But the problem of aged debts isn’t just the negative impact on your cash-flow situation. As business advisers, we’ve also seen first-hand
how much time business owners can spend chasing up late-paying customers and resolving their payment issues – time that could have been
spent more productively on building customer relationships or bringing new clients into the business.
So how do you turn your bad debt around and start making your cash pipeline look a whole lot more healthy? It’s not as difficult as you might
think, and taking a few simple steps can have a significant effect on your numbers.
To help you on your way, we’ve highlighted three key ways to turn those bad debts into good cash.
1. Chaser: use tech to chase those outstanding invoices
Finding the time to chase late payments can be a challenge. You’ve got to run debtor reports, scan through them and contact the customers that
have outstanding invoices to request payment. And this can eat into your admin time when your debtors begin to mount up over time.
But there is a way around this. And that’s to use technology to automate the debtor tracking and credit control process for you.
Chaser is an Add-on for Xero online accounting that chases your debts for you, so you don’t have to – saving you the time, hassle and stress
of chasing payments.
•Automatically send emails to your customers as soon as an invoice is due.
•Tailor your emails to make them personalised and human.
•Track your emails so you know once a customer has read your message.
•Cut down on your financial admin time and streamline your credit control.
•Boost your cash flow by getting you paid faster!
2. Market Invoice: get cash fast with invoice factoring
Factoring is a fast way to raise the cash you need to fund those growth plans. And Market Invoice is the first choice for turning your outstanding
invoices into cash.
You sell your unpaid invoices to Market Invoice for a fee. They buy the invoice, you get the cash fast, and the payment from the customer goes
straight to Market Invoice. It’s really that straightforward and simple.
When you need to reduce your debts fast and give your cash pipeline a boost, debt factoring is a great way to create good cash for the business.
Market Invoice has a number of benefits:
•You can sell as many or few invoices as you want.
•You receive up to 90% of your invoice value upfront.
•The money is in your account within 24 hours of applying.
•You can fund invoices from £5k - £3m.
•There are no lengthy contracts, it’s flexible and doesn’t require personal guarantees.
•There’s a free online platform, making it fast and simple to apply online.
3. Get rid of client that don’t pay
Whatever industry you’re in, you’ll have come across the issue of late-paying customers – and those late payments have a terribly negative
impact on cash flow.
Sometimes a missed invoice payment is an oversight, or a one-off problem caused by your customer experiencing poor cash flow. But there are
those clients who regularly miss their payment date – and seem less than focused on changing this tardy behaviour any time soon.
Our advice for this kind of customer is very simple: get rid of them, and fast!
Having to constantly chase a customer to pay their invoices just isn’t a productive use of your time. So, stop wasting your precious time on
late payers and start focusing on more productive areas of the business instead.
•Review your debtors and highlight the ten customers who always fail to pay.
•Pull off a statement showing all the outstanding invoices for each customer.
•Email this statement to the client and explain, politely, that payment is due.
•Make it clear that you won’t be providing any future work/products/services until their debt is cleared.
•For the worst offenders, end the relationship completely and explain your reasoning for doing so.
Getting cash from your business
So, there you have it: three simple ways to turn your bad debt into good cash.
We understand the impact that bad debt can have for small businesses. And with this in mind, we’re running an event to give you even more helpful
tips on dealing with your cash-flow issues.
You can find out more about creating good cash at our
'Getting cash from your business' event on Wednesday
27 January. Chaser CEO, David Tuck, will be on hand to answer all your debt and cash-flow questions and we’ll be explaining how Xero
is the perfect financial foundation for keeping on top of your cash pipeline.