Escaping The Cash Flow Cycle Dilemma

Information on business cash flow financing problems and challenges for Canadian business . What solutions are available for working capital needs

Nothing is as entertaining to us sometimes as to talk to a new entrepreneur who aspires to ‘ get rich ‘in business. It’s at that time that things just don’t seem that complex; a firm just needs to make a product, sell it, and bank the profits. And when you think of it, that’s not incorrect, it just exhibits a bit of inexperience in the perception of that simplicity, don’t you think.

The only thing that is missing in that analysis is of course those three magic words, the ‘ cash flow cycle’. It’s that cycle that will dictate whether your business cash flow financing problems are normal, or perhaps seriously in need of solutions .

Clients often mistakenly think that negative cash flows, those huge swings from positive to the negative are in fact a sign of failure. That’s the farthest from the truth. It simply means you’re ‘ in line ‘. In line? To get paid of course!

But the preparations you make when you are ‘ in line ‘ are what will truly make or break your business. Simply speaking you need cash flow financing solutions to cover those deficits. It is at those times that your firm is most vulnerable – because employees, suppliers, and lenders, (what a group!) may in fact doubt your ability to return to positive cash flow.

Canadian business owners turn to chartered banks to cover that deficit, when they can. The bank is in a position, when you qualify, to provide you with a business line of credit that will allow your cash flow cycle to continually repeat itself, from negative, to positive, and all over again.

But what if the bank is an inaccessible option for cash flow finance solutions? In some cases we have seen business owners solve their working capital problem by simply accessing supplier credit in a more aggressive manner. It’s not always immediately obvious to business owners that slowing down payables increases your operating cash flow. Of course it’s a delicate balance though.

Another issue in working capital and cash flow financing challenges can be the seasonality of your business. Many businesses have very uneven profit earnings; for example they might break even or sustain financial losses during some parts of the year, and thrive at others.

When business in fact seasonal, experiencing the ‘ bulge ‘ as we might call it your bank or other lenders have the option of staying the course with your firm, or canceling credit facilities altogether .

We have shown that cash flow challenges are a business reality, spanning all types of businesses and different industries. With proper management and solutions those challenges can be overcome. It always gets back to the issue of cash flow and profits being recognized as different. Bottom line, your profits are on paper only until they are banked.

In Canada business owners have access to a number of business finance solutions for working capital and cash flow. They include traditional banking, asset based lending, receivable finance, inventory finance, P.O. finance, and tax credit monetization.

Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who will ensure your business hasn’t lost faith in its ability to come up with growth and capital solutions for success.

7 Park Avenue Financial :
South Sheridan Executive Centre
2910 South Sheridan Way
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Oakville, Ontario
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Business financing for Canadian Firms , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing , Equipment Leasing , franchise finance and Cdn. Tax Credit Finance . Founded 2004 – Completed in excess of 100 Million $ of financing for Canadian corporations .

‘ Canadian Business Financing With The Intelligent Use Of Experience ‘

Stan has had a successful career with some of the world’s largest and most successful corporations.
Prior to founding 7 Park Avenue Financial in 2004 his employers over the last 25 years were, ASHLAND OIL, ( 1977-1980) DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION, ( 1980-1990) ) CABLE & WIRELESS PLC,( 1991 -1993) ) AND HEWLETT PACKARD ( 1994-2004 ) He is an expert in Canadian Business Financing.

Stan has over 40 years of business and finance executive experience. He has been recognized as a credit/financial executive for three of the largest technology companies in the world; Hewlett-Packard, Digital Equipment and Cable & Wireless. Stan has had in depth, hands on experience in assessing and evaluating thousands of companies that are seeking financing and expansion. He has been instrumental in helping many companies progress through every phase of financing, mergers & acquisitions, sales and marketing and human resources. Stan has worked with startups and public corporations and has many times established the financial wherewithal of organizations before approving millions of dollars of financing facilities and instruments on behalf of his employers.

Stan Prokop

7 Park Avenue Financial
Canadian Business Financing