The importance of cash flow equates to how easy it is to run your business and maintain the financial health of your business. To run a business, you need to pay for things and pay staff. You need to have money at your disposal to pay accounts, bills, rent and other operational expenses.
You also need to ensure that employees are paid, in full, on time – no matter what.
Credit is often unavoidable, but you want to avoid taking heavy interest loans and using overdrafts and credit as a float in such circumstances. Worst scenario – you have built a successful business, but hit hard times, and now you face bankruptcy, the closure of business, and lay-offs. All because you didn’t consider the cash flow management over the long-term and setting up controls to ensure liquidity at all times.
Professional cash flow management services:
Cash flow diligence is reflected in a professional cash flow management service. Services that include investment and credit management, operational cost management and other areas of importance in cash flow.
These services are invaluable whether you are starting a new business or taking over an existing business. The cash flow management strategies required for either scenario will have some differences. However, they are based on the same core principles:
The importance of cash flow management:
- It will help maintain a positive cash flow as far as possible, and maximise the positive difference between income and expenses in good months.
- It will help you to build essential cash reserves to help maintain cash flow in lean months, when expenses are greater than income.
The importance of accurate cash flow calculations:
Calculating cash flow is as simple as using a formula. However, cash flow management calculations must include projections, budgets. They must take cash flow management techniques into account. These include offering customers discounts on C.O.D payments, and scheduling ‘delayed’ payments to vendors. The incremental savings can make a huge difference to monthly cash flow.
Align your budgeting with your goals and challenges, creating strategies for growth, optimal cash flow, cost cutting and risk management. Budgeting and cash flow go hand in hand when it comes to your future business financial strategy.
TAT now has tiered budgeting packages to help you achieve your business goals. Tiered and tailored to suit your business needs, whatever they may be, our packages are designed to ensure you reap the benefits of best budgeting practices
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