Cash Flow Forecasts in Five Steps
Cash flow forecasting is the Achilles heel of many businesses, particularly in the SME sector.
Elizabeth Mawby, a client director at Vantage Performance, has seen many companies outlining cash flows for only a week ahead. She says, to be of any use, companies need to be looking 13 weeks ahead.
Putting a cash flow forecast together is straightforward. In this edition of the Vantage Performance podcast she takes Phil Dobbie through her five step process, which looks at:
- Sales income
- Other cash inflows
- Building the spreadsheet.
Even if you produce a cash flow forecast regularly, it’s worth 10 minutes listening to Elizabeth’s suggestions, in case you’re missing out a vital ingredient. After all, an inaccurate forecast is next to useless.