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Income and Cash Flow Forecasting Tools

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I’ve used Excel extensively over the years for income and cash flow forecasting but it has a number of shortcomings – notably that balance sheet changes are not automatically reflected and Excel links can be broken inadvertently. I’m aware of a couple of enterprise solutions such as Host Analytics and Adaptive Planning but our company is not of that scale yet. Can anyone recommend a better solution for small to medium sized businesses? Thank you in advance for your assistance!


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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
LinkedIn Profile
(President & CFO, |

Can you do ODBC calls to your accounting system? - that may make it easier

Susan Boles
Title: Accounting Consultant
Company: Tier One Services, LLC
(Accounting Consultant, Tier One Services, LLC) |

If you're using Xero or Quickbooks Online, some of my favorite forecasting tools are Crunchboards and Spotlight Reporting. They both can integrate with your accounting system and allow you to do in-depth reporting and forecasting.

Sarah Jackson
Title: Associate Editor
Company: Proformative
(Associate Editor, Proformative) |

Steven, Proformative has some highly-rated courses on cash flow forecasting:

Best... Sarah

Susan Boles
Title: Accounting Consultant
Company: Tier One Services, LLC
(Accounting Consultant, Tier One Services, LLC) |

I found a new integration called Float ( which connects to Quickbooks Online or Xero and is specifically for cash flow forecasting. The integration works beautifully and it has the ability to create budgets/scenarios/etc easily. For cash flow-specific forecasting, this is now my go-to.


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