The Key To Keeping Your Business Finance AgileSep 09 2020 in Invoice Factoring
Running a business can be rewarding but also challenging. What COVID-19 has shown is that companies must be positioned to quickly adapt or run the risk of going out of business. More than ever businesses need financial solutions that are more agile, to allow them to pivot their operations and adapt to any economic conditions. Instead of resorting to traditional rigid business loans, companies should explore an agile and flexible funding solution such as debt factoring.
Debt factoring breathes with your business
Debt factoring breathes with your business and funding is more closely aligned to sales. As your business grows so can your debt factoring facility and access to funds.
The exposure to the factoring company is only ever a percentage of your factored sales at a point in time, which reflects where the business activity is throughout the year. As the business grows so do the sales, and as it contracts so do the sales.
Should the business retract, a fixed business loan does not adjust accordingly. It was most likely taken at a time of growth and as such reflects the business at that previous point in time. Repayments must be met but the circumstances of the business have changed, and it might be difficult to maintain your cash flow throughout this time of reduced activity.
The money you can get from debt factoring your invoices allows you to stay operational during the quieter times and scale-up production or staff for the busy times.
Debt factoring allows you to access an untapped asset
Unlike a loan, debt factoring allows you to access an untapped asset, your accounts receivable and bring it forward. Instead of waiting for up to 90 days for your clients to pay, you can cover the gap by converting your unpaid invoices into immediate cash.
Debt factoring is a more flexible business funding solution
Unlike traditional business loans where security is normally taken over property, plant, equipment or even a blanket security over all the company’s assets, debt factoring only takes security over the accounts receivable.
Debt factoring focuses more on the strength of the debtors and the quality of the ledger, so it can also be a suitable option for start-ups and turnaround companies.
BCashflow Positive debt factoring facility does not require quarterly audits and there is no intrusive shadow software. We give you the freedom to run your business.
We at BCashflow Positive understand the need for SMEs to manage their cash flow pressures during these uncertain times. We provide a consistent funding solution for companies with a minimum funding requirement of $100,000 a month. And we offer a flexible ‘pay as you use’ funding solution via Key Factors for businesses who are looking to have a cash flow buffer with no-lock in contracts. This allows businesses of varying sizes the ability to withstand any economic conditions and prepare for the future.
Simple and fast debt factoring with BCashflow Positive
BCashflow Positive simplifies the debt factoring process by converting your sales invoices into cash in 3 simple steps:
1. Invoice your client and send us copies of the invoices you want to be funded.
2. BCashflow Positive will advance up to 90% of the invoice value in as quick as 4 hours.
3. The remainder 10% less any accrued fees is credited to you when your client pays us.
Review your finance options
Now is the best time to review whether your lender is flexible and responsive to your business needs. In these challenging times, it is crucial to have the right financial partners and financial products backing your business.
Improve your cash flow with BCashflow Positive
With over 30 years of experience, BCashflow Positive has become a leading factoring company in Australia. Our goal is to assist our clients at every stage of their business with transparency, flexibility, and top-notch customer service.
We are transparent about fees from the very start so there are no surprises. Give our pricing calculator a go to find out how much funding you can get, and exactly how much it is going to cost.
BCashflow Positive acts as an extension of your accounts team by helping to monitor your debtors and their accounts. We also help follow up on payments and send statements of factored accounts to your clients.
Understanding and limiting your customer’s risk is an essential part of what we do. BCashflow Positive uses the latest risk-management technology to advise you on your debtors’ creditworthiness. We also provide our clients with free commercial credit reports to help them assess whether they should extend credit to a customer.
To find out more about how to keep your business finance agile and improve your cash flow contact us today, or call 1300 937 292 to speak to a debt factoring expert.
Factoring Versus a Business OverdraftAug 11 2020 in Invoice Factoring
Cash flow is the lifeblood of a business. Whether you’re a start-up or an enterprise, you cannot thrive without a positive cash flow. But the reality is every business faces cash flow challenges at a certain stage of their business. Whether it’s as a result of a downturn in the economy, seasonal issues beyond your control, unexpected expenses, slow-paying clients, or in the current climate, a pandemic.
In this article, we will examine 2 funding options businesses are using to improve their cash flow, and what to take into account for each.
1. Business overdraft
What is a business overdraft?
A business overdraft is a pre-approved line of credit that allows you to draw more than your available balance. The definition of an overdraft is taking out more than what is in your account. Similar to a credit card or a business loan, interest is charged based on the amount of credit you use.
What fees and charges apply for a business overdraft?
A business overdraft normally comes with an application fee or establishment fee, interest, account keeping fees, and an over-limit fee if you exceed your limit.
