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In this tight economy, it is critical for businesses to keep a sharp eye on their cash flow at all times and manage it very carefully for maximum benefit.

Tucked away inside QuickBooks you will find a Cash Flow Forecast Report (click Report Center > Company and Financial > Cash Flow Forecast). This report will instantly provide you a recap of your accounts receivable, accounts payable, and their impact on your bank account. You can customize the report to be run for any date range you like (see the red arrow below). Here is a screen shot of how the report looks (click on the image for a larger view of it):

Cash Flow Forecast 

Note also the blue arrow that points to a "delay receipts" option. This allows you to do some "what if" planning if your accounts receivable payments are delayed beyond their projected due dates. None of your QuickBooks data is affected by these what-if planning options.

Even better, you can double-click on any entry in the accounts receivable or accounts payable column for the details that make up the numbers on the report.

The report sure isn't fancy, but it is sure practical to help you quickly and easily keep an eye on incoming and outgoing cash flow!

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