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This user manual will cover basic installation and setup for your
After going through this user manual, you will be able to install, configure
and use your cashflow software.
The use of this cashflow software and the data entered to it are completely the responsibility of the
user. By installing the program, the user is agreeing that the information in the software is the
responsibility of the user and that no liability for the status of financial transactions can come back to
the software designer or licensed sales representative.
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New Account
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Opening Balances
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Creating a New Description
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Creating a New Category
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Delete a Transaction
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Adding in New Income
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Adding a Recurring Transaction
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The Essence of cashflow management.
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Editing a Recurring Transaction
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Assets And Liabilities
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The Financial Statement
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The Options
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Table Of Contents
Basic Installation
For the purposes of this training manual, the screen shots of the
installation will be done showing the install on a windows operating
system. If you are running a Mac, the screens and file locations will vary.
When you first receive the file, you will see the Cashflow software
installer package as shown below.
Double click on the installer to begin the installation process.
You will see the following screen –
Which is fine – it is just the standard warning on installations of Adobe
software onto your machine – click on Install.
The next screen will show you the installation path –
No need to change anything here – Just click on continue.
The application will install and the next step is that the program will open
ready for you to begin.
Setting up a new account.
The first step for your financial program is to set up a new account.
To do that click on the accounts tab as indicated below by the read
And from there –
Choose the New Account button
This will open the new account entry screen as shown below
Fill the fields in as follows.
Account Name: fill in a recognisable name (like savings account, or bills
Account Description: Enter in any description you feel is appropriate for
the account.
Account Number: this can be the account number from your bank, or it
can be as simple as a number to represent where this account sits in all
your accounts. 1,2 etc
Credit or Loan: only tick this field if you are setting up an account with a
negative balance (money you owe)
For example, if you have a credit card and you owe $1000 on it – you
would create the account and call it credit card, then tick the credit or
loan box and enter in the balance (next step) as $1000. But this would
actually be -$1000 as you owe that money.
For the sake of this manual – we are going to create an account called
‘Savings account’ with an account number of 01.
Unless you owe money, leave this box unticked.
Once you have entered the information for your account, click on save.
The account will now be visible in the accounts list as shown here.
From the accounts list (*or any list in the system) you can double click
on the entry and go back and edit any details.
The next step will be entering the opening balance for your account.
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Opening Balances
The reason we enter an opening balance on the accounts is so that the
future transactions will be accurate.
An opening balance is an amount that you have in the account as of
right now, the moment you set it up in the software.
For example, if you started today and your account already had $200 in
it – you would need to create a transaction for an opening balance of
To do this, go to the income tab (across the top) and choose the new
income button as shown below.
That will open the screen for entering a new income.
As shown
On this screen are several fields, and this will be the beginnings of you
getting to know the most used area of the program (income and
Double check that you are entering into the correct account.
Choose the correct account from the dropdown list.
The software comes preloaded with some common types and
And you can create your own types and categories unlimited.
Once you have typed in the description of your choice, you can click
anywhere else and you will be invited to save this as a new description
Creating a New Description.
place your cursor at the end of the current description written there And delete (backspace) that word. You can now type in your own
description. (for the opening balance, we recommend the description
‘Opening Balance’)
You can select YES from these choices.
Your new description will now be saved in the software for any future
Creating a New Category
Creating a new category is exactly like creating a new type or
description. All you need to do is look at the current category that is
showing, and click to put your cursor at the end of the word, as shown in
the image below.
Once you have clicked to place your cursor at the end of the word,
simply delete or backspace until that word is erased, and then type in
the new word for your category.
For this example, we are going to create a category called “Ancillory”
As soon as you type in your new category, and then click somewhere
else, you will see a screen asking you if you want to save your new
category for future use.
Click on yes – the screen is pictured below.
Your new category will then be saved and will be available for you in the
dropdown list for future transactions.