Security requirements for a business overdraft
A business bank overdraft can be secured or unsecured. Normally a business overdraft with a limit higher than $50,000 would require security by the banks.
Secured business overdrafts normally require a charge over residential properties, commercial properties, or blanket security over all the company’s assets. The issue here is that when said security is in place, you are fully locked into dealing with that one lender outside of the purchase of further fixed assets. Noting that although potentially being able to purchase fixed assets under a lease, the bank still requires their input as far as annual reviews, etc. to determine ongoing serviceability requirements. Once those fixed assets under finance have been repaid, they fall under the blanket security charge the bank[s] have in place.
What is factoring and how does it work?
Factoring allows you to unlock cash from your accounts receivable and improve your business cash flow. It helps businesses to cover the gap of late payments and provides instant access to funds instead of waiting up to 90 days for their clients to pay. BCashflow Positive factoring can convert your unpaid invoices into cash, in 3 simple steps:
1. Invoice your clients and send BCashflow Positive a copy.
2. BCashflow Positive will advance up to 90% of the invoice value in as quick as 4 hours.
3. We will credit you the remainder less any accrued fees when your client pays us.
How much does BCashflow Positive factoring cost?
BCashflow Positive is transparent about fees, so there are no surprises. We charge 1.8% for the first 30 days, and 0.06% thereafter for up to 90 days. There are no other hidden fees. Give our fee and funding calculator a go to see how much funding you can get, and how much it is going to cost.
Approval and security requirements for BCashflow Positive factoring
Unlike a secured overdraft, where a charge is over residential properties, commercial properties, or blanket security over all the company’s assets, BCashflow Positive factoring only places a charge over the accounts receivable. Factoring gives businesses the freedom to seek other sources of finance, if required, to support their growing business.
BCashflow Positive does not charge an application fee and approval can be in as quick as 24 hours.
What businesses or industries is factoring suitable for?
Since factoring primarily focuses on the quality of your accounts receivable and the paying capacity of your clients, it is very appealing to start-ups or growing companies with a large number of customers on accounts. Factoring is also suitable for industries with long sales cycles such as manufacturing, labour-hire for the health sector, commercial cleaning, business services, and wholesale, to cover the gap of slow payments.
Factoring compared to a business overdraft
A business overdraft is a straight forward loan that has interest and activity fees, its value is that it does not have an end date or repayment schedule. But once the limit has been reached it does not have any flexibilities post that and we have seen many businesses over the years cap out on overdrafts and then nowhere to go. That is when they look for options such as factoring to align the demands of cash flow to the actual liquidity of the business.
Factoring works and does so as it matches like for like. As the business grows so do the sales and the exposure to the factoring company is only ever a percentage of your factored sales at a point in time.
BCashflow Positive factoring allows you to leverage off an untapped asset within the business, the receivables ledger. A funding solution that allows you to release the cash flow that would otherwise be locked up in your unpaid invoices to cover the costs of your next round of new orders waiting to be fulfilled.
When operating successfully within the gross margins set, often a business will offer discounts to customers allowing them to speed up the cash flow cycle enabling them to purchase the stock or employ the staff to cover the next order or generically growing business. The cost is a manageable loss of gross margin to get the cash in. Factoring mimics that process by using a third party like BCashflow Positive to bring forward the sales timeline at a discount. It allows you to leverage off those future invoice payments, so that you can use the released funds to pay suppliers, cover the costs of production to deliver on new orders, and pay wages on time.
Why Factoring with BCashflow Positive?
With three decades of experience, BCashflow Positive has become a leading factoring company in Australia. We want to help small and medium businesses, even start-ups, to thrive and manage their cash flow needs. There are no quarterly audits or intrusive shadow software. We give you the freedom to run your business.
Since factoring is not a loan, industries that are new, growing, or facing cash flow gaps will find factoring to be an attractive option. If you’re an SME looking for a flexible cash flow solution, call 1300 937 292 and speak to one of our factoring experts to fast-track your application.
Changes To JobKeeper: How To Mitigate The Impacts Using Factoring FinanceJul 22 2020 in Invoice Factoring
The JobKeeper wage subsidy will continue until March 2021 but will reduce from $1,500 to $1,200 a fortnight after September, and then reduce again to $1,000 a fortnight for the first three months of 2021. For people working fewer than 20 hours a week, they will receive $750 a fortnight, then reducing to $650 a fortnight along the same time line.
Approximately one million Australians have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic, while small and medium businesses with their low cash reserves, higher fixed costs and restricted access to lending, are struggling to stay afloat.
