Finance through a bank loan is the normal, or traditional, way of financing your business. While these loans are handy they are not available to every business. For example, a fairly newly established business simply may not have the assets to readily get a loan from a bank, even if they do, the standard collateral for a business loan is the business itself, which means that if you cannot make your loan payment, you risk losing your entire business. In addition, while you apply for a certain loan amount, that is all the financing you are entitled to. Of course, once that loan has been re-paid, you can always re-apply for another loan.
Factoring companies do not give loans, and the money you get from the factoring company does not put you in debt. Rather the financing you receive from a factoring company is based on money your business has already earned, but have not yet received. The factoring company purchases your accounts receivable, or part of them, for a certain percentage of their value, or what is known Transportation Factoring Costs – this is normally about 80-95%. The amount of money you can receive is based on the amount of money you have earned and the accounts receivable you are willing to “sell.” Once you have set up factoring account it continues as long as you wish it too and the amount of money available to you even can grow as your business grows, giving you the ready cash you need to meet your own obligations.
What Are The Benefits Of A Factoring Company Versus A Traditional Bank Loan?
Not every business can benefit from factoring account financing because you have to have a business with accounts receivable, however there are many benefits for those who can access this type of finance.
1. You Won’t Incur Debt. You don’t incur debt as you do with a bank loan because the factoring company actually purchases your accounts receivable. One of the main benefits of this kind of financing is that your business credit rating and your personal credit rating won’t be affected. Should the unforeseeable happen and your business fails, you won’t have to worry about anyone coming after your personal as well as your business assets to pay off a loan. The debt goes onto your credit report with a bank loan, with only one missed payment adversely affecting your business credit: it would also affect your ability to secure insurance, and may reflect on your personal credit rating as well.
2. No Collateral Required. Another benefit of using a factoring company instead of a traditional loan is that you aren’t required to provide collateral to the factoring company in order to secure financing, because the company “buys” the accounts receivables; not loans you money based on them. In addition, while the factoring company does run a credit check on your customers whose accounts receivables are offered for financing, the state of your credit is not an issue. This makes it easier for fledgling businesses to get the financing they need through a factoring company (as long as their accounts receivables are in good order) then from a bank, who may not feel that you have been in business long enough to be worth the risk of issuing you a loan. Also see Transportation Factoring Costs.
3. Receive Your Money Faster. Using a factoring company means that you’ll get the finance quicker. The money will normally be in your account within 24 hours, once the factoring company is confident that your customers’ accounts are likely to be paid. Borrowing from a bank begins with vast amounts of paperwork, the loan must be underwritten, and this can take ages before you’re notified if the loan has been approved.
4.You receive interest up-front. With a bank loan interest continues to build, and this has to be paid the whole time you have a business loan; however with a factoring company there is no interest – they take it right off the top by deducting it from the total amount of receivable accounts. So you don’t have to worry about monthly loan repayments, and you don’t have to worry about the amount of interest payable, because all the money in the account is yours to spend.
As you can see, there are several benefits that makes considering financing through a factoring company over a traditional bank worthwhile. However, there are also a couple of other benefits that a factory company can offer your business is far beyond the scope of the bank. The main benefit is that once you’ve sold your accounts receivable to the factoring company, you are free from having to collect money owed by your customers. The factoring company takes over that chore, since it is now their money to collect. Factoring companies are very good at collecting these debts, saving you the time and effort that you need to devote to your growing company.
In addition, since the factoring company evaluates the credit quality of your customers prior to purchasing the accounts receivable you gain valuable information into which customers are likely to pay and which ones are not so likely to pay.
While a Factoring company is not the only way for your business to obtain the money it needs to keep growing, it does offer a type of financing well worth considering.