Chapter 2: Creating a Business Plan Forecast

In This Chapter

check.png Enjoying a little refresher on financial statements and ratios

check.png Using the business plan workbook

check.png Understanding the workbook’s formulas

check.png Customizing the workbook

Pro forma financial statements — which are income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements — constitute an integral part of business planning and the overall budgeting process. For that reason, I want to provide you with a bit of information about how you create such pro forma (or as if) statements.

From the very start, however, I need to warn you that in order to create such statements, you need a tool in addition to QuickBooks. Specifically, you need a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel.

Assuming that you do have something like Microsoft Excel, you can use it and the example workbook that this chapter describes to create a simple, yet sophisticated, financial forecast for your business. To download the workbook, go to my website, www.stephenlnelson.com; click the Free Stuff link at the bottom of the page; and then scroll down to and double-click ...

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