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Invoice Finance

Invoice Finance

Invoice finance, also known as factoring, is a financial tool that allows businesses to access immediate cash for outstanding invoices. Instead of waiting for customers to pay (which can take weeks or even months), businesses can sell their unpaid invoices to a finance company at a discount.

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How it Works?

  • You issue an invoice: You provide goods or services to a customer and issue an invoice for payment.

  • Sell the invoice (optional): You approach an invoice finance company and sell them your outstanding invoice at a discount.

  • Receive a cash advance: The finance company advances you a significant portion (usually up to 90%) of the invoice value.

  • Customer pays the finance company: Your customer eventually settles the invoice with the finance company.

  • Receive the remaining balance: Once the customer pays, you receive the remaining invoice amount minus the finance company's fees.

Advantages

  • Improved cash flow: Access immediate cash to cover expenses, invest in growth, or meet payroll needs.

  • Reduced risk of bad debt: The finance company assumes the risk of non-payment by your customer.

  • Flexible financing option: Invoice finance scales with your business and can be used for individual invoices or ongoing receivables.

Disadvantages

  • Discount fees: Finance companies charge a fee for advancing your invoice funds.

  • Loss of control: You sell the ownership of the invoice to the finance company, who may contact your customer for payment.

  • Potential damage to customer relationships: Some customers may not appreciate knowing you've sold their invoice to a third party.

How a Finance Broker Can Help?

  • Compare options: Brokers can connect you with various invoice finance companies and find the best rates and terms.

  • Negotiate fees: Brokers can advocate for you to secure lower discount rates and fees.

  • Streamline the process: Brokers can handle paperwork and communication with finance companies, saving you time and effort.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Is invoice financing right for my business?

A good fit for businesses with slow-paying customers or those needing a cash flow boost.

What are the fees involved?

Finance companies charge a discount fee for advancing your invoice funds.

Will my customers know I'm using invoice financing?

Sometimes. Depending on the agreement, the finance company may contact your customer for payment.

Does invoice financing hurt my customer relationships?

Open communication with your customers is key. Explaining the benefits of faster payments for your business can help maintain positive relationships.

How do I find a good invoice finance company?

Consulting with a finance broker can help you compare options, negotiate fees, and streamline the process.

Struggling with slow-paying customers? Invoice finance can be a valuable tool to improve your cash flow. Consulting with a finance broker can help you understand your options, find the right lender, and secure the best terms for your business.

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