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Is Cash Still King In Business?


August 29 2014 l ndbs  
   

The old adage that Cash Is King still has meaning in today’s business world.  Employees are paid through cash, Service providers need to be paid cash, creditors are paid cash.  Any company that has its cash withheld by its debtors such company may struggle to meet its financial obligations. 

It is  obligatory for a company to make sure there are funds available for smooth operations and any continuance in giving out credit without proper monitoring can lead to collapse which may trigger bankruptcy.  However, not all clients can have cash at their disposal to pay for the product, in such cases the measures must be in place to monitor the issuing of credit through:

Keeping debtors on check

You can issue credit to clients with hope that they will pay at later stage but that should not be done in excess as it will affect cash flow whereby the stock will be in the hands of the debtors with no stock on shelf for cash buyers.  When issuing credit, it should not exceed 30% of your total revenue to be on the safe side.  In simple terms, if you have stock worth R1m, your debtors should not be sitting with over R300k. 

Keep records of all the debtors and the stock issued

Many entrepreneurs are careless when it comes to keeping records.  I once visited a Medical Practitioner who was my client while I was his patient and asked me to check his company as he suspects that the staff are stealing money and medical aids are not paying him hence he is experiencing financial difficulties.  Upon checking his records the first thing to look for was his debtors account.  We discovered that he is being owed R2m and the system he was using was not including the debtors and creditors but was only counting the cash that came in via the stock exit. 

I went through each file only to discover that some did not pay whole amount, some medical aid did not pay or declined and such clients needed to be followed.  After compiling the total list of debtors I got a temporary administrator whose job was to call the clients and within 30 days R300 000 was recovered.  The problem was not debtors failing to make payment but someone was not there to oversee and do proper filling.  Over two year period we managed to collect R1.2m.  It should be borne in mind that debtors are created through the issued stock or rendered service and if that money is not recovered there will be loophole and short of stock leading to closing of the business.

Do not depend much on credit

The more you buy your stock on credit the more you open hole for you to fall into, instead of now buying stock you will find yourself servicing debts.  If you owe R100k and have to pay that money back with 35% or more interest but if you had that money as cash to buy stock worth R100k you can make profit of over 35%, the difference is with the cash you can replenish the stock anytime and end up with compound profit since that 35% will make 35% of it, that way your business will grow through cash employed than servicing debts.

With cash available you will have peace of mind knowing that you can attend to any emergency in the business without running around making overdraft arrangements and borrowing money just to pay the bills.  When economic conditions get tough debtors shift focus from you and prioritise on their survival. Scale your debtors dow, that way you will be able to manage and control stock and be able to generate more cash sales than credit sales.  

     

  

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Act Like Antrepreneur, live  like Entrepreneur


May 19 2014 l ndbs  
   

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Advertising On Social Media For Results


April 28 2014 l ndbs  
   

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