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The Benefits Of Outsourcing CFO Operations To Your Accountant

By 10/07/2019November 4th, 2022No Comments
The Benefits Of Outsourcing CFO Operations To Your Accountant

Let’s start with a quick explainer. To maintain any level of success and growth for your business within Australia, or around the world, it is essential to have a component within your company that oversees and guides it’s financial operations and strategy. This role often involves strategic financial guidance of the business, maintaining a full finance function and domestic tax compliance and legal requirements are met. Traditionally, this takes the form of a full-time employee known as the CFO (Chief Financial Officer).  Indeed, many business owners may believe employing full-time staff to be the only pathway to executing these tasks.

There is an alternative, however, and it may prove far more suitable for many businesses. A number of, though not all, domestic accounting firms including our team at Equil Advisory, have been offering Outsourced CFO services for a number of years. As the name might suggest, this means allowing a trusted third-party to oversee and perform the tasks that an in-house CFO would be expected to. Utilising your accountant in this way, depending on the position your business is in, may provide a number of distinct advantages as compared to the traditional full-time CFO, or even a separate third-party bookkeeper.

  1. Cost Efficiency

A full-time CFO just simply isn’t affordable for many businesses, especially for young start-ups that might have high growth aspirations, but limited cash in the bank. It’s understandable considering the cost-pressures placed upon many fledgling business owners as they attempt to scale up. Regardless, these essential functions still need to be performed or risk impact to long term success of the business. 

A key expected benefit of outsourcing these tasks is a reduction in overhead costs, whilst still being able to adequately execute a full-finance team operation. Full time employees are often expensive and their pay isn’t directly correlated to their productivity. In weeks of downtime or slow revenues they still command the same paycheck, regardless of a diminished workload. Outsourcing offers a certain degree of cost flexibility along with limited overheads.  

The Equil Advisory team also offer an additional benefit being their cost structure. With all clients on a fixed retainer model there are no surprises with costs each month. Driven and focused by outcomes, the team seeks to maintain consistent and regular communications as to obtain vital information about the business, which will help financial performance. 

  1. The Keepers Of The Numbers 

Keeping with a similar theme, there is even greater potentiality for cost-efficiency if you are able to outsource your CFO role to the accounting firm or financial services provider that currently looks after your year-end compliance needs. This offers the capacity for unparalleled transparency and clarity throughout financial operations – from your books, through payments and bill management, to strategy and future budgeting. When the financial grunt work is being well executed eternally business owners have a far greater capacity to extract valuable insight and determine their next move.

Consolidating bookkeeping and CFO operations under the one (outsourced) roof should also provide additional assurance that all compliance requirements are preempted and promptly met, and there are appropriate risk mitigation strategies in place. Equil Advisory has a great depth and range of knowledge across their team and this wealth of experience is something that businesses might not otherwise be able to afford to access with a full-time employee.  

Equil Advisory also prides itself on having a proactive approach with all clients. The team are constantly identifying new ways to grow and improve the businesses worked with, rather than just focusing on the day to day numbers. 

  1. The Unvarnished Truth

Direct and unbiased advice is priceless when it comes to financials for businesses. Using a third-party provider creates the necessary professional distance to prevent the misdirection that is often associated with traditional CFO roles. There have been many instances of internal employees focusing unevenly on misleading reporting, and board or management composition, in order to protect their own role and income security. Regularly this results in the slow identification of, and resolution to, a number of avoidable issues.  

Outsourcing these operations to an accounting firm gives a greater sense of confidence that the information you’re being given is unfettered and fully invested in your success, as there is not the same threat of individuals aspiring to maintain or improve their place within the hierarchy of the business. Accounting firms such as Equil Advisory are focused on partnering and working with businesses to achieve success. 

  1. People Change

There can be a considerable loss of time and investment whenever a painstakingly well-trained and qualified full-time employee decides to depart the business. Moreover, within the current domestic workforce, employees are more likely to change jobs, and industries, more rapidly than ever before. 

