Cash flow statement: How to use this financial statement

Cash flow statement

Understanding Your Cash Flow Statement - Everything You Need to Know

A cash flow statement is an important financial statement used by business owners to measure the movement of funds into and out of their business. It’s one of the most important documents that a business owner can use to track the success of their operations, as it provides insight into the timing and amounts of cash coming in and going out. This blog post will provide small business owners in the UK with everything they need to know about understanding their own cash flow statements.


What is a Cash Flow Statement?

A cash flow statement is a financial document that shows how much money has come in and gone out of a company over a specific period of time. It includes all income, expenses, loans, investments, dividends, and other transactions that affect a company’s finances during any given period. This document allows business owners to monitor their company’s liquidity and determine if they are operating at a profit or loss.


How to Read Your Cash Flow Statement

Reading your cash flow statement can be intimidating at first but it doesn't have to be. When you look at your own cash flow statement, you should look for three main components: net income (or loss), operating activities, and investing/financing activities. Net income (or loss) is simply the difference between total income and total expenses for the period. Operating activities are activities related to day-to-day operations such as sales or purchases of inventory from vendors or customers respectively. Investing/financing activities include things like taking out loans or investing in new equipment or property.

While these three components make up the majority of your cash flow statement, there are other items that may be included depending on your particular situation such as taxes paid or interest earned on investments. It's also important to note that depending on your industry, certain categories may be more relevant than others so make sure you read through all sections carefully before drawing any conclusions about your financial health.



Understanding your cash flow statement can help you manage your finances more effectively and ensure that your business is running at its best possible level. By monitoring incoming revenue sources and outgoing payments, you'll have an accurate picture of where money is going each month so you can make informed decisions about how best to use it for future growth opportunities or operational needs. With careful analysis and ongoing monitoring, small business owners in the UK can use their cash flow statements to stay ahead of potential issues while planning for long-term success!


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Annette Ferguson 

Owner of Annette & Co. - Chartered Accountants & Certified Profit First Professionals. Helping online service-based entrepreneurs find clarity in their numbers, increase wealth and have more money in their pockets.

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