For setting up your opening balances, you may choose to enter a date
prior to today or you can leave the date field set as todays date.
Opening balances continued.
Enter the amount that you currently have in the account you have just
created in the software (or the amount owing if it is a credit or loan)
Enter a description of opening balance
And click on save.
(You do not need to change the recurring transaction option or the
passive income option – both of these are covered further in the manual)
Congratulations! You have now setup a new account, and entered the
opening balance.
You will now be able to see the balance of that account in all the ‘Event
Views’ We are showing the calendar view with the opening balance in
the screen below.
For the purpose of this manual we will be working a lot from this screen.
If you double click on the ‘DAY’ of the calendar view, you will be taken to
the transaction list’ for that day as shown below.
And if you double click on any transaction in the list, you will be able to
edit and make changes to the transaction.
To Delete a Transaction
To delete a transaction, double click to open it – and UNTICK the Active
box in the lower right hand corner.
As shown here:
This is also applicable to delete an account.
Open the account screen (from the accounts tab/accounts list)
And UNTICK (De-select) the active account. This will remove it, and any
transactions associated with that account.
Adding in New Income Transactions
Adding in a new income can be done from any of the event view screens
(calendar, monthly or daily) by simply right clicking and choosing
ADD/New Income
Alternatively you can go to the income tab, and select the new income
button as shown here.
For the purposes of this User manual, we will be operating from the
calendar view.
To add in a new income from the calendar view,
Select the date you wish to add in the income, and right click, selecting
ADD and then ‘Income’
Once you select the ADD and Income options you will see the add
income screen appear, as shown below.
On this screen, you need to enter the details of the transaction.
CAUTION: always be cautious to enter the CORRECT ACCOUNT for
the transaction.
Account: choose the right account for this transaction to be entered
Type/Description – Either choose from the pre existing types that are
present in the program, or create your own by typing into the field, and
selecting save when prompted.
Category: choose from an existing category, or create a new category by
typing into the field and selecting to save when prompted.
NOTE: only categories are used for the financial reporting and the
budgeting. A transaction MUST have a category assigned in order to
show in these areas.
Date: confirm the date of the transaction and you can use the calendar
pop up on the right hand side of that field if you need to change the date.
Enter the amount of the transaction. You do not need to enter a currency
symbol at this point. Simply an amount with a decimal place set to
represent the whole number.
For example in US currency, to enter Ten Dollars and Fifty Cents,
You would enter 10.50
NOTES: add in any notes that you would want to save against this
transaction for future reference.
Once all fields are completed Click on SAVE
(We will handle recurring transactions in the next step)
Adding in new expenses follows the same steps as adding in a new
CLICK HERE to go back to the start of Adding in a New Income
Simply choose Add / Expense in the first step.
Adding in a Recurring Transaction
A recurring transaction is one of the most common elements of any daily
cashflow system. It occurs when a particular transaction will happen
again and again.
An example of that may be a particular utility bill, rent payment or even
annual renewal of a subscription of some kind.
For the purpose of this User Manual we are going to demonstrate
loading in a recurring transaction for a monthly Rent payment of $1000
that happens on the 14th of each month.
To begin entering the recurring transaction, right click on your selected
date and choose income or expense. For this demonstration we will be
loading in an expense. So we will choose ADD / Expense from our Right
Once you have selected Income or Expense, The add new transaction
window will appear. (we are using the add expense option for this
And then as the final step, instead of the One Off. Select – Recurring.
And the recurrence button will become active.
In this window, you will fill in the required details including date and
amount – change or create new descriptions and categories if desired.
In the top part of the window, you will set the starting date, and the
ending requirements.
You can choose;
Once you select the Recurrence button, the recurring transaction
window will open immediately.
No End Date – Which will enter in a never ending transaction
End After ‘x’ Occurences – which allows you to choose a number of
recurrences to load into the system. For example, if you enter 10 as the
number, the system will enter in 10 repeats of the transaction you load
End By (Date) – allows you to choose a date in the future, after which no
other instances of this transaction will occur.
