What to Look for When Comparing Debtor Finance CompaniesFeb 26 2020 in Debtor Finance
Not all debtor finance companies are the same, and the one you choose can have a big impact on your business. Navigating the terms and fees can feel overwhelming, especially if you are unclear about how this process can help your business grow and thrive. It’s important to understand exactly how debtor finance works and what an invoice finance company can do for you.
Before you choose a company to partner with, let’s take a closer look at how debtor finance works and what to consider when choosing between debtor finance companies:
How debtor finance companies can help businesses
For new businesses, small businesses, rapidly growing businesses, and in fact for most businesses, cash flow can become a problem. One of the main causes of cash flow issues is slow payments. Small and medium businesses are losing access to as much as $7 billion a year because bigger companies are not paying their bills on time, according to a study conducted of more than 150,000 Australian businesses. The study also found a link between long payment times and slower growth for small businesses, with 46 per cent failing in their first five years.
Your business might have made 100 sales, but some customers can take 30, 60, or even 90 days to pay, so your cash is tied up in unpaid invoices. The lack of cash flow can also prevent your business from growing as you can’t fund the next production run or hire new employees to support the growth.
That’s where debtor finance companies can help by advancing funds against unpaid invoices, giving you immediate access to cash.
How debtor finance works?
Debtor finance companies help businesses to improve their cash flow by shortening their normal receivables cycle. Businesses can use their outstanding invoices to get immediate cash instead of waiting up to 90 days to get paid.
BCashflow Positive debtor finance is as easy as 1 2 3:
- You invoice your customers as usual for the goods and services they receive and send BCashflow Positive a copy.
- BCashflow Positive will credit your account with up to 90% of the invoice value, in as quick as 4 hours.
- Once the customer pays us, BCashflow Positive will credit your account the remaining 10% less any accrued fees.
Benefits of using debtor finance companies
Partnering up with a debtor finance company has many benefits:
Pay bills and operating costs on time, avoiding costly late fees and perhaps qualifying for discounts for early payments or large-quantity orders.
Grow your business by expanding your operations and hiring more staff.
Offer various payment terms to customers, which could increase sales for customers who need flexibility.
Avoid using personal assets to fund your business.
What to consider when choosing between debtor finance companies
After you have narrowed down a few debtor finance companies to consider, take a close look at their websites and call them to get a gauge of their service level and professionalism.
Below are key things you should also look for when comparing debtor finance companies:
How long have the debtor finance companies been in business?
Experience matters and staying power shows that a company is providing a service that is serving their customer’s needs.
BCashflow Positive has been serving Australian businesses for more than 30 years. From wholesale and manufacturing to recruitment, transport, mining, business services, and more, companies in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, and beyond have relied on us to cover the gap created by slow payments to keep them in constant cash flow.
What fees do debtor finance companies charge?
This information should be clear and straightforward, and if you are having trouble determining how much the debtor finance company charge, they are probably not the best company to work with. Transparency is important since hidden fees can add up and hurt your bottom line.
At BCashflow Positive, we are upfront about our fees and there are no costly surprises. Our pricing structure is simple: we charge 1.8% for the first 30 days and 0.06% per day thereafter for up to 90 days. What does that add up to for you? You can use our calculator tool to find out.
How soon will your invoices be funded?
The whole purpose behind using debtor finance companies is to get your money quickly so you can get on with running your business. To that end, you should look for a company that can get your invoices funded fast.
BCashflow Positive can fund your invoices in as quick as 4 hours and will keep you updated throughout the process.
What is the process to get your invoices funded?
The process should be clear and simple; avoid debtor finance companies that try to make it more complicated than it has to be.
BCashflow Positive makes the process of getting your invoices funded straight forward. Simply send us copies of invoices you want to be funded. Our team will process your invoices and reach out to you should they have any questions. We fund the invoices in as quick as 4 hours and send you a report outlining what has been funded and any associated fees.
Why BCashflow Positive debtor finance?
In the end, choosing between debtor finance companies is simple when you focus on experience, transparency, and top-notch customer service. At BCashflow Positive, we pride ourselves on all three, and we have three decades worth of happy customers in a wide range of industries to back it up. We believe in close-knit working relationships, so you will be working with someone who will truly know your business and your story.
We love helping companies thrive, and we offer flexible customised solutions that allow you to take your business to the next level. A lack of cash flow is no reason for your business to struggle. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your business. Or call 1300 937 292 to speak to one of our local cash flow experts.
Top New Year’s Resolutions For Business SuccessJan 15 2020 in Cash Flow Finance
It’s the start of a new year and the beginning of a new decade. This is also the perfect time to reflect on what your business has achieved in the last year, and what’s needed to achieve future goals.
Here are some top New Year Resolutions to consider for fuelling business growth:
Set SMART Goals with KPIs and Benchmarks
Every journey begins with a destination in mind, and for businesses setting SMART (Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic and Time-bound) goals is an important first step when planning for growth.
When setting your goals, make sure you have Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and benchmarks set for every goal. This will enable you to measure the milestones that are key indicators for your success.