The latest ABS Business Indicators survey observes that three in ten (30%) small businesses (i.e. those with 0-19 persons employed) reported that currently available cash on hand would support business operations for less than 3 months.
Business sentiments on length of time operations could be supported by currently available cash on hand (a)
a) Proportions are of all businesses. Source https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats
Businesses should look into alternative sources of finance such as factoring finance to prepare for the reduction in JobKeeper, and eventually when the tap is turned off.
Prepare a cash flow forecast
Cash flow is the movement of money in and out of your business. A positive cash flow means that there is more money coming in than what your business is spending. While a negative cash flow means there is more cash going out of your business, than coming in.
Negative cash flow is a major warning sign, especially during these uncertain times. A reliable and consistent cash flow forecast is critical to ensure your business can plan for any shortfall.
A cash flow forecast can also help your business to understand the source and certainty of your income and expenses, and what actions to take.
Taking advantage of unpaid invoices
With the economic instability, businesses are now experiencing slow payments from clients, in turn, creating a cash flow gap. Instead of waiting for clients to pay, businesses can cover this gap through factoring finance, and get paid in as quick as 4 hours.
Especially with the economic turmoil brought about by the pandemic, we at BCashflow Positive understand the need for SMEs to manage the pressures related to cash flow during the crisis. BCashflow Positive offer a consistent funding solution, as an alternative to traditional loans and banks, and a flexible funding solution via Key Factors with no lock-in contract. This flexibility allows businesses of varying sizes the ability to withstand the current landscape, for as long as possible.
Using factoring finance can allow business owners to concentrate more on pivoting their business to adapt to the new economic climate, rather than getting stuck on perplexing cash flow concerns.
BCashflow Positive factoring finance: Where to start?
BCashflow Positive offers a straightforward and efficient way for you to access your cash flow in 3 simple steps.
1. Send us your invoices: Send BCashflow Positive copies of invoices you would like funded.
2. Funds in as quick as 4 hours: BCashflow Positive will process your invoices and advance you with up to 90% of the invoice value immediately.
3. When paid you get the rest: Once your client pays us, we will credit you the remainder less any accrued fees.
Who can BCashflow Positive assist?
Whether you are a company suffering from slow payments or poor cash flow, BCashflow Positive can help to unlock the hidden assets in your invoices and give you instant access to cash.
Don’t let slow payments hold your business back and start looking into how factoring finance can provide your business with a more predictable cash flow today.
The BCashflow Positive’s difference
We value transparency at BCashflow Positive. When using our online funding calculator, you can work out how much funding you can get and the exact fees that you’ll incur. We charge 1.8% for the first 30 days and 0.06% thereafter for up to 90 days.
As the uncertainty continues, it will be worthwhile to consider the benefits of factoring finance below:
Instant cash flow within hours.
Increase cash flow by drawing on your unpaid invoices.
No property or security required.
No restrictions and conditions like how banks work. No quarterly audits as well.
You can get on top of your tax obligations.
Above all, you’ll experience the flexibility in financing and improve cash flow.
It’s in our interest to help you carry on during these trying times, reach out and speak to a friendly cash flow expert today by filling out our contact form or call 1300 937 292.
Why Traditional Factoring Is Safer Than Reverse FactoringMar 31 2020 in Invoice Factoring
Factoring has long been a popular financing option for companies who need to improve their cash flow. For 30 years, BCashflow Positive has been proudly helping clients get access to the money they’ve already earned.
Invoice factoring should not be confused with reverse factoring, which is also known as supply chain finance. In this scenario, the company uses a reverse factoring partner, which could be a bank or an alternative lender, to help pay suppliers’ invoices.
What Is Factoring?
Factoring is a financial transaction and a type of debtor finance in which a business sells its accounts receivable (i.e., invoices) to a third party (called a factor) at a discount. A business will sometimes factor its accounts receivable to meet its present and immediate cash needs.
Factoring vs. Reverse Factoring
With factoring, the factoring company advances you with a percentage of your sales invoice upfront to help you improve cash flow. Instead of waiting up to 90 days for your clients to pay, you can release immediate cash from your invoices.
With reverse factoring, the bank or lender commits to pay your suppliers’ invoices at an accelerated rate in exchange for a discount. The process is still initiated by you (the customer) to help your suppliers finance their receivables.
Reverse factoring fees are often higher than traditional factoring, as a discount is applied for the customer while the bank/financier also charges their fees. So, although the supplier receives the full amount upfront, it is still less the agreed discount and funder fee.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is looking more closely at reverse factoring, and Small Business Ombudsman Kate Carnell has initiated a formal review of reverse factoring. There is some concern that companies are not disclosing their reverse factoring practices to their shareholders. Thus, it makes those businesses appear to be doing better than they actually are. When Carillion, a British government contractor, collapsed in 2018, it did so under the weight of extreme debt—and it had been using undisclosed reverse factoring.
