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Greg Millar
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Here are 10 practical strategies to help you boost your business's cash flow

We sometimes see businesses which are healthy, growing, reputable, and stable… but their cash resources are limited. And that’s an impediment to operations running smoothly and ensuring long-term success.

1 Invoice Promptly

Send out invoices promptly after completing a job or delivering a product. Offer incentives for early payment to encourage prompt settlements.

2 Tighten Credit Terms

Review credit terms with customers and suppliers. Shorten payment terms for customers and negotiate longer terms with suppliers to improve your cash flow cycle.

3 Monitor Expenses

Keep a close eye on your expenses and identify areas where you can cut costs. Look for opportunities to renegotiate contracts, switch to more cost-effective suppliers, or eliminate unnecessary expenditures.

4 Improve Inventory Management

Optimise inventory levels to avoid excess stock sitting on shelves tying up cash. Use forecasting tools to better predict demand and adjust ordering accordingly.

5 Negotiate Supplier Discounts

Negotiate discounts with suppliers for early or bulk payments. Take advantage of any available discounts to reduce purchasing costs and improve cash flow.

6 Offer Discounts for Early Payment

Encourage customers to pay invoices early by offering discounts. Even a small discount can incentivise customers to settle their accounts sooner.

7 Monitor Cash Flow Regularly

Keep track of cash flow on a regular basis using cash flow forecasts. This will help you anticipate any potential cash shortages and take proactive measures to address them.

8 Improve Debt Collection Processes

Implement efficient debt collection processes to minimise overdue accounts. Follow up with customers promptly on overdue invoices and consider using automated reminders.

9 Explore Financing Options

Consider alternative financing options such as lines of credit, invoice financing, or business loans to bridge any cash flow gaps during periods of growth or unexpected expenses.

10 Focus on Profitable Sales

Concentrate efforts on generating sales that contribute positively to your bottom line. Identify your most profitable products or services and allocate resources accordingly to maximise revenue.

By implementing these strategies, you can improve your business's cash flow and ensure greater financial stability for the future. Remember, effective cash flow management is key to sustaining and growing your business in the long run.

Need help managing cash flow. Contact Alliott NZ's Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors in Newmarket Auckland on 09 520 9200.

Topics: cash flow credit debtor days discounting expenditure finance inventory stock invoices management Payment methods profits sales suppliers