Engaging with third-party providers, especially those with multiple employees of their own, has the capacity to lessen the reliance on any one individual. An appointed third-party CFO from a company such as Equil Advisory has the benefit of an entire infrastructure of support from within their own business, from both the Director and supporting team members. In this way, the CFO operations provider can maintain security and continuity of financial practice over the long-term; from the way that books are kept, to the reporting that comes through to ownership. There is a greater potential to standardise the way that these functions are performed. ——————

It’s important to note that these advantages are only relevant if the third-party CFO operations provider is reliable and trustworthy. The success of outsourcing any operations to any given third-party is still contingent upon their output and quality being upheld to the highest level. Equil Advisory continually set the highest standards of work and communication to ensure client’s every financial need is accounted for. As such, Equil Advisory have seen resoundingly positive feedback from clients for their work as an outsourced CFO, as both the efficiency and financial clarity that their expertise can provide is recognised, in addition to their stellar business and tax advisory record. 

The larger point is that these are absolutely essential operations to maintain within your business, even when cash flow issues may present themselves.  When you find that team, the financial partner that actually understands your business needs the way that the team at Equil Advisory can, take advantage of their experience and expertise. With the right partner in place and transparency from top to bottom throughout the financial operations of the business, you’ll be establishing the best possible pathway towards long-term success.

 

 

 

 

Clare Connell

Practice Manager

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
After I travelled to Europe and ran out of all the Money - I knew it was time to get back to work.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
Around the time I ran out of money during my Europe trip.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
I’m the Entertainment Warden.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Run, walk, chill, drink at THE BAAAAY live love laugh the BAAAAYY.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
Besides the Bay? Accounting is my second passion.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Byron Baes.

What would your last meal be?
100% a juice cleanse.

Cats or dogs?
Zara.

Clare Connell

Practice Manager

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I originally started working here in 2020 as an Accountant but left to travel and take a break from Accounting. Now, a year later I’ve come back as the Practice Administrator.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
January 2023.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Anything and everything to do with the office and making sure the team is happy and processes are working efficiently.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Catch up with friends, go on trips away, play tennis, go to the beach, shop!

What is something not everybody knows about you?
My childhood revolved around dancing and being in theatre plays and musicals.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
I have always wanted to be on The Block.

What would your last meal be?
Sushi.

Cats or dogs?
100% Dogs.

Eunice Smith

Business Services Accounts

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I wanted a change from larger firms and wanted more client interaction.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
June 2023.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
At Equil, we are exposed to both tax compliance and CFO work. My days are usually split preparing tax returns and BASs for our clients, and the other half, helping manage our clients’ day to day finance operations and making it easier to understand. Between all that, I also make life funnier and more interesting for the team.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
I’d classify myself a hobby junkie, so I'm always trying to do everything I like at the same time or trying something new on the internet. I would say my top favourite activities would be shopping and trying new restaurants.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
Nothing – I'm as transparent as a glass of water. 😊

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
I would have to say Below Deck– drama, money, superyachts and travelling? Say no more.

What would your last meal be?
A Smith Steak – its just a steak, but my husband nails it everytime.

Cats or dogs?
Why would anyone pick a cat?

William Yates

Business Services Accountant

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
Equil Advisory came highly recommended, and when I was referred via a mutual friend, I jumped at the opportunity.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
Started in July 2023.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
The majority of my role here at Equil Advisory is dedicated to tax compliance and supporting clients through strategies and processes to help improve the business.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
When I’m not at uni, you can usually find me out training or playing golf.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I love a good bit of Lego in my downtime.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Jonah from Tonga.

What would your last meal be?
Sushi.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs.

Alex Talia

Assistant Manager

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
Having worked in the family business and doing the bookkeeping as a teenager, an accounting degree was the clear next step. My career initially took me to chartered accounting firms and then moving into commercial accounting for more exposure, I knew my move back into an accounting firm had to be the right fit. The supportive team and management at Equil was a clear choice for me.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
June 2022.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
A large part of my role is CFO focused, I aim to support our clients through the different stages of the business by implementing strategies and processes to guide them in making the right business decisions.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Watch sport and binge tv shows.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I love fishing and hope to one day in the future be retired and do nothing but fish.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Big Brother.

What would your last meal be?
A medium rare a5 wagyu tomahawk steak.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs.

Albert Tan

Business Services Accountant

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I was looking for a new place to clear my throat and break the office silence.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
When I was assured that there would be another Malaysian member of the team.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Play hide-and-seek in the bathroom.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Go to the gym.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I don’t know how to pronounce geography properly.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Survivor.

What would your last meal be?
Macaroni and cheese with milk.

Cats or dogs?
Neither.

