We wanted to give our readers something informative yet different and thought what better way for that than with a quick recap of the major events from 2016 to early 2017 from across the globe, India and us at KredX. 2016 has been quite a rollercoaster ride for the world and us in India. From terrifying events to groundbreaking changes and new opportunities, it certainly was a mixed bag of emotions. Let’s take a look back at some of the most impactful stories from the last year and early 2017.
Every small business owner would be familiar with the panic associated with customers paying late. It wrecks havoc with your business operations, your planning and regular payments to employees and other operational charges. In fact, it has been found that over 55% of the total value of B2B invoices in India were reported to be paid late according to a 2016 report by Atradius. This causes problems for the business and in turn, the other businesses it works with, thereby causing a negative cascading effect. To counter this, most businesses have in place a process called credit control. In simple words, it is a practice followed by businesses to ensure that customers don’t take too long to pay you by following up through emails or calls.
Most businesses inevitably face a cash crunch or two during their lifespan. To tide over such lean periods, a business can opt for financing options available in the market, the most obvious of which is a business loan or alternative financing solutions such as invoice discounting. How is invoice discounting different from a business loan? What are the advantages of it over a regular business loan? Here’s how!
It’s important to move with the times and evolve; as an individual, an entity or any kind of organisation. If you’re a business, it is imperative that you stay on top of the latest trends in your industry and use it to better your business. As technology continues to evolve rapidly, businesses need to embrace emerging, cutting-edge technologies before it is too late else you will run the risk of becoming an industry laggard.
We scouted the internet for reports from leading sources like the SMB Group, Cerasis, Deloitte, KPMG and many more for the 2017 technology trends for small businesses to bring you a consolidated list of tech trends your business should not miss out on! Are you and your business on top of these technology trends listed here?
Every business no matter how good the product may be, or how much funding they have are bound to have some trouble if their cash flow management is off. A company’s cash flow is dependent on timely invoice payments from their customers. A 2016 survey by Atradius on B2B Payments in APAC showed that Indian businesses face a delay of 65 days on an average to receive payments from the day of invoicing. The business struggles to stay afloat when these payments are delayed. This is one crucial aspect of any business that can spell success or doom for them. Here we outline some of the most common cash flow mistakes small business owners should stay clear of to avoid jeopardising their survival.
Understanding your company’s cash flow statement is indispensable to getting your company finances in order. It tells you how much money goes in and out of your business. Your company’s cash flow statement, the balance sheet and the income statement together will give you a holistic view of your company’s financial profile. A cash flow statement is a report of sorts that tells you how much money your company has in hand or its liquidity.
Small businesses may soon be able to communicate with their customers through a new version of Whatsapp called Whatsapp for Business. Whatsapp Co-founder Brian Acton recently announced that the Facebook-owned company is in the process of designing and testing a new platform specifically for the SME industry.
Bad credit history bogging your business down? Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Poor credit, be it personal or company, makes it that much harder for a business looking for a loan or any kind of funding. Banks scrutinise your credit history before approving your loan application. You may have had your reasons as to why you couldn’t pay up on time or messed up your payments. But to any lender, a person with a bad credit is high-risk, because it means either that you’ve not repaid on time or that you’ve seen harsh times. Fret not, all is not lost! There are a variety of alternative financing options which look into your operating history and business strength, and not just your credit history. Here, we introduce you to 5 viable financing options for businesses with bad credit.
Congratulations on building a successful business from scratch! Your services and products are in demand and the profit margins are good. But what next? ‘Scale-up’ of course! For any Small or Medium Enterprise (SME), the growth of their business is measured by scaling up while maintaining its profit margins. Most small businesses are in a hurry to grow, but the key is to take baby steps to ensure that you have both the operational and financial means to get through the next stage of growth. So, how do you go about it? Listed below are a few pointers every small business should bear in mind before scaling up.
If you’re anything like the vast majority of small businesses in the logistics industry, you too would probably find bookkeeping a daunting task. Putting it off could spell disaster as you could lose track of all the details and little expenses. So what should you do? Here are 6 bookkeeping secrets every logistics business needs to know!