Accounting, Business

Tips for Improving Cash Flow in Business

cash-flowCash flow is a very crucial aspect that determines the magnitude of success your business is capable of achieving. When it's high it means things are good but when it's low, you need to get worried. Many are the times that sustaining the required cash flow become a major challenge. This indicates that the business runs the risk of incurring loses. Nonetheless, anticipating growth in future is healthy since it shows your business has potential. Lack of cash flow, therefore, inhibits success. The good news is that there are certain tips that can help, when implemented appropriately and consistently. They are:

•Speeding Up Cash Collection

The best thing that you can do to ensure money is not outside is to prepare invoices as soon as products and/or services are delivered. This ensures smooth receipt of cash. In addition, you can also offer discounts for invoices cleared within the first week to entice clients to pay quickly. Alternatively, penalize all those who are late in making payments. Ensure the office of the accountants' conducts background checks on new clients so that only the reliable ones can be allowed to purchase on credit.

•Conducting Analysis

Businesses are usually reliant on seasons. Depending on this, you'll either receive a higher cash flow or vice versa at any given point in time. To make the best out of both situations, it's prudent to strategize. For instance, time just before the high season kicks-off to take loans or even launch marketing campaigns. Never borrow or invest too much during low season. A cash-flow analysis will give you the essential insight.

•Using Credit Line

Emergencies are bound to occur. Preparedness in dealing with urgent needs is vital for a business to flourish. Outside factors, like inflation for instance, may easily lead to increase in expenditure which can consequently cause a ripple effect. Use credit in such circumstances to prevent compromising on the set goals. There are several institutions to work with so a detailed research will help you get the best rates available.

•Making Cash Work

Cash is only worth more when it works. This is why you need to work with accountants so that you can get the best investment plan advice for the business. A savings account with high interest rates may suffice. Diversification is effective so don't be hesitant to spread the cash out and even get stocks. However, make sure that accessibility to the funds is not limited. It's important to be able to withdraw the cash any time it's needed or be prepared with a purchase order financing solution if needed.

•Increasing Sales

Getting as many clients to purchase your products and/or services is effective indeed. A simple way of achieving this is by capitalizing on the idea of continuity sales. This basically means making the clients subscribe to your products/ services and thus guaranteeing repeat sales. Make enticing offers such as slashed prices for longer subscriptions. You can start with three months and go all the way up-to 24 months deals.

In general, always use qualified accountants during calculations to work with correct figures. Additionally, invoices should always be planned promptly. For start-up businesses, it's advisable to outsource such services. A well-trained work force is in a better position to improve the state of the business so make sure that you invest in workshops and seminars as well.

Remember to not go overboard on sales though, hiring a lot of salesmen means you need to incorporate their salaries into the price of your product. Sometimes you can profit more by offering your product or service at a lower price, rather than selling it at a higher price with a bigger sales team. Whatever you do, remember to keep the customer first, and you will see positive cashflow as a side effect of good business practices.

A post by Sally Smith (14 Posts)

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Sally Smith is a freelance writer. She is currently travelling in India, giving the office life a break. An avid reader, she has been up to date on financial and health books, in addition to her reading about India while she’s here.

One Comment

  1. If you want to improve your small business cash flow everything is tied up in investments, pending payments, and salaries. These are need to be improved which can cause positive cash flow.All companies need cash flow to survive in a business environment.Companies can use steady cash flows to purchase higher quality business inputs for their operations.

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