In almost all start up companies, the CEO usually has the additional responsibility of fulfilling the role of the CFO (Chief Financial Officer). The CEO is always the visionary and usually the lead salesperson, but often struggles with the complexities of the financial role of CFO. Some experts have said that a good CFO is just as valuable as the CEO in the early years of a business’s growth. In most early stage companies, there is simply not enough volume to support the salary of a full-time CFO. The challenge is that without this valuable CFO oversight, many companies can flounder and fail or struggle to get to the next stage of profitability.