Keeping on top of your cash flow is even more important during tough economic times.
With a global slowdown on the cards, energy prices soaring and supply chain challenges, cash is likely to be tight over the coming year and beyond. Cloud technology and fintech apps can give your business the best possible control over its cash.
Why is cash flow so important?
To keep your business operating you need enough money coming into the business to cover outgoings with enough surplus cash to deliver a profit. When recession begins to hit, this can have a significant impact on your income.
Consumers will have less disposable income to spend on your products and services. Business customers will be looking to reign in their spending on suppliers. Because of this, your business is likely to make fewer sales and will bring in smaller revenues.
- Reduced income coming into the business.
- Less cash in the business to cover your operational expenses.
- Not enough money in the bank to pay suppliers, utility providers or payroll costs.
- In the worst-case scenario, insufficient cash flow for you to continue trading.
What can you do to improve your cash flow situation?
The more informed you are about your cash position, the more you can do to prepare for cash flow gaps. It’s this foresight that can make all the difference when you’re battling against tough external economic forces and a downturn in sales.
So if you want to safeguard your cash flow, some sensible steps to take are:
- Switch to cloud accounting. Accounting and finance technology has moved on in leaps and bounds in the past decade. The latest crop of cloud accounting platforms all offer a detailed reporting of your cash position. These software tools will generally offer real-time data, giving you up to date cash numbers.
- Integrate with cash flow forecasting apps. Cloud accounting platforms let you add third party apps to create a custom stack of helpful business tools. There are plenty of cash flow forecasting apps to choose from. This gives you the ability to predict your future cash flow position.
- Plan ahead for the cash flow gaps. When your forecast shows a shortfall of cash coming up, that’s the time to take evasive action. If there’s a cash hole approaching next month, look at ways of raising extra finance to fill that hole. This could mean extending your bank overdraft, taking out a small business loan or taking out an invoice finance facility with a lender.
- Look for opportunities to cut your overheads. One way to even up your cash flow is to cut down on your expenditure. If you can cut back on overheads, expenses and unnecessary costs, this can help you re-balance your cash position, even when cash flow is getting tight. So, look for cheaper suppliers, buy in smaller quantities and take every opportunity to cut costs and keep your spending more sensible.
- Update your prices and your sales strategy. Raising your prices is one way to bring in more cash, with the same volume of sales. But it’s a balancing act. Because putting your prices up can alienate existing customers and could see you losing customers, but if you can find the sweet spot for your pricing AND also drum up more sales, you can quickly increase revenue and give your cash inflows a healthy boost.
- Review your cash flow reports regularly. So it’s important to look at your cash flow numbers and reporting regularly, not just at period-end. This is particularly important when economic times are tough. With the most current cash information to hand, you can make informed business decisions and aim to keep the business operational.
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With your business in a healthy cash flow position you give yourself some solid financial foundations for riding out the global recession. Because no business is invulnerable in these conditions, but with liquid cash in the business, you have more flexibility and more capital to play with.
Book a meeting and let us see how we can improve your cash flow processes.