Cash flow is the lifeblood of every business. It must be managed carefully in good times, and in bad times.
Many business owners get caught out because they don’t understand that profit does not always equal positive cash flow.
Even if you feel your business is on a trajectory for long-term profitability, poor management of cash flow now might result in your business’s failure as you “run out of cash”.
And this is even more important in tough times. Cash keeps flowing out to pay expenses, but it might not necessarily be flowing in. Will you have enough cash or working capital to service your current levels of debt? Or pay your staff wages? Or pay personal expenses (such as school fees)?
If you don’t know how to manage your cash flow, you might easily find yourself trading insolvent, which has serious financial and legal consequences.
What the course is about
This short course provides an overview of cash flow management for your business, including key elements such as:
- An introduction to some core elements of financial management
- The importance of working capital and cash in your business
- An overview of the statement of cash flows (SOCF)
- The Working Capital Cycle
- Developing budgets and forecasts
- Tips to manage cash during difficult times.
How it works
You’ll get access to 4 modules, discussing the above topics in detail. Your modules will be presented by ABDI Adviser Lee O’Dwyer, who is a chartered accountant with over 15 years of senior financial, corporate and business expertise. This is not a registered training course, rather it is an overview based on real life experiences of working with successful businesses.
You can either watch these modules as videos (recommended), or you can download the audio to listen to while you do other things. There’ll also be worksheets and templates you can fill out and apply in your own business.
You can complete the course in your own time, either all at once, or over several days or weeks.
What you’ll learn
Module 1: Managing cash flow and financial foundations – an introduction
Module 2. Why is cash flow management so important?
Module 3: Budgeting and Forecasting
Module 4. Managing cash flow in challenging times
The cost for this course is $27.
This is amazing value as this session usually costs $225 to attend at our live workshop events.
If you are looking to learn about more business management and practices principles, such as Business Planning and People Management, this Cash Flow Management course is also included as one of the modules in our “Business Management for Agricultural Businesses” short course. You can find out more about this course here.