Keep cash crowned as king  (August 2017)


If you want to succeed in business, understand that Cash is King. Your business can't survive without cash.

The following six takeaways are essential for business success:

  1. Protect your cash position, by knowing what it is.  Build a cashflow statement and always keep it up to date.  If you foresee a shortfall, start at once to fix it.

  2. Create a cash buffer as an insurance against unexpected difficulties.

  3. Protect your cash position against revenue shocks, by maintaining a balance equivalent to at least two months of operating expenses.

  4. Be realistic with revenue expectations.  Take action now if it looks like sales are not going to get you to breakeven.

  5. Credit checking up front will reduce the risk of customer non-payment.  Follow up with clear payment terms agreed in writing.  Communicate regularly with customers.  And automate where possible.

  6. Every dollar you spend reduces cash reserves.  The best way to protect your cash is to create a budget for the spend you know you need, and stick to it.

 

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