Albert Tan

Business Services Accountant

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I have always wanted to be an accountant due to the influence of my family as most of them are accountants. I joined Equil Advisory as it offered me a different opportunity to work on compared to other accounting firms as well as allowing me to develop different skills.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
28th February 2022.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
My role at Equil Advisory includes tax compliance work and assisting client in their day-to-day business with EA’s outsourced CFO function.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Spending time with my wife, talking to my family or reading light novels.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
Love spicy food even though I can’t handle it at all.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Voice actor in any cartoon shows.

What would your last meal be?
Roti Telur Bwang.

Cats or dogs?
Love cats and dogs equally.

Sabrina Truong

Business Services Accountant

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I wanted to see how people who eat unhealthy actually live.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
Just as the second lockdown was about to begin, so I didn’t have to talk to people in person.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Eat raw veggies and perfect my American accent.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Driving around Sydney for the best fast food places.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I eat banana bread with chopsticks.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Man vs Food.

What would your last meal be?
Deep fried chicken and chips with extra chicken salt.

Cats or dogs?
Cats!

Sabrina Truong

Business Services Accountant

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
My dad is a bookkeeper, so it was natural for me to choose accounting as a degree. Accounting allows me to help others grow their businesses and achieve their goals, which is something I am passionate about. I joined Equil Advisory because it is not like your typical accounting firm. I also wanted to be part of a team that is supportive and provides the opportunity for me to develop and grow my skills.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
July 2021.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
A large part of my role is focused on tax compliance and the other part is dedicated to building client relationships so that I can better help our clients with EA’s outsourced CFO function.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
You would find me watching Netflix, working out, or hanging out with friends/family.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I am learning Korean.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Super Trio Game Master.

What would your last meal be?
Pepperoni Pizza.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs!

Gaurav Shrestha

Senior Business Services Accountant

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
Growing up I was exposed to the business environment, so I always wondered about the ins and outs of the business, how it runs and how to be financially sound. This piqued my interest on business studies and further after that into accounting. I wanted to broaden my horizons, knowledge and have a sound work life balance which led me to Equil Advisory.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
17th December 2021.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
At Equil Advisory, we are exposed a range of work that include tax compliance, bookkeeping, tax advice, liaising with the clients and outsourced CFO functions. My work is predominately occupied by tax compliance and outsourced CFO function.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
I’m mostly out with my cousins or friends. Binge watching series or may be hop online to play some games.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I can speak four different languages and I love gaming.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
The Voice.

What would your last meal be?
Mo Mo.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs.

June Wong

Business Services Senior

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
My sister got tired of me working from home and hence decided to join EA.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
Just as the first lockdown was lifted.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Eat Coco Pops and telling people what I am honestly thinking.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Planning my next EA Team workout session.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I am scared to sleep alone.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Survivor – because I wouldn’t last a day.

What would your last meal be?
I can’t decide between all the YUM-MEE animals of the world.

Cats or dogs?
Porcupine.

June Wong

Business Services Senior

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I realised that a lot of people that work in chartered firms are not the happiest. Thus, I was looking for a place where I am happy to go to work every day. I think I found it at Equil.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
May 2021.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Connecting with clients and providing them with all the support they need so they can be at ease and have confidence that they are well looked after.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Watching dramas at home while lying on bed.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I actually thought of becoming an IT person and did a couple of months of IT degree before realising that I am not tech-savvy at all.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Amazing Race.

What would your last meal be?
Hotpot with lots of veges, mushrooms and tofu!

Cats or dogs?
Neither.

MAKS KHAN

Director

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
Kapil and I were best buddies, so it was a no brainer to start here at EA.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
Back in the day.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Loves to palm off work to Jennifer Harb.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Naps on the couch and my nightly sleep walks to bed.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I love to boogie.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
The Amazing Race.

What would your last meal be?
Pork ribs with a side of bacon.

Cats or dogs?
Can’t choose, won’t choose, Nickelodeon’s CatDog.

