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The Differences Between Factoring and Invoice Discounting

The Differences Between Factoring and Invoice Discounting

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    Collectively known as invoice finance, factoring and invoice discounting release cash against monies already earned. Both facilities can prove to be a vital cashflow solution in this difficult economic climate.

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    Obtaining finance is becoming more of a luxury as the banks are not as credit-friendly as they were prior to the global economic recession. The situation is even made grimmer as the costs of running a business are on the rise. How do businesses survive?

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    Abiding to a professional and concise business plan, using the right accountant and having the right staff are a few key factors that can give a business momentum in the short run. However, cashflow is what makes a business. Careful management of cashflow is key to business continuity and survival.

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    It is a common mistake to confuse cashflow management with cost optimisation. Cashflow management is ensuring that your income surmounts your expenditures at any particular time in the business cycle. Cost optimisation are techniques used by businesses to realise recurring cost savings.

    Many businesses are caught flat-footed as they often have huge chunks of cash locked up in outstanding invoices. Customers could take up to 90 days to complete payment for invoices. Though this may be in the terms of the agreement, your business might be financially strained, with limited working capital to cover payroll, reduce existing debt or cover administrative overheads.

    This is where factoring and invoice discounting are here to help. Instead of waiting 30-90 days for customers to settle their bills, either facility can release up to 95% of the value of your outstanding invoices, usually within 24 hours of raising the invoices. Both facilities work in a similar way – release a pre-arranged percentage of the sales ledger almost immediately. However, they differ in the following ways:

    1. Because the funds are advanced against monies to be paid, there’s a credit control function midway through the process. A factoring arrangement allocates the credit control task, including chasing customers for payment to the finance provider. Invoice discounting allows the business to manage its clients and outstanding payments.
    2. Based on 1) above, invoice discounting is tailored to larger businesses with turnover in excess of £250k and in-house credit control systems. On the other hand, factoring is a particularly attractive option for smaller companies, including start-ups.
    3. With invoice discounting, the customers are unaware of the lender’s involvement. Moreover, factoring is typically a disclosed arrangement as the customers are notified of their invoice payment.

    Advantages of Factoring

    1. The funds released improve your cashflow position and the additional working capital created enables your business to expand.
    2. Factoring boosts your bargaining power, enabling you to capitalise on early vendor opportunities and discounts.
    3. The cash advanced grows alongside your business. This means that as your business grows, you could have access to more funding.
    4. The credit control function outsourced to the finance provider allows you to concentrate on growing your business.
    5. Unlike other forms of commercial finance such as bank overdraft, factoring could be a flexible funding facility for start-up companies.

    Advantages of Invoice Discounting

    1. The funds released improve your cashflow position and the additional working capital created enables your business to expand.
    2. Invoice discounting boosts your bargaining power, enabling you to capitalise on early vendor opportunities and discounts.
    3. The cash advanced grows alongside your business. This means that as your business grows, you could have access to more funding.
    4. The facility is typically administered on a confidential basis. You stay in contact with your customers with them unaware of the funding agreement.
    5. Because the funds are released almost immediately, there’s some certainty about cash projections.

    Other Forms of Factoring

    1. Recourse Factoring: The finance provider manages your sales ledger without any credit protection. This means that if your customers default, you are liable for all credit costs.
    2. Non-recourse Factoring: This is a factoring arrangement where the finance provider takes full responsibility of the sales ledger and bears any risks associated with bad debt. This saves your business the hassle of worrying about customer defaults.
    3. CHOC’s: Factoring is assumed to be a disclosed arrangement with outsourced credit control. However, CHOC’s (Client Handles Own Collections) facility keeps the business in charge of their sales ledger. This could be a cost-effective solution for SMEs with in-house accounting systems.

