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New · 2017 best seller Best for businesses building a three year forecast for business planning and fundraising. Forecast your revenues, operating expenses, users, cash budget, financial statements, funding, and cap table in under an hour.
  • The Starter Financial Model is built for beginning businesses with the need to create a three to four year forecast (covering monthly, quarterly and annual results) of their business for fundraising or business planning.
  • Accounting background not necessary; the model asks you questions about operational concepts such as prices, growth, conversion rates, etc. and handles all the accounting and financial statement generation automatically.
  • Start from scratch, or import your historical financial data.
  • Forecast one-time transactions or subscription revenues (monthly or longer contracts) for one product.
  • Works for a range of businesses, including SaaS (consumer, SMB, mid-market, enterprise), ecommerce, subscription commerce, marketplaces, and any transaction-style business.
  • Create a hiring plan, forecast your revenues, operating expenses and full financial statements in under an hour.
  • Highly extensible for building add-ons or customization. For prebuilt revenue methods, multiple products, full subscription reporting, or inventory management, use the Standard Financial Model.
  • Instant download, use in Microsoft Excel™, Google Docs™, and other spreadsheet programs.
  • Everything can be modified to add in your own unique revenue calculations, as all formulas and cells are completely open and unlocked.
  • Purchase one-time, download instantly, customize however and whenever you want. Any updates to the model are emailed to you or can be re-downloaded anytime for free.
  • All businesses, startups to growth-stage, tech and non-tech.
  • Works for companies starting from scratch as well as companies with multiple years of historical operational and financial data that they want to use in reporting and forecasting.
  • One-time and recurring transactions, ecommerce, and other businesses with transactional revenues.
  • Subscription and SaaS businesses, B2C, B2B, enterprise, freemium, subscription commerce, and many other businesses with recurring usage and revenues.
  1. README. Description of model, layout, and how to use it.
  2. Outline. Flowchart of how the model works, with a description of every sheet and their goals.
  3. Get Started. Model-wide assumptions and settings for acquisition flow, with a full walkthrough of what every calculation and term means. Documentation that details of each sheet and how the inputs and calculations work. Assumptions and calculations are noted and explained throughout the model.
  4. Summary. Key operational and financial metrics organized in a clean summary, reported over 3 years, built to be easily customizable for your key metrics and timeframes.
  5. Key Reports. Charts and tables of costs, active users (optional), cash on hand, revenue and revenue growth rate, net income and cumulative net income, margins, sources and uses, and more.
  6. Costs. Simple yet robust methodology for creating a cost budget for up to 48 months of operations, including a detailed hiring plan, while also automatically handling the accounting treatment of the expenses. Set hiring, salaries, roles, and when to hire, including a method to automatically calculate hiring as the company scales. Flexible inputs to input all costs easily on a month by month basis. Expenses can be allocated to key expense areas and labled for accounting treatment as SG&A, COGS, or CAPEX.
  7. Revenues. User acquisition using organic, viral, paid, and business development (partnerships) acquisition methods. Two-step conversion funnel to model user conversion and retention. Revenues forecasts use an elegant structure to handle one-time and recurring transaction businesses and monthly and multi-month contract subscription businesses. Set your conversion rates, order rates, price, churn, costs of goods sold (COGS), discounts, and chargebacks and refunds. Calculates key metrics including customer acquisition cost (CAC) and long-term value (LTV). For more comprehensive revenue forecasting methodologies, including MRR and ACV detail, expansion and contraction revenue, and full SaaS accounting, and more detailed ecommerce forecasts including multiple SKUs, inventories, and more, use the Standard Financial Model.
  8. Forecast. Consolidated financial statements, including income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. Includes a detailed cash flow forecast that automatically forecasts funding requirements based on a simple assumption of how many months expenses to raise money for. Use this sheet for forecasting only, or bring in your historical financials to show either a mix of the past and the future, or to compare budgets to forecasts.
  9. Cap Table. (Optional) The cap table in the Starter Model is the Cap Table Model integrated into the cash flows of the business, mapping forecasted expenses and net burn to needed fundraising to estimated funding rounds by size and date. Models equity, convertible note and SAFE financing rounds, mapped to expected financing dates and amounts. Exit waterfall calculates distributions of proceeds to investors in the case of a sale, and calculates returns to all shareholders.
  10. Actuals. (Optional) Robust functionality to use Actual financial data in the model, to analyze the forecast compared to the actual results, and to create rolling forecasts that seamlessly combine the projections with the actual results.
  11. Actuals + Forecast. (Optional) Combines the Actual data with the Forecas to create rolling forecasts. Simply “roll over” the model by editing one cell each month after you input new Actual data into the Actuals sheet, and the combined forecast updates automatically.
  12. External Data. Sheet used for importing financials from Quickbooks, Xero, Freshbooks, and other accounting software.
  13. Visible Integration. (Optional) Sheet used for reporting metrics to Visible.
  14. Changelog. Details of all edits to the model since release, by version number.

