Read About: How Financial Modeling Helps Startups



   By John Wolf 

Financial modeling is used by businesses to forecast what will be the performance of a business in the future. A mathematical model is built on a spreadsheet based on records from the last years of activity and what we think will be the near future.

Free PDF Templates Financial Models

Financial Modeling For a Start-Ups

A startup founder will need to know how much money will be required for his baby to be a grown-up business. What time it may take to get the company to reach balance and revenue. Missing this knowledge can get the startup funding dry before reaching its goal. Without an excellent financial view and presentation, you can not get the funds you need, a bank or investor will first ask you about your financial projection or modeling.

Forecasting is a daunting job for any field, financing a new idea or product as startups usually do may be a manacing mission. A severe entrepreneur will make up numbers out of whole cloth. You will use the data from financial statements, Projections made by experts in the industry, and a research of the market your startup is going to offer its products or services. Sold and carefully made financial model will help you cross the tempest by knowing about it in advance. A well done financial model will help you as an entrepreneur to face positive and negative situations.

Your Financial Model Will Help In This Ways

  The primary financial model is called three Statement Model. To build a 3 Statement model, you need the Income, the balance, and the cash flow data of your startup. There are more complicated models such as discounted cash flow analysis model (DCF), that is too complicated for a stating business. A startup does not need that complicate model, a simple and easy to read Three Statement Model will be good enough for fast reading understanding.

When you go outside to look for finance or investment, you will need a document that will show the company finance in a way that will make it clear to the bank or investor. It is expected that you studied the financial model yourself before you go outside with it.

An example of fixed cost is the costs of the production itself, handling orders and shipping, marketing, advertising including online presence with celebrity endorsement and a blogger to endorse the product.

 The variable costs are less predictable. It is hard to know how many units will be sold in the first time and what will be the price the market will be willing to pay for the new product.    With not having no idea how much money and for what time they will need it will be hard to plan how much capital they will need.
Planning is the small details art if you will need more employees for handling the goods once the orders are coming, you HR people need to know it on time.  The financial model will tell you on time what workforce you will need and what capital you will need for this workforce. Making the model is essential for the prediction of the capital for the payroll.  You do not want to find the operation tucked with no money for paying your payroll.

 Modeling has to do with many different factors that take part in the activity of the startup — using the model for the study of different variables such as sales price per unit. Cost of delivery, and estimate the gross profit. 

Using a spreadsheet and keep updating its data, will give you a live model that will respond to the realty anytime you look at the changes that your company is having by growing and maturing.    

How Do You Start building your model?

In this article, we will recommend to you how to start building your model.  If you do not know how to use a spreadsheet, you can take an Excel class or an entire modeling class. If you are a busy technical inventor, creating new technology. You better save your time and hire one of those freelancers or ad hoc employee to do the job for you. That can do the someone that works for investors as a principal occupation. 

Basic Modeling forecasting the Future of Your Startup

You are going to do in yourself, get a good template that matches your type of operation. Using a good template will save your time to build one. Do not stick blindly to the template; you may have some critical differences in your business. Excel is a recipient where you put the data and make readable the total factors of the finance of your business. Good Spreadsheet will make an excellent model, and functional data will make a correct model. The accurate model will help you make the right decision.    


 Formatting tricks to follow:


1. Use Color Codes in Your Spread Sheet


 Colors will help you see what is what so use, blue for hard-coded inputs and black for variable formulas. Data that is not finally confirmed can stay in red until you confirmed about it.   

2. Simplify Your Modle 


Do not make the formulas to complex; make it simple so fewer errors will give you had time. Small steps calculations will do better than a complicated formula. Trying to make it all combined will make it sensible to mistakes. 

3. Use the Basics


Take Excel class and train yourself up to the level that you would be able to use the CHOOSE function and the INDEX and MATCH  to query data. 


4. Label Everything


Remember that you will have to show the information to some people that may not be familiar with your business. Take seriously the labeling of the model logically.  Sharing your model will be something you should expect if you are looking to expand the business.   

Building Financial modle

5. Charts and Graphs Make  Easier to Digest the Information. 


 “A picture says a thousand words” is always relevant concerning the presentation of complex statistical data and its analysis. Make a dashboard that will be “at a glance” understanding of the model most crucial information.  



Once you have to model finished, start testing it with different scenarios to see the performance and to check that there is not a failed formula. 

Formulas and graffs images and significant figures are good jobs, but not the reality of your business that is shown by the data analyzed by the model.  The updated model will be your guide to success, your tool for bringing in new investors — your source of data for forecasting the future. team thanks you for a visit and reading this blog      Paystub

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