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Invoice factoring is perhaps the most widely used form of invoice finance. Factoring agreements often allow access to up to four times as much cash compared to what may be available in more traditional bank overdraft facilities.
Factoring companies provide you with both the cash you need to grow your business and the time you need to achieve this. Here’s how it works:
Step 1 (Invoice) – You raise an invoice with a customer, containing information on how much the customer needs to pay and in how many days.
Step 2 (Cash Advance) – You send a copy of this invoice to the debt factoring provider, who will pay you a pre-arranged percentage of the invoice within 24 hours.
Step 3 (Growth) – You now have the cash available to cover the costs of your next job and reinvest back into growing your business.
Step 4 (Repayment) – By factoring invoices, you will not have to do much else. The factoring company will collect the payment at the previously agreed date from your client and send over the remaining value of the invoice you did not initially receive, minus pre-arranged fees.
If desired, invoice factoring companies may also collect payment under your business’ name, keeping the facility confidential from your client. The other alternative is to collect the payment yourself which may suit your business if you have an established in-house credit collection process already.
Invoice factoring companies tend to be best suited for small to medium firms with at least £25,000 (plus VAT) turnover. Depending on the size of your business, the invoice value you require to be advanced and other factors, such as the rates and fees, can vary. Having said this, our invoice finance calculator below often provides fairly close estimates to how much a facility will cost you.
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