Women Who Lead: Kelsey Mayo with Poyner Spruill

Women Who Lead: Kelsey Mayo with Poyner Spruill

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As an employee benefits attorney at Poyner Spruill in Charlotte, Kelsey Mayo finds the way to “yes.” Rather than discredit unconventional proposals or write off passion projects for lack of time, Mayo pauses to ask herself: “How do I find my way to ‘yes’?” In other words, what compromises need to be made to reach the goal? 

“I like to fully vet an idea to decide whether it’s really worth it,” says Mayo, who graduated from Wake Forest Law School in 2008. “Engaging people in this way — rather than shutting them down — is much more productive, even if you come up with a totally different solution.”  

In addition to serving her clients, Mayo acts as Director of Regulatory Affairs for the American Retirement Association, an organization that advocates for legislative and regulatory matters to benefit America’s private retirement system. 

Despite her packed schedule, Mayo said “yes” to a quick interview during which she shared her personal philosophies on work, life, and balancing the two. 

 

You are an employee benefits attorney. What does that mean exactly?

I work with human resources professionals, legal counsel, and business owners to keep retirement plans in compliance. I generally don’t go to court like traditional litigators. I laugh that what I do is the much softer side of law.

 

How do you juggle working with clients, advocacy, and your other personal passions? 

People joke with me and say that I’m a lot. I always laugh and say, “Oh, you should’ve seen me when I first started.” I was very, very driven and Type A. But I’ve always had a strong desire in life to find the way to “yes.” 

Wanting to say “yes” does lead to a very full plate. People ask me all the time, “How do you balance it all?” A more honest answer is that I don’t do it alone. I have a team–both personally and professionally–and I’ll go to them to ask, “Can we do this?” And then we talk about how we can get to “yes.” Sometimes we rearrange work schedules or partner with someone outside the firm. Oftentimes, they find a way to get me to “yes,” and that’s fantastic. Sometimes, we all regret it in the midst of stretching ourselves to meet the goal, but we get there together.     

And sometimes I do go through the analysis and I know it’s not right to say “yes.” For example, I am routinely asked to do volunteer work for causes I’m passionate about, and I really want to say “yes.” But it doesn’t always happen. I’ve had to learn, particularly over the last few years, to say “not right now.” Then, I’ll offer a way to add value or stay connected in the meantime.

 

“Find the way to yes.” That’s a very interesting mantra. What’s the origin story?

It originated from my mentor within the firm. I had a fantastic partner who retired a couple of years ago. We had lots of long discussions about balancing. When he was counseling me, he always suggested that I needed to say “no” to things. I think during one of those mentoring conversations I said, “I’m okay with saying ‘no,’ but I’d rather find a way to ‘yes.’”

After that, when we were talking about new opportunities, he started to say, “What’s it going to take to get you to ‘yes’?” That would allow me to reframe the question in what do I have to do–to acquire, to give up, etc.–to achieve this goal.

 

So your mantra is a prompt for reflection?

Yes, and I like it because I’m frustrated by “no” people. I’ve worked with folks who, when you come up with an idea, seem come up with every reason not to make it work. They start with “no.” I like to start the other way. I say, “Okay, let’s think about your idea. What does the idea take? What is the result? What does it take to get to ‘yes’?” 

 

After being named one of Charlotte’s 50 Most Influential Women, The Mecklenburg Times asked what your greatest accomplishment was. You mentioned handling a situation in which two partners at your firm had left. Can you talk more about that experience? 

At the time, I was a younger partner. I had three experienced partners, one of whom was very part-time. One of the partners, unfortunately, had a medical incident and left the practice overnight. On Monday, we had to come in and take over his clients. It was a very stressful few months. I worked so much. I woke up as early as I could and worked as late as I could. I went to sleep, and then I did it again. But we did a great job as a team and we didn’t lose a single client due to his departure. 

After seeing this very close friend go through a life-changing medical issue, my other full-time partner decided to make a change and retire. So I went from having two full-time partners to one part-time partner in a matter of months. Managing the work during that time felt like being in a hot forge every day. 

