10 steps to shaping a best practice cashflow strategy

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  1. Rob Holmes

    Rob Holmes UKBF Newcomer Full Member

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    My 10 steps to shaping a best practice cashflow strategy are as follows...

    1. Get Excel or a free version of some spreadsheet software like Open Office
    2. Plan your Weekly, Monthly and Annual outgoings in a list
    3. Plan your Weekly, Monthly and Annual income in another list (conservatively forecast if you don't know it)
    4. Merge the two and add your bank balance at the beginning and using simple formulas plan out what your balance will be at any time in the year ahead.
    5. Identify vulnerable weeks and months where cashflow (available funds to cover costs) is low and focus on improving them.
    6. Plan expenditure well in advance, allowing a buffer for emergencies and unexpected outgoings you hadn't already got on the list.
    7. Make sure people pay you on time - usually by taking payment upfront if possible or until they have proven their relationship with you, by calling them 1 week BEFORE the invoice is due to check they have it and find out if there is any reason why it wouldn't be paid on time.
    8. Spend as much time each day (I'm down to a 5 minute check each day) as you need to check that everything is coming in and going out according to the plan.
    9. Measure any monetary decisions on income/outgoings against the plan inserting them in the list where appropriate to gauge where the decision may take you in the future.
    10. Work hard to negotiate all costs down and build happy long term customers that pay ontime and well, and that come back repeatedly to spend more each time!

    Hope this helps,

    Rob
     
    Posted: Mar 19, 2010 By: Rob Holmes Member since: Mar 23, 2005
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