Episode 3: What is the Role of the Finance Department in Evaluating New Business Opportunities


In Episode 3 of #ASKaCFO James Vanreusel discusses more corporate finance questions. This week the subject is the role of a finance department in evaluating new business opportunities.   

The main goal here is to ensure your company does not run out of money when taking on a new project.  There are four key questions that you have to ask yourself before in order to determine if you have enough cash- even if the project will be profitable quickly.

  • What is the gross margin of the project expect to be?
  • How much overhead will need to be added?
  • How long will it take to get paid?
  • What is the size of the project and the amount of time until completion?

The answer to these questions tells you how much $ must be available at inception to be able to take on a new project.


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