Account receivable factoring provides businesses with an option to finance their venture without taking out a loan. This is a type of debtor finance where SMEs sell its invoices to a third party at a discount, in order to provide an immediate cash injection. There are many reasons why a business may factor an invoice, including increasing cash flow and mitigating credit risk.
Factoring is a financial transaction where a company sells it receivables (invoices) to a factor, who collects the payments directly from the business’ customers. Most businesses choose this option if they want to receive their cash up front instead of waiting the duration of the agreed payment terms.
Once a business has sold its invoices to a factoring company, they will be charged a factoring fee, which is commonly a percentage of the amount of receivables being factored. This amount can depend on a number of things, including the industry your business operates in, amount of receivables being factored, quality of your customers and the average number of days outstanding in receivables.
There are a number of advantages to account receivable factoring. This is a very simple form of commercial finance, and the main requirement is usually a client base with good credit. Your own credit history is not usually considered, so if you have adverse history or have not been operating for a large period of time, you can piggyback on the good credit history of your clients.
Once your invoice has been sold, the factor will be the ones that chase the payment, meaning you no longer have to worry about playing the role of collector, and once the invoice has been paid, the money will be returned to the company they bought the invoice from, minus their fee.
The downsides of this commercial finance method is that you have to pay a fee to use this service, factors often buy invoices at discounted prices, meaning you’ll receive less money than if you processed your own invoices.
Accounts receivable factoring allows you to release cash quickly from your unpaid invoices.
As your lender, we can release up to 90% of your invoices within 24 hours. On payment of the invoice from your customers, we will then release the final amount minus any fees and charges. There are different types of invoice financing options available to businesses depending on the situation and the level of control they require in collecting unpaid invoices.
We are an invoice financing company who offer a solution whereby payments are collected on your behalf managed by our team of expert credit controllers so you can focus on running your business. Our Confidential Invoice Discounting solution is offered to businesses who want to maintain their own credit control processes, therefore this remains strictly confidential so your customers are unaware of our involvement.
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