How to access business finance during the pandemic

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 02-Dec-2020 02:00:00

Interest rates are at record lows in Australia right now and, to address the various impacts of COVID-19, the Commonwealth Government has introduced a number of programs to kick-start and boost the economy, including the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme.

Some might argue there’s never been a better time to borrow money to invest and grow your business!

Launched in March, the SME Guarantee Scheme was designed to help otherwise viable SMEs weather the devastating impact of COVID-19 and rebuild for the future.

Phase I ran until September 30 and was not broadly taken up – less than $2 billion of the $40 billion allocated was approved for payment.

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Topics: Banks and lending, Cash flow, Working capital, business advice, James Price, finance, seeking finance, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, business finance, COVID-19, coronavirus, Central West NSW, pandemic

14 ways to control cash flow and maintain liquidity [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 20-May-2020 02:00:00

[This blog has been republished in the wake of COVID-19 developments, as having the liquidity necessary to continue operating effectively is critical in these times.]

As business valuers and brokers, and in advising clients on business performance and financing, there is a critical thing we look for: liquidity.

Liquidity is effectively how much cash a business generates and how stable and frequent that generation is. That ability to generate cash is a critical component of business value.

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Topics: Advice, Cash flow, Working capital, Running your business, cheat sheet, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Orange NSW, COVID-19, coronavirus, liquidity

Free up cash with our Working Capital Checklist [free template]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 25-Mar-2020 02:00:00

As a business owner or manager, there are a number of 'levers' you need to control to successfully manage working capital and drive a successful, cash-generating business.

As our Working Capital Checklist shows, those levers fall into two buckets: current assets and current liabilities.

You can use the free checklist to assist you in achieving a firm control of your working capital levers and cash position, so your business proposition is not hampered by poor cash flow.

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Topics: Business Value, Selling your business, Cash flow, Working capital, Exiting your business, Template, Checklist, business management, COVID-19, business strategy, coronavirus

4 tips to maintain or reduce business debt [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 11-Dec-2019 02:00:00

The infographic below contains four of our top tips for managing business debt and maintaining a healthy cash flow.

Business owners looking to drive their business forward need to be aware of their capital base and liquidity for working capital and investment purposes. Critical to this is maintaining a strong cash flow.

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Topics: Cash flow, Working capital, infographic, business advice, Business advisor, Parramatta, Orange NSW, managing debt

Our 14 top tips to control cash flow [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 27-Nov-2019 02:00:00

As business valuers and brokers, and in advising clients on business performance and financing, there is a critical thing we look for: liquidity.

Liquidity is effectively how much cash a business generates and how stable and frequent that generation is. That ability to generate cash is a critical component of business value.

As we often say, owners need to think about the value they get today in running their business, versus the value they get in the future when they sell.

The more cash surplus in the business, the more value they’re deriving into their pocket today. But cash surplus – as working capital – also gives a business more options to grow, invest and change, and build value over time.

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Topics: Advice, Cash flow, Working capital, Running your business, cheat sheet, Parramatta, Orange NSW

14 tips for controlling cash flow [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 09-Jan-2019 02:00:00

Cash flow is a critical part of the operation of a business.

If your business were a human body then cash flow would be the system of veins and arteries and the blood that runs through them: it's essential for keeping the body/business alive, active and functioning.

This cheat sheet contains 14 of our top tips for managing your cash flow. 

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Topics: Advice, Cash flow, Working capital, Running your business, cheat sheet

Tips to manage business debt

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-Sep-2018 02:00:00

'Low debt' was one of the top 3 positive impacts on business performance identified by respondents to our recent surveyIn fact, over 40% of respondents cited maintaining a low debt as a key element of their positive business performance.

One of the focus areas for business owners to drive their business forward is maintaining an awareness of their capital base and liquidity for working capital and investment purposes. Critical to this is maintaining a strong cash flow.

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Topics: Cash flow, Working capital, business advice, Business advisor, survey results

How to calculate your Inventory Turnover Ratio [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 29-Aug-2018 02:00:00

The first step in determining the correct stock holding for your business is to understand your current Inventory Turnover Ratio (ITR) i.e. your stock turn.

As a rule of thumb, a stock holding that represents 12 months worth of sales is the maximum needed. However, it’s very hard to generalise.

Some businesses are import oriented so need to commit to a certain level of stock to ensure their freight rate is not exorbitant and/or they have sufficient stock ordered from a single season pre-order. This may cause lumps in their stock holdings.

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Topics: Cash flow, Working capital, Inventory, infographic, business advice, Business advisor, inventory turnover ratio

Our Working Capital Checklist [free download]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 05-Oct-2016 03:36:00

The levers that impact cash flow and working capital are critical to running a successful business day to day, but they are also critical to building business value over time.

From a day-to-day point of view, the more cash surplus in the business, the more value in your pocket. Having surplus cash that can be used as working capital also gives your business more options to grow, invest and change.

Taking the longer-term perspective, ability to generate cash is a critical component when it comes to determining the value of the business should you wish to exit. Banks and potential purchasers will all want to assess your Business Maintainable Earnings (BME), which is essentially a measure of cash generation in the business.

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Topics: Business Value, Cash flow, Working capital, Running your business

 
Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is general in nature and should not be taken as personal, professional advice. Readers should make their own inquiries and obtain independent, professional advice before making any decisions, taking any action or relying on any information in this blog. 
 
 

 

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