, open, and trustworthy lines of communication. This can result in stronger relationships with your investors and lenders, which can be vital to your business's continued growth and success.

Lacking Robust Financial Systems and Controls in Your Business Operations

If you're struggling with manual spreadsheets, missing critical financial reports, or dealing with inconsistent data, it's a clear-cut sign your business may need the expertise of a small business CFO. They bring a professional level of oversight to your financial systems, harmonizing and streamlining your financial operations.

Hiring the help of an outsourced CFO can help ensure the installation of robust financial systems and controls. They understand the nuts and bolts of various accounting tools and can customize them to suit your business operations. By compiling, reviewing, and interpreting financial data, they provide a clear picture of your business's economic health, thus supporting intelligent business decisions.

Experiencing Rapid Growth That Demands Advanced Financial Oversight

Rapid growth is what every business aims for, but paradoxically, it can also invite a new set of challenges. One such is managing the increased financial complexity associated with expansion. Meeting these challenges can be daunting without the required experience or expertise.

Engaging a fractional CFO service can provide invaluable support during these times. They can handle the increased financial complexity associated with growth and provide strategic insights to ensure the business remains on a sustainable path. They understand the subtleties of growth economics, and their strategic input can help you manage your fast-paced growth more effectively, ensuring your company's growth is sustainable and controlled.

Dealing with Compliance Issues and Financial Regulatory Challenges

Legal compliance is often an area neglected by small or mid-sized businesses because they lack the necessary skills or resources. However, non-compliance with financial regulations can lead to severe penalties and harm your business's reputation.

By appointing a fractional CFO, you can alleviate these regulatory concerns. A small business CFO can help you navigate legal and compliance issues, prepare your business for audits, and manage tax planning. As they stay abreast of changes in financial regulations, they can ensure that your company adheres to the latest rules and regulations, reducing the risk of non-compliance and potential legal problems. With the right CFO services, your business can operate confidently, knowing it's on the right side of the law.

Striving Forward with Plumb: Your Reliable Partner in Financial Management

Financial management is the steering wheel, clutch, and accelerator of a business, all seen from the dashboard of a skilled CFO. Plumb provides your business with streamlined Outsourced Accounting services along with an experienced small business CFO, delivering innovative financial strategies while ensuring a steady fiscal course. Sail your vessel toward prosperity with Plumb.

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