Waiting days to receive payment on customer invoices can create an unnecessary financial strain on any business, especially businesses in the transportation or freighting industries. Toiling to pay shippers, suppliers and other third parties immediately while experiencing long wait times for payment for services can hinder business growth, or even put a transportation or freight company completely out of business. When times are tough, these companies can utilize invoice factoring services to not only stay in business, but thrive and grow. The following will explain what every transportation/freight company should know about factoring.
How to get started
In order to be eligible for invoice factoring, your company must issue bill or invoices on terms not exceeding 60 days. Any type of company can submit their invoices (not just truck or freight companies) as long as they meet this requirement. Once you have some invoices that haven’t been paid yet, you send the freight bills and/or accounting receivables that you wish to receive cash for to a truck or freight factoring company.
Get Paid Fast
As soon as you have been approved, the freight or truck factoring company will then advance you a percentage of the total amount of your customer invoices, minus a small cost or fee. These costs are determined by how quickly your customers submit payment for invoices, the total volume of invoices to be factored, the total monetary sum of the invoices, and the length of the contract.
It’s always a good idea to do some research before you choose the company you want to submit your invoices to. Most companies require long-term contracts and many require you to factor a minimum number of invoices. Watch for hidden fees or add-on fees. If a factoring rate seems to goo to be true, it usually is. Choose an established factoring company and carefully read the contract before signing. Many times the company offering the simplest plan is the best way to go.
Solve Your Cash Flow Problems
Factoring provides quick funding that you can use in any way for your business. With a loan or line of credit from the bank or other traditional lending institution you are usually required to specify exactly what you will be doing with the money you receive. But with factoring you can do whatever you want – it’s your money after all.
There’s Nothing to Repay
Factoring is not a loan or credit line, so there are no monthly payments and nothing to pay back. For many factoring companies, once they buy your invoices they take on 100% of the risk. This is known as non-recourse factoring. Your customers will be treated with the utmost respect, and because it is so commonplace nowadays (some of the largest companies in the world utilize factoring as an integral aspect of their overall financial strategy), your clients won’t judge you or think you’re facing financial difficulties. Once your clients pay their invoices, the factoring company is repaid.
Focus on Your Business
With factoring you don’t have to worry about when payments are going to come in, and you don’t have to spend all your time hassling clients to pay. You are completely free to focus your time and company resources on more profitable things then accounts receivable activities. Once your cash flow has improved, you can stop sending in your invoices.
Trucking companies and freight brokerages play a vital role in our country’s economy, but because of the nature of the business, many transportation companies struggle. There is a way out, however. Let invoice factoring services solve your cash flow problems today.