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Cashflow Forecasting Software:
Introduction

Page Contents

1. Introduction to Cashflow Plan Range

2. When to Use Cashflow Plan

3. Cashflow Plan is Faster, Easier & Better

4. Benefits of Using Cashflow Plan



1. Introduction to Cashflow Plan Range

Cashflow Plan is a range of powerful, easy-to-use software packages for preparing comprehensive monthly cashflow projections for 12 months ahead. You can use it for cashflow planning, budgets, business planning, fund raising etc. for young & established businesses of all sizes and types. It incorporates a roll-forward facility to help you to speedily update the projections every month. More powerful versions also include a tool for consolidating projections.

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.

Cashflow Plan will help plan your business's cash requirements, improve control over cashflows and conserve cash resources. It will be especially useful if you need to forecast cashflows in the context of:

  • tight cash/profit margins
  • limited financial resources
  • planning for growth or radical change
  • compiling cash budgets
  • preparing business improvement plans.
 
 
Fast Facts

Name: Cashflow Plan (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.

 
   

Cashflow Plan is pre-formatted to handle the very wide range of the variables and functions normally encountered when preparing cashflow and financial projections. Based on your assumptions, it compiles detailed, fully-integrated financial projections for the coming year on a monthly basis, and for the initial three months on a weekly basis. It automatically produces 20+ pro-forma financial and management reports together with numerous graphs for key variables. You can download free trial copies of all versions of Cashflow Plan.

Cashflow Plan is available in six versions (Free, Micro, Lite, Plus, Super and Ultra) to enable you to select the best planning tool to meet your business's needs. Each version can handle either UK/International or US/Canadian accounting conventions. Cashflow Plan is being used in over a hundred countries with the USA, Canada, UK, Australia and South Africa predominating. All versions have the flexibility to handle manufacturing, distribution and service businesses. They are suitable for established businesses as well as startups and strategic business units within major corporations. Cashflow Plan is also ideal if you are a professional adviser, consultant, training organization, financial institution or enterprise support agency.

Quick Guide to Cashflow Plan Versions

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.

You will find Cashflow Plan easy-to-use because all the formulae for financial calculations are pre-written; reports are reformatted and clearly laid out; menu structures follow logical sequences; and online help is available to the user at all stages. 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 cashflow projections.

Are you unclear about the importance of cash to your business and the difference between its cashflows and profits? Then, have a look at Making Cash Flow Forecasts. See also the Checklist for Improving Cashflow.

If you are an experienced Excel user, Cashflow Plan offers a familiar environment which you can tailor and expand to meet specialist needs and to utilize existing spreadsheet-based data without getting involved in any extensive import/export procedures.

Irrespective as to whether you have minimal experience with financial and cashflow planning, or you are a seasoned planner, accountant, consultant or model-builder, Cashflow Plan will help sort out your cashflow projections. It will save you time, effort, and money by letting you concentrate on managing your business's cash, rather than on building a new tool to generate your projections.

Have a look at more benefits of using Cashflow Plan.

Cashflow Plan is very well documented. It 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 (based on Exl-Plan which shares many common features with Cashflow Plan) covering the basics of setting up and using Cashflow Plan.

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. When to Use Cashflow Plan

Cashflow Plan is a software tool for preparing cashflow projections for a business. It will be especially useful to your business if you need to improve its future net cashflow. Cashflow Plan will help you to plan cash requirements and thereby improve control over your business's cashflows and to conserve its cash resources. For more guidance, see the Checklist for Improving Cashflow and Making Cash Flow Forecasts.

Problem:
More businesses fail for lack of cash than for want of profit.
Solution:
Buy Cashflow Plan now to anticipate your cash needs.

In addition to compiling detailed monthly cashflow forecasts, Cashflow Plan automatically generates fully-integrated income statements (profit and loss accounts) and balance sheets on a monthly basis. This makes Cashflow Plan very suitable for many other purposes where you may need 12-month projections:

  • preparing shorter term business plans,
  • exploring development options,
  • constructing budgets,
  • assessing strategies,
  • raising external finance and so on ........

Also, you can use Cashflow Plan for first-cut cashflow projections before getting involved in detailed planning - it runs satisfactorily with minimal assumption values. In addition, it incorporates an unique facility called Quik-Plan which greatly simplifies and speeds up the compilation of fully-integrated, high-level 12-month projections (cashflows, income statements and balance sheets).

Get more information or download a free trial version to see Cashflow Plan for yourself. If you plan to download, this short Quick Start Guide will help you get started.

You can easily integrate Cashflow Plan's output into a planning document compiled with Microsoft Word. For an example of this, have a look at Free-Plan.

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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3. Cashflow Plan is Faster, Easier & Better

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.

Which method do you think is likely to be the fastest, best way to prepare your cashflow 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: You don't need to reinvent the wheel.   Use Cashflow Plan !   Try before you buy here !

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4. Benefits of Using Cashflow Plan

Cashflow Plan offers you many significant benefits 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 error-free, well-tested, robust, powerful and expandable. It is also clearly documented and supported.
  • 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.

Most importantly, Cashflow Plan serves as a tool which allows you to concentrate on the task of cashflow planning rather than programming. It saves you from having to write hundreds of formulae and routines and allows you to devote more of your valuable time to researching assumptions and evaluating the resultant projections. Used effectively, Cashflow Plan can help improve cash flow and conserve scarce cash resources.

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Flow Planning
financial projections Cashflow Plan - Comprehensive Cash Flow Forecasts
Requires: Excel 5, 7, 8, 95, 97, 2000, XP, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 with Windows. 95/98/ Me/NT/ 2000/XP/Vista/Win7,8,10
Prices: Free to US$ 199.
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In addition to generating the 12-month projections, Cashflow Plan includes tools and facilities which will help you to:

  • create 12-week cashflow projections (based on the initial three-month projections);
  • roll projections forward on a monthly basis (to save the task of reentering assumptions);
  • explore 'what-ifs' in respect of incremental changes in inventory, receivables and payables;
  • and do sensitivity analysis based on variations in sales volumes/prices, costs and overhead expenses.

If your business is 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 size and stage of development of your business.

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




Basic & Free Planners for Financial Projections and more ...

Our Exl-Plan range of integrated monthly/quarterly planners includes Exl-Plan Basic which uses annual assumptions to generate comprehensive 5-year projections. This simple, low-cost version (US$29) will meet many business planning needs. Get details, download free trial copy or buy & use now.

Also available is a completely free version, Exl-Plan Free, which is identical to Basic but projects for just two years ahead. Details and free download.

The Free and Basic versions of Exl-Plan are complemented by other more detailed, powerful versions of Exl-Plan. Get details and download trial copies.

All versions of Exl-Plan include a free 150-page Business Plan Guide & Template (for Word).



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