Canadian small business owners have one thing in common when it comes to cash-flow: uncertainty

Nearly 2 in 3 (64%) Canadian small businesses have had cash flow issues.   Cash flow is the lifeblood of success – small businesses and self-employed entrepreneurs rely on the ability to pay current expenses and forecast correctly to enable the ongoing growth and success of their business. To shine a light on the impact […]

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What Is Your Working Capital Ratio Telling You?

As a small-business owner, it’s important for you to keep an eye on the short-term financial health of your company, because short-term challenges can turn into long-term issues. So how do you get an accurate picture of your company’s financial health? A great way to get a quick snapshot of short-term financial health and the […]

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Discover Whether a Merchant Cash Advance Is Right for Your Business

Merchant cash advances are an alternative to traditional bank financing. A merchant cash advance, or MCA, is an agreement that provides cash to a business in exchange for a claim against a portion of that business’ future income. An Example To understand a MCA, it helps to consider a hypothetical situation in which an entrepreneur […]

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How to Manage Cash Flow for Small Business Survival

Cash flow proves critical for small business survival, and a positive cash flow can keep your margins right where you need them to be. Keep your small business running smoothly by managing your cash flow using financial ratios and automating accounting processes and by finding ways to get paid faster. Financial Ratio Analysis for Cash […]

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How to Avoid Cash Flow Problems in Your Small Business

Small businesses may be hit hard by financial problems due to lack of working capital. Managing and monitoring your cash flow carefully can help you ensure you have enough operating reserves, and lets you take corrective action when faced with a cash flow crunch. That proactive approach can help your business thrive when other businesses […]

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How Operating Cash Flow Ratio Indicates a Company’s Financial Health

It’s easy to see that financial statements contain a lot of data, but making sense of that data is not so easy. Teasing out connections between the numbers can unlock their meaning and help you understand where your business has been, where it’s headed, and how you can improve its prospects. Measure the Financial Health […]

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Track Financial Trends with Ratio Analysis

Are you looking to build your company? Great financial management can help. When you know what’s going on with your company’s finances, you can make better decisions, keep projects profitable, and grow the company at a manageable pace. One way to understand your business’s finances is ratio analysis. This method helps you track financial trends […]

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How to Track Revenue With Operating Cash Flow

Income for your small business can come from a variety of activities, including financing and investments. Everyday business operations are typically the foundation of your small business’s income, but, if you’re only focusing on the income on your financial reports, you might get a misleading picture of your company’s health. This is why it’s important […]

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Direct or Indirect Cash Flow: Which Is the Right Fit for Your Business?

Learn how to use the indirect method to present cash flows from operations and the advantages the indirect method offers over the direct method.

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How Free Cash Flow Affects Your Business

Learn the components of free cash flow (FCF), what it means, and how to calculate it using accounts from your financial statements.

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Burn Rate: How Much Cash Does Your Company Use?

Uncover the meaning of burn rate and how to calculate your burn rate, and ways you can improve your long-term cash flows.

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What Is the Bottom Line of a Company?

Find out what the bottom line of a company is and what small business owners can do to increase the bottom line of their businesses.

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What Is the Current Ratio?

Learn what the current ratio is and why it is important for business. Also learn the ratio’s formula, and see a sample calculation.

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Should You Adopt Cash Application Automation?

Look at some of the financial and operational advantages your small business can gain from adopting cash application automation to handle accounts receivables.

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What Is an Asset Turnover Ratio?

Learn how to calculate your asset turnover ratio, what this metric means, and how it can help you better compete against rival companies.

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Cost Accounting: Prime Costs vs. Conversion Costs

Learn how to calculate prime costs and conversion costs, and understand how these two measurements can help your company’s pricing and operating policies.

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Financial Analysis: Cash-to-Cash Cycle

Understand how to calculate the cash-to-cash cycle to gain a deeper understanding of purchasing, inventory management, and sales operations.

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Financial Variance Analysis: How to Calculate Variances

Implement a variance analysis of materials, labour, and sales to gain insight regarding why actual financial results are different than budgeted amounts.

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How to Incorporate Present and Future Values

Plan for the future more accurately by understanding the time value of money, and learn to calculate present value and future value.

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Know Your Hurdle Rate Before Starting a New Project

Understand how hurdle rate determines a project’s profitability as it relates to zero net present value and the project’s financing rate.

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Projecting Revenue in Cyclical Industries

Forecasting revenue for a cyclical business presents challenges, but it is crucial to do so to run your enterprise effectively.

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Cash Flow Forecasting Software: The Top Three

Understand the benefits of using cash flow software. Find out how it can save you time, provide better information, and strengthen your vendor relations.

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What Is a Rainy Day Fund?

Setting up and maintaining a rainy day fund takes discipline, but it can save your business when the bad times hit.

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What Are Cash Reserves — and Why Do You Need Them?

Discover the downsides to holding cash reserves and safe alternatives that exist to maximize the benefit of your emergency fund.

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Use Lockbox Processing to Streamline Receivables

Review the advantages and disadvantages of lockbox processing, and learn how lockbox processing can help with automated bank reconciliation.

