Credit Card Wisdom

September 11, 2014 by  
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Thinking about a credit counselor? Think again. Many entrepreneurs seek out information to get out of debt and find credit counselor scams. Here is how the scam works. They pay for articles to be posted on blogs with links to their pages. You read the article and feel like you got some great information. Then you click and follow the link. The link takes you to a fancy webpage which promises to make your credit problems go away. They either don’t do much or they give you more headaches. If you use a credit counselor use one that is local to you. Visit their office. Find other people who have used them and were happy with the results.

These scammers give you advice like- reduce your costs. Of course, you know to reduce your costs. You have cut back as much as you can. There isn’t any more to cut back. You need a different kind of help. Or you need an increase in income. If you have your own business, you can use a program like Double Your Revenue. This program teaches you how to increase sales in your business. If this is a program you would like to hear more about just text, DOUBLE to 909 235 9744.

They give you advice like update your budget. Most people do not have a budget or are not on their business if they are having a lot of difficulties. It’s pretty hard to budget when there is no money. Consolidating your loans is not an option for people who are in trouble with their creditors. Increasing your income is a great strategy. You can pay more bills with more money coming in. But you have to learn how.


The Reality Of Payday Loans

January 23, 2014 by  
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The Reality Of Payday Loans
Pay day loans or pay day advances were a thing of the past. Most people who worked in the formal sector had not even used this service let alone heard it. It was the hard work that they put in that counted and so they counted on promotions.
Fast forward to the second decade of the 21st century and they are now a trend. They have become a service that is widely used by at least 25% of persons in the formal sector. Why you ask? This is because the cost of living has risen and profits among companies have fallen.

Since the economic crunch of 2008, we have seen a rise in the costs of food, mortgage, telephone bills, fuel, health services and in the education sector. Pay day advances from lenders such as are widely applied for by households especially the breadwinners who have to complete paying the bills; be it electricity or the mortgage. But is there really a motivating factor as to why people are obliged to request a pay day advance?
Well I could ask, why can’t someone endure those few couple of days doing side hustles to boost their incomes? Because a pay day loan is only a benefit in the short run but when you look at the long run, it is actually a loss.

Short term gain
First you have to deal with the interest that you have to pay. So that means you actually pay more for that advance cash. This mostly happens during the festive season. People mostly look to get the advances early so that they can enjoy and revel during this season which calls for celebrating. But then January comes along and then its back to square one and reality hits you. Its mid-January and you are practically broke.

So what am I trying to say here?
Taking a pay loan advance is not a necessity. You can start by planning on how to evade this by budgeting your monthly income right from the word go. I must say this will take some lean spending at some point in the month, cutting on electricity usage and all that. In the long run, you will have escaped some very dire consequences.

‘m not saying that it’s wrong to do that or a taboo for that matter but we must be wise in our spending. But this is just my opinion and that according to me is the reality behind payday loans. I think that this would be the first step to actually evading the temptation of taking a pay day advance.

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5 tips to manage cashflow and improve business costs

November 15, 2013 by  
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5 tips to manage cashflow and improve business costs

Whether planning a start-up or reviewing financial management and operation of an existing business, there are usually two questions at the forefront of the mind: how do I manage cashflow best? And how do I keep business costs low?

To list down every recommendation, trick, piece of advice, process and consideration to address these fundamental areas of business success would require an extensive textbook… so this article offers five quick tips to establish control over your cashflow and business costs, and the impact they have on your profit, survival and growth:

1. Invoice smarter

Slow-paying customers can present a huge issue for small businesses in particular – especially when those businesses are experiencing the same issues as your business and waiting for their own cash to come in. It can be a tricky cycle.

Ensure your invoicing process is streamlined, invoices are promptly mailed out and the invoice content is clear and easy to read. Simple omissions such as failure to include purchase order numbers and payment terms can bring on setbacks and delays.

Assess whether your business is able to go one step beyond and make the payment process easier and faster for your customers.  Electronic payment systems, or discounts offered for rapid payment of invoices, can speed up transactions and may also improve processing times on your side.

2. Negotiate

Just because a price has been quoted, or you have been paying the same rate for years and years, doesn’t mean that is what you have to pay.

Work hard to negotiate with your suppliers since many are willing to discuss pricing and rates (they want to retain your business after all!)

Every little bit might just help – whether addressing standard utility overheads such as energy and phone bills, or working to pay less for the office stationery  – it could have a significant impact on your bottom line.

3. Get close to your accountant 

Many businesses, particularly smaller ones, look to liaise with their accountant only at a time of need.

A solid accountant can provide invaluable advice and serve as a useful resource, sharing knowledge, insight and recommendation all year round.

Services such as cost management, profit management, investment, funding consultancy and general check-ups can help you keep things on track and optimise the health of your balance sheet.

Build a regular relationship and dialogue with your accountant to drive smarter business decisions, higher profits, reduced taxes and improved cash flow

4.  Explore alternative credit and funding options

A wide range of alternative funding solutions are available in the market – non-bank lending is now at its highest in five years as more and more SMEs recognise the benefit of short-term, affordable cash flow solutions.

Beyond the company credit card, hire purchase agreements, leasing arrangements and overdrafts – cash flow products such as crowd-funding and invoice finance could provide much-needed cash and capital to help you manage seasonal demand, or the challenging peaks and troughs of delayed customer payments. If you have followed the previous tip and have a good accountant, they will be full of advice and recommendation on the best path for you.

Overdrafts, premium funding, lease facilities and cashflow funding products such as factoring can all be excellent tools to help match cash supply with outlays. These arrangements take time to set up, so you need to be prepared in advance.

5. Plan, plan, plan – and stick to it

Heavily monitor your balance sheet and your cash flow budget.

The continual review and action planning for the credit you arrange, the bills you pay, how you pay those bills, and when your payments are coming in are all critical for the survival of the business.

It is important to revise your cash flow budget periodically which an accountant can assist with and deliver as an automated, streamlined process. Simple exercises such as payment prioritisation, strategic management of credit terms, weekly cash flow projections and payment collections all form the foundations of the dynamic accounting function of a business.

A solid system in place such as this will also allow you to plan for lean times and schedule purchases and allocation of capital when you need it most.

About the Author: Beth Nicholas is a professional writer for Plus Accounting – chartered accountants and providers of business financial services based in Brighton, England.

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