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Want to gain full control over your firm’s finances but aren’t sure where to start? You’re not alone and you’ve come to the right place. Read on and reach out if we can lend a hand.

Sep 07, 2022

Bookings: The Easiest SaaS KPI to Get Right (and Wrong) | SaaS Metrics Playbook

Picture this: you walk into your monthly board meeting, exchange hellos, and then you get hit with this question — “what did we book last month?”

Both your CEO and Head of Sales each give different answers, and it becomes clear to your board and...

Aug 09, 2022

How to Build a SaaS Finance/Accounting Team by Growth Stage

Your SaaS business is poised for rapid growth. As you scale, solid financials are the key to growing efficiently and maximizing valuation—but your finance department is already getting stretched thin. You’ll need more resources, more expertise, and...

Jul 07, 2022

How to Act on Your LTV:CAC Ratio | SaaS Metrics Playbook

The financial priorities of your SaaS business will change as you move through each growth stage. In the initial phases, you’ll likely be working toward product/market fit, with a strong focus on bringing in customers, regardless of the acquisition...

Jun 12, 2022

SaaSOptics vs NetSuite: Who’s Best for Subscription Billing?

Your SaaS business is gaining traction and you’re outgrowing the basic accounting software that’s gotten you this far. With recurring and non-recurring revenue streams, varying contract terms, and higher volume, revenue recognition has become a real...

Jun 02, 2022

How to Use the Rule of 40 | SaaS Metrics Playbook

Every SaaS founder wants to maximize their company’s value—a goal that requires high performance in two key areas: growth and profitability. In fact, the more you can demonstrate a combination of revenue growth and operational efficiency, the better...

May 26, 2022

Why LTV is Misleading (& How to Address It) | SaaS Metrics Playbook

Lifetime Value (LTV) seems like a straightforward SaaS metric. Its job is to simply measure the amount of revenue generated over the duration of a customer relationship. But, as is the case with many other SaaS metrics, there’s more to it. A lot...

May 12, 2022

3 Ways to Calculate Churn (and Why) | SaaS Metrics Playbook

As a SaaS founder, CEO, or key stakeholder, you need a clear picture of the day-to-day health of your business. In theory, SaaS metrics can satisfy this need with basic formulas for calculating a variety of performance data. In practice, however,...

May 05, 2022

When & How to Use SaaS Magic Number | SaaS Metrics Playbook

One of the most critical decisions a SaaS founder or CEO must make is when to invest in scaling the business. When the timing is right, a strategic investment in sales and marketing will fuel exponential revenue growth. But, when the timing is off,...

Apr 28, 2022

SaaS Metrics Glossary: Align Your Team | SAAS METRICS PLAYBOOK

SaaS metrics are more than cookie-cutter formulas for tracking high-level KPIs. They are dynamic growth tools that should inform the decisions your leadership team, management, and board make on a routine basis. Used well, they highlight trends,...

Apr 21, 2022

How to Calculate CAC (the Right Way) | SaaS Metrics Playbook

For a SaaS business, knowing exactly when and how much to invest in growth is critical to success. Overspending in areas like sales and marketing will cause a SaaS firm to burn through cash too quickly. While it’s tempting to pile on sales reps in...

Apr 14, 2022

The Right Way to Calculate & Use ARR | SaaS Metrics Playbook

When it comes to key SaaS metrics, Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) is the one every stakeholder has their eyes on. When a SaaS company is experiencing ARR growth, it’s a signal to founders, CEOs, investors, and others that the business is building...

Feb 24, 2022

Manage SaaS Growth Fears with Cash Flow Forecast & Burn Rate

The CEO of a high-growth SaaS company has plenty of things to worry about on a daily basis. One of their biggest anxieties, however, can simply be the fear of running out of money. One successful client SaaS CEO recently characterized that sense of...

Sep 07, 2021

Financial Metrics for SaaS Companies During the Product/Market Fit Phase

Why do startups flop? In 2011, the team at Startup Genome found a common thread. A survey of 3,200 startups showed that, of the companies which crumbled, 70% of them tried to scale too quickly.

Oct 01, 2020

Why Excel SaaS Financial Models Stink and What to do About it

Spreadsheet SaaS financial models stink, whether built in Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets. There, we've said it.

That doesn't mean that spreadsheet models don't provide some value in the very beginning stages of a SaaS company or that the talented...

Sep 30, 2016

Small Business Insights: What your Reporting Should Reveal about Your Business

Are you thirsting for more business information?

You know that feeling when you’re so thirsty that you just can’t stand it anymore? Sweat is beading on your brow, you’re parched and all you can think about is a pint of cold water (or beer!). 

Aug 31, 2016

2 SaaS Metrics Every Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Firm Must Master

Let’s face it: As the CEO or leader of a growing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) firm, you have your hands full. Whether you’re busy onboarding new customers, retaining existing customers, hiring to meet anticipated demand, managing your board or...

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