QuickBooks HelpQuickBooksHelpIntuit

Use the cash flow planner in QuickBooks Online

by Intuit Updated 2 days ago

Learn how to use the cash flow planner in QuickBooks Online to track your income and expenses.

Through the cash flow planner, you can easily see money that comes in and out of your business. This way, you can keep track of your cash flow. Here’s how to set up the planner and create, edit, or delete items.

Changing transactions won’t affect your books. This helps you make informed decisions about when to save, spend, borrow, and transfer money. Here’s how to set up the planner, and create, edit, or delete transactions.

Note: The cash flow planner isn’t available in QuickBooks Online Accountant and if you turned on Multicurrency.

Step 1: Set up your account

To set up your planner, connect your bank and credit card accounts. This way, you can use the data from your accounts in all QuickBooks.

Step 2: Add a new transaction

You can manually add transactions for potential income and expenses. You can also create repeating transactions to make planning even easier. Here’s how.

Important: Remember, items aren't actual transactions. QuickBooks won't add them to your books.

  1. Go to Dashboards and select Planner (Take me there).
  2. Select Add Transaction.
  3. Select Money in if the item is income, or Money out if it's an expense.
  4. Give the item a name and enter an amount.
    Note: If it’s a recurring item, select the Repeating button. Then select how often the item repeats.
  5. When you're done, select Save.

If you want to export your cash flow details, from the Download Report dropdown ▼, select Export as CSV or Export as PDF.

Edit or delete a transaction

You can easily edit or delete transactions to see how that changes your cash flow display. To edit or delete transactions:

Note: Changing transactions won’t affect your books. This helps you make informed decisions about when to save, spend, borrow, and transfer money.

Edit a transaction

  1. Go to Dashboards and select Planner (Take me there).
  2. Select the transaction you want to edit.
  3. Change the date, name, amount field, money in or out, or the repeat details.
  4. Select Update to save your changes.

Delete a transaction

  1. Go to Dashboards and select Planner (Take me there).
  2. Select the transaction you want to delete.
  3. To delete a non-repeating transaction, select Remove, then Remove to confirm.
  4. To delete a repeating transaction, select Remove, then
    • Select Only item to delete that single transaction in the series
    • Select Entire series, then Confirm to delete all repeating transactions

Customise your planner

If you want to select the data you want to see in your planner, you can customise it. Here’s how you can change your planner’s preferences.

  1. Go to Dashboards, then select Planner (Take me there).
  2. On the planner page, select the small gear ⚙ icon.
  3. Select your preference.
    • In the Linked accounts section, you can select accounts that will show in the cash balance and in the money in and money out chart. If you don’t see an account listed, select the plus + icon to make sure it’s available. 
    • In the QuickBooks section,  you can select the QuickBooks transaction types you wish to see on your chart.
    • In the Threshold section, you can keep a cash buffer of a certain amount on hand that will appear on the chart to help you visualise your cash threshold.
  4. Select Save.
QuickBooks Online EssentialsQuickBooks Online PlusQuickBooks Online Simple Start

Sign in now for personalized help

See articles customized for your product and join our large community of QuickBooks users.

More like this