Fortunately, we were able to rebuild quickly. My practice administrator and paralegal really stepped up during the turmoil. I hired the partner that I still work with now, and he’s freaking amazing. Our associate has been with us since that time — she joined us in the midst of all of this — and she’s fantastic. And we’ve had other wonderful attorneys contribute to the team over the years. 

The forge analogy is really fitting–it was a tough time, but we came out stronger and built a brilliant team. We are preserving the legacy of the practice for the firm. It’s one of the biggest accomplishments I can think of. 

 

Wow. During those months, did you ever have moments of doubt? Did you ever question your career path?

In the midst of it, I definitely questioned whether this was what I wanted to be doing. I wondered, “When is this going to end? How long can I sustain this?” But at the end of the day, the firm stood behind me, supported the changes I wanted to make, and I ended up taking over the practice.

 

What did you learn about yourself?

That was the high watermark of my personal tolerance. When anything bad happens now or we worry about what could happen, I always think, “It’s not as bad as that.” If I can get through that, I can get through pretty much anything. 

 

What did this experience teach you about work-life balance?

It’s funny because I don’t know that I have a great work-life balance, but I will go to the ends of the earth to protect your work-life balance. The other side of that coin is that when I do sign off, my team will bend over backward to protect me and give me space to disconnect. My team has created a culture of protecting one another. My team also understands that work-life balance doesn’t mean that you don’t put in the time when it’s needed. It means you take the time when you can.  

No matter our title, we are always growing and developing in some way, shape, or form. With that being said, what’s a new skill you’re learning right now?

I’m a very passionate person and I have very strong feelings and opinions. When I see someone who disagrees with me, I tend to want to convince them of my opinion. But I also believe strongly that we should be able to have robust dialogue and not agree and it still be okay. 

So, I’m trying to be sure that when I communicate my ideas to people that it’s with a very clear intent that we’re on the same team–we both likely want a positive outcome. This is just a discussion of how to achieve a positive outcome. You’ll see my point of view and I’ll acknowledge yours. If we don’t agree, that’s okay. 

Who are the people you are potentially disagreeing with?

I’m on our management committee for the firm. We have seven partners who are on this committee and we’re from very different walks of life. We’re in different practice areas, we’re in different geographies, we’re different ages, and we come at things very differently. But, at the end of the day, we all want the same thing: We want the firm to be successful and prosperous. 

I think it’s really important to have strong, passionate dialogue with people who disagree with you and then to walk away still liking each other and wanting to do it again.

 

Does this want for civil disagreement conflict with your solutions-oriented personality?

It does. Like most people, I’d love it if everyone thought I was right all the time. Who doesn’t like to be right? Disagreeing can be frustrating; it can discourage you from engaging. 

But my law partner has this saying: “You have to remember to question their methods, not their motives,” which I believe he took away from an address Joe Biden gave at Yale. In other words, we’re all on the same team and we want the same things. Just because we have different views on how to achieve those things doesn’t mean you should avoid engaging with someone. In fact, I want to engage more with them because I want to understand where they’re coming from so that I have a better understanding of how to serve. 

When you do have to step up and put in long hours, what makes it all worth it?

The unique nature of our role is that we’re here to serve people. They need us. I will absolutely tell you that part of what gets me up in the morning is being of service. That’s what I love about being a lawyer. Each day, I add value to my clients. 

Accounting Trends in 2022 That Can Help Your Business

Accounting Trends in 2022 That Can Help Your Business

The accounting industry continues to quietly undergo a transformation that will be revolutionary once the history books are written. This transformation is mainly the fruit of rapid developments in the technological infrastructure that powers the day-to-day functions of accounting practice. 

Those organizations who are adaptable and among the early adopters of these emerging accounting trends stand to capitalize significantly over their competition. On the other hand, organizations that are resistant to change will fall farther behind and may even become obsolete.

In this article, we take a closer look at three emerging trends in accounting practice for 2022 and how they can help your business.

1. Accounting Automation

Accounting automation is enabled by cutting-edge software programs that allow daily accounting functions to be completed with minimal human involvement. Any routine accounting function that has a clear set of rules can now be designed by software and executed by these programs automatically without human intervention.