For the sake of this example, we are going to choose “No End Date”
In the lower part of the window, is where you set up the frequency of the
With The options of
Or Annually
You are able to set up any type of recurrence.
You can also choose to only recur on weekdays.
Within Daily – You can choose an amount of days... for example, to
occur ever second day, you would choose daily – and then choose ‘2’ in
the Every ‘X’ days. As shown here.
In the weekly section, you can choose the particular day of the week for
the transaction to recur, (and choose multiple days of the week if you
wish) and also how many weeks between the repeats.
So for example, to set the transaction to recur every 3 weeks on a
Tuesday, you would choose 3 in the Every ‘X’ weeks and tick Tuesday.
As shown.
In the monthly area, you are asked to select either a particular DATE of
the month, for example – the 14th of each month,
You can choose multiple months, for example the 14th of every 6th
month (for a transaction that occurs each 6 months)
Or you can choose the particular format of
The third Monday of every 2nd month (as an example)
Shown here –
And the Annual transaction setup allows you to choose either a
particular date (the same each year)
For example, every June the 15th
Or you can choose the ‘x’ day of a month –
For example of the third Monday of June every year.
So using those combinations, you are able to set up complex recurring
patterns for every type of instance.
For this User manual, we will be setting up a monthly payment, that
occurs on the same date every month (the 14th in this example)
To do that You will first choose monthly,
And then within the monthly setup section – we will enter the transaction
to recur on the 14th day of every month.
You will then see the transaction occur on the specified date as you
move forward in the program.
Once you have chosen the settings you need for your recurring
transaction, click on APPLY in the bottom left corner and the
transactions will be loaded in for you.
Please allow a few seconds for a large volume of transactions to occur.
The screen will look like this once complete.
The Essence of cashflow management.
The essence of cashflow management is being able to SEE the
transactions that are likely to occur in the future before they actually
Using the recurring transactions area, you are able to load up
transactions that occur on a repetitive basis and see the impact that they
have on your cashflow position months and even years in advance.
For example, you can enter that you have a phone bill that comes in
every month, and put the details in the system.
Then, as you look forward at your cash position, you will see that phone
bill entered in every month and be able to plan for it and adjust where
Now – the reality is that phone bills and other recurring bills, are
sometimes (if ever) the same amount.
So you need the ability to enter an estimate as a figure (for planning)
and then when the bill actually arrives, update that estimate and save
the Actual figure.
This allows you to plan for the upcoming payment, and adjust it at the
time to maintain accuracy of your accounts.
So – you can enter in the system that your phone bill (as an example) is
ROUGHLY $200 each month.
Load it up as a monthly transaction of $200 the recurs on the same day
every month (the due date) and see the impact of that payment as you
look forward.
Then as the bill comes in, for the current month, you can edit the
transaction and update the figures.
You are not surprised by the bill in the mail – and you maintain accuracy
of all your accounts.
So let’s look at editing a recurring transaction.
Editing a Recurring Transaction
Editing a recurring transaction is simple, just like editing a normal
transaction, but there are some additional choices to be aware of to do
with the recurrence and how it is structured.
When you are looking to edit a transaction, you first need to find the
particular transaction in any of the event views.
Daily, monthly or calendar views.
Once you have found the transaction you are looking to edit, double click
on that transaction to edit it.
As soon as you double click on a recurring transaction – you will be
taken to the transaction list, and then upon double clicking on the
transaction again, you will immediately see the window asking “In What
way – are you looking to edit”
As shown here.
You have three choices at this point.
To edit only the one transaction in the series
Edit all recurrences that happen from this point onwards
Let’s define each one.
Edit everything in the recurring series.
Editing only this occurrence will perhaps be the most common choice,
as you look at a transaction in your system and want to change the
figures for just that month (or that payment) in particular.
