The basics of cash flow

This online course will help you to monitor cash flow, produce forecasts to predict shortfalls, and ensure you follow best practice credit control processes.


Course Type



10 - 30 mins

What you’ll achieve

When you’ve completed the course, you’ll understand:

  • how to produce forecasts so you can identify when cash shortfalls may occur
  • best practice credit control processes to ensure you’re paid on time, every time
  • how to monitor cash inflows and outflows.

About this course

While profits are important, every business needs cash in order to survive. Without available funds to pay suppliers and cover your overheads, operations can quickly grind to a halt.

This online course will explain why "turnover is vanity, profit is sanity and cash is reality" – and the best practice for managing your cash flow.

Who it's for

This course is perfect if you're:

  • a finance professional looking to refresh your basic finance skills and follow best practice
  • running your own business looking for practical skills to monitor and manage your financial operations
  • an organisation looking to roll out on-demand training to finance staff.



10 - 30 mins

Cash flow


This course covers:

  • Cash flow cycle
  • Cash and non-cash transactions
  • Operational and non-operational cash flows
  • Cash vs profit
  • Calculate cash positions
    • Changes from one period to next and compare to profit
    • Reconcile the difference
  • Maintaining cash flow through the cash budget
    • Including lagging because of credit transactions
  • Reducing the risk of granting credit

How to access

The basics of cash flow is a 30-minute session including video tutorials and interactive learning to test your knowledge as you learn. You can purchase this course on its own or discounted as part of the AAT Business Finance Basics bundle.

Once purchased you will be able to access the AAT Learning Portal where you'll have 12 months from the date you access the learning materials. AAT Learning Portal allows you to view all the courses you’ve purchased in one place, monitor your latest training activity and create goals to help you achieve your training aims. 

AAT business finance basics - The basics of cash flow

The basics of cash flow

10 - 30 mins

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