Jun 09, 2021
COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way in which businesses operate. From remote working to labor shortages, businesses have been forced to think innovatively to survive in a post-pandemic world. Revenue and cash flow have no doubt been a point of unease. During a recent WVC survey, more than 50% of respondents noted their number one concern being cash flow and access to capital. In a time of crisis, the focus is less on revenue and profits and more on liquidity and cash flow. In a distressed organization where resources are likely constrained, time is better spent on developing an accurate cash flow.
William Vaughan Company has developed a 13-week cash flow forecast tool for businesses to assess short-term cash demands. This model offers the most granular view into the money moving in and out of a business which means any short-term planning shortfalls can be addressed immediately. Click here to download.
Here are some best practices for cash flow forecasting business owners should consider if and when they find themselves in a crisis:
- Take control – Prioritize your expenses from critical to nonessential. With precise insight into your cash peaks and valleys, it’s easier to prepare contingency plans ahead of projected pinch points.
- Let the data drive decisions – Short-term cash flow forecasting should be driven by your data. Critical decisions can be made effectively with the numbers at hand. Most importantly, the 13-week cash flow is an objective, repeatable model that can eliminate false optimism among leadership.
- Communicate – Use this as an opportunity to create an open dialogue between management and other key team members. In addition, it can also help expedite key decisions for your lenders.
- Think outside the box – Think about other financing opportunities. This will also identify fixed versus variable expenses in which you can build scenarios from the model and “stress test” it against various conditions.
As businesses begin the long road to recovery, thinking strategically and taking action to minimize negative impacts will decide who remains competitive. Cash flow forecasting is just one of the many tools business owners can use to ensure their sustainability. With a thoughtful approach, you will gain the visibility needed to potentially right the ship.
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Don’t go at it alone! If you’re not sure how to assess your current environment and need guidance on utilizing cash flow forecasting, contact a William Vaughan Company advisor today!
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