How Virtual CFO Services Solve Financial Challenges For Small Scale Companies?
The journey of every small business in the first five years is generally saddled by effective funds management. Put simply, not enough money is seen coming in to pay employees or cover other expenses. The financial challenges of running a small business can quickly escalate and soon become the reason for closure.
We list few of the financial challenges that businesses face and how to overcome them:
1. Cash Management
Simply put, collect receivable in advance or on time and settle payables on longer credit terms gives enough room to manage funds. Usual tools include adherence to cash-to-cash conversion cycle, extend credit terms to customers, establishing clear payment terms, invoicing effectively, offering discounts for early payment are means to maximize liquidity.
2. Budgeting Technique
Every business has their share of Fixed, Variable, One-time costs that must be captured on a budget. Develop and stick to a flexible budget. This will help management to plan for future, analyse expenditures and make changes when plans fall apart. The budget preparation and usage must be used as a live tool to run the business.
3. Funding For Capital
Lack of capital can prevent a small business from hiring, expanding into additional markets and exploring new opportunities. Business expands on capital and most entrepreneurs, who have a better understanding of their business, are most likely to gets funds. There are many sources like Venture funding, Private equity, Bank loans, Friends and family who are keen to be part of the business expansion with low cost.
4. Regulatory Compliance
Business need to pay taxes and cost of compliance which are always on the rise. Management often are not aware of the risk of not paying correct taxes, taking proper expense deductions, input tax credit, overlooking payment on due date leading to penalties and interest are common areas that most companies encounter. Filing Tax Returns and generating correct reports on the advice of CFO or Tax consultant is a must to avoid these issues.
5. Top Talents
After finances, having top talent is key to success. Hiring top talent require offering employees a supportive environment, a competitive salary, good benefits, and room for advancement to retain them for growth. Over the years, good team helps business to overcome challenges.
6. Mix Personal And Business Finances
Mixing business and personal funds is a risky practice that makes it difficult to monitor cash flow and could ultimately damage business understanding. Start by opening a business account and use it to manage all company related inflows and outflows including founder’s salary, segregate business expense from personal and record business expenses to take tax deduction.
7. Paperwork And Automation
Every business soon gets flooded with lot many transactions, data & information, paper work that often lead to time lost on mundane and repetitive task. The best way to handle this load is to take advantage of automation technology which can store and access data, improve communication, reduce the incidence of costly errors, and create flexibility. Technology simplifies financial management and lets you focus on running the business.
Small businesses are a way to fuel one’s passion and are a backbone to every economy. Running a small business also comes with a unique set of challenges and being prepared for these challenges can go a long way towards growing and maintaining the business.
SBS Global is an ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 27001:2013 certified company serving since 2007. SBS Global offers a comprehensive range of Outsourced Finance & Accounting Services, Virtual CFO Services, Compliance Services (i.e., Company Secretary services) & HR Services catering to the needs of Small & Medium Organizations across industry sectors to meet their changing needs & expectations. Our team includes employees having industry & domain expertise who have insights drawn from years of professional experience.