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Proactive Cash Flow Strategies for Stable, Profitable Companies

Uncategorized Jul 17, 2024

When it comes to improving cash flow, many articles suggest strategies that give the illusion of control. However, the final decision often lies with someone else – your client, vendor, or creditor. While these strategies may work for companies in financial trouble, stable and profitable companies can focus on proactive strategies they can control. By doing so, they can gain a competitive advantage and increase both cash flow and profits.

Many popular cash flow strategies, such as getting a loan, increasing pricing, selling more, or offering discounts for early payment, depend on the decisions of others. Your bank decides whether to lend, your client decides whether to pay more or buy more, and your client decides whether to take advantage of early payment discounts. 

Short-Term Gains, Long-Term Losses: Some cash flow strategies can actually decrease long-term cash flow and profits while providing short-term cash infusions. Factoring or selling receivables, taking out...

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Getting Started with Cash Flow Management and Advisory Services: Empowering Business Owners

Uncategorized Jun 17, 2024

As a financial professional, one of the most important things I've learned is that business owners value control in every aspect of their operations. This desire for control can sometimes be the reason why they haven't started working on their cash flow management. Our job as advisors is to help them understand that they have more control than they think over when money comes in and out of their company.


Many business owners are stuck in a box when it comes to how they get paid. They may not realize that there are various options available, both in terms of the mechanics and timing of payments from clients. Similarly, they may not be aware of the options they have when it comes to paying their own bills, such as paying late if needed or taking advantage of early payment discounts from vendors.


To be an effective cash flow advisor, I recommend learning how to manage cash flow using a spreadsheet. While automated software can be helpful, starting with a spreadsheet...

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Understanding Cash Flow Reports: A Guide for Small Business Owners

Uncategorized May 17, 2024

Understanding Cash Flow Reports: A Guide for Small Business Owners

Cash flow is the lifeblood of any business, large or small. Knowing how money moves in and out of your company is crucial for survival and growth. Today, I want to delve into the world of cash flow reports, highlighting the ones that are truly beneficial for your business, the ones that might not be as useful, and one that you might even want to avoid altogether. Let's break down this complex subject into manageable pieces, suitable for anyone managing their own small business finances.

  1. The Cash Flow Forecast: A Starting Point

First up is the cash flow forecast. Many small business accounting tools, like QuickBooks, offer features or third-party services to help predict your future cash flow. These forecasts are based on a static model, meaning they use your past financial activity to estimate future spending and income. While this approach can offer a basic overview, it's important to remember that it's somewhat...

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Lessons I Learned from Chef Gordon Ramsay

Uncategorized Apr 17, 2024

I Learned Some Great Business Lessons from Chef Gordon Ramsay

I love reality TV cooking shows. In particular, I enjoy and appreciate two shows featuring Chef Gordon Ramsay: Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares.

Why? Because while I’m learning new things about cooking, I also learn about achieving outstanding performance in business and in life. (Yes, I really enjoy cooking, but I’ll save that for another blog post…)

Here are some of the things I’ve observed, and what I learned about achieving outstanding performance.


  • Chef Ramsay demands teamwork. I learned… achieving outstanding performance requires group cooperation, in addition to outstanding individual performances.
  • Chef Ramsay is not trying to be popular. I learned… to do the right thing for the circumstances at hand, regardless of what people will think of me.
  • Chef Ramsay calls it like he sees it. I learned… Being honest with people raises their level...
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Mastering Cash Flow Management: A Guide for Entrepreneurs

Uncategorized Mar 19, 2024

In the world of business, understanding the flow of cash is akin to navigating the vast seas. It's all about cash flow management—a term that goes beyond mere numbers, representing a crucial strategy for entrepreneurs and business advisors alike. This isn't just about tracking cash flow; it's about taking the reins and ensuring that your business thrives through meticulous planning and execution. Let's delve into the essentials of cash flow management and how mastering it can transform your business operations.

The Essence of Cash Flow Management

Cash flow management is the art and science of monitoring, analyzing, and optimizing the movement of money into and out of your business. It's about recognizing that as a business owner or an advisor, you have the power to influence how money flows, making strategic decisions to either speed up income or manage expenses more effectively. This proactive approach ensures that your business isn't just reacting to financial situations but...

