Cash flow planning today, your smart business parachute. Nice to have before you need it! Why do some business owners wait until the last minute to fix cash flow gaps that their business is experiencing?
For example; You extend terms to a good trustworthy customer, expecting to get paid in 30 days from the date of delivery. At first the customer is amazing, everything is going great and running smoothly between your two companies, until one day when all of a sudden their payment doesn’t arrive as promised. You figure, ahh it must be a slight oversight on their end. So you make a note to give ’em a call.
A week passes and still no check. So you call and email again and this goes on for about 20 more days. Your note reminding them to pay you now feels more like a ransom letter than a friendly reminder.
So what happen? Well no one really knows at this point. Yes you called and emailed Accounts Payable and they promised the check was in the mail, but still no check. Their slow-pay is now really starting to affect your payroll and business operations. I mean this is a big customer and their invoice amount due is enough to cover a whole month worth of payroll.
There are two ways this usually plays out:
1.) Your customer finally sends the check, 28 days late and you continue with business as usual, however now each time you invoice them after delivery, you have this gut-wrenching feeling in the pit of your stomach, wondering when and if they’re even going to pay. Will you need to borrow money off your personal credit card again to cover payroll if their check is late again or worse yet, never arrives?
2.) The relationship was already fragile and this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Your customer is offended that you called and emailed so many times, almost implying that they weren’t good for the monies owed or something.
In any event, either of the two above scenarios adds stress to a business relationship and can usually be avoided altogether. Yes of course it can, if customers would just pay on time, however it’s a proven fact that some customers just slow-pay and that is how it’s going to be. So knowing that some customers just have it in their business DNA to slow-pay, how can your business protect itself from the negative side affects of unpredictable cash flow in your business?
The answer, prepare your cash flow parachute just encase this ever happens to you. Don’t be caught by surprise and interrupt a good thing you have going at your business. You shouldn’t be punished for working hard because one or more of your customers had slow-pay DNA.
You can unlock cash tied up in your accounts receivable invoices by factoring. Factor finance companies buy your invoices for immediate cash so you get paid within hours of invoicing customers. You won’t have to worry about slow-paying customers, you can continue working hard and growing your business as usual.
Factoring enables you to cover;
- and invest your earnings faster to help secure more new customers and grow your business faster.
Factor financing grows with your business. The larger your business gets the more immediate capital you can access from your invoices. You don’t need to create friction between you and slow-paying customers, all you need to do is focus on what you do best, running your business and creating new customers relationships.
It’s recommended that you get a few offers when choosing a factor finance company that specializes in your industry. Visit www.factorbid.com and select the ‘Get Started’ button to quickly and easily get competitive offers to buy your invoices for immediate cash. When Factors compete, You Win!