Why is cash flow important?
Most businesses are funded with cash from the proprietor, which is sufficient until the business starts growing. Problems often start when they offer credit to customers or take on an employee who requires regular payment. Suddenly cash flow – money in and out – becomes an issue.
Managing Receipts from Customers
There are some vital steps that all businesses should take to maximise receipts from customers, if selling on credit:
Making Payments to Suppliers
If you need new equipment, think about deferring payment by hire-purchase, leasing or hiring. If you have been making losses, leasing or hiring might be more tax efficient.
Consider factoring or invoice discounting
Factoring or invoice discounting can offer financing up to 90% of the value of a sales invoice. Only business-to-business invoices can be covered.
Get a grip – do a regular cash flow forecast
Keep accurate accounting records so that the business can instantly assess what monies are owed from customers and to suppliers’.
To prepare a cashflow forecast start with what bills are already owed or owing and known commitments of weekly or monthly expenses such as payroll, rent and leasing or hire-purchase payments. Then build in predictions of receipts and payments from future sales and purchases. Cash flow forecasts can highlight when the business might run low on cash and can be the basis for an action plan to remedy the situation before it happens.
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Help for businesses can be obtained from ICAEW’s Business Advice Service. This is a free straightforward discussion with an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. Further information can be found at www.businessadviceservice.com
Article by Clive Lewis, ICAEW in conjunction with X-Forces.