Business Finance Made Easy

The key to success in business finance is having sufficient working capital and not having enough is a mistake I see time and time again in business. Normally, there are only three sources of working capital available for owner-managed businesses:

  1. Owner's Funds. This could be funds initially invested into the business on set-up, or monies subsequently loaned to the business, maybe from undrawn remuneration.
  2. External Borrowing. This could be from banks, relatives, or finance companies.
  3. Retained Profits. These are undrawn profits from prior years, the cheapest and best source of working capital.

Here are some pointers:

  1. Never underestimate the working capital required in a business.
  2. Always use cash flow forecasts to forewarn of periods of peak demand.
  3. Make sure you have adequate reserves of working capital, whether cash in the bank or an under-utilised borrowing facility.
  4. Keep on top of the management of your business at all times. If, for example, you don't collect your debts it will soon run away from you.
  5. Make sure you use decent accounting software so you can keep track of your working capital.
  6. Restrict your drawings to a level which allows the accumulation of retained profits. 

Your working capital is your lifeblood in business so treat it like a lover, tenderly and with huge respect! 


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