The importance of maintaining strong finances post-investment
Your business journey started with the germ of an idea. You nurtured it, poured your heart and soul and all your spare time into it, and watched it grow into a thriving company. In fact, you even managed to attract outside investors, who saw the potential for growth and a return on their investment. Well done!
While landing funding is a significant milestone, it is equally critical to manage those funds and ensure the financial stability of your company – and your investor’s funds – in the long run. A robust financial foundation will allow you to weather economic uncertainties, seize growth or investment opportunities, and navigate unforeseen challenges. By implementing sound financial practices such as proper cash flow management, cost control, diversification of revenue streams and strategic reinvestment, you can position yourself for continued success and liquidity while keeping your investors happy.
Tips for post-investment financial management
Managing your funds effectively after receiving investment is crucial for the long-term success and stability of any business. While confirming investment is a milestone worth celebrating, it’s equally important to effectively manage those funds and ensure financial stability moving forward. Here are some strategies to consider:
- Financial Planning: Create a detailed financial plan that outlines your goals, revenue projections, expenses, and cash flow requirements. This plan should cover short-term and long-term financial objectives, allowing you to track progress and make informed decisions. Call in the experts here if this is not something that you’ve tackled before.
- Cash Flow Management: Effective cash flow management is essential for maintaining financial stability and riding out any dry spells. Monitor your cash flow and projected cash flow closely, to make sure that you can cover running costs and expenses. Invoicing promptly and following up on payments, negotiating favorable payment terms with suppliers and managing inventory levels efficiently are some time-honoured strategies for improving cash flow.
- Control Costs: Review your expenses regularly and identify areas where you can reduce costs without compromising the quality of your products or services. Look for opportunities to streamline operations, negotiate better deals with vendors such as buying in bulk, and eliminate unnecessary ‘nice to have’ expenses.
- Diversify Revenue Streams: Relying heavily on a single source of revenue can be risky. What if it dries up? Explore opportunities to diversify your income streams, expand your product or service offerings, target new customer segments, or enter new markets. This diversification can help mitigate the impact of market fluctuations and reduce dependency on a single source of revenue.
- Reinvest Wisely: While it may be tempting to allocate your investment funds immediately, always invest strategically to support growth and financial stability. Prioritize smart investments that will generate long-term returns, such as research and development, marketing, infrastructure improvements, or talent acquisition. Carefully evaluating potential investments and aligning them with your long-term business objectives is the way forward.
- Build a Strong Financial Team: As your business grows, it becomes increasingly important to have a competent financial team in place. Hire experienced professionals, such as accountants and financial advisors, who can provide guidance on financial matters, ensure compliance with regulations, and assist with financial analysis and forecasting. If you aren’t ready to take on the responsibility full-time, consider using a service-on-demand company such as Outsourced CFO to assist.
- Monitor KPIs: Establish and monitor relevant KPIs that allow you to keep an eye on the financial health of your company. Common indicators include revenue growth, gross margin, customer acquisition cost, customer lifetime value, and return on investment. Regularly analyze these metrics with your finance team in order to identify trends, areas for improvement, and potential risks.
- Communication with Investors: Keeping your investors updated is one of the most important boxes to tick post-investment. Provide them with regular updates on the financial performance of your business, including any significant milestones, challenges, or changes in strategy. This proactive approach will ensure a long and productive working relationship.
- Plan with the Future in Mind: While investment funds can provide a boost in the short term, always consider long-term strategies as well. Look for opportunities to generate recurring revenue or enter new markets, establish customer loyalty, and build a strong brand that can weather market fluctuations.
- Prepare for the Worst: The future is always uncertain, and it pays to be prepared. This includes creating an emergency fund to handle unforeseen expenses or seasonal changes in income, insurance coverage for key assets and liabilities, and regularly reassessing your business strategy to adapt to changing market conditions.
By implementing these strategies holistically, you can optimize the use of your investment funds and work towards long-term financial stability, while ensuring that your stakeholders are kept up to date and assured of a good ROI. Review and adapt your financial plans as your business evolves and market conditions change.
Post-investment financial management with OCFO
At OCFO, we love to help founder and financial management teams build world-class finance functions to support their growth. Where VCs or external funders are concerned, your CFO from Outsourced CFO can act as post-investment financial manager, maximizing peace of mind and value for all stakeholders and assisting you with:
- Setting and keeping a budget
- Cash flow forecasting
- Analyzing key performance indicators (KPIs) and what they can tell you about your business
- Preparing for and acing directors’ meetings
- Implementing financial checks and controls
Read more about these services here, then contact us to set up a meeting. Our CFOs are here to ensure that your post-investment finances remain stronger than ever.