Shows the overall position of the business. Is too much money tied up in assets and stock or are you not making your cash work for you? Are your liabilities getting high, are you actually solvent?
Shows sales less costs for the month. Are sales up or down, why? Are some costs getting out of hand, do others seem too low and need to be accrued for, where can you save money?
How strong were sales last week? What products were selling, who was selling them and how were they sold? Develop strengths and improve or remove weaknesses!
Are your cost projections accurate or are you overspending in some areas without realising? It's a common problem that you fix. But only if you know about it!
Top 10 creditors requiring payment. Opportunities for early settlement discount or damage limitation strategies? Feed into next week's cash flow forecast.
Who owes you money, who needs, chasing, what action to take.
What's your wage bill going to be for the week. Feed that into next week's cash flow forecast.
Bank reconciliation report showing the balance on all cards and bank accounts inc petty cash.
How much is going out and how much is likely to come in this week. What can be spent this coming week?