The Most Successful SaaS Strategies

Successful Software as a Service (SaaS) companies often employ a variety of strategies to achieve their success. These strategies, combined with the inherent risks and necessary conditions for success, have shaped the landscape of SaaS businesses. Here are some key strategies, their long-term payoffs, major risks involved, and crucial factors for success:

Financial Model Templates with Inventory Accounting Modules

 When I start to build a financial model template, it is important to look at key modules that need to be included. For example, in a SaaS model it is not likely inventory needs accounted for, but in a business that sells goods to consumers, such as a bike shop, inventory is an important component to account for and requires specific accounting logic. This page will list every single projection model I've built that includes inventory logic.

Small Businesses, Debt Utilization, and Growth

 Using debt wisely can be a strategic move for small businesses during growth phases, but it's important to approach it with careful planning and best practices. Here are some key considerations:

Financial Model Templates for Subscription Businesses

Building financial models for subscription businesses has been one of my core offerings as a consultant. The work started mostly in software-as-a-service, but has expanded to a wide range of subscription businesses. 

Understanding Industry-Specific Asset-to-Liability Ratios: A Comprehensive Guide for Long-Term Financial Stability

The optimal ratio of assets to liabilities, often referred to as the asset-to-liability ratio, varies significantly across different industries due to the unique financial structures and operational requirements of each industry. Here are some key points to consider:

What Does Hawkish and Dovish Mean?

The terms "hawkish" and "dovish" are frequently used in finance, especially in the context of central bank policies and economic outlooks. They refer to the attitudes and approaches towards inflation and monetary policy.

Financial Model Templates for Recession Proof Businesses

Let's jump through all the financial models in the SmartHelping library that could be considered recession proof. Also, we'll see why they are being considered. Obviously no business is immune to macro trends completely, but these business models will have some key attributes to help when there are economic downturns.

Starting a Cloud Computing Business? Here is a General Guide

Earlier in the week I talked about financial model templates for the tech industry, and today we are going to talk strategy. Specifically, a strategy to start a successful cloud computing business.

Financial Model Templates for the Tech Industry

I've built lots of templates for financial modeling within the technology sector. Most of them are startups, but some have been ongoing operations as well. These types of companies usually involve developing, manufacturing, and/or distributing technology products and services.

Real Estate Model: $0 Investment Seller Financing Strategy for Buying Portfolios of Properties

 The "0 down seller financing" strategy in real estate investing is an approach where the buyer purchases multiple properties (a portfolio) from a seller who is offering their own financing terms. The buyer pays a down payment to the seller and agrees to the repayment terms for principal/interest over time, BUT the seller agrees to give one or multiple properties to the buyer free and clear. The buyer can then go and refinance those properties to try and get enough proceeds to pay for the down payment. This involves high risk with 100% leverage essentially. The real estate model below lets you plan out various scenarios.

Why Financial Feasibility Studies are Useful

 Companies conduct financial feasibility studies to assess the viability of a project or investment before committing resources to it. These studies are crucial in ensuring that a company makes sound financial decisions. Here’s why they are important and how they are used in valuation justification:

Components of a Startup Financial Model

 A startup financial model is a vital tool for entrepreneurs and investors to understand the financial dynamics of a new business. It helps in forecasting the financial future of a startup and is crucial for strategic planning and fundraising. The main components of a startup financial model typically include:

What is a Debt Covenant and Implications

 A debt covenant is a clause in a loan agreement that requires the borrower to fulfill certain conditions or forbids the borrower from undertaking certain actions. These covenants are used by lenders to protect their investments and ensure that the borrower remains financially stable enough to repay the debt. There are two main types of debt covenants:

Financial Model Templates for Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Logistics and supply chain management encompass the comprehensive coordination of processes and activities involved in producing and delivering goods and services. I've done a few Excel spreadsheet templates in this field, the most popular being inventory forecasting.

How to Calculate Running Interest Reserve in Real Estate Model

One issue I've come across in real estate development modeling is the calculation of interest reserve. It has only come up a few times but still I had no solution that was dynamic until now. The below video shows how to figure out the cash flow effects of having a running interest reserve.

LTV to CaC Ratio Suggested to Take Your SaaS Company Public

 This is not financial advice so use at your own risk. What you read below is just a rule of thumb and every situation has different circumstances that may effect decision making.

Methods to Conduct Sales Forecasting in Financial Models

 I've specialized in revenue forecasting for many clients. This skill takes a lot of experience to perfect as many different businesses have completely different ways in which revenue is generated. In order to have a usable forecast, here are some of the techniques to use:

Financial Models for Brick and Mortar Businesses

 As my entire financial model template library grows, I'm always looking at new ways to categorize product offerings in order to better communicate the value of this site. One category I've never really called out is brick and mortar businesses. In general, this just means businesses that have a physical location.

When a 1031 Exchange Makes Sense: Real Estate Investment Strategies

A 1031 exchange is an ideal strategy in several specific situations for real estate investors who are looking to defer capital gains taxes and leverage their investment in property. Here are some perfect scenarios for utilizing a 1031 exchange:

Sale-leaseback and 1031 Exchange Real Estate Investment Strategies

 A sale-leaseback is a financial arrangement in which a business sells a property or asset it owns to an external party (typically a real estate or financial company) and simultaneously enters into a long-term lease agreement to continue using the property or asset. In essence, the business becomes the tenant while the external party becomes the landlord.

Function as a Service (FaaS) Financial Model Template

Function-as-a-Service (FaaS) means saving money by eliminating over-provision of resources. This business model stands out in cloud computing for its efficiency, surpassing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). It offers scalable solutions ideal for growing customer needs. FaaS focuses on function execution, allowing developers to concentrate on coding without managing code execution / scaling problems. This template aligns with industry standards, offering a streamlined financial forecasting environment with clear business logic and unit economics. Prospective cloud service providers now have a way to test various pricing / capacity / capex strategies and see what is financially feasible.