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2017
Nov 21

Financial Evolution of a Start-Up

In the beginning of the evolution of a start-up, it is likely that the founder is in a “lone wolf scenario.” He or she is grinding away to get the business off the ground. As a result, the owner is wearing a lot of hats: CEO, CTO, marketing, HR, accounting manager. You name it and the founder probably has his or her hands in it. They are living in “keeping overhead low” land.

2017
Oct 12

Three Things You Must Have Before Fishing for VC and Angel Funding

Let us start with a dose of reality. Very few, as in significantly less than 1%, of emerging U.S. businesses successfully secure Venture Capital (VC) funding. According to the National Venture Capital Association, less than 1,500 companies were the beneficiaries of first time VC backing in 2015. While angel funding is more available than VC investments, only about 2.5% of companies that apply successfully attain funding. If you think your company will be one of the lucky few, here are a few things you will need before pitching to VC or angel investors.

2017
Aug 17

The Do’s and Don’ts of Pricing Your Product

Do lower costs to lower prices, but do not forget to overlook value. From Freemium to Premium, you have to decide what’s right for your company, product and what fits industry standards. But, there are a few things that are universal no matter which pricing scheme you choose. Read this article, before you launch.

2017
Aug 14

Financial Goals: Going Beyond “Keep Overhead Low”

We have talked about this before. In fact, we would say we have almost talked it to death if it were not so important. Know your business and how your cash flow operates within it. If you have seasonal fluxes of cash, prepare accordingly.

2017
Jun 23

How to Become a Reseller in Illinois

There are any number of variances in reseller store setups, products sold and reasons why you may want to become a reseller. Maybe you want to supplement existing services you offer with related products. Perhaps you have an “in” on a good source or manufacturer for new merchandise that you are confident will sell well. Whatever your reason, our latest Cloud Services Group blog provides a bit of advice on what you need to know if you wish to become a reseller in Illinois.

2017
Jun 07

Company Health Check: Is Your Business Financially Fit?

How do you know your company is financially fit? We all talk it to death: profit, profit, profit. And for good reason—your profitability, and therefore your profit margin, is the single best measure of company health. However, it is a mistake to think that is all there is to it. This article outlines a handful of other metrics you should be using to gauge company health.

2017
May 12

Is it Time for Your Company to Draft an Expense Policy?

Still don’t have a written expense policy? Do not worry, you are not alone. Many businesses and startups overlook this item at the beginning. Initially, it may seem unnecessary because there are not a lot of travel and expenses incurred and, if there are, they are mostly incurred by a select few people. However, as your business grows, you will notice more of your staff are either requesting reimbursements or you are having to add more employee credit cards to your account. Worse, you may begin to be concerned that your employees are over-spending on certain expenses. This article provides a few considerations you should take when drafting your company’s expense policy.

2017
May 02

Communicating Your Financial Performance to Get Noticed By Investors

It is not easy communicating financial performance for investors. Inc. recently published an article titled, “Seven Horrifying Mistakes Founders Make in Their Pitches,” and that got me thinking about what the best approach is, specifically when communicating financial performance to investors. This article provides a few considerations business founders should take into account in order to best convey their business’ financial performance to investors.

2017
Mar 24

Joining the ORBA Team

ORBA acquired Red Granite in 2016. This blog is meant to provide an overview of additional services and benefits that we can provide to our Red Granite clients who may not yet be familiar with our service model. Over the next few months, we will highlight both the traditional and unique services that we can provide to Red Granite clients and their owners and executives.

2017
Mar 10

Prioritize Your Tasks by ‘Eating Your Frogs’ First

“Eat Your Frogs” has become part of our team language over the past few years and, more importantly, it has become part of our culture. It is an idea and approach to help you stop procrastinating and prioritize your tasks appropriately. Our latest Cloud Services blog breaks down the meaning behind this saying in order to help you tackle the tasks that you have on your to-do plate.

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