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Cashflow Plan

Cashflow Plan

Comprehensive Business Cashflow Planner

for

Microsoft Excel for Windows

by

PlanWare - Invest-Tech Limited

Free, Micro, Lite, Plus, Super & Ultra Versions with combined US/Canadian & UK/International formats

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Cashflow Plan Comprehensive Business Cashflow Planner

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Table of Contents ........................................................................................................... i

Very Quick Start ................................................................................................ vi Installation of Cashflow Plan (Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP) ....................................vi Installation of Cashflow Plan (Windows 3.1) .............................................................vii Familiarization with Cashflow Plan ............................................................................vii Using Quik-Plan - Part 1 ............................................................................................viii Using Quik-Plan - Part 2 ............................................................................................viii Building a New Model ................................................................................................. ix

List of Toolbar Buttons..................................................................................... xi

Creating a Plan within Ten Minutes ............................................................... xiii

1. Welcome to Cashflow Plan ..................................................................... 1 1.1. Welcome............................................................................................................ 1 1.2. Powerful & Easy-to-Use ................................................................................... 2 1.3. Scope of Manual................................................................................................ 2 1.4. Help System ...................................................................................................... 2 1.5. Typographical Conventions .............................................................................. 3 1.6. About Exl-Plan - Business Financial Planner ................................................... 3 1.7. About PlanWare - Invest-Tech.......................................................................... 4

2. Cashflow Planning................................................................................... 5

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2.1. Introduction to Cashflow Planning.................................................................... 5 2.2. Profit vs. Cashflow............................................................................................ 5 2.3. Calculating Cashflows....................................................................................... 6 2.4. Cashflow Forecasting ........................................................................................ 6 2.5. Planning to Forecast .......................................................................................... 7 2.6. Planning Pitfalls ................................................................................................ 8 2.7. Reviewing Projections....................................................................................... 8 2.8. More about Planning ......................................................................................... 9

3. Introducing Cashflow Plan ................................................................... 10 3.1. Introducing Cashflow Plan.............................................................................. 10 3.2. Versions of Cashflow Plan .............................................................................. 10 3.3. Scope of Cashflow Plan .................................................................................. 11 3.4. Facilities & Features of Cashflow Plan........................................................... 11 3.5. Assumptions Handled by Cashflow Plan ........................................................ 12

3.5.1. Sales, Cost, Inventory & Expense Assumptions ................................... 12 3.5.2. Fixed Asset, Investment & Financing Assumptions ............................. 12 3.5.3. Credit & Input/output Tax Assumptions ............................................... 13

4. Loading Cashflow Plan for First Time ................................................. 14 4.1. Installation of Cashflow Plan (Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP) ....................... 14 4.2. Installation of Cashflow Plan (Windows 3.1) ................................................. 15

5. Getting Started with Cashflow Plan ..................................................... 16 5.1. Getting Started with Cashflow Plan ................................................................ 16 5.2. Familiarization Exercises ................................................................................ 16

5.2.1. Familiarization - Part 1.......................................................................... 16 5.2.2. Familiarization - Part 2.......................................................................... 17

5.3. Protecting Your Work ..................................................................................... 18 5.4. Printing ............................................................................................................ 19 5.5. Zoom Settings.................................................................................................. 20 5.6. Fast Entry of Assumptions .............................................................................. 20 5.7. Cashflow Plans Toolbar ................................................................................. 21 5.8. Freezing Titles................................................................................................. 21 5.9. Changing Views of Reports ............................................................................ 22 5.10. Miscellaneous Hints & Tips .......................................................................... 22

6. Using Cashflow Plan ............................................................................. 24 6.1. Using Cashflow Plan ....................................................................................... 24 6.2. Starting to Use Cashflow Plan......................................................................... 24

6.2.1. Erasing Existing Values ........................................................................ 24 6.2.2. Gathering & Entering Assumptions ...................................................... 25

6.3. Structuring a Model......................................................................................... 26 6.4. Using Quik-Plan .............................................................................................. 26

6.4.1. Outline Procedure for using Quik-Plan ................................................. 26 6.4.2. Procedure for setting up Cashflow Plan prior to using Quik-Plan........ 27 6.4.3. Procedure for Using Quik-Plan ............................................................. 28

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6.5. Model-Building Procedure .............................................................................. 29 6.5.1. Summary of Procedure for Generating Projections .............................. 29 6.5.2. Detailed Guidance on using Cashflow Plan to Generate Projections ... 30

6.6. Avoiding Calculation Errors ........................................................................... 33 6.7. Using Range Limits......................................................................................... 33 6.8. Doing Sensitivity Analyses ............................................................................. 34

6.8.1. General Approach.................................................................................. 34 6.8.2. Sensitivity Analysis Tool ...................................................................... 35

6.9. Viewing What-If Tables .................................................................................. 36 6.10. Making Short-Term Cash Projections........................................................... 36 6.11. Rolling Forward Projections ......................................................................... 37 6.12. Improving Cash Flows .................................................................................. 38 6.13. Consolidating Projections ............................................................................. 38

7. Changing Cashflow Plan....................................................................... 40 7.1. Changing Cashflow Plan ................................................................................. 40 7.2. Making Simple Changes ................................................................................. 41

7.2.1. Changing the Name of an Existing Variable......................................... 41 7.2.2. Entering New Assumption Rows .......................................................... 42 7.2.3. Plugging New Variables into an Existing Variable .............................. 42 7.2.4. Extending the Power of Plugging In ..................................................... 42 7.2.5. Using Formulae Instead of Values ...............