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The Toptal Finance Blog is a hub for in-depth studies and analysis on all facets of finance, ranging from innovative strategies on raising capital to detailed coverage of new finance trends and technologies.

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A Step-by-step Guide to Building an Accurate Financial Model

by Hudson Cashdan

Many financial models fail because they rely on optimistic assumptions and ignore the risks presented by uncertain variables. This six-step guide illustrates how to avoid these pitfalls and develop practical, accurate financial models to inform your decision-making.

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Reorganizing for Survival: Building Scenarios

by Natasha Ketabchi

In the “new normal,” how should business leaders ensure that their business is well-equipped to survive and then thrive? Scenario analysis is a handy tool: How are scenarios built and translated into financial projections?

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The Art of the Fundraising Pitch Deck

by Brendan Fitzgerald

The flow of a fundraising pitch deck is vital for striking a chord with investors and clearly displaying the narrative of the business. Going through a successful pitch deck slide by slide is one of the most effective ways to learn how to build a flow.

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Healing Broken Supply Chains: Manufacturing Outside China

by Martin Schwarzburg

Given the outbreak of COVID-19 and its disruptive impact on supply chains, many are looking to diversify their manufacturing locations. We provide an analysis of the pros and cons, current state, and outlook for major markets outside of China.

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Remote Reinvention: How to Find Freelance Work

by Alex Graham, CFA

Building up a pipeline of work as a finance consultant requires a portfolio approach to the various inbound and outbound options for lead generation.

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Creating a Narrative from Numbers

by Ali Al-Suhail

The key to a successful business plan is a coherent story built around financial projections and external context.

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Small Business Resources for COVID-19: Loans, Grants, and Credits

by James Costello

Many American businesses have been forced to close or drastically cut back operations due to an unprecedented pandemic affecting the entire globe. Thankfully, the government, communities, and even private business have stepped up.

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Financial Distress in a Crisis: You Can’t Predict, You Can Prepare

by Jeff Anapolsky

Financial distress can quickly escalate during times of economic stress. What are the steps to take to protect against downside risks while preserving upside optionality?

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