Working Capital Management Basics For Small Business Owners
Because of the recent ineffectiveness that prevails with commercial banking, working capital financing can no longer be taken for granted by any business owner. Some common advice for many complicated problems is often a variation of "it is time to get back to the basics", and working capital loans represent an ongoing illustration of this wisdom for small businesses.
Working capital management is the science and art of short term business cash management, and improvements in this area should always be welcomed by commercial borrowers.
Ensuring adequate business cash flow has become a higher priority for most businesses because of declining sales occurring simultaneously with decreased bank financing availability. In one common occurrence, borrowers are likely to attempt to juggle the timing of expenses whenever possible in an effort to match receipt of business income. Business owners will realistically be forced to "get back to working capital financing basics" because this is not an ideal solution under any circumstances.
A primary alternative for any business to explore in their efforts to deal with a mismatch of income and costs is business expense reduction. Credit card processing is a significant cost to evaluate. This is frequently an expense area that is overlooked because the credit card processing provider was chosen for convenience or perhaps because they were recommended by a banking or other professional relationship. Analyzing alternative providers in conjunction with obtaining a business cash advance is one of the most practical methods for reducing this cost. By combining efforts to obtain additional working capital (via merchant financing) with a change of processing services, a dual cash flow benefit can be achieved by receiving commercial financing while simultaneously reducing a major cost. For anyone who might say that this is easier said than done, please understand that this whole process should be undertaken with the ongoing assistance of a business financing expert who routinely accomplishes these transactions.
Looking at whether it is feasible to reduce overall bank financing is another potential cost reduction. For almost every conceivable commercial finance service, many banks are increasing their fees. To avoid some of the bank fees altogether, businesses should increasingly try to reduce their business debt levels. When this is not practical, the possibility of firing the current bank and replacing them with a new bank (and more appropriate fees) will need to be emphasized.
In reviewing working capital basics, small business owners will quickly realize that the most effective commercial funding sources have changed during the past two years. The more active role that banks have traditionally played in providing both working capital loans as well other forms of commercial loans has been quietly stopped (or significantly reduced). Commercial borrowers might need to be alerted that there are both "new basics" and "old basics" for most working capital management situations, and this is the rationale for making the last observation. The entire process of reviewing "working capital basics" will help businesses realize how other business financing options are likely to be more effective in resolving their predicament than the traditional bank solution of taking on more business debt to resolve the described problems.
About the Author
Stephen Bush is a credit card processing solutions expert who has worked with business owners for 30 years. AEX Commercial Financing Group provides business cash advances and small business finance programs
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