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Profit vs Cashflow

The goal of any business is to make a profit.

As a business owner, that’s one of your key financial aims – to make enough sales, with a big enough margin, to generate profit from your business enterprise.
But how does profit differ from cashflow? And why is cash queen or king?

To really understand the difference between generating profit and managing cashflow, we need to look at what both these terms mean. Being in control of your profit and cashflow is an invaluable business skill.

Let’s take a look at the differences:

What is profit?
  - Profit is the surplus that’s left from your income (sales) once you’ve paid your expenses, supplier bills and tax etc. It's driven by creating a profit margin and generating value from your products and/or services.

What is cashflow?
  - Cashflow is the ongoing process of ensuring that the business has the available cash needed to operate. This provides the money needed to trade, to pay suppliers, cover wages or to buy raw materials etc.

Why is positive cashflow so important?

‘Cash is king!’(or queen as we say and this may be an old cliché, however it underpins any successful business model. Yes, it’s great to make a profit at year-end, but if you don’t look after your cashflow then the business may not survive as long as the end of the year.

What’s needed is good cashflow management to enhance your financial health. And without a careful eye on your cash numbers, things can quickly go awry.

A business can generate high revenues and big profits, but still be cashflow poor. In other words, it can have profits at the end of the period, but have very little liquid cash to fund it's day-to-day operations over the course of the period.

Good cashflow management is all about being in control of your cash inflows (income you’re generating) and your cash outflows (what you’re spending). To achieve ‘positive cashflow’ you need to proactively work to keep your inflows higher than your outflows.

Worried about your cashflow? Don't want to wait until year end and then wonder where all your money has gone?

We look at key steps for keeping your revenues high, margins profitable and meeting your financial targets. Contact Leah today to book your Cashflow meeting.