May 22, 2023
As the owner of an independent RIA, you likely wear many hats. You're an advisor to your clients, but you could also be overseeing compliance, accounting, operations, and more. Each of these tasks pulls you in different directions, and most importantly, away from your clients. Even if you are succeeding in juggling each of these responsibilities, doing so still presents a problem... your firm is controlling you!
this episode, I discuss shifting that control back into your hands
by hiring a dedicated CFO. I detail what a CFO does for your firm,
average compensation in the RIA space, and the education and
experience this professional adds to your firm. In addition, I also
discuss the importance of looking at your firm's financial health
and strategy through an objective lens. You don't want to miss this
This week on The Financially Simple Podcast
(1:35) RIAs Who Use a Dedicated CFO
(4:25) Difficult to Raise Fees
(5:26) What does a CFO bring to the table?
(8:50) The Most Important Thing for Me? Analyzing the Key Metrics
(10:26) If You Want to Use a CFO, Where Do You Look?
(12:18) External or Fractional CFO
(14:56) The Pros and Cons of Hiring an Outside CFO vs Hiring an Internal CFO
(16:53) Qualities and Designations to Look For
(21:44) Why Do You Need a CFO?
(24:09) "Complete Objectivity is Not an Option"
(25:13) A Dedicated CFO Decentralizes You
(26:05) An Unbelievable Peace
Our Favorite Quotes:
"When you're focused on growth, and not dealing with the day to day crap that we all deal with, now we're able to take a step back and make decisions that, ultimately, we know we need to make that we just don't want to." - Justin Goodbread
"What we can do is reduce our subjectivity - what I call 'I see, therefore it is.'" - Elizabeth Thornton
"A dedicated CFO has the ability to dig into the granular details of your firm's finances in ways that you just don't have time to do." - Justin Goodbread
About The Financially Simple Podcast
If you are looking for a podcast that speaks directly to the challenges and puzzles of running a business, you’ve come to the right place. The Financially Simple podcast was built for you. With over 400 episodes and counting, our host Justin Goodbread covers a broad range of topics, from starting a small business, to prepping it for sale, to growing your personal wealth. Justin’s combination of analytical skills, tough love, and a healthy dose of experience delivers practical ideas that will benefit business builders at every stage of their business journey.
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