Cash Management Through Good Financial Liquidity Practices

Cash Management Techniques to Help Small Businesses Stay Afloat

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Cash management is the lifeblood of small businesses, especially in tough economic times. It is frequently "make or break" for startups. Owners and entrepreneurs have to understand working capital management and cash management concepts, calculations and techniques.

They have to understand the concept of free cash flow, where its coming from and what to do with it if they are looking to grow, or what to do it it's on the decline 

They have to be able to prepare  and understand cash budgets and statements of cash flows as living, breathing sources of critical information that are most effective when they are continually updated, and continually compared to the past. 

They have to be able to manipulate their cash flows as economic conditions change, and the sooner they realize the changing conditions, the sooner they can act.

7 Articles to Better Cash Management

The articles below will provide you with information and help on all of these topics.

1. Manage Your Liquidity for Effective Cash Control

This is a beginning tutorial on calculating the liquidity ratios to determine your financial position regarding cash. You will find everything you need for liquidity ratio analysis on the company's balance sheet. Liquidity has to do with a firm's assets and liabilities. In particular, liquidity looks at whether or not a firm can pay its current debt with its current assets.

2. Cash Management is Important for Your Small Business

Cash management is the key to business successStart-up businesses often find themselves short of cash right off the mark. Existing businesses can find ways to survive if they can find ways to generate cash. Cash is the single most important element of survival for a small business.

 This article will start you off with a comprehensive discussion of best practices for cash management within your business firm.

3. Bootstrap Your Startup or Small Business

Bootstrapping is one of the new buzzwords in business. It means using your own resources and effectively managing your cash flow to internally generate the funds that you need to operate your startup or relatively new business. Bootstrapping keeps venture capitalists or angel investors from sinking their teeth into your business. 

4. Cash Flow Analysis

Two of the financial statements that business firms must prepare are the Income Statement andStatement of Cash Flows. The income statement shows a firm's profit or net income. The statement of cash flows shows the firm's cash position. Cash Flow Analysis is a hub for a number of articles on this subject. Check it out! 

5. Detailed Steps in Preparing a Statement of Cash Flows

There are essentially three steps in developing the Statement of Cash Flows. You have to learn to develop a balance sheet. Then, you have to develop two years of balance sheets for your company. From those comparative balance sheets comes the Statement of Cash Flows.

 6. What Does the Burn Rate Mean and How is it Calculated

Burn rate is a concept that every entrepreneur must become familiar with. It's a key measure of sustainability, or how long your business can stay afloat until sales rise. Stated differently, how long can your company operate until you run out of money.

​7. Cash Management Ratios

Calculate the solvency, liquidity, and viability of your small business.