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    6 Replies Latest reply on Oct 12, 2009 6:50 PM by PaulWright

    Short term finance

    BOBBY2301 Newbie
      We bought this business just over a year ago, and have been fairly busy, however in the past month we have encountered a cash flow problem. We are owed in excess of $100k in receivable which will come in, however we owe $30k to our suppliers, how can we gain finance in the short term to get us over this period?
        • Re: Short term finance
          Partnership Adventurer
          How long has your company been in operation? Based on your brief I would assume perhaps 3 -5 years, maybe longer.
          Have you tried a bank line of credit from your institution based on total receivables or amount owed to creditors ?
          This would be the best approach and source due to our current economic conditions. In fact, I would make creditors wait
          depending on how they could effect your operations and utilize the potential line to cover overheads.

          Partnership
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          • Re: Short term finance
            ontiversmo Wayfarer
            Hi Bobby2301,

            There's an entire industry formed around solving the problem you are experiencing. A financial tool known as factoring exists for companies that are otherwise healthy, but are experiencing dips in their cash flow. The cash flow crunch stiffles many businesses and causes the owners to often reject new work or ignore their gut instincts and desires to expand.

            Here's how it works:

            You complete the work, or deliver the goods to your customers who pay you on account. You prepare and mail / fax your invoice to your customer. You also send a copy of the invoice to the factoring company who will independantly verify that the invoice will be paid at some point by your customer. Once the invoice is approved, you will get anywhere from 70-95% advanced to you the day the invoice is generated. That's money right in your account NOW! The factoring company does the waiting for you. Once your customer pays the factoring company, the factor will return the remaining unpaid portion of the invoice, minus their standard fee.

            As it happens, I represent a factoring company and would be thrilled to work with you and your business to see if we're a good fit. And, with all bits of advice on this particular forum it's important that I advise you to look around at several different factoring companies. Be sure to compare the terms and conditions as closely as you would compare price. I just hope that once you look around a bit, you'll find our program workable for your problem.

            Kind Regards,
            Steve Ontiveros
            Resource Business Partners, Inc.
            www.wefactor.com
            510.223.1285
            s.ontiveros@wefactor.com
            • Re: Short term finance
              financepro Newbie
              The banks are really tough these days and factoring/accounts receivables financing can be an expensive way to go. There is a method whereby you can have you retirement funds invest in your business and the rates for the financing are really low.

              Let me know if you have any more questions,

              MACSM5@MSN.COM