Posted by admin | Posted in Alternative Financial Products for Small Business, Cash is King, Factoring Receivables, Receivables Factoring, Small Business, Uncategorized | Posted on 13-02-2012
We have all heard it said many times that CASH IS KING! Well in these uncertain economic times it seems more difficult than usual to get an audience with the ‘king’. My specialty is helping those in business to get a handle on their cash flow challenges. I thought it might be helpful to offer a few hints on improving your cash flow.
1) The foundation of good cash flow practices lies in the ability of the business owner to manage their expenses. You need to consider every expense very carefully. Ask yourself, “Will this really enhance or add value to my business? Do we really need it?” If the answer is, “yes”, then you should ask for a discount, possible try to barter, or negotiate terms on the purchase. Remember, every dollar counts!
2) This is still in line with managing your expenses… budget! You need to make a list of your monthly bills and expenditures. Include on the list the due date of each payment and ensure that you keep to that schedule. This will help in two ways: 1) you can easily track your payments and budget accordingly and 2) helps prevent late fees or overdraft charges, which would add to your liabilities.
3) Review your invoicing/collection strategy to see any areas for improvement. You might consider billing from a ‘due upon receipt’ perspective. You may find that invoicing on a weekly basis, as opposed to monthly, can improve your cash flow. A courtesy phone call is often just enough to speed up a payment. Nothing harsh; “Hello, I just wanted to touch base with you and ensure you had received your invoice.” Something this simple can often move the dialogue along and, in turn, the payment.
4) If you accept credit cards that often improves your cash flow. Some programs feature a payment link right on the emailed invoice. This enables your client/customer to open the invoice, click the link, and have the convenience of paying the invoice and getting it of their ‘to do’ list. In the event you do need to follow up on a slow pay, you then have the added benefit of, “Hey, I can take your credit card payment over the phone, if that would make it easier for you.”
5) Factoring your invoices can certainly help with the cash flow. Many small businesses serve larger businesses that routinely take 60 – 90 days to pay. A medium to small business doesn’t have the luxury of reserves that keep cash flowing during that payment period. Factoring can instantly improve your cash flow, providing money for monthly expenses, payroll, vendor discounts, and generally making it easier to stay on top of your monthly budget.
Remember, we are all in business to do what we are passionate about. No one likes to worry with cash flow. I hope that you find some of my hints helpful and know that I am always here to partner with you to help with your cash flow pain points.