21.08.2020

Financial Problems and Solutions for Small Businesses

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Financial problems may be a common occurrence for several small businesses
These are the 4 main financial problems facing small business owner.

Running a small business is like walking along a tightrope, blindfolded. From the challenges of marketing to maintaining product relevance, there are just too many moving parts involved, each with their own processes. Financial stress, however, is usually the toughest challenge for most business owners who frequently find themselves several steps behind where they need to be.

Not only are business finances a complex, ever-changing problem to navigate, but they’re the fundamental drivers of performance.

If you’ve got your finances in order, you can keep your business running, while too many financial problems can cause even the most well-oiled machine to sputter and falter.

But with the right planning, your business’s financial position, you can prepare for an uncertain future with optimistic assumptions. By learning common small business pain points, you can learn how to manage them.

We’ve rounded up the 4 of the toughest financial challenges facing small businesses, and their possible solutions.

Poor Cash Flow

The majority of businesses fail because of an apparent lack of cash flow – which seems like a no-brainer until you drill down into the reasons why this problem occurs. The truth is that most business owners don’t have a clue about how cash flow works. They’re so focused on making more sales that they lose sight of the bigger picture.

As a general rule, if you’re strapped for cash and are late on payments, you’ll just get bogged down with day to day problems. And by then, your business will be on borrowed time. 

However, there are a few simple tweaks you can make to improve cash flow in the immediate future. For instance, you can make it easier for clients to pay you faster and with fewer steps involved. If you don’t already accept online payment, that’s a good place to start.

Another useful strategy is to incentivize clients to pay sooner. For example, if you’re struggling with clients insisting on 50+ day payment terms, try offering a 5% discount deal if they pay within the first 10 days.

Budgeting Problems

Most businesses fail because their owners don’t stick to a budget. We cannot stress just how important it is to design a budget that’s aligned with your goals and profit potential.

Sound budgeting identifies available capital, forecasts incoming expenditure, and provides an estimate of revenue. You can also quickly identify resources that are available for business growth and development.

Google and Microsoft offer plenty of free Budgeting templates you can start using right now.

Marketing – Ads Aren’t Always Financially Feasible

Staying competitive in these tough times is easier said than done. You’ve got three advertising platforms, Google, Facebook, and Instagram – and they’re all extremely competitive. It doesn’t make sense to compete with big businesses that have multi-million dollar PPC campaigns.

The solution is to stay competitive without making use of cash. How? Instead of advertising on search engines, you can develop SEO content to improve your organic ranking. This will attract potential clients who are looking for similar products and services. And you won’t have to spend a penny!

Lack of Capital

Lack of capital is everyone’s biggest Achilles heel. To meet your operational expenses and scaling up your business, you need more capital. And acquiring capital is easier said than done, especially if you don’t know much about business credit. Most big banks are too skittish about granting loans and approval.

This is why it is important to understand and improve your business credit score. It’s also important to create a detailed plan on how you would use your extra capital to see what makes the most sense to grow your business.  

Wrapping Up

So there you have it, these are the four most common financial challenges facing SMEs today. Getting help with financing a small business can be a little overwhelming especially if you don’t know what different financing options entail. Getting in touch with an expert is definitely the right move. Contact us today at info@cfaequity.co.uk and let us help you set up for financial growth!

 

  • Business Finance
  • Debt Managment
  • Small business
  • cash flow
  • Budgeting
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