If you are involved in sales and get incentives for your figures, then you know how important it is to create accurate and timely monthly sales reports. As a sales agent, you need to be able to meet sales goals, as well as predict your sales in the succeeding months based on the sales trends. Close the books with less runaround. Share this sheet with your accounting team to easily manage your financial month end process and keep everyone on schedule. Use the sheet for monthly, quarterly, and annual tasks. I have a story for you. At a former company, after we closed the books and the actuals (and variances) hit, the head of FP&A used to drag my CFO over to my desk to find out "what went wrong with the actuals". Ready to move on to the next financial statement that you need to include in the Financial Plan section of your business plan? The Cash Flow Projection is next. It is also important to review your business expenditures each month as a part of your accounting checklist. After looking at your expenditures, you may notice a problematic trend in spending patterns.