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Cashflow Forecasting Software:
Benefits

Page Contents

1. Cashflow Plan is Faster, Easier & Better

2. Advantages of Using Cashflow Plan

3. Use Cashflow Plan to Improve Cash Flow





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Go here for details, free download and purchasing as this page mainly relates to business-related versions of Cashflow Plan.


1. Cashflow Plan is Faster, Easier & Better

Cashflow Plan is a range of software packages for preparing monthly cash flow forecasts (with projected income statements, balance sheets and ratios) for 12 months ahead for young & established businesses of all sizes and types. It incorporates a roll-forward facility to speedily update the projections every month. Use it for business plans, cashflow planning and management, budgeting, fund raising etc. Cashflow Plan runs as a powerful, easy-to-use template with Excel (versions 5, 7, 8, 95, 97, 2000, XP, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016) using Windows (95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/Win7,8,10).

Important Note: Cash-Plan requires a Windows-based, desktop version of Excel. It will not run, on account of its extensive use of macros, with any cloud-based versions of Excel (or other similar spreadsheet types). If using Office 365 or Office 16, Excel must be installed on a Windows PC.

Save time and money and add substantial business, financial and spreadsheet know-how to your cashflow planning - check the benefits below or get more details and free trial downloads. For multi-year projections, see Exl-Plan.

With Cashflow Plan, you get a better-built planner with more features and facilities in a fraction of the time and cost that it would take a very experienced spreadsheet user with a financial background to develop a comprehensive planner from the ground up. Here's why:

 
 
Fast Facts

Name: Cashflow Plan for Businesses (six versions).

Function: Microsoft Excel-based template for 12-month income, cash flow & balance sheet projections with roll-forward facility.

Uses: Cash flow planning, budgeting, raising finance, cash management.

For: Managers, consultants, entrepreneurs & startups.

Benefits: Easy-to-use. Expandable. Saves time & effort. Improves cash planning.

System: Windows 95/98/ Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/
Win7,8,10 with Excel 5,7,8,95,97,2000,XP,2003,
2007,2010,2013,2016.

Prices (US$): Free, 39, 79, 119, 159 or 199.

See Also: Exl-Plan for multi-year projections.

 
   
Which method is likely to be the fastest, best way to prepare financial projections?
Excel with Cashflow Plan Excel Alone
1. Load Cashflow Plan
2. Enter assumptions
3. Review results

No writing formulae, no formatting, no programming, no testing, no designing, no charting, no correcting, no messing !

1. Design model
2. Load blank workbook
3. Layout worksheets
4. Create assumption cells
5. Design report formats
6. Enter all formulae
7. Format worksheets
8. Create charts
9. Develop menus
10. Create shortcuts
11. Enter test data
12. Correct errors
13. Retest
14. Enter assumptions
15. Review results
16. Check formulae
17. Correct errors
18. Test corrections
19. Document model
20. Review results

Moral: Don't try to reinvent the wheel - use Cashflow Plan !

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Cashflow Plan uses Microsoft Excel releases 5, 7, 8, 95, 97, 2000, XP, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 running on Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/Win7,8,10.

As Cashflow Plan incorporates extensive formulae and preprogrammed menus & buttons (about 150 items) you only need a very basic knowledge of Excel to prepare highly professional and presentable projections. If you are an advanced Excel user, you can utilize this expertise to enhance and expand Cashflow Plan to meet particular needs. To see its scope, you can download free trial copies of all six versions of Cashflow Plan.

Quick Guide to Cashflow Plan Versions

Cashflow Plan incorporates comprehensive facilities and features. It is suitable for managers and business people with minimal previous experience of financial or business planning as well as for experienced planners, accountants, consultants and model-builders.

Cashflow Plan contains extensive online help (130+ topics) along with a 100-page Word-based version of its manual and a series of Flash-based tutorials (running for 19 minutes) covering setting up Excel, getting started, the basics and using Quik-Plan. Manuals and tutorials are included in the download files for all versions of Cashflow Plan. The Super and Ultra versions are also supplied with a Cashflow Plan Consolidator Guide which is included in the download files for Cashflow Plan Super and Ultra.

For additional guidance, you can watch several How to ... Tutorials (these are based on Exl-Plan which shares many common features with Cashflow Plan) covering the basics of setting and using Cashflow Plan.

