23. May 2012 12:19
Are all factoring companies equally capable of financing every deal? From the perspective of someone seeking credit for your business, it can be tempting to knock on the door of every bank and non-traditional lender in your area and online. But is it really better to work with anyone who will give you the kind of loan you need?
Your Field Is Unique
Immersed in the daily reality of life in your industry, it's easy to lose perspective on just how unique your business really is. The flow of revenue for the transportation industry – punctuated by delays, spiking gas prices, and lag time between payments – is very different from the expected pattern in a staffing agency, which in turn is different from a retail business. Because non-traditional lenders are often relying on these patterns to provide financing, it's vital that they have an understanding of what to expect. Your explanations may not tell them what they need to know.
A Specialized Company Has Custom Solutions Ready To Go
Many fields have developed specific lending practices that are unique within that industry. For example, trucking has freight bill financing and fuel cards. Government contract financing has to understand the additional paperwork and disclosure requirements that are necessary when working with federal or state organizations. A company that has worked with your field before knows what to expect and has already created unique solutions that are designed specifically to meet your needs. You just won't find that level of service in factoring companies that don't know your business.
Crestmark has always been proud of our customized offerings for fields like staffing, manufacturing, transportation, apparel, and government contracting. Even when we don't have prior experience in your field (a rarity considering the diversity of our staff and years of lending across industries) we know the questions to ask in order to provide you with the right non-traditional lending tools for your needs.
16. May 2012 05:35
Trucking is a unique industry because your product is moving the products of others. You move the country, ensuring that everything from food to clothing to furniture to mail reaches its destination on time. Because you fill such a unique and vital position within the economy, your business structure and revenue stream is sharply different from other companies. Freight bill financing is a unique concept, designed for trucking companies and used by many of the biggest transportation companies in the nation.
What Is Freight Bill Financing?
Although similar to accounts receivable financing or factoring, freight bill factoring is custom tailored for transportation. Once your freight bill is ready, you are eligible for financing based off of it. A non-traditional lender and transportation specialist like Crestmark will purchase the bill from you, paying you a portion of it immediately. Once the account clears with your client, you get the rest minus an administrative fee. Freight bill factoring can be traditional or discount depending on your needs.
Why It Works
You know how volatile the transportation industry can be. There's often a lag time between invoice and receipt of payment. In addition, shifting conditions like gas prices and unavoidable delays from weather can lead to a dramatically variable revenue stream. Financing can help smooth out the operation, ensuring that you have the cash you need when you need it.
10. May 2012 06:14
Having access to a business line of credit provides a lot of freedom for your company. You have the leeway to make decisions without worrying about securing new funding for them, allowing you to move faster than your competitors. You also have a number of opportunities to make changes within your company, temporarily absorbing costs during the shakeup. Here are three ways that you can make good use of the opportunities a business line of credit provides.
Purchase Inventory At A Discount
When an opportunity arises to save your business money in the long term, you can use your credit to make it work in the short term. This can include everything from taking advantage of a short-term promotion to negotiating a longer term deal that allows you substantial savings for purchasing in volume.
As your business changes and adapts throughout the year it is not uncommon to find yourself coming up short for payroll. Your line of credit can help you ensure that everyone in your office gets paid while you wait for things to settle down.
Consolidate And Expand
Reorganization can be a costly process in time, money, and productivity. But in the long term, it almost always yields better rewards. Supplement it with funds from your line of credit and you'll be able to weather the short term chaos in favor of longer term benefits. The same is true with expansion. You might find yourself financially strapped in the short term as your merger takes effect. A credit line will help you meet your expenses while things level out.
8. May 2012 04:57
There are a number of reasons why a company may not want to take a term loan. They may want to pledge personal collateral, find it difficult to obtain this more traditional form of financing, they may simply not want to accept the terms that are available, or they may simply prefer these non-traditional financing options as a way to meet their financing needs. Whatever your situation, if you're looking outside the term loan box, you should look at these potential solutions.
Accounts Receivable Financing
A/R financing is a flexible line of credit solution available to most businesses. This type of financing leverages the money you are due to receive from invoices you have sent to your customers. A/R financing helps bridge the gap between your cost of sales and when you get paid for your goods or services.
Asset Based Lending
This line of credit is secured by an asset that your business currently holds. Asset based lending is a line of credit, meaning that you can use as much or as little of your potential credit as you select up to the value of the collateral pledged. You can change it monthly, weekly, or even daily depending on your needs.
In this type of financing, a third party factor actually purchases your unpaid invoices. You receive a portion of the value upfront, with the rest of it being delivered, less an administrative fee, when your client makes good on the debt. Factoring may be traditional, where the factor fully purchases the invoice and assumes both the credit risk and responsibility for collection of the receivable. Or on a recourse basis where the receivable is sold back to the seller after a certain period of time elapses. Unlike other types of financing there are less restrictive covenants inherent in factoring transactions.