Ways to Kick Start Your Cash Flow

Hold a Sale

You reduce inventory while brining in some quick cash. Offer a discount or other incentive to customers who pay now.

Ask for Payment in Advance for Recurring Services

If you are offering web-hosting services, for example, offer one month free to customers who pay up front for 12 months hosting.

Lease Your Equipment

Purchasing equipment ties up large sums of money. By leasing, your money is freed up to be used for other purposes. Often it is possible to lease a variety of equipment — including office equipment, computers, software, telecommunications equipment, vehicles and more.

Joint Venture with Another Business

Find a business offering services or products that are compatible with your own and offer to promote each other’s business. For example, if you are selling health food products, offer to cross-promote with a business selling fitness products. You’ll both enjoy increased sales.

Obtain a Line of Credit

Bank credit is usually subject to standard ratios of debt to equity, working capital and profitability.

Factor Your Accounts Receivable

Sometimes known as “invoice discounting,” factoring is the selling of your invoices (accounts receivable) for cash, instead of waiting 30-60 days to be paid by your customers. Businesses of all sizes use this tool — which is available through various specialized financial institutions. The funder buys your car receivables at a discount — leaving you with enhanced cash flow. Not all invoices will be appropriate for factoring. The customer must be a low credit risk, there must be evidence of the transactions (such as a signed delivery waybill) and the customer must verify that the debt is owed.

Equipment Sale Leasebacks

You can use equipment that you already own to secure financing. By transferring equipment assets onto an equipment lease, you can recover up to 1001f the equipment’s value. The equipment remains in your own premises and you can continue to use it. You must own the equipment free and clear to go this route.

Ask Suppliers for Credit

Or, ask them to extend your credit. Another possibility is to discuss loan or consignment shipments from your suppliers.

Stop Producing Dated and Low Profit Items

Stick with your core product until sales improve.

Cut Back on Stock or Inventory

Ask suppliers to buy back stock at cost. You will have to allow them an administrative fee. Order supplies or inventory on an “as needed” basis. Alternatively, you could contact other small businesses that stock the same inventory as you do and discuss the possibility of bulk purchasing.