Cash flow

Effective cash flow management is crucial. The business cliché is true: turnover is vanity; profit is sanity; cash is reality. But what does it mean?

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Cash flow - overview

Effective cash flow management is crucial. The business cliché is true: turnover is vanity; profit is sanity; cash is reality. But what does it mean?

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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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Budgeting

While you can't know exactly what the future holds, budgeting reduces uncertainty and helps you anticipate problems. Here's how to create a budget.

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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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Cutting costs: where do I start?

When your business is ticking over nicely, you can keep spending focused on the right areas. Limiting expenditure could keep you in the black.

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Make a claim for money you're owed

British businesses could be missing out on international trade opportunities due to lack of confidence or understanding of what support is available.

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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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Manage your cash flow

In this video Sharon Coull, head of finance at Sage’s Small Business Division, explains how to manage your cash flow, crucial for any business.

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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: Debt recovery

Solicitor Kiranjit Virk of Tollers LLP answers key questions about recovering debts through the courts, including using the 'small claims track'.

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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.

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Controlling your costs

While you may not be able to influence how much customers spend, you can do is to control your costs and look at variable and fixed costs.

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Q&A: Key performance indicators

Emma Warren of business development services provider Portfolio Directors explains how key performance indicators can help small businesses.