Following on from our phone bill example, this is the option you would
choose at this point. You are editing just ONE transaction in a series.
Editing all recurrences from this point onwards. You Would use this
feature to update transaction details from a particular point and onwards
in the future. As an example – you may be renting a property and know
that from a given date in the future, your rent is going up.
So you can go to that date in the future and update all recurrences from
this point onwards, and it will update only the transactions in the series
that happen after that point.
Editing the Entire Recurring Series will go forwards and backwards in
time, to edit every instance of the transaction. I would strongly
recommend against using this unless you know it exactly – and made an
error in the initial setup (for example) as it will adjust your figures and the
balances you would have experienced day by day.
For this example – we have loaded in a Phone bill to recur monthly.
And will be editing one month in that sequence.
We have gone forward, to the month in question, and double clicked on
the transaction, then from the transaction list, double clicked again and
are now selecting to edit this occurrence only
Once you have selected the frequency you are editing, click on OK and
the edit transaction window will open.
You can edit any of the details for that particular occurrence of the
transaction, including the account, the type/description and category,
The amount of course and add in any notes.
If you want to delete the transaction – simply untick the active box in the
lower right hand corner.
Once you are happy with the changes you have made, click on Save –
and the transaction (or transactions) will be updated in the system.
Assets &Liabilities
The Assets & Liabilities area of the program allows you to record and
track your Assets (what you own) and your liabilities (what you owe)
The assets and liabilities area can be found in the tab as shown below.
That will open the asset entry screen and allow you to enter in the
details of the asset. Including; the asset name, it’s value and any notes
you wish to store against the asset.
To create a new asset entry, simply click on the asset button in the top
left as shown here
To Enter a new Liability, simply click on the Liability Button as shown
here and again enter in the details of the Name, Amount and notes.
These are the details of the Asset and Liability Entry screens.
Once you have entered Assets or Liabilities, these entries and values
will show up in the assets and liabilities list, as well as the financial
To edit an asset or liability once entered, simply double click on it from
within the assets and liabilities list
The Budgets area of the program can be found under the general tab.
IMPORTANT – Budgets only record the information stored under
CATEGORIES and only records EXPENSES.
When you click on the budget button, the budget screen will appear.
The columns show the category, the Budgeted figure, the actual figures
and the variance (shown in red if you are in negative for that area)
To set the budget for a particular category, simply click on the budget
column for that category and you will be able to type into that screen.
The budget is calculated on a monthly basis and reflects the ‘Month to
date’ figure.
For example. If you set a budget for $500 for groceries. That will be seen
as $500 for the month.
If at the beginning of the month, you spend $200 on groceries.
The Budget column will show $500
The Actual column will show $200
And the variance column will show $300 (in black)
Meaning that you have an additional $300 to spend in the Groceries
category to stay within budget.
If later in the month you spend another $200 on groceries – you would
Budget $500 Actual $400 Variance $100 (in black)
Showing that you are $50 over budget in that category for the month.
Budget $500 Actual $550 Variance $50 (in red)
And you then spent another $150; your three columns would show
The Financial Statement
The financial statement shows a snapshot overview for your accounts,
showing both Income vs Expenses and Assets & Liabilities.
You can find the Financial statement report as a static button (always
present) in the main dashboard as shown here.
The Financial statement has two halves.
on the left is the income and expenses display and this reports is a date
based snapshot.
For example, you may choose to look at the income and expenses
breakdown for just this month, or the entire year.
Meaning: that you can change the date (by selecting the small date
range box in the top left of the screen) and view the income and
expenses breakdown for a particular time frame .
You will an overall figure for both the Income (in green) and the
expenses (in red) and down the bottom you will see some ratios.
The remaining income is simply your total income minus your total
expenses for the time period chosen.
