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Budgets and Forecasting

The holiday season is upon us and the New Year will be here before we know it. For most business owners, this is also the season of financial planning and budgeting for 2013. Some have even gone through the budgeting and forecasting process to be better prepared for the upcoming year. But have you ever wondered about the necessity of doing both a budget and a forecast? Do you even know the difference between budgets and forecasting? Often, the terms are used interchangeably.

Budgets and Forecasting

While this topic has often been the subject of debate, the budget and forecast differences are actually very clear. The success of any business is dependent upon the handling and management of the finances. This is exactly why knowing the relationship between these two important tools is not only useful in planning for the future, but is also excellent for keeping the business moving forward throughout the year. Here’s an excerpt from wikicfo.com highlighting how budgets and forecasts are different, but how both can be very useful tools for business owners and key decision makers when it comes to the financial planning of the company

Budgeting can be a good tool to use to help plan the future of the business; however a greater predictor of future behavior is past behavior. The purpose of investing time to create a financial forecast is to predict the future based upon certain assumptions while using the past to defend those assumptions.

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Budgets and Forecasting

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Capital Budgeting Methods

Capital Budgeting Methods

“Most small to medium sized companies have no idea how to approach capital investments. They treat it as if it were an operating budget decision rather than a long-term, strategic decision that will impact their cash flow, efficiency of their daily operations, income statement, and taxable income for years to come. They need your help understanding the importance of and then making the right capital budgeting decisions.

Capital budgeting decisions relate to decisions on whether or not a client should invest in a long-term project, capital facilities and/or capital equipment/machinery. Capital budget decisions have a major effect on a firm’s operations for years to come, and the smaller a firm is, the greater the potential impact, since the investment being made could represent a substantial percent of the firm’s assets….”

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Forecasting and Your Business

Do you manage your business looking backward or forward? Are you preoccupied with looking at how last month compared with the budget instead of where your business is headed? While examining actual performance against the budget can be a very useful approach to identifying areas of improvement in your organization, it can also take your focus away from planning for your future business needs.

Forecasting and Your Business

It is important to develop and maintain a running forecast model of your business, one that incorporates trends (in sales, COGS, and overhead) as well as other information (addition of a significant new customer, loss of a substantial current customer, anticipated large changes in raw material prices and/or other expenses, or a new building lease, for example). This will help you estimate your upcoming needs for cash and give you the time to adequately prepare.

Connecting Your Financial Statements

You need to have an income statement model. This projects sales based on expected items or services sold and the prices received, as well as expected gross and net margins. Then, tie your income statement to a projected balance sheet and statement of cash flows. You should also consider a running working capital forecast as well as a capital expenditure forecast.

Being able to anticipate future capital needs months in advance can go a long way to improving your company’s performance by allowing you the time to seek out the best terms (in cost of capital as well as other terms). Such a forecast will help you establish credibility with prospective lenders and investors as well as provide an easy means of communication with them.


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