This is a standard Excel cash flow forecast spreadsheet but with additional, alternating columns in which actual data is inserted after the business begins.  In addition to being a primary tool to help forecast the first year's financial needs, these extra columns help the startup entrepreneur to stay on their forecast financial track.  If the original cash flow forecast had merit as it should, these extra columns help alert the business of upcoming financial problems not foreseen in the original forecast.  As such, it becomes an excellent working tool.

revised 2-2012