UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING CASH-FLOW
CASH FLOW IS CRITICAL
It’s essential that you understand your cash flow cycle, which boils down to whether you’ve got more money coming in than going out. If you have more cash going out, you’ll have to address it quickly.
What you don’t want to do is fall into the trap of being so busy during the start of your business that you end up running out of cash and are unsure why, so to help you do this, we’ve provided some helpful tips.
KEEPING TRACK OF CASH FLOW IN AND OUT
It’s best to establish a system to track the flow of cash, such as accounting software that tracks transactions in real time. If a spreadsheet or manual system works efficiently for you, that’s great too. However if you are at a very early stage of your business, or haven’t started yet, one of the first tasks you should do is separate out your personal and business expenses. This will make your business finances easier to manage and will set you up for success.
One of the best ways to track your cash flow is through your everyday banking. To help you manage your everyday banking and cash flow, digital banking can be useful for staying on top of all your transactions online and perfect for daily monitoring and recording all your set up costs from the start.
If you’re a new business, it’s important to check not only sales, but also expenses, especially when more and more costs are through online subscriptions or direct debits. It’s important that your tracking process can monitor:
It’s a great idea to get help to analyse what’s going on, especially if your business is in its early stages. Your accountant is a smart option, and CFCL offers support through its business advisers too. Get in touch with us to discuss your cash flow circumstances.
Ways to increase profitability
For most businesses, the easiest way to improve profits isn’t landing the next big client (though it can be). It’s improving the little things, such as:
Is more cash needed?
There could be any number of reasons that you might need more cash after you’ve launched. For example, sales and expenses haven’t been what you forecast. Or your business is going so well you can’t keep up and need to expand faster.
A large percentage of businesses tend to seek debt or equity finance to maintain short-term cash flow or liquidity.
CFCL can help in a number of ways. These include:
FINALLY, IT’S EASIER THAN YOU THINK
Decide what method is best for you to keep tabs on your cash cycle, and make a commitment to keep a close eye on your bank balances on a regular basis. Upgrade from manual systems to accounting software systems that give real time data if you need to. Also make sure you have your banking set up how you want it and get the information you need to stay on top of your cash flow.
Once you’re getting an accurate cash picture of your business, you’ll be able to make better decisions to help lock in long-term success.
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