Businesses creating their 2020 forecast and budget may have thought they planned for everything that could happen however none of them planned for a pandemic that would shut down the entire world for months. Suddenly, everyone was pivoting their business plan to accommodate the stay-at-home orders, and still connect with their customers. For those that were completely shut down, they spun their wheels on how they would enforce new safety guidelines upon reopening to prevent having to close again. However, the main challenge for every business was how would they keep their cash flow going to stay open. A very different goal than they had in January. So how are they now looking at their finances to replan for 2020?
Forecasting and Continue to Forecast
As businesses develop new plans, new services, and new budgets a new forecast is also needed to ensure strong execution. Keep a rolling forecast with an accurate budget and adjusting as cash flow and financial projections shift. Being fluid with your forecast allows for quick reactions and changes to the market.
Businesses cannot operate the way they did at the beginning of 2020 due to new safety standards. This creates openings in the market for new and innovative products or services to reach your current and prospective customers. For some this may mean making their service available for an at-home experience, for retail it means creating online shopping experiences, and for others it means adapting. With this in mind running scenario analyses can help you decide which changes to your business will be profitable.
Monitor Your Cash Flow
Cash is king currently. By monitoring your cash regularly you can ensure there is enough for upcoming bills, and purchases. You will also have the insight early to see if you need to speak to your landlord about splitting the rent into two payments that month, or if you need to pull back on any upcoming purchases to keep cash within the company.
Planning in 2020 will help you not only survive but thrive.
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