What the heck does “Cash is King” even mean?  

To help your business grow, it’s essential you understand your cash runway. But what is? And why is it so important? Read on to find out…

Top Tips For Business Goal Setting In 2022

Are you setting New Year’s resolutions? No, we’re not talking about hitting the gym or eating less takeaway food. We mean setting business goals and objectives. Coming into the new year, it’s the perfect time to set some goals – both realistic and aspirational – for your business to work towards. Why set business goals? […]

How To Use QuickBooks Online

If you run a small business, you’ve likely heard of QuickBooks Online, the smart accounting software that helps you keep on top of everything from taxes to payroll. But if you’re new to QuickBooks (or perhaps you’ve switched from QuickBooks desktop version), you might be wondering just how to use it. Don’t worry – we’ve […]

Why Do Small Businesses Use Float?

For over 10 years, thousands of small businesses have been using Float to help them make their biggest business decisions. But why do they use it? And what exactly do they use it for? This video shows you why small businesses use Float and how it could benefit your business too. What is Float? Float […]

Understanding Your Cash Runway

To help your business grow, it’s essential you understand your cash runway. But what is? And why is it so important? Read on to find out…

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How Important Is Cash Flow For A Start-Up Business?

Starting a new business is an exciting time. It’s also an extremely busy time, when you have to make important decisions under pressure – decisions that could impact the future success of your start-up business. Understanding your business’s cash flow is essential to guiding your decision-making. There are three important questions we believe every start-up […]

3 Cash Flow Graphs Every Business Should Use

Using cash flow graphs is a quick and powerful way to really get an accurate picture of the flow of cash in and out of your business. Whether you want to delve into highly granular, detailed information or more of a bird’s eye view of your cash position, cash flow graphs can help you understand […]

How Can I See Where We’re Overspending?

Overspending can cause serious problems for a small business. Too much cash going out and not enough cash coming in can spell disaster for a business’s cash flow. And, in the current climate, keeping tabs on overspending in your company has become more important than ever. Because no one quite knows what’s around the corner… […]

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12 Ways To Boost Cash Flow

Being a small business owner can be a tricky business, and unless your company is swimming in free cash, you might need to find ways to boost your cash flow. Does it seem like there’s always money going out of your business before there’s money coming in? If that sounds familiar, you’re going to need […]

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Why Is Cash Flow Important To A Small Business?

If you’ve got plans for your business, you’re going to need cash to make them happen. Dreaming big and running out of money isn’t a situation a small business wants to find itself in, which is why cash flow is critical to sustaining and growing a business. Time for some hard facts: it’s known that […]

Understanding Short Term vs Long Term Cash Forecasting

How much thought have you given to short term or long term cash flow forecasting recently? Most business owners know they should have a cash flow projection. But with the pressures of getting a business back up and running as lockdowns ease, prioritising cash flow is easier said than done. However, with Xero recently reporting […]

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Meet The Accountant Who’s Helping The Beauty Industry Manage Cash Flow In A Crisis

If you’d walked into Ria-Jaine Lincoln’s home several years ago, you would have found yourself surrounded by tin cans. Tin cans on every windowsill. Inside the cans were pound coins – these were the kind of tin cans with a hole in the top which you could put money into, but could only take back […]

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5 Steps To Successful Budgeting And Forecasting

Most business owners know they should be budgeting and forecasting as part of the financial plan for their company. However, short term priorities and the day-to-day pressures of running a business can often distract from this important task. We’re here to help, so read on to learn the five most important steps to successful budgeting […]

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How to Do Scenario Planning with Float

Scenario planning is a huge part of business planning. Understanding the cash impact of different decisions is vital to making sure that your plans work out and that you achieve your goals. On the flip side, building scenarios for what could happen if you lose a client or get paid late will help you make […]

4 Ways To Help Your Clients With A Cash Surplus

The internet is full of advice for small business owners on what to do when facing a cash shortage. But there’s very little content on how to manage a cash surplus. So as an accountant and advisor, how can you help your clients that don’t make the most of the cash available to them? What […]

7 Advantages Of A Cash Flow Forecast

Small business owners have to make difficult financial decisions almost every day. The level of responsibility and risk can be a huge burden, but with the advent of cloud accounting and the availability of more sophisticated reporting, that is all beginning to change. In particular, online cash flow solutions have been a major contributor to […]

