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Becoming a Contract Controller by Ron Rael

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Chapter 9Take the Next Step

“The toughest thing of success is that you got to keep on being a success.”

Irving Berlin, composer

Introduction

After completing this chapter you should be able to

  • Spot trends that impact our profession.

  • Use trend analysis to look for opportunities to serve clients.

  • Determine what your next step will be.

Opportunities Abound

As you come into the end of this book, you may begin to feel overwhelmed about the task ahead in becoming a contract financial professional. Please realize that many others have gone before you and have successfully made the transition. The best place to start is with a personal commitment to learn and take more risks.

This chapter contains a tool for you to use in your commitment to grow. In addition, if you need more reasons why you need to add value to your employer or clients, study the trends that are impacting every Controller and CFO throughout the United States. Just as the quotation at the top of this page reminds us that there is work required to stay on top, keep in mind that you must commit to becoming more effective. Despite any trepidation or fear that you may feel, remind yourself often that once you have made the transition to become a part-time or contract Controller/CFO, the rewards you receive will be tremendous and far outweigh the challenges you face.

The many significant trends will help you see that there is a world of areas that you could specialize in to make money, have multiple clients, and satisfy ...

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