As business owners, taking on debt can be an effective of managing your cash flow. Whether you need it for business expansion (eg. hiring more people, buying more supplies, getting a bigger office space), or simply to provide peace of mind in case of unexpected delays in customer payment collection, external capital injections are an important part of operating any business.
In Hong Kong and Singapore, credit cards continue to dominate as the payment method of choice for almost all online transactions. This makes sense as unlike other payment methods (eg. cash, bank transfers, checks) credit cards come with a unique combination of security, rewards and convenience.
Let’s be honest, remembering to pay your recurring bills and expenses is not the most exciting task in the world. What if there was a way to automate your large business expense payments similar to the way your phone bill, Netflix or Spotify subscription are paid?
Automation is the way of the future, allowing companies to focus on running their business rather than spending time with manual processes. Whether you are looking to increase the efficiency of your accounts payable department or if you are just getting started in business, the benefits of automating your A/P far outweigh the costs.
For companies that accept credit and debit card payments, a breach of confidential customer data is among the most serious risks they face. Failure to protect data leads to financial costs, customer defections and loss of reputation all of which affect bottom line and public perception.“Tokenization” is a super-buzzy payments term and what it does is pretty simple adds an extra level of security to sensitive credit card data.
Digital payments remain at the forefront of tech progress in the banking industry. But with the advancement of payment tools, a variety of payment platforms, and hundreds of payment providers, the security of digital payments remains a top priority for consumers.
In an environment of growing competition for small businesses, establishing processes around cost controls and spending visibility is an integral part of the path to profitability. Investors, regulators and long-term customers have expectations and demand for more disciplined spending in the relevant areas and growth oriented businesses are now turning to credit cards (commercial and personal) to help with their expense management process.
In the first article of this series we talked about why businesses should worry about measuring cash flow instead of profit. Today, we want provide a walkthrough of how small businesses can actually measure cash flow with minimal accounting knowledge.
82% of businesses fail due to poor cash flow management. Especially If you are a new SME (where cash management is especially challenging), it should be a key area of focus as you get your business up and running.