Can A Start-Up Use Business Factoring

By: Kris Koonar

To be successful in your start-up venture, growth of your business is the major issue to be focused on. For ensuring steep growth of your business, a streaming cash flow is a must for meeting the daily operational cost of your business. Any start-up business has to depend on loans for revenue generation, but it is very difficult or almost next to impossible to secure loans from banks and other financial institutions. So start up firms have to look for other options to save themselves from closing down due to lack of capital. Factoring is one of the options that offer the much-needed fuel to the engine of your business for its smooth functioning. So lets take a look at why and how start up companies can use factoring to keep the cash flow pumping into the business.

For most start-up businesses, the influx of revenue is conditional to customer's payments. In the business world, providing service or products on credit is a norm. Usually, the business house renders a service or delivers a product to a client and then bills him. This bill is known as an invoice and since the payment of this invoice is held up for a period of thirty to sixty days or even more. This invoice becomes your account receivable, as you are bound to get the payment but not immediately. However, with factoring you can sell off your receivables and get immediate capital to settle your bills, payroll to employees, rents and taxes etc. this minimizes the waiting period that start ups have to endure before receiving the payment.

Factoring is a very simple and fast process and most firms offer their services to all types of small business including start-ups. For these kinds of businesses factoring proves to be a boon. Most factoring companies charge nil or minimal processing fee for their factoring programs. Additionally factoring is a financial tool that is directly bound with the sales of the business house. As with the increase in your sale, the cash coming in also increases, since typically the factoring firm pays about 70% to 90% of the total face value of your invoices. The factoring company also takes up the responsibility of collection from your customer. The remaining amount is cleared as and when the customer pays the amount. This enables you to concentrate on business development activities.

Business factoring is beneficial as, a business house can avail factoring as an option as soon as it generates profits. The moment the first invoice is generated, factoring firms could buy out your invoice and release your funds. Business factoring can be used by start-ups as its helps in building their credit ratings. With adequate cash flow new business have the advantage to pay their merchandisers on time, which in turn can help to avail discounts for prompt payments. Factoring is not a loan, as it does not require any collateral, thus you are not under a debt. This makes a positive impact on your balance sheet and helps get other types of funding as well.

Factoring is one of the best methods that can be used by start-up business to improve their cash flow. So if a start up has sufficient receivables and a good sales margin, it can definitely go in for business factoring.

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