I created the financial models behind Foresight so early-stage entrepreneurs can spend less time on finance and more time on their products. I built the Starter Model because I wanted to build a solid, robust model that helped entrepreneurs forecast their costs and cashflows, and provide a solid base to build their unique business model into the projections, in a package that is easy to use, easy to edit, and inexpensive. I’ve been building and helping entrepreneurs build financial models for startups since 1998. More about my story here.

  • Instant Download - one .xlsx Excel file. Immediately after purchase you will receive a download link and an invoice for your records.
  • Updates to the model are free, and the model can be re-downloaded at any time.
  • Credit/Debt Cards and PayPal accepted; all transactions are SSL secured and no payment details are stored by Foresight (see here to understand the details behind our transaction provider, their security and how they never store payment details).
  • All inputs and formulas are clearly labled; all formulas are open for editing and can be changed by user (i.e. no locked cells).
  • Works for any currency; Foresight models have been used by entrepreneurs from over 98 countries.
  • Use in Microsoft Excel™, Google Docs™, and other spreadsheet programs.
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  • Bulk license purchases available, details here.
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“The Foresight Financial Model is very comprehensive and covers all the main drivers for a variety of business models. What I found really helpful too were the help guides and tips that Taylor included in the beginning of the model to help you reason through coming up with your assumptions and thinking about your business as a whole and what VCs look for. Finally, Taylor was great to work with. He picked up our business model very quickly and provided insight on business drivers and assumptions that I hadn’t thought through yet - which really helped me refine my thinking in order to create a more sophisticated and nuanced model.”

Jude Chiy, Founder, HelloHealthy

Jude Chiy
Founder, HelloHealthy

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Packages

Model
  •  Model, downloadable immediately.
  •  One-time purchase, model updates are free.
  •  Free email customer support.
$75
Model
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Video Course
  •  Model, downloadable immediately.
  •  One-time purchase, model updates are free.
  •  Free email customer support.
  •  Video Course. Targeted for beginners to financial modeling that want to learn the concepts of how to create a financial model, the video course is not a “how-to” for the model, but a deep dive into the fundamentals of building a financial model for startups in general. Preview here
  •  Course is sold for $99 on its own, only $50 in package with a model.
$125
Model
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Get Started
  •  Model, downloadable immediately.
  •  One-time purchase, model updates are free.
  •  Free email customer support.
  •  1 Hour of assistance in completing the model, customization and review. Focus is on structuring and adjusting inputs for your business, and refining unit economics, cost budget, financial statements, and financing strategy.
  •  Additional customization may be necessary depending on your business; to be determined and billed separately.
$350
  •  Model, downloadable immediately.
  •  One-time purchase, model updates are free.
  •  Free email customer support.
  •  Model, downloadable immediately.
  •  One-time purchase, model updates are free.
  •  Free email customer support.
  •  Video Course. Targeted for beginners to financial modeling that want to learn the concepts of how to create a financial model, the video course is not a “how-to” for the model, but a deep dive into the fundamentals of building a financial model for startups in general. Preview here
  •  Course is sold for $99 on its own, only $50 in package with a model.
  •  Model, downloadable immediately.
  •  One-time purchase, model updates are free.
  •  Free email customer support.
  •  1 Hour of assistance in completing the model, customization and review. Focus is on structuring and adjusting inputs for your business, and refining unit economics, cost budget, financial statements, and financing strategy.
  •  Additional customization may be necessary depending on your business; to be determined and billed separately.
$75
$125
$350

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Need a custom model?

Need help forecasting your business? Looking to fundraise but don’t know how much to raise or where to start with building a financial model? Need help taking your current fundraising deck or a financial model to the next level?

I work with startups and investment funds, assisting with financial models for fundraising, capital planning, and market development strategy. I have experience from both sides of the table as a venture capitalist and a part-time CFO, and I’ve worked with thousands of companies throughout my career.

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In 5 free lessons I share what I’ve learned from helping more than 18,200 early-stage entrepreneurs from over 98 countries learn financial modeling.

How can I help?

Hi, this is Taylor. Is there anything I can do to help? I’m happy to explain more about the models or services and help determine what you need. Just call +1 646.770.0052 or email hello@foresight.is

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