Make your business plans clear with a projected cash flow template

It's always important to make your business accounting and projections clear, especially if you are in the market for a business loan or cash injection from investors. With a professional projected cash flow template the figures will show that you mean business.

Ideally, when making a bid for additional working capital, your cash flow spreadsheet should be able to show, quickly and clearly, that there will be sufficient cash on hand to cover the interest payments on a business loan.

A simple template for Microsoft Office (http://office.microsoft.com) might serve the purpose perfectly adequately for a small business, if you want an easy-to-read projection. The template offers an at-a-glance prediction of whether your business will have enough cash to meet its outgoings. Projected cash balances below the minimum amount required are displayed in red. You can also map a chart of your projected monthly balances.

Fast Link Solutions (www.fastlinksolutions.co.uk) offer a useful grounding in formulating a cash flow spreadsheet, with details on which figures should be included in your charts. In addition they offer downloadable cash flow chart templates, in a variety of formats, so all you have to do is fill in the figures.

Register for free  at www.investengine.com and you'll be able to access free software that will compile your business spreadsheets you need. Fill in tables for Advertising, Sales Projection, Personnel Expenses, Profit and Loss and Investment Plans, and they will automatically configure a projected cash flow on their template. That's the easy bit. Now you just have to persuade those investors.

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