A car needs fuel to run (or electricity, if that’s your preference). Humans need food. And a business needs cash. Cash is the lifeblood of any company, big or small. Without working capital, bills don’t get paid and growth is stunted—two good reasons to keep a steady eye on cash flow. It’s also why understanding operating cash flow (OCF) and how to calculate it is key to long-term, sustainable financial health.
If the topic of OCF feels foreign, fear not. We outline everything you need to know right here.