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Managing Multiple Small Business Incomes at Once

Many entrepreneurs advocate establishing multiple streams of income as the road to financial success. But how do you manage multiple small business interests at once? To make the multiple streams of income approach work, it’s a good idea to proceed cautiously and with careful, deliberate planning so you don’t spread yourself too thin. With a […]

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Using the Cash Conversion Cycle in Cash Flow Analysis

Small wholesale or retail businesses require a delicate balance between inventory and cash flow. With too little inventory, you run the risk of not fulfilling customers’ needs, but if you have too much inventory, you might experience cash flow crunches. To avoid this situation, it helps to know how long you have to hold on […]

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Managing Your Accounts Receivables for Maximum Cash Flow

Extending credit to your customers gives them another purchase option and may increase sales, but it also requires you to effectively manage your accounts receivable to keep your cash flow stream strong. When you extend credit to customers, instead of getting paid in cash right away, you record accounts receivables (AR) as claims held against […]

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How to Create a Complete Cash Flow Projection

It’s essential to have sufficient cash in your account, since you have to pay your employees, handle business expenses, keep money in cash registers, and pay unexpected bills. Working capital is critical for small businesses, and cash flow projections can be an important tool for ensuring you always have enough cash on hand. Time Period […]

Refinance Your Business Debt

Debt refinancing usually happens in a declining interest rate environment. When you refinance your debt, you take out a new loan – usually a larger loan – at a lower interest rate to pay off an existing loan. This allows you to take advantage of the lower interest rate and reduces your interest expense. Taking […]

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Creative Payment Ideas to Improve Cash Flow

Wouldn’t it be great if all of your clients paid their invoices on the due date? Because this does not always happen, it’s important to be creative when it comes to collecting payments, especially on past due invoices. By doing so, you can keep cash rolling into your accounts and keep your customers happy. Installment […]

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What Is Invoice Factoring?

Invoice factoring is the practice of selling accounts receivables to a third-party collector. Known as the factor, this third-party collects the money your clients owe you. When you sell your accounts receivables, the factor advances you a percentage of the money your clients owe, typically between 80 and 95%. The amount of money you receive […]

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3 Essentials for Successful Cash Flow Management

Since cash flow is the lifeblood of your small business, understanding cash flow and how good management affects your business is vital to your success. This makes it important to take special care with inventory, sales cycles, and accounts receivable time frames, and it also pays to watch out for economic shifts that can tighten […]

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What Is Undercapitalization?

Cash flow is the essence of your small business, and managing your business well keeps it flowing. If your cash flow becomes a trickle, it may mean your enterprise is undercapitalized. While undercapitalization is not ideal, it doesn’t mean your business has to close its doors. You can learn how to prevent the situation and […]

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What Is the Cash Conversion Cycle?

How effective is your company at managing its working capital? The cash conversion cycle can tell you. It measures the length of time, in days, that it takes your company to convert the cash you invest in inventory back to cash again. Once you purchase inventory stock, the timer starts running. It stops when you’ve […]

Factures impayées : cinq façons d’obtenir l’argent qui vous est dû

Les factures impayées ne sont pas seulement frustrantes, elles ont également un impact sur vos liquidités et peuvent mettre votre entreprise en péril. Voici cinq conseils pour garantir le paiement.   Automatisez votre facturation Faire le suivi des factures impayées et envoyer des courriels de rappel peut prendre beaucoup de temps, mais de nos jours, il […]

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What Is the Industrial Product Price Index?

As a small business owner, you know that cash flow is king. Learn about the Industrial Product Price Index in Canada and discover how you can use it to help prevent cash flow shortages caused by unexpected cost increases. What Is the IPPI? The Industrial Product Price Index measures fluctuations in the prices of major […]

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10 Ways Accounting Is Easier With Square & QuickBooks Online

As a busy entrepreneur running an accounting business, you know that every precious work hour counts. It’s also important to have up-to-the-minute financial reports. The Square mobile payment device can enable you to accept credit card payments from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection. And what’s more, there’s an app called Sync […]

How to Prepare a Cash Flow Statement

How to Prepare a Cash Flow Statement

Cash flow in your business can resemble the waves of an ocean, with revenue washing in and payments for expenses flowing out. A picture of cash flow is not easy to capture because the ebb and flow of money in your business is constantly changing. Still, you need a handle on your cash flow at […]

Head Start: Get a Free Cash Flow Statement Template and Example

A cash flow statement, along with the balance sheet and income statement (aka a profit and loss statement), is one of the primary financial statements used to measure your company’s financial position. It tracks the inflow and outflow of cash from operating, investing, and financing activities during a given time period. The term “cash” refers […]

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How to Value Your Small Business

Are you building a business with the goal of selling it down the road? You’re not alone — this is a common strategy among entrepreneurs. Before you can list your company for sale, however, you have to know how much it’s worth. That’s where business valuation comes in. This process helps you put a dollar […]

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5 Tips for Managing Cash Flow for a Seasonal Business

If you run a seasonal business, you know your cash flow can be challenging to manage. Sure, if you have a product that’s a runaway success, maybe you can focus your attention elsewhere. However, most seasonal businesses encounter cash flow challenges along the way. Luckily, there are some straightforward steps you can take to manage […]

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Cashflow 101: What You Need to Know

Your business needs a steady supply of cash to operate successfully. Having a system in place to monitor this cash flow means you can protect your business and keep your bank account balance healthy. Keep in mind these cash flow basics to make sure you have cash available when you need it. Cash Flow Basics […]

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How to Boost Your Short-Term Cash Flow

You’ve done it! You’re in business, and now the sky’s the limit, right? It could be – but which metrics should you measure? Your profits? Revenues? New sales? Well, it’s not exactly that easy. While it’s definitely a good idea to monitor what you have coming in and going out, if you don’t keep an […]