The automation of accounting functions will be a rapidly growing trend in 2022. There are tremendous benefits for organizations that adopt automation technologies in their accounting practices. The two most significant benefits are increased efficiency and reduction of errors.

Increased Efficiency

Prior to automation, many daily accounting tasks were done manually. These manual tasks were time-consuming and required substantial amounts of human resources. With accounting automation, these tasks that were once done manually are now done automatically by software programs. The result is that those tasks are completed much faster and with much fewer human resources.

This increased process efficiency enabled by automation allows the members of your team to focus on activities that are more valuable to your organization. These high-value activities include delivering better customer service and spending time on strategy and planning. Since the manual tasks are now automated, your accounting team is freed up to delight your customers more as well as spend time and energy planning how to make your business even better for the future.

Reduction of Errors

If your accounting team is overwhelmed by a mountain of daily tasks that they have to do manually, they will have to work faster to try to get everything finished on time. This rushed process will inevitably result in more errors in their work. Accounting errors are not only a source of liability for your company, they also take up a considerable amount of extra time by having to diagnose, correct, and readjust downstream books and records that were impacted. 

By implementing automated accounting technologies in 2022 your organization will experience tremendous benefits because the automated programs will be able to detect and even prevent accounting errors from occurring. Furthermore, if an error is detected by the automated accounting program, it will be much easier and less time-consuming to fix because once the error is corrected, the software will take care of adjusting all downstream books and records that were affected by the error.

2. Agile Accounting

A recent survey found that 54% of CFOs plan to make remote work permanent for their accounting teams even after the coronavirus pandemic is over. This phenomenon represents a major shift in thinking about traditional processes within accounting departments. 

One of the most significant consequences of this shift is that accounting teams will need to be more agile in 2022 than ever before. In short, an agile accounting team is one that can have its members working in different locations at different times, but still meeting the goals of the accounting practice.

One of the keys that is going to enable agile accounting is cloud storage technology. Prior to the dawn of agile accounting in the industry, firms stored their accounting data on local servers within their organizations. As a result of this local storage, team members generally needed to be onsite to access the accounting data. With cloud services, an organization’s accounting data can now be securely stored within the cloud and accessed from anywhere in the world. In this way, cloud storage is a game-changer and has revolutionized the approaches businesses are now taking towards implementing more lean and agile accounting processes in their organizations.

In addition to bringing increased agility to accounting teams themselves, agile accounting is also going to have an impact on hiring and retaining top accounting talent in 2022. Agile accounting methods have obvious attractions for potential new team members. With an agile model, job candidates are attracted by the ability to work from their current cities and not have to move to a new location. They are also enticed by being able to work at different times during the day or night depending on what best suits their lifestyle. 

In short, agile accounting methodologies—enabled by cloud storage technology—will be a major disruptor in 2022. Accounting teams will become more agile and leaner than ever before. Organizations that don’t adopt agile methods may encounter problems hiring and retaining top accounting talent in 2022.

3. Outsourced Accounting

The year 2022 will also see a continued increase in outsourced accounting. Outsourced accounting encompasses many accounting functions including:

  • Accounts payable
  • Account receivable
  • General ledger accounting
  • Budget projections
  • Payroll
  • Time and expense reporting

With outsourced accounting, these standard accounting functions—as well as many others—are outsourced by businesses to specialist accounting firms.

Many organizations will continue to realize in 2022 that outsourced accounting firms bring a wealth of experience to their business. Additionally, by entrusting their standard accounting functions to qualified experts, businesses are freed up to focus on high-value activities such as revenue generation via more sales and better customer service.

Two additional benefits that businesses will realize from outsourced accounting services are the application of advanced technologies to their accounting processes and consultative financial expertise. Third-party outsourced accounting firms are experts in the latest accounting software programs. These outsourced partners can help businesses build valuable accounting software ecosystems that will automate many of their accounting functions. 

Outsourced accounting partners also bring tremendous value to their clients in the form of consultative financial guidance to help their business planning and strategy. With outsourced accounting, you get access to a highly-experienced controller or CFO who can leverage their decades of experience to help you optimize the accounting and financial aspects of your business even further.

