Five of the best cash flow management tools for small business

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If cash flow is the life blood of any business, then you'll no doubt want to keep on top of your finances. Yes, you've got a rough idea of how much is coming in and going out – but sometimes we have to see these things visually, or at least get a better grasp on how things are doing.

Lucky for you, there are various online tools to help you easily monitor your money and ensure your survival for many years to come. Here are five recommended cash flow management tools for your small creative business:

1. Float

What a great name for a cash flow forecasting tool, don't you think? Float literally keeps you afloat by allowing you to view your future bank balance without using clunky spreadsheets. What's even better is that you can easily connect your accounting software – including Xero, FreeAgent and QuickBooks Online. With budget bars, transaction notes and beautiful reports, Float gives you complete control, confidence and clarity so you can take care of your cash. Try it free for 30 days.

From $29 per month, billed annually | Visit the website

2. Cushion

Are you a freelancer? Want complete peace of mind to help you predict your unpredictable schedule and steady your unsteady income? Cushion was built out of a need for a less stressful freelance life. Its goal is to provide better insight and awareness, so the roller coaster ride of freelancing feels smoother, with fewer surprises. With Cushion you can visualise your schedule, measure your income and track your expenses – so it's cash flow management along with everything else that helps you plan your time.

Starting from $8 per month | Visit the website

3. Pulse

Easily monitor the heartbeat of your small business – your cash. That's the promise from Pulse, an app that allows you to track income and expenses, monitor your cash flow, generate reports and essentially improve the way you manage your money. Cheaper than Float with a 30-day trial.

Starting from $14 per month | Visit the website

4. CrunchBoards

CrunchBoards is future-proofing software for your business, without a spreadsheet in sight. It's an all-in-one forecasting and reporting engine with all the time-saving tools you need to grow your business. With over 10,000 happy customers, it's also a solution that works seamlessly with leading accounting software – so you have everything you need in one place. Made lovingly in Brighton. Try it free for a short period.

£29.99 per organisation, per month | Visit the website

5. Concur

To manage company spend, you have to see it. That's the statement from Concur – an online tool that gives you a better view of spending, allowing you to control costs associated with expenses, travel and invoices. We don't know how much this bad boy costs, so you'll have to sign up for a free trial if this tickles your fancy.

Start with a 30-day free trial | Visit the website

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