Given the uncertainty of the future of this practice and the confusion it can create on paper, traditional factoring is a much safer option to achieve what is basically the same result: improved cash flow.
Factoring has a long history dating back to ancient Rome. It is widely used by businesses around the world to improve cash flow and it is not currently under Government scrutiny. Factoring also has many other benefits which are explored further throughout this article.
How Can Businesses Use Factoring to Improve Their Cash Flow?
Maybe you’ve already experienced this: you’ve made dozens of sales, but you have no cash to show for it because all those clients are sitting on their invoices—and may take 30, 60, or even 90 days to pay them. In the meantime, what are you supposed to do about ATO obligations and your own outstanding invoices? How can you hire new employees or develop new products? There is no certainty as to when your clients will pay their invoices.
That’s where factoring comes in. You can have the money you’ve earned within hours of invoicing your clients. Then, that steady cash flow can keep your business growing.
How Does the BCashflow Positive Factoring Process Work?
The BCashflow Positive process is simple and fast, giving you access to your money in as little as 4 hours. You can get your invoices funded in 3 simple steps:
- Invoice your clients and send us a copy.
- BCashflow Positive will advance up to 90% of the invoice face value, less 1.8% for the first 30 days, in as little as 4 hours.
- We will credit you the remainder of the invoice when your client pays us, less any accrued fees.
The BCashflow Positive fee structure is straightforward and transparent. Our calculator makes it easy to determine the fees you’ll pay on each invoice you send us—so there are no surprises. Stay in control by choosing which invoices you want to factor. We also don’t require property security or quarterly audits.
Advantages Compared to Other Business Funding Solutions
With banks tightening their credit policies, businesses may find it harder and harder to acquire traditional business loans. The application process can also be onerous and time-consuming.
A line of credit or overdraft may also not be enough to service ongoing business expenses, depending on the limit. If your business borrowings are secured by property or your home, you are also at risk of losing everything if something goes wrong.
Factoring is a faster, more accessible funding solution for many businesses. The application process is simple and there are fewer restrictions than what you’ll find with most banks.
Factoring Your Invoices With BCashflow Positive
With BCashflow Positive you choose which invoices to factor. Additionally, since the money you receive is based on sales you’ve already made, there is more peace of mind.
With three decades of experience, BCashflow Positive has become the leading company in Australia, providing businesses with steady cash flow. We prioritise customer service and love helping fellow Australian businesses succeed. When you work with us, you’ll enjoy:
- A response to your application within 24-48 hours
- Advance up to 90% of the invoice value to you in as little as 4 hours
- Upfront pricing structure—no hidden fees
- No quarterly audits or property security
- Friendly, professional, and dedicated service throughout our relationship with you
Factor the invoices you want, when you want, and get that cash flowing through your business. Use it to pay taxes and suppliers or take your business to the next level.
Not sure if invoice factoring is the right choice for you? Contact us today to speak to a local cash flow expert. Small to medium businesses and even start-ups that turnover $100,000 to $3,000,000 a month can benefit from factoring. Whether you work in recruitment, mining, manufacturing, transport, or any other industry, we can help you determine if factoring is a suitable funding solution for your business’s cash flow needs
Invoice financing alternatives in wake of credit squeezeMay 21 2019 in Invoice Factoring
Small businesses say they need loans. Banks say loan demand is slowing down and regulators are making lending standards tougher. What’s the fix?
For small business owners, raising capital has never been tougher than it is today. Banks have tightened credit to small businesses and in the wake of the Royal Commission’s investigations into misconduct in the banking and financial services industry, the banks are overly cautious about their lending practices, with the regulators saying that it is affecting their decisions in giving loans to small businesses.
The financial analysts warn, as banks tighten up lending standards, credit is harder to get. Which is worse for the economy and could lead to a credit crunch.
The important thing to keep in mind, as you prepare for what will be one of the biggest hurdles for small businesses in the event of another credit crunch, is that a painful and significant slowdown in small business financing would be the flow on effect.
How do small businesses obtain external financing?
As small businesses feel the credit crunch, they are opting for alternative ways to fund their growth. Most of the time, just simply to pay their bills.
A business that offers credit terms to their customers will complete jobs and then get paid at a point of time in the future. According to the case studies, it may take up to 90 days to see any money from work that has been completed. This means that these businesses have to come up with operating capital to pay wages and for materials that were necessary to do the work, out of their own resources. For a small business, this can be very draining.
