Cash Flow Calculator
Cash flow analysis can be difficult because income and expenses occur at irregular intervals making it hard to get a true statement of net cash flow.
This calculator works for both business and personal finances to project your monthly and annual net cash flows. It converts all the irregular payments into monthly equivalents so you can budget and know your free cash flow position with confidence.
Simply complete each of the six sections and the calculator will automatically forecast the cash flow analysis. To figure a budget you can just go back and edit your entries until your projections look acceptable then click on the "Create Report" button at the bottom of the worksheet for a printable report.
Track And Improve Your Cash Flow
It’s not easy to get an accurate view of cash flow.
After all, income and expenses occur at different times making it far from clearcut.
The Cash Flow Calculator helps solve this problem by converting your irregular payments into monthly equivalents so you can properly budget.
Read on to learn more about cash flow and how to improve it.
Cash Flow Basics
Money is very important in running a business or household. Without money it is impossible to operate.
A cash flow analysis is a financial report of all the cash that is coming in (inflows) and the cash that is going out (outflows) of a business or household operation.
Cash flow can be used as an indication of a company’s financial strength.
On the personal side, cash flow shows your income and expenses and determines whether you are “living within your means” or having to borrow money each month. You will know if you are living within your means if after adding all your cash inflow and subtracting the total cash outflow from the total inflow, you get a positive figure.
To help you with this exercise, use the Cash Flow Calculator above. If you find from this analysis that you spend more than you make, then it may be time to look at your lifestyle and make some corrections.
Cash Flow Problems
Cash flow is vital to a person’s survival. Without strong, positive cash flow an entity will never sustain and grow. Having enough cash on hand will ensure that creditors, household expenses and others can be paid on time.
A person is considered broke if they do not have enough cash to support their day-to-day living expenses. Negative cash flow is indicative of a cash flow problem. Excessive debt, non-payment or late payment of bills and using the credit card for paying your day-to-day purchases are some indications that you have a cash flow problem.
Improving Cash Flow
If you are experiencing negative cash flow, the best way to approach a cash flow problem is by re-examining your spending habits and the way your monthly cash flow works. You can improve your cash flow my raising your income or lowering your expenses – or both.
Proper cash flow management means paying cash, instead of using credit cards, for everything such as home improvements, cars, furniture, vacations, children’s education and other living expenses. The best way to increase cash flow around the house is to develop a vigilant attitude toward cutting costs, no matter how small. One of the biggest problems we see in financially-distressed consumers is that they waste a lot of money on the little things.
Overall, the best way to increase your personal cash flow is to be conscious of how much money you spend and why. Start tracking, observing and controlling your cash outflow every month. Think about what you’re doing as a consumer, instead of simply reacting to impulses. You’ll see results immediately, as soon as you get serious about it. And don’t forget to keep an emergency fund to ensure you do not disrupt your cash flow should an emergency arise.
Managing cash flow is not just about having positive net income. If you cannot live within your means, you will not be able to generate the surplus money needed each month to invest for your future financial goals. We need to make enough income so we can live comfortably while saving up for retirement.
Try out the Cash Flow Calculator and confront the truth about if you’re living within your means. If you’re not, take action. If you are, keep up the great work and continue to find ways to improve your cash flow over time.
Cash Flow Calculator Terms & Definitions
- Cash, Beginning Balance – This is the cash you have on hand at the beginning of each month.
- Cash Inflows – This is the amount of cash generated during the month, which includes your own income, your spouse’ income, rent income, interest earned from savings, dividend incomes, donations, cash gifts, etc. Cash inflows usually arise from one of three activities: financing, operations or investing.
- Cash Outflows – This includes all your fixed and variable expenses every month.
- Cash, Ending Balance – This is the amount that is left over at the end of each month.
- Net Cash Flow – This amount indicates your loss or gains each month. A positive number indicates that you make more than you spend and therefore are able to save money each month. A negative number indicates that you spend more than you make and therefore are borrowing money each month to support your expenses.
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