Remember, all costs need to be included in your selling price. The customer pays for everything. In exchange, you give the customer your services. What a deal!
This isn’t to say that FCF, itself, is not without problems. If a company refuses to replace aging equipment, free cash flow can be overstated. Of course, once the equipment is replaced, cash flow may take a violent dive. This, by itself, is a red flag indicating potential danger.
I like to compare my financial situation to making a journey. The cash flow examples is a way of indicating how fast I am are going, but the net Worth statement tells me where I am on the map – how close I am to my destination. So, what is this journey? It is the financial journey of life. It is pretty obvious that most of us start our adult life with little or no money at all. In fact, many of us start our adult life saddled with student loan debt. But we all need to save money for our retirement. Each dollar we add to our Net Worth is a mile-marker along the financial journey of life.