It is easy for credit procedures to get a bit slack at certain points during the year. Whenever you have a quiet period , here are some tips to prevent cash flow problems:
Have an effective credit control procedure.
There is no need to feel as though you are being pushy when pursuing clients for payment. You could make sure friendly reminders are sent out when your invoice becomes overdue.
Plan ahead to avoid payment delays. Clients may also be away on holiday so early reminders will get your invoices paid ASAP.
Do not pay your bills until they’re due.
This may sound obvious but sometimes it’s easy to instantly pay an invoice to get it off your desk.
Have a backup
If the person who normally authorises payments is planning to go away. The same applies to cheque signatories. You don’t want to be on the receiving end of a credit controller.
Predict the slower months in your annual forecast and projections. This will help to control cash flow over the busier months.
Clean up your debtors’ list
If you’ve been struggling to coax payment out from a few clients, it may be time to pass those debts over to a solicitor. Sometimes you have to spend a little to receive a lot.
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