Working capital requirements can very quickly become a growth inhibitor to a new business. Startups lack credit history and so typically business owners find that they have limited options to get financing. They often turn to family and friends, pitch their business to investors, or simply bootstrap the business and grow at a much slower rate than what may be possible with financial backing.
Invoice Factoring- A good option for my startup?
There is another way. B2B startup businesses that are soon to begin billing customers or are generating invoices can partner up with a factoring company and utilize them to finance their growing startup. The factoring company can help by:
Unlike a bank, a factoring company looks to the credit quality of a business's customers allowing even a brand new business with good customers to gain this type of financing.
A factoring company funds based on outstanding invoices/ accounts receivable. So once a business has an agreement with a factoring company, the business will submit copies of their outstanding invoices to the factoring company. The factoring company will then verify the work is done and will advance between 80-90% of the invoice value in most cases. This enables the startup business to have access to cash or working capital for their business within hours of creating their first ever invoice.
This enables a startup to:
Once the invoice is paid by the startup's customer, the factoring company would receive a small fee for providing the service (generally around 1.5% of the invoice value depending on how long the client takes to pay) and the startup would receive the rest at that time.
As businesses are constantly generating invoices for work completed, this can act as a type of line of credit for new businesses that will continue to grow as they grow.
At Meritus Capital, we find getting a startup set up with us can be the best, easiest and quickest time to do so as there is no entity history, previous bank loans, filings, suits or the like to complicate the process. Here are a few key points about the process.
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