As a business owner, you’ve no doubt heard about the importance of maintaining positive cash flow. In fact, the ability to manage cash flow could mean the difference between a thriving business and a business that is on the brink of folding.
Cash flow issues can beset all businesses, even the profitable ones. This could be a result of seasonal fluctuations in sales, high overheads, bad debt, outstanding receivables piling up, and so on. In any case, it’s important to resolve cash flow problems in your business quickly or face the possibility of not having a business to run anymore. A recent study showed that over 80% of small businesses fail due to cash flow issues.
So how do you go about it?
KRD Tax & Consulting, a Colorado-based business process consultant, shares five expert tips on navigating business cash flow issues and finding lasting solutions.
Before we delve into how to resolve cash flow problems, you should first understand how to identify them. If you’re currently experiencing any of the following situations in your business, you might have a cash flow crisis on your hands:
Stay on top of your accounts receivables by making sure invoices and payments are settled when due. Some invoicing systems have built-in automated payment reminders to chase up on overdue payments, so you don't have to do it manually. List down all your outstanding invoices now and chase those payments. You can also accelerate your receivables by offering incentives for early payments.
Cost-cutting is a proven measure for managing cash flow problems in the short term. If your business expenditures outweigh revenue, it’s time to review your day-to-day expenses and see what you can afford to cut out. Even if you can’t cut costs outright, you could negotiate more favorable terms and stretch your payables so there is less strain on your current working capital.
A higher profit margin means more cash at your disposal. Take a look at your pricing model and see if you can raise prices on certain profitable products or services. If you can’t improve your profit margins, at least do away with unprofitable or minimally profitable products and services. Focus on things that bring in the most cash.
A cash flow forecast tells you how much cash reserves your business will need over the next few weeks or months. This way, you can plan your finances better and take steps to prevent cash flow problems in the first place. When using cash flow forecasts, make sure to update them regularly with actual figures, so you have a realistic and more accurate forecast of your cash flow needs for the coming months.
If your business is asset-rich but cash-poor, you could sell off some non-essential assets and gain a much-needed cash injection. Essentially, you’re converting one asset into another and keeping your business afloat in the process. If you’d prefer not to sell, consider leasing out the asset so you can use the income to buoy your working capital without giving up ownership.
As your trusted business process consultant, KRD Tax & Consulting can help you work out the best approach for fixing cash flow problems in your business. We also offer tailored business solutions, including strategic business planning, bookkeeping & accounting, and enterprise resource planning.
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