This is why more and more firms are turning to invoice finance to help meet their cash flow, funding and growth challenges.
Could Invoice finance be your answer?
Invoice financing helps small businesses receive funds for work they had already completed ahead of time and not to rely on banks. Invoice financing is quickly becoming the go-to method in many industries – labour hire, transport warehousing, wholesale to name a few.
Basically, invoice finance is a way of accessing the funds tied up in your outstanding invoices as soon as they are raised, rather than waiting weeks or perhaps months for customers to pay.
Why BCashflow Positive is in the best position to help?
BCashflow Positive is a leading Australian invoice financing company with 30 years’ experience with the knowledge to help you make your financial decisions with confidence.
We will assign you with a specialist who can answer all of your questions and guide you through the process from set up to operational.
How to get started?
At BCashflow-Positive we make this incredibly easy for you. Our online application is simple, and it only takes 3 minutes to complete. We assess and provide an answer on all applications in as little as 48 hours from receipt of a completed application and supporting documents. Going forward, you provide us with copies of your invoices, and we will fund up to 90% – in as little as 4 hours, with the remaining balance released when your clients settle in full.
For more information on invoice financing with BCashflow-Positive, call us on 1300 937 292, or fill out our quick contact form and we will be in touch shortly.
Businesses should explore invoice financing as a credit crunch loomOct 26 2018 in Business Cash Flow, Invoice Factoring
Are you a small business owner? You’re probably facing a credit crunch as banking regulations have tightened due to the Royal Commission’s highly legalistic interpretation of responsible lending laws.
According to the Financial Review (Sep 2018), The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority is forcing banks to apply tougher tests on borrowers’ income and expenses, also delaying the time it takes for loans to be approved.
Mark McKenzie, chief executive of the Australian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association said to the Financial Review “Loan-to-valuation ratios (LVR) offered by banks to small firms in his sector has been slashed in half. About a year ago, small service station operators could attain an LVR of up to 75 percent. At the moment no one can get an LVR over 30 percent.”
That being said, small business owners need to look at alternative financing options to sustain their cash flow.
Why explore invoice financing?
Invoice financing, also known as invoice factoring, allows business owners to finance outstanding invoices. BCashflow Positive invoice financing advances you immediate cash collateralised by your unpaid invoices. It’s a great way to ensure you can still be on top of your operating expenses when your customers are slow in paying their invoices.
Invoice financing is also a great way to boost working capital when your company is experiencing rapid growth.
BCashflow Positive invoice financing
Applying for invoice financing with BCashflow Positive is simple and fast. Our online application takes 3 minutes to complete and an approval can be provided in as quick as 24 hours.
How invoice financing works?
Accessing funds from your unpaid invoices is as easy as 1 2 3:
1. Send us copies of invoices you wish to draw funds against.
2. Up to 90% of the invoice value is credited to your account in as quick as 4 hours.
3. The remaining 10%, less any accrued fees, is transferred to you when your customer pays us.
For more information on invoice financing with BCashflow Positive, call us at 1300 937 292, or fill out our quick contact form and we will be in touch shortly.
Scale your business by factoring your accounts receivableSep 25 2018 in Business Cash Flow, Invoice Factoring
Are your clients taking up to 90 days to pay invoices and it is affecting your cash flow?
Factoring your accounts receivable can be a great solution to cover the gap of slow payments. It can also save you time as factoring companies like BCashflow Positive will also assist with the follow up of outstanding factored accounts.
As a business, any strategy you can incorporate to enable you to focus more on growing your business, is invaluable.
How does accounts receivable factoring work?
Accounts receivable factoring is an easy process and a fast way to get your invoices paid immediately. Here’s how it works with BCashflow Positive:
1. Invoice your clients for services or work completed and send BCashflow Positive copies of invoices you want funded.
2. BCashflow Positive will credit your account with up to 90% of the invoice value in as quick as 4 hours.
3. Once your client pays the invoice in full to BCashflow Positive, we will credit the remaining 10% to your account, less any accrued fees.
Advantages of accounts receivable factoring
Expanding your business is much easier with the available cash provided by accounts receivable factoring. You can add on more equipment or staff, implement new marketing strategies, or introduce new products.
You can also take advantage of supplier discounts by paying early, or get on top of your ATO obligations.
Why accounts receivable factoring with BCashflow Positive?
BCashflow positive is a leading Australian factoring company with over 28 years’ experience and offices nationwide. Other key benefits include:
· Fast approvals: Within 24 to 48 hours.
· Flexible funding: You can choose what invoices you would like funded.
