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Tracking cash flow and business performance

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Tools to track your cash flow and business performance in Sage Accounting.


Once you've set up the essentials, you're ready to start using Sage Accounting to its full potential.

One of the key goals for any business is to make sure you're making enough money to cover your purchases and other costs, and have some left over!

Good record-keeping is essential and now you're using Sage Accounting, you'll be able to track your income and expenses with ease.

Here you'll find a quick guide to some of the key reports and tools available In Sage Accounting that help you keep track of your cash flow and business performance.

In this section we're going to cover:

  • Using the Summary dashboards for your key business metrics
  • Finding your way around the key reports - what they're for and when to use them


Summary dashboards

To get a quick view of key business metrics you can use our charts and graphs for a real-time view of sales, purchases and cash flow.

 TIP: While it might seem a little overwhelming to see so many different reports, each is telling you something about the performance of your business. Try coming back to these every day as you've entered more information and you'll start to see the story of your business.

Select a tab for each business area.


Cash flow (statement and forecast)

You're going to want to get to grips with your cash flow because it provides one of the most important indicators of your business - how much cash there is.

You need cash to pay expenses, bank loans, and taxes, and to purchase new assets like stock and materials. The cash flow statement along with the cash flow forecast helps you determine whether you're able to do that.

Find out more about how to manage your cash flow in Sage Accounting.

Key reports

Besides the cash flow reports, Sage Accounting can help you look at many aspects of your financial performance.


Profit and Loss

The Profit and Loss report shows the performance of your business over a specified period of time. It shows the value for sales, direct expenses including cost of sales, and overheads in the given period. It also shows the resulting gross and net profit or loss. When running the report, you can drill down on the values to see what transactions are included.

See Introduction to the Profit and Loss to learn more.

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