By Andy Burrows
As I’ve spoken with Finance professionals around the world about their careers, there’s a particular pain that is felt by those who work in small businesses.
Sometimes they talk about the fact that they want to be Finance business partners, but they’re stuck in the mundane tasks of Finance.
Sometimes they talk about the struggle they have trying to get involved with the business, because the business doesn’t see the need to include them.
There’s a perception in some places that to get real Finance business partnering experience you have to go and work in a bigger company.
But that cannot be right!
In the USA, 45% of GDP comes from small businesses. Nearly 50% of employees work for small businesses. And I bet the situation is similar around the world, possibly even more so.
Imagine the impact we could have on the economy if small business Finance professionals could help their...
By Andy Burrows
There is a common frustration among Finance Business Partners.
Many of them almost feel as if they have been mis-sold the role.
They were promised that they’d be close to the business, as writers like me keep saying we must be in Finance. They were promised involvement in important discussions and strategic decisions. They were promised freedom from mundane number crunching.
And yet one of the biggest complaints from Finance Business Partners is that they still seem to spend too much time compiling reports, checking numbers, drilling down, building forecasts, and writing commentaries. And they hardly have any time left to spend with the non-finance colleagues they’re supposed to be partnering with.
And, to be clear, I’m talking about the way that Finance Business Partners feel about their jobs, not the way that others may criticise them.
So, for instance, this is a question that was sent to me during a recent Finance careers event:
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