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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 stock - checklist

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

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Essential guide to 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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Essential guide to 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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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: Supply contract disputes

Supply contracts set out key terms and conditions, but what should you do when a supplier's performance falls short of the mark? Here are some tips.

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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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Five 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.