Sometimes you can’t money in quick enough to cover your goings such as Corporation Tax, VAT, PAYE or even to pay suppliers. This mismatch, which can be caused by timing delays in receipt of payment, can be disastrous for a growing business.
To fill this funding gap there are a range of cashflow solutions available to you.
An overdraft is a formal agreement with your bank which allows you to overdraw your account up to a specified limit. An overdraft facility enables you to access short-term funding to fill a temporary cash shortfall.
An overdraft can be paid off at any time and interest is only payable on the amount outstanding each day. An overdraft facility is more flexible than a traditional business loan.
Whilst an overdraft can be agreed for one month they are typically in place for 12 months and renewable annually.
Despite their flexibility overdraft facilities can take sometime to set up and so possibly causing you further cashflow problems. Short term loans have been developed by alternative lenders as a quicker and more efficient way of providing a solution to cashflow problems.
Short term loans are ideal to cover Corporation Tax, VAT, PAYE or NI arrears. They can also be used to supplement your working capital requirement during slow cashflow periods.
Short term loans can be granted very quickly but decisions are based on the quality of your credit file. The speed of decision and access to funds does come at a cost in terms of high interest rates and fees but these can be offset against the speed of decision and swift access to the funds.
Short term loans are for periods from one month upwards with flexible repayment terms.
If you take credit or debit cards then a Merchant Cash Advance is an ideal way to raise cash quickly for urgent needs.
If you have been taking card payments for some time and can demonstrate a good track record then you can obtain an advance against future card receipts.
Once the lender agrees the maximum they can lend against your monthly receipts your repayment is calculated as a percentage of each credit or debit card transaction. It could be 10% or 20% for example depending on your business and risk.
The repayments are flexible in that there is no agreed end repayment term. The lender is repaid by taking the agreed percentage of each credit or debit card receipt until the advance is cleared.
The advantage is that the amount you repay matches your cashflow in that during slower periods your repayment are less because your takings are less. Compare this to a traditional loan where you have to pay the same amount each month regardless of what your sales have been that month.
Because the last payment date is flexible there is no traditional interest cost or an APR. Instead, a fixed fee is agreed at the outset and added to the amount to be repaid.
Invoice Discounting and factoring is a way of using a third party to immediately releasing cash once you issue new invoices to customers instead of waiting 30, 60 or 90 days for payment. By utilising an Invoice Discounting or factoring facility it provides you with the working capital necessary to fund ongoing growth.
Typically there is no limit to the amount you can borrow because the level of finance is directly linked to your level of sales. This means that the amount of funding available to you increases as your business grows.
Under the facility you can access up to 80% (in the case of some providers, 90%) of the value of the invoices with the remainder (less fees and interest) paid upon settlement. Funds can be released within 24 hours of you raising the invoice.
The difference between Invoice Discounting and Factoring is:
Invoice Discounting is granted on a confidential basis which means that you retain control over collection of the debts and credit control
Factoring is a facility whereby total responsibility for the debtor collection process lies with the factoring company; your customers will be aware that you factor your outstanding invoices
When reviewing what can be funded the discounter will look at a complete sales ledger or selected invoices. Some discounters may not favour particular sectors due to specific industry issues. Also the discounter may decline to lend against some invoices, where for example it believes the customer has a poor credit risk history, small value invoices, invoices raised to overseas companies, or invoices issued with long credit terms.
An Invoice Discounting or Factoring facility can be approved for sole traders, partnerships, LLPs, and Limited Companies. As well as reviewing your past and current financial performance the discounter will examine the quality of your sales ledger, past payment history and your credit control processes.
The Typical requirements, terms and conditions would be:
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Hi Rob, it was so interesting and entertaining listening to you at the Kevin Green Wealth Coach Workshop in Reading this weekend! I didnt realise you can find Finance proposals such fun!. Brilliant tips! Thanks.
Further to your recent presentation at LEAD Wales just wanted to say it was very refreshing to see somebody talk passionately and positively about finance, very insightful!
Rob delivered a series of 3 workshops aimed at understanding how finance houses look at finance propositions with the aim for us as a team to deliver more of a bespoke offering to our customer base. The training was delivered to a mixture of staff who work with new businesses start-ups and existing established businesses across Mid & South West Wales. Rob delivered the training with an abundance of passion and has really helped my team look at financial propositions in a different light, many thanks again Rob and I look forward to work with you in the near future.
Rob kindly agreed to attend the recent Pontypridd RFC sponsors networking evening and delivered what can only be described as an excellent talk on 5 Tactics to Boost Your Business and Your Profits. He kept the audience engaged throughout and the feedback from everyone was excellent. Rob is very knowledgeable on business and finance and on top of that is a genuine nice guy. We hope to have him back at a future event and I have no hesitation in recommending Rob’s services.
I wanted to thank you for such an insightful, energetic, and entertaining talk at the Kevin Green Wealth event on securing funding and creating a successful plan. It was brilliantly executed and a pleasure to listen to and the ideas I’ve learned are definitely going to help me in going forward.