Financial statements can be a tool to help small business owners better understand and manage their business finances—especially when it comes to cash flow. Essentially, cash flow is the net amount of cash and cash-equivalents being transferred into and out of your business.
At the most fundamental level, your company's ability to create value is determined by its ability to generate positive cash flows. Small business stats reflect how getting a handle on your cash flow can mean the difference between success and potential failure:
- In response to Covid-19 impacts, more than 50% of businesses plan to improve their accounting practices and start budgeting to ensure stable cash flow according to a 2020 TD survey of small business owners
- Other studies indicate that a majority of business failures are related to poor cash flow management or poor understanding of how cash flow contributes to a business's financial health
Helps keep you on top of your business's finances and cash flow
Provides better understanding of the financial strength of your business
Makes it easier to apply for a business loan and prepare taxes
Income/profit and loss statement provides the net income figure for your owner's equity statement
Owner's equity statement provides your positive or negative equity position to enter as retained earnings on your balance sheet
Statement of cash flows provides your cash position to be included on your balance sheet
Balance sheet provides a summary of your financial position for a specific moment in time
Maintaining a healthy cash flow is important to your company's long-term growth and success. We've compiled 17 cash management tips that can help you improve cash flow as part of your ongoing business processes.
Get help with your cash flow forecasting from our guide, video and downloadable templates: