When we first start a business, we do so with many hopes and plans usually relying on the fact that our monies will come in when they are due but one of the main reasons that companies get held up and their accounts get stuck is because the companies that are due to pay them do not pay them when they are supposed to and this creates a stop in the cash flow and for a small business, this can be a big problem.
Always plan for the unexpected
In many cases, new business do not expect to get cheated or to have companies delay their payments and when this happens, it can take the small business owner by surprise and having to spend so much time trying to get the money back can again affect the business. A business might need to hire the services of a professional which again means more money to be spent and in some cases, this can lower the profit on the product in question significantly. However, if you plan well ahead, at the time of pricing a product, you might find that you can get a company to get your debt for you without you having to spend much money from your own pocket.
Almost every credit agency will charge you in the form of a percentage of the money that they recover for you as their payment which means that you can add this percentage to your cost when you are pricing a product so that you are covered in case the money does not come in on time. If the money does come in on time, this small percentage will also be your profit and this way, you will also be able to offer this percentage as a discount for upfront payments so that people are encouraged to pay for the product upfront.
Like this, there are many small costs that you might not always be able to think about before it happens and these costs can lower the money coming in to your company. If you were to get advice from a professional business and financial advisor beforehand, you will be able to get knowledge on all of the hidden costs that you might have to encounter with your business. This is why it is always a better idea to keep a higher margin on your products or services. One of the biggest mistakes that small companies make is that they keep tiny profit margins in order to make more sales.