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Dubai Investments Park - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Strategy
10 years experience
  • Financial Projection
  • Business Strategy
  • Business Development
  • Financial Analysis
  • +11
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Luxembourg, Luxembourg Strategy, M&A
6 years experience
  • Financial Projection
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +6
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Cape Town, South Africa M&A, Private Equity
5 years experience
  • Financial Projection
  • Financial Modeling
  • M&A
  • Corporate Finance
  • +5
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China Strategy
4 years experience
  • Financial Projection
  • Business Strategy
  • Due Diligence
  • Project Management
  • +14
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London, UK M&A
2 years experience
  • Financial Projection
  • DCF Valuation
  • Project Management
  • Buy-side
  • +5
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Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia M&A, Venture Capital
4 years experience
  • Financial Projection
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +12
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Bonn, Germany Strategy, M&A
1 years experience
  • Financial Projection
  • Marketing
  • English
  • Visual Basic
  • +10
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Boston, MA, USA Strategy, M&A
13 years experience
  • Financial Projection
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +6
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Our financial projection consultants help clients predict the future state of their finances based on current income, expenses and liabilities.

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What clients usually engage your Financial Projection Consultants?

We work with clients from all over the world. Our clients range from enterprise and corporate clients to companies that are backed by Private Equity or Venture Capital funds. Furthermore, we work directly with Family Offices, Private Equity firms, and Asset Managers. Most of our enterprise clients have dedicated Corporate Development, M&A, and Strategy divisions which are utilizing our pool of Financial Projection talent to add on-demand and flexible resources, expertise, or staff to their in-house team.

How is Fintalent different?

Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class Financial Projection professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Financial Projection talent and are able to provide clients with Financial Projection professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.

Our Hiring Process – What do ‘Community-Approach’ and ‘Invite-to-Apply’ mean?

‘Invite-to-Apply’ is the process by which we shortlist candidates for the majority of projects on our platform. Often, due to the confidential nature of our clients’ projects, we do not release projects to our whole platform but using the matching technology and expertise of our internal team we select candidates who are the best fit for our clients’ needs. This approach also ensures engagement with our community of professionals on the Fintalent platform, and is a benefit both to our clients and independent professionals, as our freelancers have direct access to the roles best suited to their skills and are more likely to take an interest in a project if they have been sought out directly. In addition, if a member of our community is unavailable for a project but knows someone whose skill set perfectly fits the brief, they are able to invite them to apply for the role, utilizing the personal networks of each talent on our platform.

Which skills and expertise do your Fintalents have?

The Fintalents are hand-picked and vetted Financial Projection professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Financial Projection consultants’ experience ranges from 3+ years as analysts at top investment banks and Strategy consultancies, to later career C-level executives. The average working experience is 6.9 years and 80% of all Fintalents range from 3-12 years into their careers.

Our Financial Projection consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Financial Projection talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

How does the screening and onboarding of your Financial Projection talent work?

Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call.

What happens if I am not satisfied with my Financial Projection consultant’s work?

During your initial engagement with a member of our Fintalent talent pool with no risk. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your hire for any reason then we are able to find a replacement at short notice. There is no minimum commitment per project, but generally projects last at least 5 days and can last 12+ months.

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Everything you need to know about Financial Projection

What is a Financial Projection?

Financial projections are a way to make concrete and detailed plans for future expenses and income. This makes it easier to compare the likely effect of different decisions taking into account the risks involved. Financial projection as observed by Fintalent’s financial projection consultants, is also good as a planning technique before entering a business venture or buying property.

Why are financial projections useful?

In order for a business to make a profit it needs to spend less than it makes. At the same time, in order for the business to pay its staff salaries, rent and buy materials and supplies, it needs to make money. In practice, these amounts can be very different as they depend on the way in which a business is run (ie. how much it spends on stationery and cleaning supplies). As a result of these differences, businesses need methods of planning their expenses so that they can budget carefully enough to ensure that their income is sufficient every month.

