Know your numbers
With sound financial budgeting and forecasting practices in place, businesses can plan ahead and quickly react to make changes accordingly. This should be a key part of managing your business, and once in place, it becomes fundamental to informing the strategy and decision-making over future performance and cash flow.
Forecasting will allow you to scenario plan, acting as an early warning system should anything go wrong. By regularly measuring your performance against your budget, you will measure the effectiveness of decisions to fully understand the impact and consequences of change.
The budgeting process takes a lot of hard work, but the benefits far outweigh the effort. We’re here to help.
Our tips for budgeting and forecasting
- Use accurate data to make your assumptions – using tech and cloud-based accounting software can make it a lot easier to drop into forecast models.
- Don’t overestimate – when it comes to forecasting, you should be conservative in your estimations so that you’re as precise as possible.
- Check your actuals vs budget – your budget is only useful if you check your actuals against it, measuring whether you’re where you thought you’d be.
- Scenario plan – it will help you to understand the cash flow impact on different scenarios, giving you time to plan ahead.
With budgeting and forecasting best practices in place, you’ll have your finger on the pulse and have a real understanding of how your business is performing. If you’d like a little help setting your budgets and creating forecasting models, or even discussing your existing budgets and how to manage change, then get in touch.
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