Financial Forecasting Course

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Overview

In our Financial Forecasting Course, you will review the key components of a business’ financial forecast and refine your financial forecast for your business. This course is 6-weeks long and is suited for entrepreneurs who are looking to gain a better understanding of the numbers behind their business and create a realistic financial forecast for growth and funding.

What You Will Learn

Unit

Topics Covered
Money Mindset
  • Gain an understanding of the energy of money, your relationship with money, and how that plays into your business’ finances
  • Learn how to separate your personal and business finances
  • Create a personal budget to understand how much money you need to earn to maintain your household expenses
Contribution Margins
  • Gain an understanding of fixed and variable costs in a business
  • Identify your business’ cost structure
  • Calculate contribution margins for each of your products and services
Customer Lifetime Value
  • Gain an understanding of customer acquisition cost and customer lifetime value as key financial metrics
  • Identify the costs associated with acquiring and serving customers
  • Use business data to calculate your customer acquisition cost and customer lifetime value
Forecasting Expenses
  • Gain an understanding of the role financial statements play in a business and learn how to read a profit & loss statement
  • Learn how to translate cost structure into an expense forecast
  • Develop an expense forecast for your business
Forecasting Revenue
  • Review your business’ current revenues stream and identify future revenue streams
  • Learn how to translate revenue streams into a revenue forecast
  • Develop a revenue forecast for your business
Forecasting Cash Flow
  • Learn how to forecast and manage cash flow
  • Gain an understanding of how to use the cash flow forecast to determine short and long-term funding needs
  • Develop a cash flow projection and identify funding needs for your business

Prerequisites

Must be making sales to customers or have letters of intent for sales to potential customers, have a basic website and social media for your business, and have an up-to-date business plan.

Commit to Building Your Business

Average time commitment for our Financial Forecasting Course is 8 hours / week dedicated to building your business, and includes the following weekly activities:

Title

Weekly 
Activity Weekly Commitment
Background Materials
  • Series of required background readings and videos on each unit to be completed online prior to the weekly workshop sessions
  • Describes concepts and their applications in developing a business

1-2 hours / week

Workshops
  • Weekly workshop sessions led by an expert instructor
  • Lecture and discussion on background materials, group activities, and reflection

2 hours / week

Business Development Activities
  • Weekly activities focused on your business development
  • Apply concepts learned in background materials and workshops

3-4 hours / week

Peer Mentoring
  • Weekly video conference with small peer group of other entrepreneurs in your course
  • Present weekly business development activities and receive constructive feedback from peers

1 hour / week

Meet Your Mentors

Naima McQueen

Naima McQueen

Instructor

Online

Course Dates

Our Financial Forecasting Course is offered during the following times.

Online

Enrollment Period Program Dates Application Deadline
Winter, 2021 February 17 - March 24, 2021 May 15, 2020
Spring / Summer, 2021 June 9 - July 14, 2021 September 4, 2020
Fall, 2021 September 21 - October 26, 2021 January 8, 2021
Fall, 2021 September 22 - October 27, 2021 January 8, 2021

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