Cash flow

Effective cash flow management is crucial. Learn tips and techniques to help you maintain a positive cash flow and keep your finances in the black.

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Cash flow - overview

Effective cash flow management is crucial. Learn tips and techniques to help you maintain a positive cash flow and keep your finances in the black.

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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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Collecting debts - checklist

Almost every business will experience late payment at some point. This practical checklist will help you recover the money you are owed.

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Controlling a budget - checklist

Staying on top of your finances is vital if you want your business to succeed. Read our handy hints on controlling your budget.

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Controlling costs - checklist

Our helpful checklist will show you the areas to target when you're trying to understand or reduce business costs.

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Controlling credit - checklist

To avoid the risk of late payment - or no payment at all - it's essential to vet the people you offer credit to, and make your terms clear.

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Controlling stock - checklist

Poor stock control can lead to inefficiency in supplying customers, increased storage costs and wastage. Here's how to control your stock levels.

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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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Drawing up a budget - checklist

A helpful checklist on drawing up your business budget, including what to put in it and who to involve in the process.

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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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Managing your cash flow

Effective cash flow management is vital so your business has the funding needed to keep trading. Our guide to controlling your cash with confidence.

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Negotiating a purchase - checklist

Many people are unsure when it comes to negotiating purchases, but you could be allowing suppliers to walk all over you. Read our helpful tips.

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Purchasing effectively - checklist

Effective purchasing can make the difference between business profit and loss. Our helpful checklist explains how to get the best from your purchases.

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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.

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Q&A: Overtrading

It is easy for businesses to stretch finances too far when orders suddenly increase. We look at what overtrading is and how it can be avoided.

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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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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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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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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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The best ways to improve cash flow

Cash flow is vital to every business. Rory MccGwire explores ways you can improve your business's cash flow from using accounting software to increasing sales, stock control to reviewing pricing.