Financial projections are used by businesses as a tool to help them plan more accurately than they might use their income. This helps them budget better and to take into account all the possible expenses that could be incurred. It makes it easier for business owners to see the possible effects of different decisions on their business and to make plans accordingly.

The best time to make financial projections is before spending money. They are very useful during the early stages of planning, before you have made any major purchases. Financial projections can also be performed mid-way through a business, after you have already bought things but before buying something new that could significantly alter your costs or income (such as buying a second hand item which is cheaper than buying brand new).

The process of financial projections

Financial projections are a form of budgeting; they are used to plan the monthly business expenses and income. This involves making predictions about how likely it is that different things will happen, how much they could cost, and what will happen to that cost if they do occur. They are based around a formula: variables (things the business can control), costs (the things the business has to do) and results (the results of actions). These three things often go together in one model, or three separate models for each variable. Outcomes can be measured at different levels, such as gross or net (i.e., profit made but also money spent on paying bills). They also quantify risks by recording how likely it is that a particular outcome will occur.

A financial projection provides a way to make estimates based on the best information available. This means that any inaccuracies in the amounts and assumptions can be easily identified and corrected. It is also possible to compare different models fairly easily, by looking at the various ways in which they could arrive at different amounts, or draw conclusions from them such as whether a particular change should be made to reduce costs or increase income.

Financial projections are often referred to as budgeting models because they provide a way of taking all the information available and working out how it might affect future business income and expenses. This allows business owners to focus on where they are well-placed to make savings or increase income and can ensure that they focus on improvements that make the most difference.

Creating a financial projection requires information about the variables, costs and results. There are different ways of making this work depending upon what information is available. However, it is critical that the financial projections are realistic and reasonable; it is not useful to predict huge changes in order to provide a reason for slightly better profits or for reducing your expenses. It also needs to be realistic about how much is spent – if you go over budget in one area (such as household bills) then you will probably have to compensate for this by either spending less in another area or increasing your income.

There are two major mistakes that people make when creating financial projections. The first is not calculating the right costs; it is important that you do this to stop the risks of going over budget. The second mistake is wrongly predicting the result; people often try to predict small and insignificant events, such as whether it will rain or whether there will be a power cut. These events, while they might potentially cause a problem, only have an impact on your income and expenses if they happen in large numbers – such as a heavy snowfall cutting off electricity, or an unexpected illness.

Basics of financial projections

The first thing to do when creating a financial projection is to decide what the variables, costs and results will be. These are usually simple one word descriptions, such as ‘salary’, ‘supplies’ and ‘profit’. It is better if you choose words that are not interchangeable; for example, it wouldn’t be useful to set up three variables that all meant the same thing (ie. ‘salary’, ‘wages’ and ‘payments made by customers who owed money on credit cards or loans’). It is also useful to think about who will be involved – for example, if you are creating a financial projection for a family it may be better to set up the variables as ‘salary income’ and ‘salary expenditure’ rather than your own wages. It is also worth thinking about when the variable will happen – this may affect the way in which it is recorded. For example, will you pay a supplier every month or only once a year?

Once you have decided what each variable means you need to work out how much they might cost in different circumstances. This will be different for each variable and you will have to decide what each item represents. For example, you might work out a salary budget by thinking about how much of your salary you need to put aside every month to pay essential bills, and how much additional money you would like to save each month (after paying salaries).

You then need to think of how likely it is that the variable will actually happen. You can do this by looking at the cost of each variable, as it is unlikely that they will all happen – but it is worth considering how much they might cost if they did. You can also look at the issues that might affect whether or not certain events occur and look at what could change these costs or risks. For example, you may want to increase your profit by £5,000 but this is unlikely and you will have to include extra costs for tax and VAT.

You can also work out how much the event may cost, either based on the current costs or thinking about what would be a reasonable outcome if the event happened. This is a complicated process that needs to take into account the outcome of the event in addition to any extra costs – for example, £200 extra in materials if you decide not to purchase some stock but it turns out that you have sold a large order of stock – this could lead to your business making £600 more profit than it would have done otherwise.

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