Staying Ahead of the Accounting Curve in 2022

As you can see, 2022 is going to be a year of rapid progress for the accounting industry. Accounting teams who are quick to adopt automated accounting technologies will make leaps over their competition in terms of vastly increased efficiencies. 

Additionally, companies who become leaner and more agile will enjoy higher employee satisfaction and be able to attract top accounting talent. For organizations who are feeling overwhelmed by the demands of running a top-notch accounting practice, outsourced accounting services will be more necessary than ever in 2022.
For more information on how Lavoie can help Charlotte businesses stay ahead of the accounting curve in 2022, reach out to us today by calling 704-481-6699.

Top Private Equity Accounting Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

Top Private Equity Accounting Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

Accounting is one of the most important ingredients of success for private equity firms large and small. 

When accounting is optimized for the best practices of private equity, it becomes an additional catalyst for success. On the other hand, if accounting is not done properly based on the unique aspects of a private equity firm, the results can seriously hinder performance.

In order for private equity accounting to be a catalyst for success, it needs to be competent and actually bring value in several key areas including:

  • Leveraging next-generation automated accounting technologies to enable scale
  • Seizing any and all opportunities to put in place real-time accounting reporting
  • Extracting value from accounting practices to support strategic growth 

While the goals for private equity accounting teams are clear, reaching them can prove challenging. In this article, we want to take a closer look at a few of the most common accounting mistakes made by private equity firms and how those mistakes can be prevented.

3 Private Equity Accounting Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

1. Failure To Scale Accounting Systems

One of the primary accounting mistakes made by private equity firms is the continued use of manual accounting processes while trying to scale growth. If your accounting team is spending most of their time manually performing tasks, the growth of your portfolio companies will be hindered.

The key to avoiding the failure to scale accounting systems is by implementing clearly defined workflows across intradepartmental teams, which are backed by automated accounting technologies. 

There is an increasing number of accounting software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms covering a wide range of accounting functions. It can be helpful for private equity firms to consult with qualified accounting SaaS experts to help build an ecosystem of these platforms for your firm. 

This accounting SaaS ecosystem will bring automation and scale to the accounting operations across your portfolio. Instead of hindering growth, this automation will help scale and empower your firm’s growth.

2. Making Key Decisions Based on a Lack of Real-Time Information

Private equity firm principals and partners need to have the most up-to-date accounting data as possible. 

Prior to the entrance of SaaS accounting platforms, private equity leaders had to rely heavily on the CFO for the pulse on the accounting state of affairs. And often, the CFO themselves did not have the most up-to-date accounting reports. With the introduction of an automated accounting software ecosystem we previously discussed, it is now possible for all leaders of the firm to have access to real-time accounting data. 

This real-time view of accounting reporting and performance is a game-changer for the private equity industry. Leaders of private equity firms can now make the most informed decisions possible about their portfolio companies. 

Often events can unfold rapidly in the mergers and acquisitions world, and vital decisions about the future of a given portfolio company need to be made quickly. In these situations, the old method of having to wait weeks for accounting data to be compiled is a thing of the past. With the current software ecosystems properly implemented, private equity leaders have the key information they need in real-time to make important decisions.

It is imperative that CFOs and accounting leaders avoid the mistake of allowing delays in their accounting reporting systems due to outdated technologies and processes. If these delays aren’t remedied, the leaders of these firms could end up making poor strategic decisions about their portfolio companies and that could prove very costly. 

In order to ensure you are taking advantage of all the opportunities to put in place real-time accounting reporting systems, it is helpful to partner with a consultant that has the ability to understand your unique portfolio and where those opportunities exist. Doing so will result in tremendous benefits for the leaders of your firm when it comes time to make big decisions about the future.

3. Mismatched CFOs

Selecting a CFO for your private equity firm is one of the most important decisions you will make. One of the key roles your CFO should play is in knowing how to use accounting practices to aid rapid growth.

As we discussed earlier, many private equity firms have a growth focus. The mistake that is commonly made is when a private equity firm hires a CFO who does not have robust experience in running the accounting practice to maximize the growth of the organization. 

