Lindsay Carreau

Common mistakes entrepreneurs make

18 Mar: What are the common mistakes entrepreneurs make?

As a company focused on working with growth companies and entrepreneurs, we see a lot of amazing ideas.  We witness huge wins, and huge losses, and we love that we get to bear witness to the birth of great ideas and great companies.   In this respect, we’ve seen our fair share of mistakes made by well-intentioned founders.   Here’s a few common threads that we’ve noticed along the way; Founders making the wrong hire  Hey…we’re the first to believe that your referral network is the best network.  It’s true. But for critical roles within the organization sometimes the “buddy”…

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07 Mar: What is BPO financial accounting?

What does that even stand for?  BPO stands for Business Process Outsourcing.  Let’s clear that up first and foremost. Whenever we spend time speaking to a prospective client, this is the first thing we have to address. What do those 3 letters stand for? Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s talk about why a company might considering looking to use a BPO partner specifically for ERP implementation. Expansion to other markets Multiple currency accounting A need to make better business decisions based on company financials and a lack of a view into them with existing bookkeeping solution A company’s…

Outsource

20 Feb: Focus on your core. Outsource the rest.

Your business is established now. You’ve moved from the spare bedroom of your place into that great open office with the Foosball table and the cool coffee machine. Your consulting CFO is positioning you to scale, and has brought you a strategy with that word on it again: outsource. Major corporations outsource things all the time, like those *shudder* call centres you hate so much, to save costs. But you’ve always been a believer that if you want things done right, you do them yourself. That’s a great mentality when your company is just you and your clients and managing…

Succeed in a Startup

20 Feb: How to Succeed in a Startup in 11 Steps

@c_blazquez posted this great infographic (by Anna Vital) about startups on twitter based on Paul Graham’s essay: Startups in 13 Sentences. How to Succeed in a #Startup ! #innovation #mpgvip #defstar5 #MakeYourOwnLane #GrowthHacking #marketing #startups pic.twitter.com/f5J7qLje2m — Christophe Blazquez (@c_blazquez) August 1, 2017 We thought we would provide our own take on Paul’s 13 Sentences on Start-ups. Pick good co-founders There are so many challenges that come along with starting a business. Many entrepreneurs find that they don’t have everything that is required to build their start-up by themselves. Having someone to help you along the way can be quite…

Define a Lead

20 Feb: How Do You Define a Lead?

A lead is a potential contact, individual, or organization that expresses an interest in your goods or services. Typically, the marketing department is responsible for generating these leads to pass onto the sales department to pursue and convert. Leads are important for any organization; they are what will eventually (hopefully) turn into a sale. Having a lead definition leads to the SLA (Service Level Agreement) on how soon Sales will follow up on MQL’s (Marketing Qualified Leads) provided to them by Marketing. If Sales doesn’t follow up on the lead soon enough, it grows stale. Subsequently, Sales will declare that…

The Future of Outsourcing

20 Feb: The Future of Outsourcing: Executive as a Service

You’ve got a successful business. The team is in place, product is moving toward market, and now you’re looking at the runway thinking “how do I get this thing off the ground?” What you’re looking for is a boost to exponentially increase your growth potential for the coming months. It’s time to build your executive team. Enter the new Executive… Executive-as-a-Service, a fresh style of consulting practise, is the answer to many of your concerns for the growth of your tech start up. As we’ve seen in previous blog posts, accessing external resources can be a tremendous asset to your…