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Fundamentals of Financial Planning, with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women

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This free online course is one of 10 courses available in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women collection, designed for entrepreneurs ready to take their business to the next level. In this course, you will understand the value of financial planning and how it can help you to assess business opportunities. You will consider the cash flow cycle of your company and its impact on business growth and success. You will hear from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women alumni as they share the benefits of cash flow analysis, and explore exercises that will guide you through understanding, creating and interpreting your Cash Flow Forecast. You will develop essential skills for forecasting the cash flow needs of your business. By the end of the course, you will feel more confident evaluating business opportunities and predicting future financial challenges, so that you can make strategic decisions for your business as it grows. To complete all the exercises in this course, you will need to gather key financial information from your business. If you need help understanding your business’s finances, you can complete one of the other Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women courses, ‘Fundamentals of Business Finance’, to help you prepare. The 10,000 Women course collection offers a truly flexible online learning experience. You have the freedom to approach the program in any way that works for you – take any course, or combination of courses, to tailor your learning journey to your individual business growth needs. If you choose to take all 10 courses, you will explore all the key elements of your business and develop a thorough plan for your business’s growth. You can find out more about the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women collection in the FAQs.


  • Fundamentals of Financial Planning, with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women
    • This course looks at cash flow in your business, and the impact this can have on your success. The exercises guide you through understanding and interpreting a Cash Flow Forecast, which is essential to predicting, and improving your future cash flow needs. The aim of the course is for you to be able to predict financial challenges, so that you can make strategic choices for your business.

Taught by

Edward David, Geetha Krishnan, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, Anne Donnellon, Mori Taheripour, Michael Fetters and Sarah Underwood


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  • This is an amazing course as it helps with the fundamentals of the cash flow cycle. As an accounting and finance professor, I know the importance of cash and how important it is to businesses, specifically small businesses. I mentioned small businesses because as small business owners we sometimes don't have excess cash to play with. Therefore, it is vital to manage our cash. With this said this course is vital for small business owners. Thanks for the refresher on the fundamentals of cash management and analysis. It is really helpful.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent small size course on CASHFLOW, but important in terms of managing the business. Often it is learnt that businesses fail who are not able to manage the cashflow. Instead of focusing on cashflow, businesses often focus on Profit resulting going south.
    another key after taking this course is, focus on reducing the cashoutflow by any means, so as to have less working capital for business. Negotiate to delay the payments to suppliers, delay the CAPEX payments, don't focus much on increasing the revenue, unless there is substantial increase in cashflow.
  • Anonymous
    Clear and concise explanation of concepts with useable and easily understood examples. Will be looking to complete other modules of the 10,000 Women programmes.
  • Anonymous
    This course is really a thought process to go through. As I am working on starting a new business, I have learned a lot about cash flow forecasting that will help me map out a strategically structured business plan as well as a financial pitch to be able to attract investors.

    In addition, I fully understand how to go about business opportunities, what to include and how to include it. I think any person in business needs this course especially if you are starting out or you cannot understand why you are not making a profit even with high sales.
  • Anonymous
    This is a very interesting course, interactive and thought provoking especially if you have been running a business without paying attention to financial forecasting. At whatever level of your business consider acquainting yourself with this course. It is an eyeopener.
  • Anonymous
    This class was very informative and helped me understanding cash flow in my new business. It showed where we were missing the mark in our management.
  • Anonymous
    This course is a thought process to go through. As I am working on starting a new business line. It helps me a lot in forecasting my cash flow.

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