Cash flow management

While your long-term goal may be to build sales and profitability, in the short-term it's vital to ensure you have enough cash to keep trading.

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Cash flow management - overview

If your business runs out of cash to keep trading you could be in big trouble, even if your sales pipeline looks good. Read our overview.

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Collecting debts - checklist

Almost every business will experience late payment at some point. This practical checklist will help you recover the money you are owed.

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Controlling credit - checklist

To avoid the risk of late payment - or no payment at all - it's essential to vet the people you offer credit to, and make your terms clear.

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Controlling stock - checklist

Poor stock control can lead to inefficiency in supplying customers, increased storage costs and wastage. Here's how to control your stock levels.

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Credit control

Credit control helps you optimise your cash flow and avoid late payment or non-payment. Read our guide to setting up a credit control system.

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How to take payments

Getting paid is crucial for any small business. Whether you invoice, take payments online or in person, make it easy for customers to pay you.

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Interest on late payments

Avoid cash flow problems and encourage your customers to pay on time by charging interest on late payments. Our guide to your rights.

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Managing your cash flow

Effective cash flow management is vital so your business has the funding needed to keep trading. Our guide to controlling your cash with confidence.

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Managing your creditors

Being on good terms and having clear policies is vital for working with your suppliers and other creditors. Here's how to manage the relationship.

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Q&A: Producing invoices

If you've never produced an invoice before, how do you know what to include? Chartered accountant Elaine Clark answers key questions about invoices.

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How to maximise your cash flow

With cash flow remaining a huge challenge for thousands of businesses, what help is available to ensure SMEs stay in the black and out of the red?

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Q&A: Cash flow management

The old saying 'turnover is vanity, profit sanity and cash reality' remains true. Cash flow really is the blood supply of any business.

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Q&A: Dealing with late payment

Martin Dunne of Sayers Butterworth chartered accountants offers advice on how to deal with late payers and bad debts to keep your business afloat.