Plan your Success
The key to many successful businesses is planning everything down to the smallest detail. Make sure that planning is one of your resolutions this year and don’t leave your success to chance.
Planning every step of your business journey will help you decide what you’re going to do, when you will need to do it, and what you should avoid doing to grow your business.
The best way to put your plans into action is to review your most recent success stories to determine what you did right and can duplicate, instead of reinventing the wheel.
Track Your Cash Flow
It is important to track your cash flow, particularly the peaks and troughs periods. This will help you determine whether your business has sufficient working capital or should look into getting cash flow financing to improve cash flow.
Also, make it a resolution to periodically complete a cash flow analysis for your business, as this will give you a clear picture of what your cash flow requirements are.
Get Paid On Time
It’s not a surprise that a large number of businesses struggle to get paid on time. As a result, they find it difficult to manage their cash flow.
Make it part of your cash flow strategy to follow up persistently on late payments. If your payments aren’t being received by the due date, send customers a follow-up email or make a phone call. Include a late payment policy in all your contracts which clearly explains the penalties that will be enforced if there’s a delay in payment.
Look Into Cash Flow Financing To improve Cash Flow
For businesses that offer flexible payment terms to customers, cash flow problems can be substantially compounded. Waiting for 30, or even 90 days to get paid, forces many businesses to fund their operations using some form of finance.
A flexible form of business finance is cash flow financing.
Cash flow financing can help improve your business cash flow by reducing the time it takes for you to receive payments. At BCashflow Positive, we can fund your sales invoices in as quick as 4 hours, so you don’t have to wait 30, 60, or even 90 days to get paid.
BCashflow Positive’s cash flow financing can help inject immediate cash into your business by advancing up to 90% of the face value on your invoices upfront. The remaining 10% is credited to you when your customer pays us. This will make it easier for you to meet your ongoing expenses such as ATO obligations, staff wages, and supplier payments.
If you are looking for a faster way to access the cash tied up in your invoices and to give your New Year cash flow a boost, call BCashflow Positive on 1300 937 292 for more details or CLICK HERE to get a quote.
Top 3 Tips To Clear Your Tax ArrearsNov 01 2019 in Cash Flow Finance
Tax arrears are an increasing cause for concern among business owners as falling behind has serious repercussions on growth and profitability. According to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), it is the primary cause of business liquidation.
Aside from the financial stress it can cause, battling tax arrears can divert your energy away from important activities such as growing your business.
Tax arrears can also put you at a disadvantage when seeking finance, as some lenders will consider tax liabilities as added risk and can increase their pricing accordingly.
Here are three ways to get rid of tax arrears and get back in control of business finances:
- Keep On Top Of Your Expenses And Cash Flow
Businesses in the start-up phase often run into financial difficulties during the second year when they receive their provisional tax invoice. Typically, a large amount of money is invested in costs such as equipment purchase, recruitment, rent, salaries, and marketing.
If your business does not have adequate cash reserves, you could struggle to meet your tax obligations. Cash flow is the heart of a healthy business, and one of the ways to ensure you have sufficient cash is to pay your taxes on time is through having the right finances in place.
Cash flow management is important at the operational as well as business level. Both are needed to help you plan your business’ financing needs.
With operational cash flow management, you are essentially mapping out cash coming in and going out of your business weekly for the next 8 to 12 weeks. It helps in identifying any blips in your cash flow from month-to-month.
Strategic cash flow management is about the bigger picture where you look at monthly cash flow for the coming 12 to 18 months. It’s about understanding the cash flow implications of your business strategies. It’s what you need to find out how much cash your new growth strategies will generate. You will also know how much money is required to fund growth objectives.
- Enter Into A Payment Arrangement
If you’ve fallen into tax arrears, it’s important to settle your dues as soon as possible.
One of the ways to reduce your tax outstandings is to enter into a payment arrangement with the ATO. This is essentially an arrangement where you agree to make deferred payments until your tax is paid off.
This will improve your cash flow position and take back control of your business.
- Use Cash Flow Financing To Clear Tax Arrears
An effective strategy to improve cash flow and clear tax arrears is through cash flow financing.
Through cash flow financing, you can receive an immediate inflow of cash from the cash flow finance company. The cash can be used to pay taxes as well as expansion opportunities.
Essentially, cash flow financing allows you to unlock funds owed to you before they are paid by your clients or customers. Cash flow financing can also relieve you of the burden of following up with clients or customers, as this can be taken care of by the cash flow finance company. This can free up your accounting staff’s time and reduce overhead costs.
At BCashflow Positive, we make the process of cash flow financing simple and fast. Up to 90% of your invoice value is made available to you in as quick as 4 hours. The remaining 10% is credited once your client pays us.
There are no hidden costs or quarterly audits required. You choose what invoices you would like funded and leave the rest to us. It is also free to apply and we will get back to you within 24 to 48 hours with a response.
If you’re looking to bring your tax arrears under control and would like to take advantage of supplier early payment discounts, finance business growth or boost cash reserves, then give us a call on 1300 937 292 or Click Here to get a quote.