Why is Managing Cash Flow crucial to a business?

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To control its operations, a business must generate sufficient cash to cover daily operational expenses and avoid accumulating debt. The absence of adequate cash can impede the effective functioning of a business, jeopardising routine activities such as vendor payments, rent or mortgage, utility bills, and employee salaries.

Enhancing cash management involves focusing on three key areas:

  1. Accounts Receivable – Money Owed to the Business: To ensure prompt payment from clients, it is imperative to assess the creditworthiness of customers and consistently follow up on overdue payments. This proactive approach ensures that cash inflows align with the business’s expectations.

  2. Accounts Payable – Money Owed by the Business: Optimal cash flow is facilitated by postponing supplier payments until the due date, safeguarding available cash for potential delays in creditor payments.

  3. Stock Management: It is crucial to prevent excess cash from being tied up in inventory. Maintaining a stock level aligned with immediate business requirements helps avoid unnecessary financial strain.

Achieving the right balance in cash flow management is essential. Having excessive cash reserves may mean missed investment opportunities, while insufficient cash requires borrowing or liquidating assets, incurring interest or selling costs.

Effective cash flow management necessitates forward-looking reviews, anticipating challenges such as holiday periods that could strain cash flow. This strategic approach ensures that the business remains well-equipped with the resources needed to navigate potential hurdles and maintain overall financial health.

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