Having a clear picture of the financial workings of a business is one of the fundamentals contributing to a business’s success – and this is mainly achieved through effective cash management. Cash management involves disciplined monitoring, forecasting and planning over the longer term to allow the business to be prepared for any financial situation or opportunity that arises in the short term too.
The financial workings of a business can be divided simply into three areas that cover the inflows and outflows of cash from the business. These are accounts receivable, accounts payable and inventory, all of which fall under the overarching banner of cash management.
Central to cash management is the cash flow statement, a report that consists of a detailed overview of all the business’s cash flow situation. Whether you do it yourself, hire an accountant or bookkeeper, or employ a financial controller in-house – effective monitoring of available working capital (or cash management) can help a business to remain competitive, be financially flexible and be ready for any growth or investment opportunities.
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Cash management can seem complex. However there are simple strategies that small businesses can adopt to help improve their financial situation. While some strategies for managing cash flow might work for one business but may not be right for the next, so a combination of the following can be a great addition to the business’s cash flow risk management practices.
Help ease the stress on your cash flow and boost the balance of your deposit accounts with these simple cash management tips, perfect fundamentals for small businesses to add to their corporate process.
Effective cash management and planning can help ensure there’s enough of a cash balance on hand for a business to make purchases and take advantage of growth opportunities, it can assist the business to monitor cash flow requirements and pay bills, it helps the business plan for capital expenditure, and can put the business in a position to negotiate better finance terms. All these things are vital for a successful business.
There are plenty of online tools available to help with cash management. Here’s a free cash flow forecast spreadsheet to help you stay on top of your business cash flow and find out where your finances might need a boost. Download template here.
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