Financial planning is defined as the systematic, planned, and organized effort to meet an organization’s goals. This effort is structured so that every project is carefully planned out, all resources are utilized in the most productive manner, and each individual employee achieves maximum productivity and enhances his or her capabilities. There are many benefits to planning and these benefits are often overlooked. Prior to being able to begin planning, it is important for the management and employees to determine their own financial situation. When the financial status of the company is under control, it can better align the resources needed for the company. Prior to creating a financial plan, management should also be cognizant of its future needs and future income. If the organization is facing a short-term shortfall or any type of fluctuation in its revenues, a financial plan may not be necessary. A company’s overall effectiveness is directly tied to its ability to handle all monetary responsibilities, and a good plan is a major factor in increasing a company’s ability to carry out its functions. The ability to manage economic responsibilities effectively is an essential element of a sound company. For this reason, any company with a plan that has been developed and implemented is able to offer its clients a smooth flow of business. Management also has the ability to alter or modify the scope of the planned financial planning once the plan is in place. A good plan allows management to make informed decisions regarding key projects, decisions about hiring and employing employees, and even the allocation of resources. Changes in the planning can improve productivity and reduce costs. Because a business can change its needs throughout its lifespan, it is important to maintain a continuous flow of funds from the past through the present through planning. Business owners and managers should periodically review the financial state of the business. A review should include a list of monetary goals, as well as the organization’s spending patterns and annual revenue and expenditures. By reviewing financial statements, companies can identify areas of concern that need further attention. By reviewing economic reports, managers can identify areas of concern that need further attention. These areas of concern are often overlooked because they are not addressed in the original financial report. By developing a basic accounting overview, the management team can focus its attention on those areas that need attention. The next step in reviewing budgetary statements is to identify areas of error or ambiguity. Errors can occur in any monetary document and management can correct them by referencing specific books and records that were used to prepare the statement. These records must be clearly identified in order to produce a useful overview. However, organizations may need additional documentation to support certain claims in order to make a proper financial statement. Also, in order to prepare a meaningful statement, all statements and records must be organized and referenced properly. A good statement will include all of the relevant data from which information can be drawn, as well as every detail that pertain to the specific financial statement. Therefore, it is necessary to keep the documentation relevant to the information being presented and will provide valuable insight into the actual financial activity. A business owner or manager who is not familiar with financial statements may be uncertain about the necessity of a financial planning process. While it is true that financial reporting and management of the company will always be a factor, the role of the financial planning process is often ignored. An organization can best be governed by its ability to manage its finances and financial resources. It is often necessary to create financial reports that will satisfy the needs of the executive team and the employees. Those individuals must be able to understand where the company’s resources are going and the reason that each of the allocated resources was used. All of the financial data is vitally important to the development of sound planning principles and expectations. Today’s business is growing much faster than many of us realize. As the world becomes more complicated, a solid financial plan will be essential to a growing company.