    Other Forms of Invoice Discounting

    1. Recourse Invoice discounting: The finance provider manages your sales ledger without any credit protection. If an invoice remains unpaid, the finance provider reclaims the cash previously advanced and you take on the credit control function.
    2. Non-recourse Invoice Discounting: You retain full control of your credit control system, but the finance provider offers you bad debt protection for the life of the contract.
    3. Disclosed Invoice Discounting: Your customers are notified of the lender’s involvement, making it a less risky proposition to lenders than confidential ID.
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      30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

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      Summertime can be a real strain on your wallet. The sun is out, there are people to see, places to be; it’s no wonder you might be short of funds during these sunny months. Not everything has to cost you an arm and a leg.

      Take some time to go through this list of 20 cheap summer activities and make some realistic goals to complete as many as you can.

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      1. Visit a strawberry festival

      Summer is prime time for tasting strawberries. More often than not, an area that grows strawberries will have a strawberry festival. Indulge yourself in strawberry pies, jams, cakes and more!

      2. Have a picnic

      Take your partner or your family to the local park and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Designate each person to bring one food item of their choice to add to the fun.

      3. Camp in your back yard

        The summer heat can sometimes make it hard to sleep. Why not enjoy the heat outside in the yard? Pitch a tent or gaze into the night sky.

        4. Take long walks

        Discover something new where you live. Take the afternoon off from your chores and go for a long walk. You may be surprised by what you discover.

        5. Break a world record

        Breaking a world record doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You could even break one on your lunch hour. Give it a go!

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        6. Go on a bike ride

        The number of bike paths on roads in big cities has increased dramatically over the years. Take advantage, and enjoy the summer breeze.

        7. Join a gym class

          The gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but why not go with a friend a join a class? Spinning, yoga and step classes are always more fun with friends, and a lot of gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go.

          8. Find a new hobby

          The summer is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Serotonin (our body’s natural “happy” hormone) is produced by the sunshine and will be at a yearly high, which is great for when we want to tackle something new.

          9. Join a sports team

          Not all sports teams are competitive and require huge amounts of your time. Join in the fun with like-minded people, get fit, stay healthy and make some friends along the way.

          10. Make a slip ‘n slide

            Gather your friends, some plastic sheeting, a hose, washing up liquid if desired, and make a huge slip ‘n slide just like these guys. Granted, yours won’t be as big, but you get the idea… it’s fun!

            11. Make a treasure hunt for your kids

            Today’s digital world sees our children more often than not playing inside than outside. Why not create a sense of adventure by making a treasure hunt? Only rule? It has to be outside.

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            Towns and cities are awash with free festivals, with themes from film to science. Scout your local area and discover something new.

            13. Visit the zoo

              Let’s face it: we love animals. While browsing news websites and social media networks you’re bound to come across a few pictures of cats. Take a trip to your local zoo for a better experience.

              14. Take a road trip

              Enjoy the open road with a few friends and take a road trip somewhere–anywhere. Just go out and enjoy the sunshine!

              15. Play ultimate frisbee in the park

                Frisbee is always great fun down the park, but why not turn it into more of a competitive sport by playing ultimate frisbee?

                16. Make your own ice cream

                Ice cream is a very versatile dessert. Make a sandwich, enjoy a cone, or simply just enjoy a bowl full. Better yet, making your own ice cream allows you to create any flavor you want.

                17. Invite your neighbors over for a BBQ

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                  For many students, summer is the time for relaxation and fun. But who said earning money and being productive isn’t fun? You only get out what you put into a situation.

                  19. Attend a charity event

                  Attending a charity event is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a cause, meet new people, and generally have a good time. Search for your local charity event today.

                  20. Visit a national park

                  National parks are a great way to explore nature and learn something new. You could even volunteer and make a difference in helping restore natural habitats.

                  21. Visit your local comedy club

                    Local comedy clubs are extremely underrated. They are cheap to attend and no doubt you’ll have a barrel of laughs.

                    22. Make your own hammock

                      Hammocks are very relaxing, are perfect for summer afternoons and are surprisingly easy to make.

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                      23. Read in your new hammock

                      Now you have your very own hammock, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Grab your favorite book and read to your heart’s content.

                      24. Watch a movie outside

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                      25. Take a hike

                        Hikes are a great way to keep fit and see more of Mother Nature. There are countless trails available for you to explore. Why not try some this summer?

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