Free Online Working Capital Accounting Course | Alison

Cash and Working Capital

Develop an intuitive understanding of how to manage cashflow and how its linked to profit with this free online course.

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This free online working capital course continues from our basic accounting course and will help you to explore cash flow and working capital with business simulation models. You will learn about the operating cycle, how to manage cash flow effectively, and how to understand the connection between profit, assets, liabilities, and cash flow. Start this free online course today and learn all about cash flow management and working capital!





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This free online accounting course Cash and Working Capital is created by Accounting Intuition and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). We believe that the best way to learn is through genuine understanding and experience. That’s why we've developed a set of ground-breaking visualisation models that explain accounting transactions and balances using the analogy of water pipes and tanks and let you develop an intuitive understanding of how to manage cashflow and the operating cycle. The models are used by leading universities to help their students understand financial concepts, and are built into this free online course.

This course will help you understand cashflow, working capital, current assets and liabilities and the operating cycle. You will also learn how profit and loss, assets and liabilities, and cashflow are all linked. The course follows directly on from our Basic Accounting course which introduces all the building blocks of accounting, such as assets, liabilities, equity, debits and credits, financial statements and the fundamental accounting equation.

Even if you are familiar with some of these concepts, you will find it helpful to take that course as a precursor to this one to develop an intuitive understanding using our business simulation models. Whether you are completely new to finance, have never quite felt comfortable with how accounting works or simply want an engaging refresher, take this course to develop an intuitive understanding of accounting concepts. So, why wait? Start the course today and develop your knowledge about cashflow management and working capital!

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Develop an intuitive understanding of how accounting works using business simulation models
  • Explain current assets, current liabilities and working capital
  • Analyse liquidity using the current ratio
  • Manage cashflow by exploring the operating cycle
  • Describe how profit, cashflow and the balance sheet are all connected
  • Explain how the differences between profit and cashflow contributed to corporate scandals and the financial crisis


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