· Transparent Fees: Use our online calculator to work out exactly how much funding you can get and how much it is going to cost.
· Industry Experience: We provide flexible cash flow solutions to a wide range of industries.
For more information on accounts receivable factoring with BCashflow Positive, call us at 1300 937 292, or fill out our quick contact form and we will be in touch shortly.
Debt Factoring – A great alternative finance optionJun 27 2018 in Invoice Factoring
Poor cash flow can pose significant challenges for any business. BCashflow Positive’s debt factoring can improve your business cash flow by injecting immediate cash into your business. It is a great alternative finance option for businesses needing additional working capital to finance growth and to keep on top of operating expenses.
Australia’s demand for alternative finance continues to rise
According to a study conducted by KPMG, Australia’s alternative finance market has grown to be the second largest in the Asia Pacific just behind China.
Invoice trading is also known as debt factoring in Australia was up by 24 per cent to US$129.91m in 2016.
What is debt factoring?
Debt factoring allows your business to finance your sales invoices instead of waiting up to 90 days for your clients to pay. The factoring company pays you a portion of the total amount owed on your invoices allowing you to instantly improve your cash flow.
How does debt factoring work with BCashflow Positive?
Convert your invoices into cash in three very simple steps:
1. Send us copies of invoices you would like us to fund.
2. We will verify your invoices for accuracy and transfer up to 90 of the invoice value to your nominated bank account within 4 hours.
3. Receive the remaining 10% less any fees accrued when your customer pays us.
What are the benefits of debt factoring with BCashflow Positive?
With Banks tightening their credit policies, debt factoring with BCashflow Positive can be a flexible alternative finance option. There is no property security required, no quarterly audits, fast approval within 48 hours, and funding can occur in as quick as 4 hours.
Debt factoring can help your business cover the gap of slow payments from clients, finance growth by improving cash flow and working capital and keep on top of ongoing expenses like wages and ATO obligations.
How much does debt factoring cost?
At BCashflow Positive, we pride ourselves on having a transparent fee structure. We are completely upfront about our fees from the very beginning, ensuring there are no surprises. Our fee is 1.8% for the first 30 days and then 0.06% for each day after that, for up to 90 days. Give our fee & funding calculator a try now.
Improve your business cash flow with debt factoring today
Call us on 1300 937 292 or fill out our quick contact form and we will be in touch in 1 hour.
Australian Factoring Company – Funding You Faster With Electronic DocumentsMay 04 2018 in Invoice Factoring
For years now, our aim here at BCashflow Positive has been to support local Australian businesses by helping them to access cash flow ahead of time. This has allowed our customers to seize opportunities and grow at rates they would otherwise be unable to achieve. As a leading Australian factoring company we are constantly looking at ways to get funds to our customers faster. A thorn in our side has been the slow set up and settlement process, mainly caused by postal delays. Well, not anymore.
Australian Factoring Company – Using DocuSign to speed up our processes
We have taken a bold move to adopt new digital documents, which has allowed us to help serve our clients faster than ever before. By utilising DocuSign technology, we can fast-track the entire document setup and settlement process. Instead of taking up to 10 days, we can now complete settlement in as little as 48 hours. But how exactly? The typical setup and settlement process previously starts with us drawing up the necessary documents and then posting them to our clients. With standard delivery times and possible delays, we find this can take between 3 and 5 days. The client then needs to read, approve, sign and return the documents. Again, this adds an extra 3 to 5 days to the process. However, by using DocuSign, we can immediately send the necessary documents to our clients online. Then, once they have approved them, they can electronically sign them and send them back to us. By removing the entire delivery process, the only thing standing in the way of our clients and their funds is the time it takes for our solicitors to draw up the documents and for the client to read them.
How safe is DocuSign?
Protecting sensitive data and meeting strict industry regulations is of the utmost importance to us. We would never want sensitive information to fall into the wrong hands and have always taken suitable steps to mitigate any such risks. In fact, by adopting DocuSign technology, we are able to make our processes even safer. Here’s how: Whenever a document is sent through DocuSign, they ensure that all data contained is fully encrypted. In fact, they are able to meet the very strictest regulations by utilising the best data encryption technology that is currently available. What this means is that using DocuSign to transfer and sign files is far safer than sending them the old-fashioned way. Human error and chances of documents going missing are reduced. Instead, they are only ever shared between our company and the clients we work with. This allows us to ensure complete client confidentiality and give total peace of mind.
How does a factoring company work exactly?
If working with an Australian factoring company is something you have been considering, then here is how the process works with BCashflow Positive.
- Simply invoice your clients as usual and send us copies of invoices you would like funded.
