Contributed article in our startup series. Enjoy! – Kimberly
Cash is the lifeblood of any business. To use a medical analogy, think of your business as a heart. The cash flows in via paid invoices (the veins) and the cash flows out to creditors via your ‘arteries’. If you have a blockage in a vein, it starves the heart of oxygen. This is not good. You might limp on for a while, but unless the blockage is cleared, your heart (the business) will stop beating.
Unfortunately, many small business owners don’t pay close enough attention to their cash flow. They are too busy marketing their products and services, schmoozing new clients, and expanding the business to think much about whether existing clients have paid their invoices. It’s only when the cash dries up and they don’t have enough money to pay a creditor that panic sets in
Why Cash Flow Matters
Negative cash flow is the main reason why businesses fail. Statistics continually show that 90% of all businesses fail in the first year. Those that do survive will fail within five years. In the majority of cases, a lack of cash flow is the reason why it all goes wrong.Continue reading