Well capitalized small businesses are rare, and that means most owners are forced to grapple with limited resources. Whether because a bill from an important supplier is coming due or payroll needs to be made within days, coming up with the cash needed to keep a small company running regularly proves to be more difficult than anyone would hope.
This is often true even of those smaller businesses that have plenty of clients and whose prospects look bright, in general. With customers being allowed a certain amount of time to settle up themselves, having outstanding invoices that could cover a company’s current obligations many times over is not unusual.
Fortunately, there is a tool that is especially well suited to situations like these and similar ones. A financial service known as “spot factoring” can allow a small company to turn some of its outstanding invoices into the cash it needs right now.
A Sensible, Effective Way of Overcoming an Extremely Common Problem
Cash flow problems have been widely experienced and understood for a very long time, and so have various solutions for dealing with them. Thousands of years ago, in fact, traders in Mesopotamia and elsewhere used to be troubled by the inability to buy supplies for the next legs of their journeys. Having dropped off shipments with clients who would only pay later on, they found relief from others.
These specialized service providers eventually became known as “factors,” and today’s offer the same basic kind of assistance. By taking over the right to collect on certain invoices in exchange for cash paid up front, they can resolve an age-old problem.
Factoring on the Spot, When and As Needed
Some of today’s factoring companies insist that clients they work with commit to long-term relationships and be able to provide a certain level of volume. Such demands, of course, will not always suit the needs of smaller businesses well, but this does not have to be an issue.
In fact, there are also factors who will happily accept even a single invoice whenever a particular client might need the cash. This more flexible style of factoring often ends up being the perfect way for a smaller company to overcome what could otherwise be serious problems.