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Construction glossary

What is Cash Flow?

Cash flow, as applied to the construction industry, refers to the net amount of money moving in and out of a construction business within a defined period of time. This includes income from clients, loan repayments, supplier payments, salaries, and overhead costs. Crucially, understanding cash flow is vital for a construction firm as it helps in making strategic decisions for sustainable growth. It can be used to assess the liquidity and overall financial health of a business. With an active construction project, cash flow can be unpredictable due to unexpected expenses, delayed payments, or cost overruns, requiring diligent cash flow management.