“Automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”
- Bill Gates
I am constantly asked, "What software do you use to implement cash flow management?"
My answer: "I start with an Excel model."
Usually, people are surprised and even disappointed. They want to believe that there is a "silver bullet" that magically picks up their accounting data and will automatically tell them how to improve their cash flow.
It just doesn't work that way.
Most companies have a very inefficient operation when it comes to managing their cash flow.
Building out an Excel model becomes a conversation about how all the pieces of cash moving into and out of the company fall into place.
After you understand the movement then you can automate the model.
Do you use automation in your business? I'd love to know how, and if it took some time to make it efficient.
Let me know in the comments below!