- We will credit your account with up to 90% of the invoice value in as quick as 4 hours.
- The remaining 10% is made available once your client pays us.
The benefits of working with Australia’s leading factoring company
By choosing to work with a reliable Australian factoring company, businesses can access a whole host of benefits, including the following:
- Gaining access to invoice funds in as little as 4 hours.
- An incredibly fast 48 hours approval process
- Fast account set up and settlement process.
- Having access to key decision makers.
- Being able to cover the gap of slow payments.
- No need for property security or quarterly audits.
- Having the freedom to choose which invoices you want funded.
Get started today
As mentioned, our primary mission is to help support an increasing number of Australian business owners in their attempts to scale and grow their companies. To do so, we offer a swift and easy way of accessing funds, which is now more secure than what is being offered by our competitors. Better yet, getting started is very easy. Simply contact our team and explain your needs. Then, we can see if we are the right fit for you and get the process moving. We will also be happy to answer any other questions you might have.
Have you considered factor finance to get on top of BAS payments?Apr 10 2018 in Invoice Factoring
As a business registered for GST, you will need to submit a business activity statement (BAS) to the Australian Tax Office every quarter. The next BAS is due on 28-April-2018. When this time comes, many businesses can worry about whether they will have the finances to pay for their BAS. BAS includes GST, pay as you go (PAYG) instalments and other taxes, and if you don’t have the money put aside for BAS when the time comes, it can give you and your business a headache. This time can often put a strain on your business – but it doesn’t need to. If you have a good factoring company behind you to provide your business with factor finance, you can take away a lot of the stress at BAS time.
How does factor finance work?
Factor finance allows a business to get a percentage of their sales invoices paid to them immediately, instead of waiting up to 90 days for their customers to pay. At BCashflow Positive getting paid for your invoices can be done in 3 simple steps:
- Invoice your customer for goods fully delivered and services fully completed, and send BCashflow Positive a copy.
- BCashflow Positive will verify the invoice with your customer before releasing up to 90% of the invoice value in as quick as 4 hours.
- The remaining 10% of the invoice value is transferred to you once your customer pays, less any accrued fees.
How much does factor finance cost?
The price of factor finance varies between different factoring companies. For us, we charge 1.8% for the first 30 days, and then 0.06% per day thereafter for up to 90 days. We are transparent about fees from the start. Give our fee and funding calculator a go and see how much funding you can get and exactly how much it is going to cost.
Benefits of BCashflow Positive factor finance
Factor finance can have many benefits, mainly to get faster cash into your bank account. You can use the money to buy more products, expand your business, or to get on top of your BAS payments. Unlike with traditional bank finance, the approvals process for factor finance can be as quick as 24 hours, allowing you to capitalise on opportunities more quickly. Factor finance may also be a good option when you are unable to qualify for traditional bank finance due to a limited trading history, or lack of personal assets. Factor finance focuses more on the strength and spread of your ledger as opposed to director’s asset backing or business assets. Funding is also more align with your business growth and the more sales you make the more cash you can get. Another one of the many benefits of factor finance is that it takes away the stress of having to chase your customers to pay their invoices on time – BCashflow Positive will follow up payments with your customers on your behalf as part of our service. This can drastically cut down on your administrative costs while also saving you and your business money.
Who does BCashflow Positive factor finance suit?
BCashflow Positive factor finance is great for SMEs with a high level of customers on accounts where payments of invoices can take as long as 90 days. Industries that widely use factor finance includes recruitment and labour hire, manufacturing and wholesale, IT and business services, earthmoving and mining, and transport and logistics. If you are looking for additional working capital to grow your business, or simply want to close the gap of slow payments so you can get on top of BAS commitments – give us a call on 1300 937 292.
Pros And Cons Of Factoring FinanceFeb 01 2018 in Invoice Factoring
Are you suffering from cash flow problems? Many successful businesses still face periods when their outgoings and income aren’t quite in sync. Over time, the imbalance usually sorts itself out, but on a week-by-week, month-by-month basis, a late invoice, unexpected bill or a need to buy additional materials can see your bank balance plummet.
If you’re worried about meeting day-to-day expenses such as wages, material purchases and vehicle overheads, factoring finance could be a solution. Providing you with an advance on invoices owed, factoring finance provides a rapid cash injection that can tide you over until your cash flow is on a more secure footing.
The advantages of factoring finance
For many businesses, factoring finance is ideal as a short-term borrowing measure. The process doesn’t require a complicated application process and isn’t dependent on standard indicators of business worth such as asset value. You keep control of which invoices you wish to factor and your relationship with your customers remains unaffected.
