How can accounting become more relevant for businesses today? Unlock the secrets of using financial data to improve future performance in our conversation with Jim Downes from Blueprint CFO, a unique South California-based accounting company.
At 74 years old, Jim started Blueprint CFO at the age of 71 and has since built a talented team that shares his mission of helping clients make the most of their current financial information.
Discover the importance of building a strong team and the golden rule for marketing expenses in this insightful episode. Jim shares his thoughts on how much companies should be spending on marketing, emphasizing the need for tracking the benefits of marketing dollars and ensuring funds are used wisely.
Don't miss this valuable conversation with Jim, packed with tips and insights for growing a successful business. Keep an eye out for the full 20-minute episode dropping into your feed soon!
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The UnNoticed Entrepreneur is hosted & produced by Jim James.
Hello, welcome to this episode of the Unnoticed Entrepreneur. Today we are going to South California. We're going to talk about the cost of chaos, because you have a business called Blueprint CFO, which is a Chief Financial Officer. Jim, tell us what you do at the Blueprint CFO.
Jim, we're an accounting company in effect, but we're a different kind of accounting company because we help our clients use their current financial data to improve the performance of their business in the future. What I like to think of it as making accounting relevant, because most of the time the financial statements that a client gets put in a drawer and nobody really looks at the data to say what does this data tell us that we could be doing better? That's the whole focus to Blueprint CFO.
Now, Jim, we also had this conversation about getting out of the way as a founder and letting the next generation build the brand. Do you mind sharing that dynamic?
No, i know we're not going to talk about this, but I'm 74 years old, and so I started Blueprint when I was 71 years old. Really, i started it when I was about 50 years old, but it went through a lot of iterations and I never really got it right until I came to the conclusion that the timing was right for this kind of service. I was able to surround myself with young people like you just mentioned. that could help me make it happen, because you can only take something so far on your own. You may have the idea, but if you can't build a team of people that are talented, that get it and want to do the same things that you're putting forth as a unique mission of a company, then you're not going to get there.
Jim, I don't get many chances to ask someone in your position this question How much should companies be spending on marketing?
Every company's different, so it's hard to say exactly. I always think in my mind that a 10% of your sales should be spent on marketing, but we see many companies that have growing that don't spend that much money on marketing. But many times companies are just spending money blindly without really knowing what the benefits of that marketing money is. Most companies don't track that information, which is kind of stupid, but definitely not something they should be doing. They should be tracking where those clients are coming from and making sure the money they're spending is being spent wisely.
Now, this is just a trailer for a full 20-minute show. The show will be dropping into your feed in the next day or so, so do look out for it and do enjoy it, share it and review it. Thanks for listening to this trailer of The Unnoticed Entrepreneur.