A factoring company is an accounts receivable finance company that provides a service called factoring. Factoring is a transaction where a business sells its invoices to an invoice factoring company to gain access to the cash tied up in outstanding accounts receivables. These invoices or receivables are removed from your books and are added to the factoring company‚Äôs balance sheet at their fair value.
The factoring company is purchasing these accounts receivable at a discount rate and then waiting on your customers to pay the invoice, whether that is 30, 60 or 90 days later.
The discount amount depends on a number of different things, such as:
As much as rates are competitive among the top factoring companies, there are many factoring companies that still charge up to double or more than what you can get in the market for the same core service. Make sure that the rate you agree on is a competitive one that is not going to take all the profit out of your business but give you that infusion of cash to really help you grow!
Often when a business starts with a factoring company, they continue to use the service as they grow in the years to come. Sometimes a factoring company will ask a business to sign a contract that is longer then a business owner feels comfortable with it. Make sure the factoring company you sign up with is reasonable and only agree on a term that you feel comfortable signing.
There are many great factoring companies in North America. Some were started in Canada and others were started in the United States and have expanded into Canada. Both types can provide the service you need, but one thing to make sure of is that the funding company is going to be funding your invoices in the currency of the invoice. Some U.S. companies will fund in Canada but will only fund in USD. With conversion fees being up to 2% you may be doubling your cost just to have the bank convert the funds from USD TO CAD, so make sure that the company you choose funds in Canadian Dollars.
A factoring company is a financing partner to your business. Making sure you can receive the funding you need and have great service is important for a long lasting mutually beneficial relationship. If you would like to really find out about a factoring companies service, ask to see some testimonials or speak with one of their clients.
Yes, we have many clients in Canada and the U.S. We have found that we are able to educate and help provide financing for many growing Canadian businesses.
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