Episode 148: Regan Bashara – Dollars and Sense: Build Your Financial Dream Team

In the realm of SaaS, mastering financial management is non-negotiable. In this episode of SaaS Fuel podcast, Jeff Mains is joined by Regan Bashara – founder of All Ease Accounting LLC. She is a QuickBooks Online Advanced ProAdvisor and is on a mission to provide ethical wealth-building tools to businesses

Regan explores the transition from QuickBooks Desktop to QuickBooks Online, showcasing the advantages of leveraging automation and AI in modern accounting. She demonstrates how QuickBooks Online streamlines the process, turning financial management into a more engaging and approachable experience by incorporating gamification elements.

From leveraging accounts receivable as leverage for loans to customizing financial language for better comprehension, Regan underlines the importance of an accountant not just as a data cruncher but as an advisor and partner.

Key Takeaways

[00:02:21] – Power of RevOps in Scaling SaaS

[00:08:37] – The Importance of Numbers in Business

[00:24:15] – Managing Revenue for Long-Term Success

[00:28:58] – Financial Considerations for Acquisitions

[00:34:59]-  Gamify Budget for Positive Outlook

[00:37:17] – Balancing Creativity and Accounting in Business

Tweetable Quotes

“It's really easy to say, and it's much harder to do consistently.” – 00:01:04 Jeff Mains

“RevOps is like the fuel injectors in that growth engine for scaling SaaS companies.” – 00:02:02 Jeff Mains

“The biggest mistake I see is folks not having a system of financial record keeping that works for them.” – 00:14:01 Regan Bashara

“Yeah, and I think that gamifying it, and I do that with, you know, looking around and trying to find money honestly. Like, I can always find some money hiding somewhere.” – 00:35:08 Regan Bashara

“Numbers can be uncomfortable, but it's just black and white on a page, and I would much rather their numbers be helpful or encouraging or useful in some way to them rather than something that they just end up beating themselves over the head about because they mess something up.” – 00:39:15 Regan Bashara

SaaS Leadership Lessons

  1. Embrace Financial Literacy as a Leadership Skill: Reagan Bishara's extensive decade-long experience emphasizes the importance of financial literacy. It’s crucial to being well-versed in financial principles, such as understanding the impact of cash versus accrual accounting and revenue recognition.
  2. Integrate Financial Management into Your Strategic Vision: The transition from QuickBooks Desktop to QuickBooks Online exemplifies how technological advancements in financial management can become strategic assets. View financial data not as a mere record-keeping necessity but as a compass that guides the company's strategic direction.
  3. Implement Strong Financial Controls and SOPs: Granting employees too much financial access can lead to losses. A strategic leader knows how to establish robust Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that balance empowerment with oversight, thus protecting the company's assets while fostering a responsible culture.
  4. Recognize the Role of Finance in Value Creation: Whether preparing for a potential acquisition or seeking investment, this episode highlights the need to present financials in a way that reflects true business value. Understanding financial nuances like add-backs and revenue recognition can significantly impact a company's valuation.

Guest Resources

Regan Bashara (Linkedin): https://www.linkedin.com/in/regan-bashara-5b246078/

All Ease Accounting (Website): https://www.alleaseaccounting.com/

All Ease Accounting (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/@AllEaseAccounting

Money Through Ease Podcast: https://www.alleaseaccounting.com/money-through-ease

Resources Mentioned

Xero: https://www.xero.com/us/

QuickBooks: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/

HoneyBook: https://www.honeybook.com/

FreshBooks: https://www.freshbooks.com/

Episode Sponsor

Small Fish, Big Pond – https://smallfishbigpond.com/ Use the promo code ‘SaaSFuel’

Champion Leadership Group – https://championleadership.com/

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