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How Cash Flow Impacts Seasonal Business

Running a seasonal business can mean dealing with the peaks and troughs of fluctuating cash flow. However, additional insight into your financial systems can give you the control and foresight you need to properly plan for times of drought, and times of excess. Know your peak and off-seasons Xero’s research into small businesses found that […]

6 Reasons To Use Float For Cash Flow Forecasting

Here are our top six efficiency-boosting reasons for using Float…   1. Save hours every month with automatic updates One of the most time-consuming parts of manual cash flow forecasting is bringing your spreadsheet up to date. Our users tell us this used to take them an average of eight hours every month when manually entering […]

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How To Use Xero in 13 Easy Steps

Xero is an online accounting software designed for small businesses. If you’re new to Xero, then this guide to getting started should help you quickly get up and running. Here are 13 steps to get you started using Xero to get a better handle on your finances. 1.Watch the ‘Xero Dashboard’ video The first step […]

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Top Tips To Instantly Improve Your Cash Flow Projection 

Projecting cash flow is hard. But the more accurate you can make a cash flow projection, the more powerful they become. Here’s a list of 9 things we see business owners and finance directors doing that give them mastery over their cash flow predictions. 1. Clearly articulate your plans As Eisenhower once said: “plans are […]

Cash Flow Forecast in Excel – Pitfalls to Avoid

Creating a cash flow forecast in Excel (or another type spreadsheet) can be a critical step towards proactively planning for the future of your business. But keep in mind that a manual forecast is tricky to get right and keep up to date. When you’re getting started forecasting in Excel, take care to watch out […]

Free Cash Flow Forecast Template

We understand how important cash flow forecasting is for a business, especially right now. That’s why we’ve created a cash flow forecast template for you to start using for free today. Simply hit the button below and it’s yours. Do you know exactly how much cash is coming into and out of your business? If […]

The Direct and Indirect Method of Cash Flow Forecasting: Which Should You Use?

What’s the difference between the direct and indirect method of cash flow forecasting? You may already know that your cash flow forecast tells you what your future bank balance will be and helps you to find out if your business will have the right amount of money at the right time. But did you know […]

Product Update: Quick Budget Edit

We have been working hard on introducing a new feature into Float called ‘Quick Budget Edit’. Simple Copying and Pasting This feature will allow you to copy multiple rows and columns of budget data from another source e.g. a spreadsheet, and paste them straight into Float using keyboard shortcuts (ctrl + c and ctrl + […]

How Dog and Pony Studios are using Float

Chris Davies, the owner of Toronto-based creative agency Dog and Pony Studios, started using Float in 2013 and now describes it as an invisible member of the team. How did Float become such an integral part of the business? Dog and Pony Studios were successful: offices opened in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona, new clients […]

The Difference Between A P&L Budget And A Forecast

Planning for the future is essential for business success. In order to make confident decisions, you need to know what lies ahead. Understanding the difference between your budget and forecasts can help you to properly plan for the future of your business. What is a P&L budget? Your profit and loss is your business’s financial […]

An Introduction to Working Capital Management

Being an ex-banker looking after small businesses, and now a small business owner myself I have seen working capital management from both sides. Not so long ago, if your bank turned you down for an overdraft, that was the end of the matter – there was nowhere else to go short of friends and family. […]

7 Steps to Build Float into Your Workflow

Can you see an opportunity for using Float with your clients but you’re unsure how best to incorporate it into your workflow? We’ve spoken with lots of partners who use Float regularly, and this is how they do it: 1. Test it out with your own data First and foremost, you’ll want to test Float […]

Why is Float Better Than a Spreadsheet?

If you are one of the many businesses that relies on spreadsheets to produce cash flow forecasts, you may have had occasional doubts and concerns about the level of accuracy and time it takes to produce them. You’d be right to question them. The fact is that a whopping 88% of spreadsheets contain errors*. One […]

Forecast Frequency – Daily, Weekly, Monthly or Quarterly?

How often should you do your cash flow forecast, and how granular does it need to be? One of the frequent requests we get at Float is for daily cash flow forecasting. A lot of businesses are interested in more granular forecasts to get better insights into how their available cash changes day by day. […]