The reality is many CFOs come from backgrounds that are focused more on accounting for mature companies. In these contexts, the CFOs have not spent enough time in a high-growth environment. They may be very capable CFOs—even coming from very large enterprises. However, if they have not had experience in running a successful accounting operation towards growth, they will likely be unqualified as the CFO of a private equity firm. 

In order to avoid these mistakes, private equity firm leaders should search for CFOs with demonstrated experience in creating and running accounting systems for high-growth companies. 

For CFOs to be successful with accounting practices in a growth environment, they need to have the ability to bring meaningful strategic guidance to the leaders of the firm. This ability to bring guidance can only come from significant past experiences in running the accounting operations in sometimes volatile and chaotic growth environments. 

These CFOs are not expecting to show up on day one and have tightly organized systems in place. On the contrary, they have had past experiences taking a somewhat disorganized, rapid growth situation and cleaning up the accounting operations—streamlining and scaling them in order to foster further growth. 

The best way to find a CFO who could be a potential fit for your private equity firm is to ask them during the interview process what strategic growth-related guidance they have given from an accounting perspective in the past at their previous organizations.

Let Accounting Help Grow Your Private Equity Firm

At a big-picture level, the accounting practice for your private equity firm needs to be just as growth-focused as the rest of the firm. CFOs with a maintenance-only mindset who lack the ability to bring strategic accounting guidance to the table when it comes to growth, will not let your firm realize its full potential. 

Similarly, sticking with outdated accounting technologies and processes will hinder the growth of your firm as you try to scale your portfolio. Not only should you seek the assistance of a qualified consultant to help you select and implement an accounting SaaS ecosystem, you should also have this advisor help you bring real-time accounting reporting to all the leaders of your firm. 

In the midst of rapid growth, it can be difficult to find the time and resources to take the appropriate steps you need to take to ensure the success of your accounting operation. That is why it can be helpful to find a consultant you can trust to aid you in these important initiatives for the future success of your firm. 

To learn more about how Lavoie can help your private equity firm avoid making the mistakes in this article, contact us online or give us a call at 704-481-6699 today.

4 Key Insights Offered by Accounting Software

4 Key Insights Offered by Accounting Software

The accounting and finance industry has experienced a rapid digital transformation over the last 10 years. What began as custom software programs built for the accounting departments of giant corporations evolved into an entire ecosystem of accounting and finance software available to businesses of all sizes. By ecosystem we mean it’s no longer software just for generating financial statements  — profit and loss, balance sheets, and cash flow statements. Now there is a software program for just about any business area involving dollars. 

There are software programs for payroll, expense tracking and reporting, accounts receivable, and accounts payable — this list goes on. When this accounting and finance software ecosystem is leveraged properly for your business, the insights it produces are quite impressive. 

Let’s examine four of these insights more closely.

Contents

Ability to Identify Growth Drivers

Avoiding Costly Business Decisions

Unlock The Power of Integrated Financial Insights

Enhanced Data Visualization


1. Ability to Identify Growth Drivers

According to Business.com, “Cloud accounting software can streamline your business processes and help you identify growth drivers.” Since your financial data is stored within software programs, you are able to slice and dice your financial metrics with much greater flexibility to uncover a deeper level of analysis than you previously could. 

For example, you may now be able to attribute an explosive jump in sales to a small operational change you made last quarter. Previously, this level of insight was most likely unattainable because it would have been too cumbersome to run the analysis with data housed in Microsoft Excel.

With a cutting-edge accounting and financial software ecosystem, it’s all about the granularity of insights. Prior to accounting software, key insights were much more high level. Stakeholders of businesses and private equity firms relied mostly on quarterly profit and loss statements, balance sheets and statements of cash flows to glean top-level insights into the business. 

With the advanced cloud-based software ecosystems, owners and stakeholders can now drill down to a far deeper level of financial insight. Have a deeper, more detailed level of insight allows owners and stakeholders to make more intelligent and beneficial decisions for the future of the business.