MAKS KHAN

Director

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I loved maths and business subjects while in school and thought accounting would help me build on that passion. I joined Equil Advisory to be part of a team that allowed for a hands-on approach with regards to learning and looking after clients. Giving me the right building blocks to a successful career in accounting and business.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
I have been with Equil Advisory since July 2017.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
One of my core strengths is, I take my clients’ business personally. Trying to connect with clients and their needs is what helps us service them better whilst putting their minds at ease – whether it be through our Outsourced CFO function, Tax Compliance, Advice & Etc.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
I love binging on Netflix, but other than that I love my football (soccer), even if it maybe just playing FIFA.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I really used to be into painting, I could do it for hours. I have now replaced that with photography – I guess this is where all my creativity comes from.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
The Amazing Race.

What would your last meal be?
A decadent chicken parmigiana, with a side of chips and coke.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs.

JENNIFER HARB

Assistant Manager

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I have always been interested in business in general. During the first year of university, I didn’t have a path but as I took more of the core business classes, I came to realise that accounting is the common denominator in all business functions. You can’t tell how well a company is running without understanding the accounting side. Helping people solve their problems and achieve their business goals is a pretty rewarding feeling.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
I started Equil Advisory in January 2019.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Clients want to feel like one that is valued, and timely communication is important to them. I am proactive in replying to emails and returning phone calls. I try to do my work in the most efficient manner, that is helpful to both my colleagues and our clients.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Hanging out with my friends, going to the gym and watching my shows.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I once put electricity on my braces in year 8 thinking nothing would happen.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
I’m a celebrity, get me out of here.

What would your last meal be?
Lemon garlic chicken with a side of spicy chicken wings.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs, even though I have a cat.

CHIMENE GEAITANI

Senior Business Services Accountant

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
Wanted to get away from Rob.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
July 2018.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Efficiency.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Smoking shisha and thinking how to make my workflow more efficient.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
My feet actually touch the floor when i am seated.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
The Real Housewives of Western Sydney.

What would your last meal be?
Dumplings from the dodgy dumpling place, Maks and Rob love.

Cats or dogs?
Neither, they are not efficient.

CHIMENE GEAITANI

Senior Business Services Accountant

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
The intricacy of business and numbers have always been of interest to me. Numbers are what we use to measure success with; they create clarity and commitment and, more importantly, create accountability. Accountability is the key to producing results - which is what I strive for here at Equil Advisory.Here at Equil Advisory, I am part of a energetic and committed team who strive for the best possible results for each and every one of our clients. I enjoy assisting numerous businesses in financial matters, as well monitored and controlled many of their day-to-day operations.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
July 2018.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Working at Equil Advisory exposes us to a range of compliance work; from bookkeeping to financial reports, tax returns and advice. We are lucky to be trained in all scopes of work so that we’re able to satisfy our clients’ needs from start to end.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
I enjoy my time at home with my little bub.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I have an OCD on time.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Big Brother.

What would your last meal be?
Pad Keo Mao from Home Thai.

Cats or dogs?
Neither.

KAPIL MAHASHETTYWAR

Managing Director

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
Going to the pub wasn’t a legit career.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
I got kicked out of too many pubs so I had to find my own space to drink so I started Equil Advisory in May 2017.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Get in the way.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Hide from my kids in my home office eating all the chocolate.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I actually have a crown.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
Keeping up with the Kardashians.

What would your last meal be?
Salty Steak that I can send back to the kitchen.

Cats or dogs?
Cats (I am a massive Cat person).

KAPIL MAHASHETTYWAR

Managing Director

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How did you end up at Equil Advisory?
I come from a family of businessmen, so it was only natural for myself to gravitate my career towards business. Accounting allowed me to build upon the necessary skills needed to be a successful a partner but also to assist me in starting my own business, Equil Advisory. Through my experiences in business I have learnt many things and now wish to assist my clients and team to reach their full potential.

When did you start at Equil Advisory?
May 2017, was one of the best decisions on my life to start Equil Advisory as it set the tone of implementing strategies from my past learnings. I wanted to ensure every staff member has enough empowerment and freedom to make their own decisions to run the practice in the right direction.

What do you do at Equil Advisory?
Everything! But love the personal relationships aspect of the job, I love to talk so it is easier for me to pick up the phone and have a chat with anyone.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Play with my sons, Memphis and Kiaan and entertain them. Lay on the couch and watch TV.

What is something not everybody knows about you?
I went to a hospitality college in manly and have a bachelors in Tourism and hotel management and I was born in India.

If you had to apply for a reality TV show what would it be?
So you think you can dance.

What would your last meal be?
Keerthi’s chicken curry.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs.