When your company borrows money, you are assuming you will be able to use the funds, produce a surplus and then somehow return the funds (or show that you have them).
This holds true for any kind of loan, whether it is a bank line of credit, a term loan, equipment loan or a Merchant Cash Advance.
The two parties – lender and borrower – agree on the payback, collateral and degree of risk, all of which will be reflected in the interest rate.
Regardless, you are betting on the fact that “it is all going to work out all right”, and the majority of times it does (except for Merchant Cash Advances).
The ideal scenario is when you capitalize your company and use your own money to run the operations (and yes, perhaps have the company pay interest). That way, if things go wrong, you don’t owe anything to anybody. Like paying off your mortgage.
Factoring by the way is totally different. Factoring is not a loan. Factoring converts an asset you cannot use today (receivables) for one you can (cash).
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Of course, you want to grow your B2B small business. That might be tricky to do if you’re like those businesses surveyed in Wasp Barcode’s State of Small Business Report. More than half of the respondents plan to invest fewer than 3 percent of their revenue on marketing. In this case, it should be no surprise why growing revenue is the No. 1 challenge for small businesses.
Before you consider going to a bank for a small business loan or line of credit, you might want to explore another option. A better one because it’s money that already belongs to you. The money you get from the flexible financing is invoice financing, which gives you the cash flow you need to pay expenses and grow your business. It’s also known as factoring and accounts receivables financing.
Accounts receivables are open invoices that haven’t been paid. It’s money a company is owed after delivering the product or service. Clients may take 30, 60, 90, or more days to pay the invoice. Some companies speed this process with flexible financing from a factor. The factor — a third party company — buys your invoices and gives you cash as soon as you submit them.
Cash flow makes or breaks a small business. If you don’t have the cash to pay expenses and make payroll, then your business can’t survive. Simply put: no cash, no business. This can and does happen even if you have all the customers you want and talented employees who do their jobs well.
On the TV show “Shark Tank,” business owners typically ask for funding in exchange for equity. When a product catches the eye of Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary, he likes to counter with a complicated deal consisting of royalties and fees. Sometimes royalty in perpetuity comes attached to the offer. Smarter entrepreneurs turn him down flat because it takes away money they could reinvest in the business.
I’ve been with my local bank since I was a teen. While opening a bank account isn’t too exciting, the exciting part was the thought of being able to write checks to pay for things. (Not anymore!) Recently, I emailed my bank contact to request a debit card who sent a friendly reply. After a little back and forth, she said she knew of me. How? I lived an hour away from the bank, so all my transactions were online or by mail.
Many small businesses avoid seeking loans, but not for the reasons you think. According to a Sageworks survey, business owners opt not to pursue small business loans because they don’t want to take on debt (62 percent) or think they won’t get approved (24 percent).
Data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) shows that small business lending — for loans less than $1 million — has dropped between 2008 and 2012. It has yet to see improvement since.
A company’s executives came across excessive cell phone bills, so they asked their manager to review the bills. Naturally, the first thing most people thought was that some employees may be abusing their cell phones to make personal calls. That wasn’t the case.
After doing a little detective work, the manager figured out that the high phone bills resulted from employees having different usage needs and working in different locations. One employee, a frequent traveler, racked up roaming charges whenever he traveled to another country. The company found a better plan to fit the employee’s usage and cut the bill by more than half.
This post’s title sounds like a quote from one of those inspiring posters with a stunning photo and an inspirational quote. It’s true that it’s better to flop than to avoid something or play it safe in fear of failure. Do this, and it’ll be tough to grow your business.
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan