Financial statements might seem complex and tedious documents. Some might even think that working on them involves investing a lot of time and there’s not enough ROI.
But the truth is that financial statements, like a cash flow statement, are incredibly powerful tools that are easy to work on, and even better, they can give you the knowledge you need to take your small business to the next level.
In this article, we’ll give you a FREE downloadable cash flow statement template, we’ll also explain how to use it to help your business succeed.
What is a cash flow statement?
A cash flow statement helps you understand the cash generated and spent during a specific period of time. This allows you to manage your business finances and accounting so you can ensure the future of your small business.
By helping you understand if you have the cash capacity to pay your debt obligations and fund any investments or operating expenses.
It’s also called Statement of cash flows.
Benefits of using a cash flow statement template
You could, of course, create your cash flow statement from scratch, but that’ll take the time you could otherwise use to manage your business.
It’s better to use a template, because that means you don’t have to design it nor do any math, you only need to type in important information and the cash flow statement template will do all the calculations for you.
In just some minutes, you’ll have all the information you need to steer your business in a more successful direction.
And you don’t have to look around for a good cash flow statement template, we’ve got you covered with a FREE and easy-to-use template.
Download our cash flow statement template
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The Camino Financial cash flow statement template: sections
Using our cash flow statement template is quite easy. But first, let’s get ourselves acquainted with the 3 different sections.
In this section, you need to type in the cash generated and spent in relation to your regular business activity.
- Customers: money paid by your clients (invoices)
- Other operations: any other activities that help you generate cash in relation to your products or services
- Inventory purchases: how much you spend to buy inventory
- General operating and administrative expenses: everything you spend to manage your business and sell products/services
- Wage expenses: how much you spend on payroll
- Interest: the cash you spend on paying the interest of a loan (just add the interest)
- Income taxes: tax expenses
This section revolves around the cash generated and spent in relation to investments and long-term assets, like buying equipment, making renovations, etc.
- Sale of property and equipment: the cash you get from selling property or equipment
- Collection of principal on loans: money generated if you’ve made any loans to other companies or clients
- Sale of investment securities: the cash you get from selling investment securities
- Purchase of property and equipment: the cash you spend from buying property and equipment
- Making loans to other entities: how much you’ve spent if you’ve made any loans to other companies or clients
- Purchase of investment securities: the cash you spend from selling investment securities
In this section, you’ll find the cash generated and spent in relation to loans, stocks, bonds, lines of credit, shareholders, or owner’s equity
- Issuance of stock: cash generated when selling your stocks
- Borrowing: the cash you get from a loan
- Repurchase of stock (treasury stock): cash spend when re-buying your stocks
- Repayment of loans: the cash you spend on paying the principal of a loan (add just the principal)
- Dividends: payments of earnings to shareholders
Why are loans divided into financing and operating activities?
All interest is considered an operating activity because it is an expense related to acquiring an asset (whether it be cash, equipment, and so forth). But the principal is considered a financing activity.
You may be interested in the Free Cash Flow Formula.
How to fill the template
Now that you understand all the sections and items in the cash flow statement template, let’s work on the template.
Make sure you only complete the blue-shaded cells.
1. Start by adding your business’ name (B2) and today’s date (L2).
2. Decide what 12-month period you’ll analyze and then add each month/year (C7 to N7).
3. Add the cash your business had at the beginning of the first month (C9).
4. Complete each of the sections and subsections from your business data (all the rest of the blue-shaded cells). We recommend filling all the sections of one month before starting on the next one.
5. See how the cash flow of each month appears! (C12 to N12)
Download the FREE cash flow statement template
As you can see, using our cash flow statement template is not that complicated, and it will help you better understand your business finances.
That’s because at Camino Financial, we want to help you grow your business and become successful. After all, our motto is “No Business Left Behind.”