Published On: Mon, Aug 3rd, 2020

Six Ways to Improve Cash Flow!

Six Ways to Improve Cash Flow!

1. Improve Cash Flow – Always keep focused on improving the company’s cash flow.  Meet with your banker regularly to ensure that you have an adequate line of credit available to grow the business.

2. Review payroll trends as a percentage of sales and headcount by department: administrative, sales, operations, etc. If there is a downturn in sales, reduce staff when necessary.

3. Keep focused on the inventory trends.  Don’t tie up money in products with low inventory turns, weak profit margins, and obsolete inventory. Where possible, liquidate all slow and outdated inventory into cash. Only two good things can happen to stock with dust on it. It is either sold to a customer or returned to the vendor.

In business, the one with the most cash makes the rules. Always look to improve cash flow.

4. Review the accounts receivable weekly in meetings with the collection and sales staff. Staying close to the receivable enhances cash flow. Visit problem customers when possible. Delinquent accounts receivables are your money in someone else’s checking account. I suggest you get it and deposit into your checking account! Also, review the company’s invoicing procedures to resolve any problems with billing errors or process inefficiencies.

Stay Close to Your Sales Staff.

5. Attend sales calls with your salespeople to assess both the salesperson and the customers. There is no better salesperson in the business than the owner of the company. Customers love to talk and deal with the owner of the company. Take advantage of this opportunity with the more significant customers.

The only way to make sound business decisions is to have timely and accurate financial reporting.

6. Every week, the owner should receive a weekly flash report and a 13-week cash flow forecast. Seven days after the close of each month, the owner should have the monthly income statement. Also, the balance sheet and statement of sources and uses of funds are part of the financial package. These monthly financial statements should include a narrative noting all the critical issues that occurred during the month.

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My name is Robert Curry, and I am an Author, CEO Coach, Keynote Speaker, and Turnaround Specialist. Over the past 20 years, I have worked with more than 70 companies taking their businesses from Loses to Profits.

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About the Author

- Robert Curry is an author, seasoned business coach, and successful turnaround specialist. Earlier in his career, he served as President and CEO of three different companies, the largest with annual sales of more than $1 billion dollars - all which experienced successful turnarounds under his management. In the late 1990s, he started his turnaround consulting firm, and for the past twenty years, he has turned around more than seventy distressed companies in many different industries helping each to establish a strong management team and become profitable. He has published two books: "From Red to Black" and "The Turnaround." He resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his wife, Esther.

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