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Turning Trash into Cash: A Simple Strategy for Boosting Profits

Uncategorized Mar 18, 2024

Discovering new ways to enhance cash flow and boost profits is crucial for any business. One effective strategy is transforming trash into cash, a concept that might seem simple but holds potential for significant financial gains.

The essence of this strategy is finding value in what is typically discarded, an approach that can be beneficial for various businesses, especially those with manufacturing processes that generate waste or excess materials.

The process involves identifying potential buyers for waste materials, which could be other companies that can repurpose or recycle these items. This not only creates an additional revenue stream but also reduces waste disposal costs. It’s a double win: earning from selling waste materials and saving on disposal expenses.

Implementing this strategy does require some effort. Businesses need to establish connections with potential buyers and understand their requirements. Sorting and storing waste materials according to these...

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Get More Credit!

Uncategorized Feb 20, 2024

Are you seeking ways to elevate your business's financial standing? Today, we delve into the art of expanding your business credit. Our aim is to provide you with actionable strategies without delving into complex financial terminology. Let's jump in!

  1. The Dynamics of Credit:

Understanding the dynamics of credit became crystal clear for me at a real estate seminar. While I was there in a support role, the speaker's enthusiasm about utilizing other people's money, including credit cards, was contagious. Despite the risks, credit cards can be a valuable tool, especially when you have cash in the bank. It allows you to float for 30 to 60 days, offering a helpful buffer for certain purchases.

  1. Business Credit Essentials:

Whether you're tapping into personal or business credit, the first lesson is clear — ask for it. Our journey begins with your vendors. Even if you usually pay with a debit card, inquire about credit terms. Negotiate for 10 to 15 days if 30 seems daunting....

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Your Bank Can Help!

Uncategorized Jan 18, 2024

Your Bank Can Help!

If you haven’t really thought about banking, you may be underutilizing this incredible resource available to business owners. Let's explore some simple banking strategies to make your cash management smoother.

Prioritize Regular Bank Account Reconciliation.

A disciplined daily or weekly reconciliation is the key to maintaining financial stability. This involves meticulously tracking transactions and ensuring alignment with bank records. Regular checks help you catch mistakes quickly and rectify them promptly.

Choose Commercial Bank Accounts for Transparency.

Opting for commercial bank accounts can be particularly beneficial for businesses. The enhanced transparency offered by these accounts provides detailed insights into financial transactions and operations, a valuable asset for businesses closely monitoring their cash flow.

Prioritize Service Quality Over Bank Size.

The prevailing belief is that smaller, local banks are always superior. However,...

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Prepayment discounts

Uncategorized Dec 18, 2023

Boost Cash Flow with Prepayment Discounts

Are you a business owner struggling to maintain a healthy cash flow? If so, you're not alone. Many businesses face cash flow challenges, but there's a strategy that can help you tackle this issue effectively. It's called offering prepayment discounts, and in this article, we'll explore how this approach can benefit your business.

The Hailstorm Story

Let me start by sharing a personal story involving a hailstorm. One day, my house was bombarded by hailstones the size of golf balls, causing severe damage to my roof. Thankfully, my insurance company provided a compensation check for the repairs. With cash in hand, I had the freedom to choose the roofing company to fix my roof.

After some research, I found a highly recommended roofer with years of experience. We negotiated a reasonable price for the job, and I was thrilled. However, he made me an intriguing offer: if I paid him half of the amount in advance, he would give me a discount. This...

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Unlocking Savings and Boosting Cash Flow: The Art of Adjusting Insurance Deductibles

Uncategorized Nov 09, 2023

Today, we're diving into a topic that may not be on your radar just yet but is incredibly important for your financial future: insurance deductibles. We'll explore the concept, dissect why you should care, and discuss how you can make informed decisions about your insurance coverage. So, stick around as we unravel the art of adjusting insurance deductibles to your advantage.

What's an Insurance Deductible?

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty details, let's make sure we're all on the same page about what an insurance deductible actually is. Simply put, an insurance deductible is the amount of money you must pay out of your pocket when you make a claim before your insurance company steps in to cover the rest.

For example, imagine you're in a car accident resulting in $10,000 worth of damage, and your deductible is $500. Your insurance company will cut you a check for $9,500, leaving you to cover the initial $500. If your deductible were $1,000, you'd receive $9,000 instead. So, why...

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