It’s resolved, all those in favor say aye! Doesn’t the timing to reassess your working capital cash flow needs heading into 2011 seem perfect? Working capital finance solutions are available, and they are not always what you thought they might be.
Let’s try and be realistic and positive here. The recession (we read this in the newspaper today, so it must be true) is over, your business is on the rebound, but, those same cash flow challenges still haunt your ownership and management on a daily basis.
Your ability to put together effective techniques and solutions around working capital financing always goes back o the management of your short term assets such as cash, receivables, and inventories. And yes, it’s always a balancing act that challenges you everyday, we know that. The cash requirements come out of the need to meet your day to day expenses, pay employees, and make payments on any debt obligations you have
In talking to clients inventory levels that allow you to run your business, minimize constant re ordering, and taking advantage of price and volume discounts continue to be a main challenge.
Can this challenge be addressed? It sure can, and in a number of ways. You can arrange a long term unsecured working capital loan to address product needs – alternatively you can blend the borrowing power of your receivables and inventory on a combo basis via a working capital facility that margins receivables and inventory. This facility, called an asset based line of credit when it’s for a larger amount will turn your company into a constant cash flow machine if you manage it properly. We point out to clients that this type of working capital cash flow facility we just described is offered by a non bank private finance firm, so we encourage clients to speak to a Canadian business financing advisor as to how these facilities work.
Working capital finance inevitably focuses on the management of your receivables. You can amend credit policies, shorter your payment terms, extend those terms, or simply collect your receivables more efficiently and aggressively. Those are all measures of how you identify your credit policy. The other side of that coin is how you finance that huge investment you more than likely have in a.r.
In Canada several clear options are available, for smaller firms you have the ability to generate an unsecured business merchant cash advance against your future sales and receivables, credit card sales included! Medium sized firms in Canada can access the aforementioned working capital facility, aka the asset based line of credit. Larger corporations can entertain the securitization of their receivables via an off balance sheet financing.
There is only one bottom line in working capital cash flow – its simply that you need to understand your cash flow challenge, and then investigate the proper options to remedy that challenge, allowing you to fuel long term growth and profits .
In some cases traditional bank financing, via the right bank and banker will work. When it doesn’t consult a credible, experienced and trusted Canadian business financing advisor who will help you identify real world solutions for cash flow success.