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CFC #010 - Protect Your Cash Flow with ChatGPT

Jul 15, 2023

ChatGPT is all the rage these days.

Given the hype, it’s natural to wonder if this powerful tool can help you protect your business’s cash flow and improve its financial performance.

The answer is yes.

Today, I’m going to share with you a special ChatGPT prompt you can customize to your specific situation.

This prompt will give you clear, actionable steps you can take to safeguard your cash flow and boost your financial results.

Let’s dive in!

A Cash Flow Conserving ChatGPT Prompt

First, I’ll share with you the ChatGPT prompt template that you can customize to your situation.

Then, I’ll show you an example of the template in action.

Customizable ChatGPT Template

Here’s the prompt:

“You’re the owner of a [your type of business].

The business generates [your business’s annual revenue].

But, you’re struggling with [your problems].

How do you [your desired outcome]?”

Example In Action

Now here’s an example of the prompt in action.


“You're the owner of a construction company generating $50M in annual revenue. But, you're struggling to cover your costs with cash and pay yourself consistently. How do you protect and improve your cash flow?”

ChatGPT Output (shortened for brevity and readability):

  1. Optimize pricing strategy: Ensure prices cover costs and improve profitability.
  2. Tighten credit terms and collections: Implement stricter policies and actively manage accounts receivable.
  3. Streamline project management and scheduling: Minimize downtime and reduce project duration.
  4. Control project costs and budgets: Monitor expenses, implement cost control measures.
  5. Improve cash flow forecasting: Anticipate shortfalls and surpluses for proactive decision-making.
  6. Manage working capital effectively: Optimize inventory, negotiate favorable terms with suppliers.
  7. Explore financing options: Consider lines of credit, invoice financing, or leasing.
  8. Control overhead expenses: Review costs, streamline operations, negotiate better deals.
  9. Develop contingency plans: Prepare for unexpected events, build cash reserves.
  10. Seek professional advice: Engage a financial consultant specializing in construction industry.

Important Takeaways

Taking it further

These are all valid suggestions for preserving your cash flow and improving financial performance.

You can even take these suggestions a step further and use ChatGPT to help you:

  • optimize your pricing strategy
  • forecast your cash flow
  • identify potential overhead expenses to eliminate or improve

However, in order to use ChatGPT effectively, you need to have the right data available in the right format.

Installing Financial GPS in your business is the best way to do this.

If you’re curious about what Financial GPS is and how it can help you protect your cash flow, check out my free guide on this topic here.

A word of caution

ChatGPT is a powerful tool for analyzing and synthesizing information.

However, as it noted in output #10, it’s important to pair the information ChatGPT provides you with professional advice.

ChatGPT, like other tools, is only as good as the information you give it.

And the results gained from its output depend on how effectively that output is applied.

If you’re unsure about how to apply the information you gather from ChatGPT or want to be sure you’re making the right financial moves for your business, a fractional CFO can help you.

I personally have over 15 years of experience helping business owners like you protect your cash flow and achieve your financial goals. More on that here.

What’s next?

Using this ChatGPT prompt can give you some actionable ideas for boosting your business’s cash flow and maximizing your financial results.

Combining the information you gather with the expertise of a fractional CFO can give you full peace of mind that your business’s financial future is in good hands.

In the weeks to come I’ll share more tips, ideas, and strategies you can use to further improve your odds of financial success while lowering your stress.

Stay tuned!

In the meantime, if you’re looking for more, there’s a couple ways I can help you:

  1. Watch my free on-demand training on my 5-step system you can use to get the financial results you want from your business and feel less overwhelmed. Free training here.
  2. I can help free you from financial stress in your $1M+ services business and discover a faster route to the results you need for the life you want. Book a call here.

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