Using the Cash Flow Report

You can run a Cash Flow report by choosing Cash Flow in the Other Reports screen. You can:

  • Change the date range of the report.
  • Add another financial period to the report as a comparison.
  • Save, print or email the report.
What does the report show?

The purpose of the report is to show the flow of cash in and out of the business broken down into three activities. The report is prepared using the indirect method, using net income as the starting point and adding adjustments using all the transactions in the period.

  • Cash flow from operations. This figure is based on the net income taken from the Profit and Loss report. Any change in the total amount due from your customers and due to your suppliers at the start of the period and the end are taken into account. These affect your cash flow because - for example - if you can hold on to the cash owed to your suppliers for longer you will generally have more cash available in your bank account. The report measures the increase in money owing to suppliers as a positive effect on cash flow.

  • Cash flow from investing. This figure includes purchase and disposals of your fixed (long-term) assets and investments. Purchases of long-term assets in the period will reduce your available cash.

  • Cash flow from financing. This figure includes your long-term loan accounts, credit card debt and payments of dividends. An increase in outstanding debt (on your credit card for example) indicates an increase in cash flow.

How does EasyBooks pick the initial date range?

The Next Consolidation date specified in the Business Settings is used as the end date of the report. If this date has not yet passed, the report uses current date instead. If you've consolidated your profit and loss, the day after your last consolidation is used as the start date. Otherwise the date of the earliest transaction is used.

How do I save, print or email the report?

In the report screen, click send located in the top-right corner of the screen, followed by one of the send options.

Options in this Screen

Previous Period/Next Period

Click to view the report for the previous or next financial period. The report will run for the whole of the financial period selected.

Start Date

You can set the start date to any date prior to the currently selected end date.

End Date

You can set the end date to any date after to the currently selected start date.

Show Contained

If you have any accounts in a container account, only the total for the container is presented in the report. Use this option to show all the individual accounts. For information about container accounts, please refer to "Adding or Editing an Account".

Show Comparison

Add a second date to the report using this option. This is typically used to compare how the figures have changed from one date to another. You can set the start date to any date prior to the currently selected comparison end date. You can set the end date to any date after to the currently selected comparison start date.