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Why Your Cash Flow Forecast Is Always Inaccurate

by | Apr 27, 2023 | Accounting, Bookkeeping

What if your cash flow forecast doesn’t match reality?

Take control of your business’s destiny with the power of an accurate cash flow forecast. 

It’s not just an essential tool—it’s the lifeline that guides your decision-making, ensuring a steady flow of working capital. 

Yet, the frustration mounts when you dedicate countless hours to projections that always miss the mark by a wide margin. 

Why settle for a cash flow forecast that fails to reflect reality?

Don’t let uncertainty cripple your business any longer. 

Embrace the transformative potential of an accurate cash flow forecast, and witness a new era of informed decision-making and financial stability.

With more than 15 years of experience, I deliver spot-on, accurate reports weekly, monthly, quarterly, or whenever you’d like so you know exactly where your business stands. 

Discover the 8 compelling reasons behind the inaccuracy of your current cash flow forecast. 

Unveil the hidden culprits that hinder your financial foresight and unlock the path to precision.

8 Reasons Your Cash Flow Forecast Is Always Inaccurate

Don’t let these 8  hidden culprits corrupt your cash flow forecast efforts: 

#1. Unrealistic Accuracy Expectations 

Expecting a flawless cash flow forecast may seem like an impossible dream. 

The truth is, unexpected expenses can loom large, threatening to disrupt your plans. 

And let’s not forget those customers who test your patience by delaying payment on sales invoices.

Yes, a certain level of inaccuracy is bound to seep in. 

However, if your forecast is to serve as a meaningful management tool, it must strive to mirror reality as closely as possible. 

It’s time to transform your forecasting game and pave the way to success!

#2. Forecast Is Exclusive

No item of income or expenditure should be overlooked, even the smaller ones. Avoid lumping too much under vague categories, as critical payments may slip away. Highlight significant cash flow impacts as separate forecast lines. Experience the transformative power of meticulous forecasting.

#3. Fixed Variable Costs

Picture the manufacturing business, where monthly raw material expenses waltz in sync with production levels. 

Imagine the haulage company, where fuel costs harmonize with the miles traveled. 

The consistency of a monthly figure in these expenses stresses your cash flow forecast with inaccuracy.

But variable costs go beyond direct expenses. 

Variable costs are not limited to direct costs. Some expenses like power may have seasonal fluctuations. Factor in seasonal changes, so your forecast can be more accurate. 

#4. Unaccounted Payment Terms

Accounting for credit terms is vital for an accurate cash flow forecast. Cash from sales invoices and payments to vendors offering credit won’t align with the same month of issuance or receipt. Consider these payment terms during your forecast.

Additionally, other factors contribute to the disparity between your cash flow forecast and budgeted income and expenditure. Fixed asset and inventory purchases, prepayments, and accruals play a role. Fixed asset purchases aren’t reflected in the budgeted profit and loss (P&L) when acquired but are capitalized and amortized over their useful life. Inventory remains in stock until used. Prepayments and accruals distribute the cost in the P&L for purchases invoiced in advance or arrears. Remember to include fixed asset and inventory purchases, prepayments, and accruals in your cash flow forecast when paid, rather than when they appear in the profit and loss account.

#5. Payment History

Improve your cash flow forecast accuracy by considering customer payment behavior. Despite factoring in payment terms, not all invoices will be settled on time, especially with varying terms for different customers. To enhance projections, rely on the average number of days it takes customers to pay, rather than your set terms.

#6. Unrealistic Forecasting

Embrace the reality of variances in your forecasts, aiming for favorable outcomes. Protect your financial stability by overestimating costs and underestimating sales. Assume timely payments to vendors, but be cautious about customer payments. A cash flow forecast should reflect a realistic or slightly pessimistic perspective based on what you expect, not what you wish for.

#7. Miss Forecasting Multiple Scenarios

Opt for the most probable scenario as your primary cash management forecast. Consider creating additional projections for best and worst-case scenarios to aid in planning. Although maintaining multiple forecasts may require extra time, it allows preparation for unexpected fluctuations in sales, whether high or low.

#8. Ignore a Short-Term Forecast

Similar to a weather forecast, the reliability of a cash flow projection diminishes the further into the future you go. Optimal planning involves having long-term figures for strategic purposes and short-term forecasts for daily management. A long-term forecast can extend up to twelve months, while the most precise projection is the short-term forecast, typically covering the upcoming four weeks.

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I deliver accurate, spot-on reports weekly, monthly, quarterly, or whenever you like without fail. 

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Don’t let behind books and inaccurate accounting get in the way of growing your business.


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