We have written many blogs on the importance of cash flow, but there are a couple of cash flow errors that are not often mentioned. These are not centered on an inability to pay bills; rather it involves fiscal decisions that complicate one’s ability to manage cash flow correctly. Consider these three questions when if comes to company cash flow.
Do you ever pay bills before they are due to be paid? This may seem like a sensible decision, but unless there is an incentive to do so, for example a supplier discount, all you are doing is compromising your cash flow, and boosting the cash flow of your supplier, or other provider. Cash is king when it comes to your balance sheet, so why create the potential for a cash flow crisis just to try and get ahead of the game? It is important to keep your credit score as high as possible, but it is also important to keep your disposable cash flow as high as possible. Paying bills on time is a different matter. Prompt, timely payment will benefit the credit score of your company and keep operations running smoothly. Sensible cash flow forecasting will help make the difference.