Factoring Services for Small & Medium-sized Businesses


Back-to-Basics Cash Flow

Why Positive Cash Flow is so Important

Positive Cash Flow basically means that, after all monthly bills are paid, your business has excess cash in the bank available for expansion, hiring new employees, purchasing inventory, equipment, etc.. Sounds simple, but you'd be surprised at how many business owners ignore this. Why are cash flow problems the number-one killer of small businesses?

Companies aren't realistic when it comes to predicting their income and expenses (they overestimate their income and underestimate their expenses). Companies don't see a cash shortage coming and they run out of money. In order to keep track of your cash flow, you'll need a simple spreadsheet tool, the most common of which is Microsoft Excel. If you don't have a copy, try the free AJAX spreadsheet tool Num Sum.

The idea is simple: enter how much money is coming in vs. how much money is going out. The most important thing is that the values go at least three months into the future, but we actually recommend 12 months. The benefit of having a realistic cash flow spreadsheet is that if you see your bank account going into the red in three months' time, you'll have plenty of time to do something about it.

Keeping cash flow healthy

The importance of watching your cash flow is clear, but how do you keep it healthy in general? Carson offers the following suggestions:

  • Spend as little as possible—This is especially important in the early days of your business, but it should apply in the long run as well. Before you make any purchases, ask yourself "Does my business really need this?" If not, you can live without it.
  • Cut expenses as much as possible—Take a hard look at the expenses column on your cash flow. Are there vendors or suppliers that are over priced? Saving just a few dollars per month will really add up over time.
  • Acknowledge that Corporate America don't always pay its bills on time—When planning your cash flow, always account for the fact that businesses usually pay their bills, on average, fifteen days beyond your credit terms. This is where factoring comes in handy. If you have a sizeable amount of invoices billing out today, factoring them allows you to predict your immediate cash flow instead of watching the mailbox for the next 45 days.Make sure that your cash flow doesn't depend on certain invoices being paid on time. If the waiting game does not fit into your needs, take advantage of factoring.
  • Be brutally realistic—Always overestimate your expenses and underestimate your income. Your cash flow should always be a "worst-case scenario." If you know you can stay in business when things aren't going well, then you know you'll be in good shape if the best-case scenario occurs.
  • Chase invoices the minute they're late—this may sound harsh, but the minute that an invoice is late, call the company and start pressuring them. If they think they can get away with late payment, then they'll put you behind all the other customers they have to pay.Remember that your factoring fees are always higher for invoices that take a longer time to pay.
  • Update your cash flow regularly—As time goes on, you'll realize that some of your predictions about income and expenses were not that accurate. When this happens, update those figures to make your cash flow realistic. Practice makes perfect.

As far as your business is concerned, there is no way to overstate the importance of cash flow. Remember, you can have the most amazing service or product in the world, but if you run out of cash, it won't matter.

Factoring account receivables helps to increase your small businesses cash flow.

Cash flow is important not only to pay monthly bills, but also to continue to grow your business. Obtaining an advance on your accounts receivables gives you the opportunity to place more orders, purchase equipment and invest in other things that enhance your business.

Catamount has the experience and expertise to help your business use receivable financing to your greatest advantage. Invoice factoring allows you to stay competitive in today's market with access to on-going working capital.

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