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Any business requires a steady flow of cash in order to continue functioning successfully. This applies equally to companies both large and small, cutting across all industries including law firms. While this basic principle may seem self-evident, it was one of the main reasons for the dot com crash in the 1990’s and remains a catalyst for why many small businesses get into trouble.
The construction industry is unique in that developers, manufacturers, suppliers, contractors and sub-contractors are all in the same cash stream, and when a company at the top end of the chain becomes financially distressed it has a knock-on effect on the rest of the industry.
Approximately 25-30% of accountants’ time is taken up searching for documents. However, the old adage that ‘time is money’ is more relevant today than ever before. One area where most companies can quickly lower operational and financial cost, risk and optimise efficiency is by switching to an integrated, cloud-native, document management platform which automates data storage, distribution and document management.
Your friends and family may offer you financial advice with good intentions, but you should be wary of basing your investment decisions purely on stories shared 'around the braai'. People love to give advice, especially the people closest to us – our family and friends. And while we are often able to be circumspect, sifting out what is irrelevant to us, it can be difficult to resist taking financial advice from family and friends, especially when they appear to have done well for themselves.
Every successful business reaches a stage where it has to choose its growth path. Either you grow organically, using operational capital as and when it’s available or you use growth capital in order to scale up faster. If you are considering the fundraising route, there are a number of things you need to nail in order to be funding ready.
Every successful business owner will tell you that ‘cash flow is king’ and effective working capital management is essential for any successful business to survive, as it provides a business with the cash flow to fund its day-to-day operations. Working Capital can be funded by the business itself or by external funders.
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