Using the Dashboard Overview Follow

The Overview page of the Dashboard shows you an at-a-glanceview of several key metrics, such as revenue, expenses, cash flow, net profit, and gross margin. To see these views, you'll just need to either connect LivePlan to your accounting solution or manually enter your actuals.

These Overview charts are meant to give you a general sense of how your numbers are trending. For a more detailed (and customizable) view, just "Click for details" on any metric - that will take you to more a detailed Trend view:

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Choosing your data comparison

The Overview page can show you a wide variety of data comparisons. To create the comparison you want to see, use the two pull-down menus at the top of the page:

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LivePlan will remember the selections you make until you change them again. Your selections will also carry through from the Overview to the Trend view.

 

Reading the Overview charts

Although there are a number of different chart types, they all show these basic pieces of information:

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An additional metric is shown when actual results exist for a portion of the selected time period with a future end date. 

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The On pace for value takes the current actual amount (either from manual entry or from a connected accounting solution) and factors in the remaining days of the time period selected, estimating the total at the end of the selected period based on how the actuals are tracking as of today.

 

Why is my Dashboard empty?

It you aren't seeing any data in your Dashboard, as shown below:

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...this is likely because some data is still missing. The Dashboard requires two main data sources in order to build metrics:

  • Your actuals from your accounting solution
  • Your forecast, which you have entered into the LivePlan Forecast tab

To make full use of the Dashboard, you’ll first need to complete your forecast and then either update your actuals manually or connect to your accounting solution to import your actuals.

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