Factoring is a process by which a business sells its invoices to a specialist factoring company (a factor) and receives quick payment in return as a cash advance. For a small fee, the factoring company chases the debt and deals with any non-payment issues, removing all the hassles associated with invoice administration. Factoring can dramatically improve cash flow and boost company growth as it guarantees income and releases monetary assets that would otherwise be tied up in invoices (essentially providing instant access to money belonging to the business but which hasn’t yet been paid by debtors). Therefore, it is perfectly suited to start-ups and small companies, service based industries that rely on invoicing and businesses that wish to fund periods of rapid growth.
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- What are the requirements for factoring?
- Can I pick and choose which invoices are factored?
- How does a factor determine which invoices to accept?
- What's the difference between factoring and invoice discounting?
- What does a typical factoring contract contain?
- How much cash will I get up front for my invoices?
- What is reverse factoring?
- What are the different types of factoring?