Five Signs to Tell If Your Business is Headed for Financial Straits

As a business leader, it can be challenging to keep up with everything that's going on. Your focus may be sales or attracting venture capitalists. You may be the creator of your product or service and spend more of your time manufacturing what you're selling. Whether it's an upcoming recession or lax accounts receivable management, you'll want to know if your business is in trouble.

Here are 5 signs to tell if your business is headed for financial straits.

Is Your Business Recession Ready?

Is the United States headed for a 2019 recession? According to economists, the risk is high though there was strong financial growth in the first half of the year. Even the whisper of a recession can trigger business owners with even the strongest constitution. 

Do you know if your business is recession-proofed or prepared? Do you feel secure that you can continue operating in an economic downturn? Here are some steps you can take now to feel better about the future of your business.

Is your business recession ready?

B2B Subscription Based Billing: How to Boost Cash Collections

Subscription based billing is when services are billed on a recurrent basis. Examples of subscription services include website hosting, software, consistent access to published content, apps, music or other digital information.  From a B2B standpoint, your business likely sells a service or software to another business and bills them monthly for access. This billing model brings in recurring revenue that your business can depend on. 

Here's how to ensure that your subscribers keep paying their monthly bills.

Customer Retention: 7 Ways to Better Manage Client Relationships

If your business keeps its customers happy, your profits could increase. In fact, research shows that a 5% increase in customer retention could lead to a 25 - 95% increase in company revenue. It's more costly to acquire a new customer than to keep an existing one. Think about what your business' customer retention rate measures:

  • Your success at attracting and acquiring clients
  • Your success at keeping those clients
  • Your success at building loyal fans who will likely recommend you to others

For your consideration, here are client management strategies to increase your customer retention rate.

Address Your Cash Flow with Answers to These Questions

If your business struggles regularly with cash flow, there could be a number of reasons why. It may be internal processes that aren't being followed or aren't working.  It may be external reasons such as the market or something else altogether. In order to make any changes, you first have to determine the root cause.  Instead of scratching your head and getting more stressed...

Answer these questions to address the cash flow challenges of your business.

Three Proven Ways to Deal with Delinquent Customer Accounts

Nothing is more frustrating to a business owner than delinquent customer accounts. Delinquent accounts and unpaid invoices means lack of cash, strained client relationships, added stress and more. Unfortunately, according to a recent survey, more than 80% of small business invoices are 30 days past due.  

To avoid becoming part of the rising statistics, follow these 3 simple steps. 

Free B2B Accounting Templates and Resources

Whether you're a freelancer, small or growing business, the internet can be helpful or overwhelming when it comes to business advice.  Accounting and accounts receivable terminology can also be challenging, especially if  you're the only person responsible for your company's finances or if you're growing your accounting department. There's no need to look further because we've done much the work for you. 

Here are free B2B accounting templates and resources.

How Summer Vacations Affect Invoicing, Accounts Receivable and Collections

It's that time of year where the office seems to be a little quieter. Running a business during this time can be a challenge because there's a continual rotation of your colleagues who are out of office on summer vacations.  You may have not given much thought to how summer affects your cash flow. Your A/R department may be thin and your clients' accounts payable contacts may be on vacation too.

Summer vacations can affect invoicing, accounts receivable and collections. 

Here's how to make sure you still have working capital through the fall...

Can You Charge Late Fees on B2B Invoices?

The short answer is YES!

If you're not already charging your B2B customers late fees on unpaid invoices, you should be! You may be concerned that a late fee could be damaging to your business relationship but in fact, it establishes you as a legitimate business owner. 

Are you wondering if you can charge late fees on B2B invoices? Read more to learn how and why you should.

When Your Client Disputes Your Invoice

If your client hasn't paid your invoice yet, it could be because they have some questions about your invoice. Invoice disputes can take time to resolve.  You may have moved on to other projects or be otherwise busy but if you don't follow up, your invoice remains unpaid. Would you like to avoid invoice disputes altogether?

Here's what to do when your client disputes your invoice...