"Financial management, for many family businesses, is more of a accounting or bookkeeping function than a management function," according to top family business expert
"For a family business to grow and prosper, the accounting and bookkeeping functions need to evolve into a management function. If that infrastructure change does not occur, the family business will not maximize the full potential of the business."
Schwerzler has been studying and advising family business entrepreneurs for more than 40 years and he is the founder of the
Family Business Institute.
Financial management is the job of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the business.
Wikipedia defines CFO:
The chief financial officer (CFO) is a corporate officer primarily responsible for managing the financial risks of the corporation. This officer is also responsible for financial planning and record-keeping, as well as financial reporting to higher management. In some sectors the CFO is also responsible for analysis of data. The title is equivalent to finance director, a common title in the United Kingdom. The CFO typically reports to the chief executive officer and to the board of directors, and may additionally sit on the board.
For those family businesses who can not afford to have a CFO, we offer some tricks and tips from our financial management experts:
Financial management - for the family business owner who doesn't have a CFO and all the trappings of big companies!
Let's face it - big companies need and can afford to have a whole arsenal of specialists and professionals to help them. They already know the tips and tricks.
But, many of our smaller (and some that are not so small!) family business clients don't have professional financial managers. But you still need to run a a tight ship financially. So, this section is for you.
If there's something you'd like covered - or if you want to talk about how one of our ideas might apply to your family business - or family! - use this link ASK THE EXPERT
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Accounting Information System
The first step to take charge of the financial well being of your family business is to have a solid accounting system.
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