Perhaps one of the biggest challenges facing small businesses today is how to sustain capital while managing cash flow. With careful budgeting of your resources, your business would fare well.
Control your working capital. You need to know how much it costs to setup the business, what the operating costs are and how much you should be paying for operating your business until such time that payment for your services or products would come. You have to make sure that you do not use your working capital to pay for fixed assets because you would need the cash for paying suppliers and buying materials you need to keep the business running.
There are numerous “what-if” scenarios in cash flow operation in your business and you should be well-prepared for that. One of the most important things you need to learn how to do is to plan ahead and have a diversified client base. You should not depend on just one client in order to keep your business going. If you do that, then you are in for a bad bruising.
Do not tolerate late payments. Your business is just starting and you should know that every penny needs to be taken into account. You have to send out bills to the right people and to the right department so that payments would not be delayed. Your invoices should be detailed so as not to have any further delays just to clarify what should have been clear in the first place.
You have to monitor your inventory and how you are spending your capital so that your business would not suffer from bankruptcy just because of cash flow generation.
Your business would flourish if you know how to budget your cash flow and use your financial resources to optimize your business.