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Importance of financial planning, budgeting as a tool

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The need to identify shortages and surpluses e.g. cash budgeting; implications of failure to finance adequately; overtrading.

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One of the more important reasons for a large percentage of new small business failures relates to the lack of cash, the lack of cash flow planning and the lack of cash budgeting. So often individuals with an idea or a talent start a business but they neglect to plan or consider the necessity of planning. It's been said that to fail to plan is a plan to fail.

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Shortages could relate to insufficient product to sell, or insufficient cash to buy the product to sell. Shortages could mean lack of cash to pay bills or debt or lack of cash or resources for expansion.

Surpluses could mean too much inventory that is costly to hold, or cash surpluses which require investment to produce a return on assets.

Cash budgeting is a systematic method to plan for the sources and uses of cash usually on a ...

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The 613 word solution includes a comprehensive discussion of planning and budgeting in a business including a 7 point list of major reasons for financial planning.

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