So – if you have $1000 income and $500 in expenses, your remaining
income will be $500
The Expense to Income Ratio is the percentage of your income that is
taken by your expenses. For example – if you have $1000 income and
$500 expenses, your ratio will be 50%
If your expenses were only $200 – that ratio would drop to 20%
The aim is to have the lowest ratio possible. The least amount of your
income that is absorbed by expenses, the better.
The Passive Income Ratio is a measure of how much of your income is
generated via passive means (not working – such as investments etc)
Each time you enter a new income, you can select that the income is
Passive – and this will be taken into account on this report.
The goal – is to have the highest ratio of passive income that you can.
The Assets and Liabilities Snapshot
This snapshot is a cumulative view of all the assets and liabilities you
have loaded into the system (below)
On the right side of the financial statement is the assets and Liabilities
snapshot –
This overview will show your total assets (in green) and your total
liabilities (in red).
The summary screen shows some ratios for you.
Your Net Worth is simply your total assets minus your total liabilities.
The goal is for this to be as high as you can.
The true equity ratio is showing as a percentage, how much of your total
assets is actually yours – (without the liabilities)
The goal is to have the highest true equity ratio that you can.
For example; if you owned a house, worth $100,000 and your mortgage
or loan against that house was $50,000 then your true equity ratio would
be 50%.
If you paid off some of that loan - and now only owed $30,000 then
your true equity ratio would increase to be 70%
The Options
The Options are of the program allow you to set up individual
The options area can be found under the General Tab from the main
menu, as shown here.
When you click on the options button, there are four areas of the options
shown on the left side of the new screen.
Startup, Recurrence, Miscellaneous and Skins
The startup options allow you to designate if you want Auto Log in.
If this is ticked – the system will Auto log in when you click on it. No
password will be required. If you prefer to enter a password when you
log in, then you can UNTICK this option and the system will prompt you
for a password on startup.
You can also choose the default account (or all accounts) to have in the
startup view
And you can select which window will display as your ‘home’ or starting
You can select the maximum date range looking forward for recurring
transactions to post. The default at purchase is set to post three years
forward. We do suggest leaving this set to three (or maximum 5) years.
The recurrence options are simple.
Otherwise, recurring transactions take a long time to load into the
program and edit. The issue here is as you approach the maximum
posting time, you will need to recreate your recurring transactions so
they post for another (example) 3 or 5 years.
The Miscellaneous options give a few choices for you including being
able to designate your backup folder, and the ability to set an alert (in
form of a screen warning that pops up).
The alert check option will look forward ‘x’ number of transactions to give
you the alert.
For the next few months, everything is fine and it does not cause any
troubles. .. but, what if in 6 months time, you had a major expense that
was due, and that particular recurring transaction makes your account
go into negative. Well – with the alert turned on, it will show you an alert
The way it works is this...
Say you setup a recurring expense of $1000 a month.
screen. The amount of recurrences to check – works as follows.
If you set it to 10, it will check the balance in the account for 10
transactions in the future.
If your transaction recurrence is monthly – it will check forward 10
If the recurrence is weekly, it will check forward 10 weeks – and so on.
The Skins area of the options allows you to change the colour scheme
of the program.
Once you have made all the changes you want to in the options area,
make sure you click on APPLY in the bottom left corner, to save those
changes in the software.
The active window will show you the result of the skins (colour) change.
So you can see the result before you save.
The change theme area will allow you to choose the overall colour, and
then you can choose the style and brightness by using the slider bars.
The reports are of the software gives you the ability to see in visual
format the information in the program.
The expenses Graphs and charts, shows a graphical breakdown of the
expenses in the system – per date range.
You can set the date range you are looking at in the top right hand
corner of the screen and the graphs will refresh to show the breakdown.
If you want the system to report on the expense, it must be allocated to a
The expense reports are visible in both pie chart (shown above) and in
bar graph format.
The other graphs available here are the accounts summary graphs
showing the running totals of the accounts as either a Bar or line graph.
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