Financial management is, in its most basic interpretation, the management of costs against revenue. Other management initiatives, such as marketing, are designed to contribute to an increase in revenue paid into a business. Financial management on the other hand focuses both on the revenue aspects, and the recording and control of costs.
An appropriate and sound financial management framework is essential for any business. A good financial management framework not only records and reports the financial transactions that occur within a business, but also provides management with the information from which decisions can be made.
A financial management framework is comprised of a number of different financial systems each of which contributes to the management process. The purpose of this module is to outline the various systems, discuss how they fit together to contribute to business success and understanding budgets.