2. Avoiding Costly Business Decisions

All too often business owners of high-growth companies are so busy moving up their growth curves that they have to make educated guesses as to the financial state of their businesses. They then use those educated guesses to make critical business decisions. Without the use of cutting-edge financial software, actual financial data may not be reported until 30-60 days after an important business decision is made. In many of these cases, those decisions end up being extremely costly.

For example, if a manufacturing plant experiences a fire resulting in 14 days of downtime, business owners need to know the financial impact of that downtime immediately. Without accounting and financial software in place, business owners will be making critical decisions based on last quarter’s financial data that does not account for the fire that took place at the plant.

By using appropriately selected accounting and financial software, business owners and private equity firms have real-time access to their financial performance data. This real-time access allows business owners to make accurate forecasts and highly informed business decisions that lead to further growth and success of the company.

3. Unlock The Power of Integrated Financial Insights

Here at Lavoie, we are experts at building powerful accounting and finance software ecosystems for our clients. We study your business operations and goals and then select software programs that will allow your business to get the maximum value. 

By selecting appropriate cloud-based software that encompasses bookkeeping, financial reporting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and expense tracking we are able to integrate these software programs and unlock powerful 360-degree insights about your business. Your accounting and financial data will no longer be isolated in its respective areas. 

For example, you will now be able to understand exactly how accounts receivable defaults are impacting cash flow and your profit and loss statement. Knowing exactly how the financial performance of one area of your business impacts the others gives you a much more powerful and integrated financial analysis. This results in you being able to make more educated, high-quality business decisions.

4. Enhanced data visualization

According to Harvard Business School, “A company can have all of the data it needs to be successful and still fail if no one knows how to understand or leverage it.” As the leader of a private equity firm or high-growth start-up perhaps you can relate to this sentiment. Maybe you have spent considerable amounts of time and resources training employees to track as much data as possible so that you can conduct analyses to benefit your operation. 

However, when push comes to shove and it’s time to analyze you may find it difficult to put together all the pieces of the financial data puzzle. At Lavoie, we don’t just build a sophisticated accounting software ecosystem for our clients. We also continually run this ecosystem and optimize it to maximize the benefit for our clients. One of the most important ways we accomplish this is by implementing integrated data visualization dashboards so that our clients can see their financial performance in real-time. 

There is no more sifting through Microsoft Excel files and manually comparing profit and loss statements to expense report trends. Now all of your accounting and financial data is integrated into one centralized performance dashboard when you can check in anytime and see the real-time financial insights on your business or portfolio of businesses in the case of private equity firms. 

The ability to visualize these key financial insights in one centralized dashboard allows you to finally leverage all of your diligence and efforts to track and store robust amounts of business and financial data. With our powerful dashboards, harvesting key financial insights on your business has never been easier or more convenient.

Start Building Your Software Ecosystem

Perhaps you are a little overwhelmed by the many different accounting and financial software platforms on the market today. Here at Lavoie, we are your trusted experts when it comes to navigating these programs. We have the experience to know which software platforms will be a good fit based on your unique business and your growth goals. To learn more about how Lavoie can build and run a next-generation accounting and financial software ecosystem for your high-growth business, contact us today!

How Outsourced Accounting Firms Help Businesses Survive Economic Downturns

How Outsourced Accounting Firms Help Businesses Survive Economic Downturns

Economic uncertainties continue to plague the United States due to the Delta Covid variant. According to a September 2021 Wall Street Journal article, “In recent weeks many economists lowered their forecasts for third-quarter economic growth . . . amid the spread of the highly contagious Delta [Covid] variant.” 

For early-stage, high-growth businesses and private equity firms, the challenge of navigating economic downturns has rarely been more prolonged and confusing. Extraordinary supply and demand challenges brought about by the pandemic have made it very difficult for businesses and private equity firms to manage and report their finances as well as to predict future business performance.

One of the solutions many businesses and private equity firms are moving to is an outsourced accounting service. Outsourced accounting services offer highly integrated and technologically advanced solutions for weathering the accounting and finance storms brought about by the current economic downturn.

Here is a closer look at 3 ways an outsourced accounting firm helps businesses and private equity firms during an economic downturn:

1. Providing Reporting and Analytics That Are Up to Date 

One of the challenges presented by economic downturns is the speed at which changes occur. Negative surprises brought about by an economic downturn can have immediate effects on business performance and financial results. A difficulty arises in these cases when business and financial reporting is lagging. 