The purchase prices and upgrade fees for Cashflow Plan are as follows:

Cashflow Plan: Prices & Upgrade Fees (US$)
Free Micro Lite Plus Super Ultra
Free 39 * 79 * 119 * 159 * 199 *
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* Optional printed manual US$20. Fees include Priority Airmail delivery worldwide.

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2. Advantages of Using Cashflow Plan

Cashflow Plan offers you many significant benefits and advantages including:

  • It saves substantial time and money. With Cashflow Plan, you only need to familiarize yourself with its range of variable and reports before you start entering assumptions and planning.
  • Cashflow Plan is well-tested, robust, powerful and expandable. It is also clearly documented and supported.
  • Cashflow Plan is error-free and incorporates extensive error trapping to help prevent users introducing errors when using Cashflow Plan. For examples of errors that can arise in spreadsheets, have a look at this listing of spreadsheet mistakes.
  • You don't have to be a financial whizz-kid or spreadsheet rocket scientist to make detailed projections and to explore complex scenarios with Cashflow Plan.
  • Building and testing a comparable model to Cashflow Plan could require hundreds (thousands?) of hours of spreadsheet programming, worksheet formatting and formulae entry. In contrast, you can be up-and-running with Cashflow Plan in less than a hour.
  • If you already have a spreadsheet or financial background, you can use this expertise to expand and tailor Cashflow Plan to handle special factors or to get into greater detail.

If new to cashflow planning, Cashflow Plan allows you to start planning with the minimum of fuss and maximum of help. With a choice of six versions (Free, Micro, Lite, Plus, Super and Ultra), Cashflow Plan places a simple but sophisticated cashflow planning tool on your desktop, irrespective of your business's size and stage of development.

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3. Use Cashflow Plan to Improve Cash Flow

Most importantly, Cashflow Plan serves as a tool which allows you to concentrate on the task of cashflow planning rather than programming. It frees you from having to write hundreds of formulae and routines and allows you to devote more of their time to researching assumptions and evaluating the resultant projections.

Cashflow Plan can help you improve cash flow and conserve scarce cash resources. Your starting point should be an up-to-date cash flow forecast for the coming 12 months constructed using Cashflow Plan. This become the "base case" and can be used to do sensitivity analyses and explore alternative scenarios for improving cash flow.

Use the list below as a guide and bear in mind that the combined impact of several modest improvements could be very substantial. This table is also available as a printable Checklist for Improving Cashflows (PDFPDF document or web page). Note that all versions of Cashflow Plan contain a dynamic version of this checklist which is linked to Cashflow Plan's projected values and ratios. It provides the basis for an ongoing cash flow improvement program which can be updated each month using Cashflow Plan's roll forward facility.

 1. Sales Related:  5. Purchasing:
Increase sales (particularly those involving cash payments). Improve systems for paying suppliers.
Increase prices especially to slow payers. Increase the credit taken from suppliers.
Review the payment performances of customers with sales force. Negotiate extended credit from suppliers.
Become more selective when granting credit. Use barter to acquire goods and services.
Seek deposits or multiple stage payments. Make prompt payments only when worthwhile discounts apply.
Reduce the amount/time of credit given to customers.  6. Investment:
 2. Costs & Systems: Defer or re-stage all capital expenditure.
Reduce direct and indirect costs and overhead expenses. Sell off surplus assets or make them productive.
Use the 80/20 rule to manage inventories, receivables and payables. Enter into sale and lease-back arrangements for productive assets.
Improve systems for billing and collection. Use leasing etc. to gain access to the use of productive assets.
 3. Credit Management: Defer projects which cannot achieve acceptable cash paybacks.
Bill as soon as work has been done or order fulfilled.  7. Financing:
Generate regular reports on receivable ratios and aging. Use factoring or discounting to accelerate receipts from sales.
Establish and adhere to sound credit practices - train staff. Re-negotiate bank facilities to reduce charges.
Use more pro-active collection techniques. Seek to extend debt repayment periods.
Add late payment charges or fees where possible. Net off or consolidate bank balances.
 4. Inventory: Defer dividend payments.
Reduce inventory (stock) levels and improve control over WIP. Raise additional equity or convert debt to equity
Sell off or return obsolete/excess inventory. Make medium- and short-term cashflow forecasts - update regularly.

 



Note
: If you need projections extending beyond 12 months for a business plan etc., you should have a look at Exl-Plan, our range of fully-integrated financial planners which can generate projections for months and quarters extending to three, five or seven years. Details and trial-version downloads.

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