Cash Flow Calculator

Having adequate cash flow is essential to keep your business running. Use these terms to help you determine the cash flow generated by your business.

Cash at beginning of period

Total cash available at the beginning of the period.


Cash at end of period

Total cash calculated for the end of the period. If this amount is lower than your beginning balance, your business has a negative cash flow. If this amount is negative, you may need to increase your cash flow to maintain your current operations.


Received from customers

Cash received from your customers for the period. Make sure this amount is based on your actual receipts, not your booked sales. An increase in your accounts receivable may increase your profit on paper, but it does not change your cash flow.


Other cash receipts

Any other cash received during this period. Again, make sure this amount is based on the amount actually received.


For inventory

Total cash paid for the period to purchase inventory. Like your cash received, your cash paid during a period should be your actual cash payments.


For insurance

Total cash paid for insurance, advertising, rent payments and lease payments.


For payroll

Total cash paid for your payroll and employment taxes.


Other payments

Any other cash paid during this period for your operations. This may include one time expenses or incidentals such as postage, couriers, or office supplies.


Interest paid

Total interest expenses you paid during this period.

Sale of property

Include any cash received during this period from the sale of assets, including real estate, tangible assets and intellectual property.



Cash received from the sale of any investments held. This includes the sale of investments in other companies, the sale of stock and the sale of bonds. It does not include issuing new stock or bonds for your company. This source of income is included in the financing section of your cash flow statement.


Other activity

Any other cash received from your investment activities.


Capital expenditures

Cash used to purchase capital equipment or land for use in your business.



Cash used to purchase new or increase the holdings of your investments. Like the sale of investments, only include the purchase of external investments. Stock buy back, and debt retirement are included in the finance section of your cash flow statement.


Other Use

Cash used for any other investment activity.


New borrowing

Net new borrowing for the period. Include new borrowing as well as the net increase in any line of credit borrowing.


Stock issuing

Net cash received from issuing stock. Make sure this is the net amount, after any fees have been taken into account.


Capital contributions

Any cash received from the owner(s) for the period.


Loan repayments

Total loan principal repayments for the period. Do not include interest. Interest is included in the operating expenses of the cash flow statement.


Dividends paid

Any cash dividends paid for the period.


Other distributions

Any other financial distributions made during this period.

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