For example, you may use a cash flow statement to see how much cash you’ll have at the beginning of next month compared to the beginning of this month.
Say you start with $1,000. During the month, you spend $1,500 on expenses, sell $300 worth of products for cash and make another sale for $1,200, but the buyer won’t pay you for two months.
At the beginning of the next month, if you use the accrual accounting method, your balance sheet might show your business’s overall value is still $1,000, which comes from the initial $1,000 - $1,500 (expenses) + $300 (sales) + $1,200 (accounts receivable).
However, the cash flow statement will show that your account might be overdrawn and you’ll have a -$200 balance unless you increase your cash sales or decrease your expenses during the month.
Managing your business’s cash flow can be vital to making sure you have enough money to pay your bills and invest in opportunities. Cash flow statements can help you do this when your finances become too complicated to track in your head.
You can use this template to create your own cash flow statement.