For example, if you are a large catering equipment manufacturer and pandemic policies have suddenly closed buffets and catering events, you need up-to-date reporting quickly so that you can forecast how these policy decisions will affect your future revenues. If your financial reporting system typically takes a month or more to complete, you will be left flying blind in your decision-making as to how to react to these policy decisions. 

Outsourced accounting firms leverage best-in-class software solutions and integrated, real-time analytics to give you accurate reports fast so that you can make informed decisions for your business. With the cutting-edge technology offered by outsourced accounting firms, your critical financial data is no longer siloed but instead is integrated so that you can see how financial performance in one area impacts all other areas of the business.

2. Allowing Businesses to Focus on Growth

For high-growth businesses and private equity firms, it can be difficult to run accounting and finance operations well and grow revenue at the same time. With an outsourced accounting firm, business owners are freed up to focus on growing their businesses knowing that a highly experienced financial management partner is taking care of managing and optimizing the business’s financial and accounting operations. 

In an economic downturn, it is critical that businesses and private equity firms spend more time and effort than normal to generate new streams of revenue for the business. In order to have the extra time and resources needed to grow revenue during downturns, business owners may want to consider an experienced outsourced accounting firm to help them during these turbulent economic times.

Outsourced accounting firms are experts in utilizing the latest accounting and finance technology for the benefit of high-growth businesses and private equity firms. Outsourced accounting firms keep up with all the latest developments in accounting and finance software and how they can be best applied to your unique business. By applying these software programs to the financial operations of your business, your business will be better positioned to scale. With a better scale, you will have more time to focus on growing the sales and customer services operations of your business in order to weather the economic downturns. 

3. Offering Access to Professional Financial Expertise

With an outsourced accounting firm, you always have access to a qualified controller or CFO who can provide you with valuable guidance on financial decisions about your business. Many young, high-growth businesses have dynamic sales leaders, product designers and customer service operations, but they do not have experienced and sophisticated finance and accounting teams in-house. 

Furthermore, the cost to hire and develop in-house accounting and finance teams can be expensive and time-consuming. With an outsourced accounting service, you have access to an experienced accounting and finance team from day one. Your outsourced accounting service is not only running your accounting and finance operations day-to-day, but they are also there when you need them for any guidance and insights you need about the financial matters of your business. 

These outsourced financial experts can help business owners make the best decisions possible about how to allocate and utilize capital during economic downturns. These experts can also help business owners think strategically and plan for how to weather an economic downturn for the next 12-24 months. When an economic downturn is happening, the stakes are much higher for businesses, and it is very important to avoid making unhealthy business decisions. 

For example, if you decide to invest in a capital project at the wrong time and then an economic downturn occurs, your business may be left without adequate capital to continue operating and you may be forced to go out of business. Having an expert outsourced accounting partner who knows the exact financial status of your business is an invaluable asset in these situations by preventing you from making an unhealthy business decision during an economic downturn.

As a business owner or private equity firm, you may be looking for ways to reduce expenses during an economic downturn. One of the largest, unexpected expenses for employers is when an employee leaves the company. According to Gallup, the “cost of replacing an individual employee can range from one-half to two times the employee’s annual salary.” Employee turnover expenses can be especially detrimental during a downturn because they are oftentimes unexpected. 

With an outsourced accounting firm, you not only have the benefit of scalable financial operations led by proven experts, but you also receive the added benefit of knowing that you will not have unforeseen turnover expenses from accounting and finance employees who leave the company during a downturn like the Covid pandemic. Instead, you will have the constant support of a dedicated outsourced accounting team that knows the financial status of your business inside and out. 

Partner With Lavoie 

Our outsourced accounting team is here to offer you an accurate assessment of the current financial health of your business. Our team is also here when you need us the most during an economic downturn. We’ll help you decide the best course of action to take to weather the economic storm and return once again into calm waters for your business. To learn more about Lavoie’s outsourced accounting services, please contact us today.