Quick to organise, your money can often be paid into your bank account within 24 hours – an excellent idea if you’ve got urgent expenses to meet which really can’t wait. The length of time you can borrow for varies from a few days to a few months. The shorter the borrowing period, the less interest you pay.
Factoring finance gives you flexibility – you can choose which invoices and clients you want to draw funds from. Another benefit is that the process has no effect on your customers – they pay in the same way and the only difference is that they pay us for your invoices rather than you.
If you are a business that tends to have a number of outstanding invoices at any one time, factoring finance could work really well for you.
Are there any problems with factoring finance?
If you haven’t used factoring before, it is wise to do your research to determine whether factoring finance is right for you. There may be hidden costs and terms depending on which company you partner with.
How much does factoring finance cost?
BCashflow Positive is transparent about our fees so there are no surprises. We charge 1.8% for the first 30 days and 0.06% daily thereafter for up to 90 days. To find out how much funding you can get and how much it is going to cost, give our pricing calculator a go now.
Who should you turn to for factoring finance?
BCashflow Positive has more than two decades of experience in providing clients with easy and fast access to the cash they need. We make the lending decisions, so there are no middlemen involved – you work directly with us.
Our aim is always to make business lending as accessible, straight-forward and fast as possible, offering transparent, cost-effective lending options to many different types of company. From mining to manufacturing, recruitment, services industries, hospitality concerns and more, if you need business cash quickly, factoring finance from BCashflow Positive could be what you’re looking for.
Call 1300 937 292 to speak to a factoring finance expert today.
Nothing Costs NothingOct 03 2017 in Invoice Factoring
If you’ve had your eye on the factoring industry, you might have noticed that there are now some companies out there claiming to offer free debtor insurance. Although on the surface, this might seem like the perfect solution for your cash flow problems, it’s worth remembering that there are some things that are just too good to be true. As Terry Benedict said in one of our favourite scenes in Ocean’s Twelve, “Nothing? Who do you think you are dealing with? Nothing costs nothing!”. In the world of finance, it is critical to read the fine print before diving in.
Read the fine print
It’s well worth educating yourself, then, on exactly what debtor insurance is and the advantages and disadvantages of debtor insurance. Debtor insurance is also known as credit risk insurance and is designed to protect businesses from the risk of late payment or non-payment from their customers.
Debtor insurance comes in different formats, but the common factor is that it covers risks which must be considered within the control of the buyer rather than the business. Examples of such risks might be buyer bankruptcy or inability to pay, pre-credit risk, customers refusing to pay up (protracted payment), or the buyer refusing or being unable to take delivery of the goods they have ordered. Whether your insurance policy covers some or all of these risks will depend on the specifications of your particular contract, so it’s important to read the policies of the company you choose very carefully.
Indeed, there are often crucial parts of the terms and conditions of any contract that will reveal definite disadvantages when it comes to choosing a particular debtor insurance product. Often, only certain types or groups of customers will be covered in regards to commercial risk factors. This means that businesses can end up losing out significantly, and find themselves in a situation where the insurance they have purchased doesn’t even cover the losses suffered. Examples of such accounts that might not be covered include foreign customers or those in complex financial situations.
There are also a variety of other complications that might come with debtor insurance including the requirement to provide detailed customer reports to meet specific conditions of the insurance company. This is before you consider unexpected legal costs that might suddenly materialise when it comes to making a claim. So you might want to think twice about taking up factoring with a company that offers free debtor insurance, unless you know exactly what you are covered for and whether you will be out of pocket in the end.
Reliable factoring company with transparent fees
With BCashflow Positive, none of the complexity above will apply, as we don’t claim to offer free debtor insurance nor do we believe our clients need it. Our 27 years factoring experience will ensure your business is in good hands. We are also completely transparent in regard to fees, so there won’t be any nasty surprises later on. Give our pricing calculator a go to work out how much funding your business can get and how much it is going to cost up front.
How does a factoring company work?
Don’t wait up to 90 days for your customers to pay. Partner up with a factoring company and improve your cash flow by converting your sales invoices into cash. Getting paid within 24 hours is as easy as 1 2 3
- Invoice your client and send us a copy
- We advance you with up to 80% of the invoice value
- The remaining 20% is credited to you once your client pays us, less any accrued fees.
Partnering up with a factoring company today by calling 1300 937 292 now!
Image Source:“Ocean’s Eleven” Seen here from left, Andy Garcia (as Terry Benedict) and Matt Damon (as Linus Caldwell). Screen capture. Copyright © 2001 Warner Bros. Credit: © 2001 Warner Bros. / Courtesy: Pyxurz