If you are looking to implement plans to grow your business, confidential invoice discounting (CID) could help you cover the associated costs by providing a substantial cash flow solution. CID allows you immediate access to the cash tied up in your unpaid invoices so you no longer have to wait 30-120 days until you receive payments from your customers. Best of all, your customers never need to know about the arrangement as the facility can remain entirely confidential.
Similar to its close cousin, invoice factoring, CID advances payments from your outstanding sales ledger. This frees up your cash flow so you can reinvest your income back into the business where it needs to be, such as paying staff or covering the costs of materials and transportation. The basic steps of how this cash flow solution works are broken down below.
Step 1 (Invoice) – You raise an invoice to your customer which determines how much is due to be paid to your business and when it is due.
Step 2 (Advance) – You receive up to 100% of the value of that invoice as a cash sum, usually within 24 hours of sending a copy of the invoice to your lender.
Step 3 (Cash) – You now have the cash you need to cover the cost of additional jobs, wages, materials and any other cash consuming aspects of your business.
Step 4 (Repayment) – Once the invoice falls due, the lender receives the payment from your customer. Of course, your customer won’t need to know about that. You will then be forwarded the remaining value of the invoice you were not initially provided with, minus prearranged fees.
Invoice discounting is ideal for companies with £100,000 (plus VAT) turnover and does vary in fees and service rates. However, a quick visit to our interactive invoice finance calculator below will provide rough estimates on the likely costs involved.
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