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2015-04-10 00:00:00Money & FinanceEnglish Your Cash Flow

Understanding Your Cash Flow

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Every business has its own profit goals, and a cash flow analysis is an important part of figuring out how your company will manage cash flows until the point when you reach profitability. It is also a great way to have more clarity and maintain control over your business finances. Knowing how to manage cash flow will enable you and your partners to know the rate of cash flow, cases of delayed payments, and estimates on expected cash flow in the coming months. Here are the ways in which you can better understand your cash flow:

Analyze the cash flow cycle:

A deep cash flow analysis will help you manage it better. A cash flow cycle is typically the time it takes to create, buy, sell and get paid for your goods and services. How efficiently you manage your cash flow can be determined by how efficiently you can deliver on your product and gather payments from clients. It also includes determining how fast your cash can be put to work.

Determine the resources:

In order to maintain the financial health of your business, it is vital that you determine the cash and other resources that go into the upkeep of your business. This includes inventory carrying costs, raw materials, equipment financing and also the time spent by various employees on payment collections, expenses on employees, etc.

Try to organize processes so that you build a tight margin and expedite delivery time to ensure that you don’t incur any costs due to delays. An in-depth balance sheet analysis will let you know where you can cut down costs.

Build clarity on your working capital:

Working capital refers to the amount that a business needs to maintain operations. This includes a number of various areas, such as expenses and overhead costs, cost of labour/work, managing and financing customers or suppliers, equipment costs and more. Take stock of all these factors and arrive at your working capital requirements. This will help improve your cash flow analysis and realize what cash flows come from which sources.

Improve your receivables:

The key to managing receivables is to accelerate the time taken to complete your deliverables to clients and consumers. This begins right from the stage of task allocation and resource procurement. The faster you are able to accomplish workflows, the faster you will be able to arrange for payments as well. There are ways to help by offering discounts to those who pay on time or instituting a cash-on-delivery policy to avoid slow-paying customers. Performing a credit check on new customers will also help.

Manage payables efficiently:

While it’s a good sign if you experience steady growth in sales, it is also important to manage your accounts payable. Defaulting on payments can cause issues with your credit-worthiness as well. Communicate with your clients in case there is a delay in payments and convey your financial situation to them if they are holding up your own commitments.

Try to choose suppliers that offer flexible payment terms. Learning how to manage cash flow will greatly help your business and enable you to make better financial decisions. It will also help you make better projections for future profits and estimate how long it would take for your company to attain profitability.

Information may be abridged and therefore incomplete. This document/information does not constitute, and should not be considered a substitute for, legal or financial advice. Each financial situation is different, the advice provided is intended to be general. Please contact your financial or legal advisors for information specific to your situation.

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