First thing first: let’s get a clear picture of the current state of your business. It helps you determine how long you can maintain business operations, given typical patterns of bringing in and spending money.
You can then use the forecast as a planning tool to evaluate “what-if” scenarios, based on potential adjustments to revenue and expenses. Set a goal to create a three-month plan to keep your cash positive.
Before you start, make sure all transactions are reconciled and the books are clean. To put together the forecast, you’ll need the data from a few QuickBooks reports.
- Run a Profit and Loss report for the past 3 months to understand the average income and expenses for each month. For income, focus on the top sources of revenue. On the expense side, pay particular attention to payroll, rent, insurance, and marketing expenses.
- Run the Open Invoices Report so you’ll be able to see anticipated sources of cash.
- Run the Unpaid Bills Report to identify expected short-term cash outflows.
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