Atkinson Accountancy

Business Finance Business Finance

This is a term encompassing a variety of enterprises and practices concerning money management, as well as managingĀ  assets. In college, business finance programs teach students about accounting, how to invest money and how to be wise with debt management. Small business owners must be aware and have a solid understanding of business finance principals in order to create profitable companies.

Business finance is as simple to define as; bringing money, cash flow if you will, to an institution. One can finance a business in many ways. There are advantages, disadvantages and exclusive features to each. The usual methods of business finance is to arrange debt and take on credit payments. Using financing arrangements with an equity investment or earning money through investment products that acquire interest are common ways to finance the new business.

If the debt is managed well it can assist a small business in financing an expansion. Loans from banks or credit unions can be arranged in several ways. Borrowers with good reputations and great credit scores are able to borrow money in larger amounts with lower fees and attractive interest rates. Small business owners should consider building their companies credit score over time to be able to use these better borrowing capabilities eventually for expansion.

Types of financing for your business can come from angel investors or venture capitalists. Either would be a good choice to receiveĀ  advice and expert guidance too. Larger businesses can raise debt free capital by selling shares of stock publicly.

Making good investments can finance a business operations with no strings attached. Diversifying the companies portfolio with blue chip bonds, interest bearing bank deposits or trusted dividend paying stocks, will hedge against risks in the marketplace.

Invoice Finance Invoice Finance

Invoice finance means your invoices will be paid as soon as the bills arrive, not the usual thirty or sixty days most companies allow before completing the transaction. You will not have to wait on customers to pay you, the accountant will take the venerable invoices and pay you within a more reasonable time. Through the accountants compliance, an invoice finance program can be prepared especially to fit your needs. If your company can benefit from being advanced the invoice in a swifter manner, then the accountant can create an invoice financing plan to keep your business growing.

To be clear, invoice finance is not a loan. It is an alternative to a bank loan or borrowing cash, the unpaid invoices are funded and wait until the business owing you pays the accountant. There is a small fee for this service, but in the long run, you gain positive cash flow to keep your business running smoothly.

Invoice Discounting Invoice Discounting

This refers to the short term loan in invoice finance, the credit control remains with the business owner. Invoice discounting improves cash flow and working capital. There is a monthly fee for the service of paying the invoices and may require seeing the account books. Checking the account books may be important if a business has customers who have a history of taking a long time to pay an invoice or have bad credit with other companies. At the very least, the company lending the money on the invoices will need to see regular reports of a sales ledger.

In general, invoice discounting is directed at larger companies. Thus the invoice discounting will be subject to reviews of the annual sales.
Customers need not be aware of invoice discounting, it will be arranged privately. The company will definitely find cash flow and working resources upgraded, giving the firm more flexibility.

Invoice Factoring Invoice Factoring

Factoring differs from invoice discounting in that, factoring is a financial transaction where a business sells its invoices to a third party at a discount for the purpose of completing the financial end of the sale quickly. The invoice discounting is borrowing money against the accounts receivable, using them as collateral. Some companies only pay invoices after thirty, sixty or ninety days. This can be too much time for the company they owe to wait to meet their financial needs.

Invoice factoring is the simplest and quickest way to raise cash immediately. There are many reasons to use invoice factoring, including paying yourself and your staff on time. It does not create debt, you choose which invoices to factor, for a small fee, and the company who purchases them does the collecting. Invoice factoring is an affordable way to deal with collections. If you have any issues with your credit, this will resolve the problem. You will have capital to pay suppliers on time. It is a way to continue the growth of your business. It will be easier to accommodate monthly expenses, and perhaps enable you to hire more employees. If your business is new, invoice factoring can relieve some of the pressure of new practices. Lastly, you will no longer be your clients financing arm.

Asset Finance Asset Finance

Asset finance is a non–traditional way of financing by using balance sheet assets to borrow money. The owner shows the company’s inventory or short term assets, equipment or machinery to the institution and the loan is approved with this as collateral. Asset finance is usually for short term borrowing or working capital. This is used when other routes for asset finance are unavailable. Asset finance is also a low rate way to raise money. Many investment banks now offer these types of loans. Once considered a last ditch effort as an asset finance option, it has become a preference for new companies without the proven credit history or the patience to pursue traditional sources for a loan.