A budget is an estimate or plan of income and expenses for a set period of time that can be compared to actual figures from the Profit & Loss Statement.
Manager includes a simple budgeting capability under the Reports tab. Click on Profit and Loss Statement (Actual vs Budget):
Then click New Report to start the process:
New budgets can also be started by cloning existing budgets:
Fill in the form:
Titlecan be anything that will help identify the budget when it is viewed in a list. This title will also appear on the completed report.
Fromis the first day of the budget period. By default, the current date will appear. Edit as necessary.
Tois the final day of the budget period. By default, the current date will also appear in this field. Edit as necessary.
Tracking Codeallows you to create a budget for a division, branch, or project by selecting its tracking code. This field does not appear unless you have defined at least one tracking code.
Accountfields offer all accounts from the Profit and Loss Statement side of your chart of accounts. (Budgets cannot be created for Balance Sheet accounts, because those are perpetual.)
Amountis the expected income or expense during the budget period for the individual account.
Enter income as positive numbers, expenses as negative numbers.
Footerprovides space for notes or comments about the budget.
Exclude zero balancesallows you to eliminate accounts with no budgets or that have not yet accumulated income or expenses.
Round decimalsreduces displayed figures to the nearest whole unit of your base currency.
Click Create to store the budget. You can create as many budgets for as many different time periods as you want. A budget from one time period can be cloned as a starting point for building a budget for another time period.
The business, Northwind, creates a budget for the month of May 2021. Although it uses tracking codes, this budget is for the entire company:
Northwind can view the budget to see a comparison between actual and budgeted figures for the defined time period. After excluding zero balances and rounding decimals, the report looks like this:
When creating a budget, only accounts already in your chart of accounts can be included. So build your chart of accounts first, then create your budget, which will appear in the same basic format.
Accounts will be included in the Profit & Loss Statement (Actual vs. Budget) if you enter a budget figure or there is an actual income or expense transaction during the budget period. Only if both are true will
Percentage figures be calculated.