How To Gain Real-Time Visibility into Your Finances + Free Financial Planning Google Sheets Template

October 3, 2021

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How easy it is to run your business finances and have control and visibility over what’s going on? For some, it’s a significant problem just to get an overview of how they are doing financially so instead of empowering them, financial reporting slows these companies down; for others, it’s a piece of cake. If you’re one of those who struggle to set up proper financial planning and analysis for your business, you’ve come to the right place - we are here to help.

If you’re a seasoned finance manager who knows this stuff inside and out, you may still want to get some inspiration for your financial workflows and understand how you can optimize them even more. Please feel free to share your feedback with us!

Why LiveFlow launches a FREE financial template?

One thing that is true about most businesses today, no matter what size they may be, is setting up an effective financial plan that never goes wasted. If you can ensure everything works like clockwork from start to finish and your data gets updated while you sleep, isn’t it a dream? We have prepared something valuable for you, read on.

The new FREE Financial Planning Template we just have launched works wonders for both founders and business owners. It can also save a lot of hours for seasoned finance professionals who do not want to waste hours building their models.

The goal of this template is to make it super easy for you to create a financial plan and then seamlessly track how well things are going according to that plan as months pass by.

That’s why we suggest the P&L Budget vs. Actual format which lets you know everything from your Revenue, Cost of Sales, and Operating Expenses, to Gross Margin, Operating Profit Margin, Net Profit, and Net Profit Margin.

If any of these concepts sounds new to you, we suggest checking out the links we attached to each of them.

How to get started with the template?

Inside the template, you’ll find 4 different sheets. Here’s what they are about.

  1. How to use this model
  2. Summary Dashboard
  3. Financial Plan
  4. Tips and Tricks

1 - How to use this model

Over here, you will always find all the information about using the template, and how to contact us if there are any questions or feedback.

2 - Summary Dashboard

Summary Dashboard, LiveFlow

This sheet is a dashboard that aggregates all of the information you input in the Financial Plan sheet.  It will automatically update itself with any changes, so there's no need to rescan or re-input anything in the Summary Dashboard (unless you want to change it to your preferences, of course). All data has been linked together using functions from the Financial Plan sheet.

The dashboard itself gives you an easy-to-understand overview of your key metrics such as your Runway, your projected Cash Balance, your burn rate, your revenue, your gross margins, and your operating margin.

You might want even go further by inputting more data yourself into these graphs, so nothing gets missed when tracking things down in one place.

3 - Financial Plan

Financial Plan, LiveFlow

Here, you’ll input all of your numbers to match your own financial plans. You can certainly change all of the namings of the accounts (like Salaries, Offices, Subscriptions, etc.) to reflect the accounts you operate with. Inside the Financial Plan, you’ll also find a column called Actuals, which appears underneath each month. In the Actuals column, you should input the actual numbers for each corresponding account for that given month. This will help you to evaluate how on or off-target you were in the preceding month(s). It is a great way to maintain a simple overview of your business stands relative to your plan.

4 - Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

This is a dynamic document that we continue to grow and evolve as we add new tips and tricks for making your Financial Plan work even better. It also offers insights into the strategies we found most helpful when it comes to managing our finances - all in an attempt for us both to succeed!

How do I access this template?

  1. Click the link to open the Financial Plan.
  2. Click on FileMake a copy: This will copy/paste this spreadsheet into your own Google Drive folder.
  3. Add your name to the spreadsheet, i.e, “My Company - Financial Plan”
  4. Go into the Financial Plan sheet and modify the accounts to match yours, and modify the numbers in the plan to fit your plan
  5. When every month ends, go back into the spreadsheet and update the Actuals.
Hint: we got an automated way of doing this at LiveFlow, which can save you many hours. Check this out: 🔗 https://www.liveflow.io/google-sheets-add-on

Now, track your finances in real-time in your Summary Dashboard.

Click here to get the Financial Planning Template for FREE

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