Budgeting and Forecasting

Budgeting and Forecasting are two important pillars of any company’s integrated performance management framework. One of the largest objectives of this framework- that several firms tend to struggle with- is that strategy has got to be effectively translated into long plans, mid-term budgets and short-run forecasts. Strategic objectives are to be met, monetary targets achieved and stockholder worth gets created in a very correct and sustainable manner.

Budgeting- A budget is an outline of expectations for what a company wants to achieve for a particular period, usually one year. Some of the characteristics of budgeting include:

  • Expected cash flows
  • Expected debt reduction
  • Estimates of revenues and expenses for the year

Forecasting- Financial forecasting estimates a company's future financial outcomes by examining previous data. Financial forecasting allows management teams to anticipate results based on previous financial data. Financial forecasting characteristics include:

  • Companies use monetary statements to see how they must allot their budgets for future use
  • Financial forecasts are regularly updated, maybe monthly or quarterly, once there is a modification in operations, inventory, and business plans
  • Forecasts can be both short-term and long-term
  • A management team will use monetary statement and take immediate action supported by the forecasted information

Why is budget important for a company?

Budget is one of the most important aspects for any company, as it decides how much fund is to be used in a specific area. It makes sure that the working capital improvement goes on simultaneously and the company sees a positive growth.

  • It helps in solving the upcoming problems
  • Helps in evaluation of a company’s performance
  • It is a blueprint for future growth
  • Helps in estimation of upcoming expenditure

What is the need for forecasting?

Forecasting plays an essential part in operations of the modern management. It is necessary for planning and effective execution.

  • It gives adequate information about past, present and the future events
  • It helps the management make confident decision about the future
  • It helps in analysis of problems and short-comings
  • It helps in comparison between the actual and estimated results

At Starters’ CFO our team of financial experts along with chartered accountants and lawyers will make sure your company has an impeccable budget. You can also rely on us with all your forecasting needs.

FAQs :

1. What is budgeting and forecasting?

Financial forecasting and budgeting are business planning processes that are essential for the core operation of any organization. Financial forecasting is an estimate of a future financial outcome for any kind of organization. Budgeting refers to creating a financial plan for a particular time period.

2. What’s the difference between budgeting and forecasting?

Budgeting quantifies the expectation of revenues that a business wants to achieve for a future period, whereas financial forecasting estimates the number of revenues that will be achieved.

3. What is budgetary control?

A system of management control in which actual income and spending are compared with planned income and spending, so that you can see if plans are being followed and if those plans need to be changed in order to make a profit.

4. How is budgeting and forecasting done?

Companies use financial forecasting to determine how they should allocate their budgets for a future period. Unlike budgeting, financial forecasting does not analyse the variance between financial forecasts and actual performance.

5. What are the features of forecasting?

a. Forecasting in concerned with future events.

b. It shows the probability of happening of future events.

c. It analysis past and present data.

d. It uses statistical tools and techniques.

e. It uses personal observations.