4 Ways of Minimising the Risk of Insolvency
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1. Cash Is King
Cash is the life-blood of any business. The fact is that many businesses that appear to be profitable become insolvent because they simply run out of cash. Indeed, a business that is successful and growing rapidly is very likely to have cash flow issues to deal with – for example, having to buy materials and/or pay staff to make products to sell and wait for a customer to pay. Any sale is worthless unless the customer pays!
Ensuring that you have the finger on the pulse of the business’s cash flow is absolutely essential:
- Make sure that you know how much cash is in the bank account at all times and that you know when your regular financial commitments leave your account. This enables you to see how the business is doing and predict when cash might be tight;
- Have a system of chasing any debtors when they exceed your payment terms;
- Develop a relationship with a specialist firm of solicitors, such as Francis Wilks & Jones who are experienced in debt recovery work and know the best methods of recovering outstanding debts as quickly and cheaply as possible;
- Talk to your bank manager as early as possible if you can see that cash may become tight. It may be possible to increase an overdraft limit or arrange some form of lower cost finance. Don’t leave it to the last minute and panic. This will reduce your chances of getting help from the bank and even if they do help, is likely to be on more expensive terms.
2. Understand The Accounts
Most company directors do not have any formal accountancy training so keeping things simple so that you understand the numbers is crucial.
Having regular access to clear financial Information means you will know how your business is performing and make sure you have a system in place to provide you with regular management accounts and information that you understand.
This could be by way of a simple weekly snapshot showing total sales for the week against the costs incurred for the week.
If you ensure that your monthly management accounts have corresponding notes which highlight any discrepancies from your planned budget you will be able to see if something needs to be addressed.
If costs are increasing and sales are decreasing for example, something needs to be done. if sales are good and costs are under control, you may need assistance with collecting your debts or possibly look at invoice finance or other types of funding to carry you through.
3. Check Your Business Plan Regularly
Have you got one?
Be clear on what it is that you want your business to achieve and write it down. if you have set realistic targets for sales and profit, what you are going to do to reach them, and applied a time frame, you can keep effective track of your progress. Then you can see if things are going to plan – or not.
There may be perfectly acceptable reasons for missing your goals, but a regular review of your business plan will flag up any warning signs of insolvency which may be solvable if addressed early.
4. Consider The Business Viability
Having ensured that you have clear financial information and a working business plan, you will be well placed to assess objectively whether your business has a problem.
If thing aren't going well, the range of issues that could be affecting the viability of the business is vast.
The first question to ask is...
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