Invoice factoring is a form of invoice finance to release cash If you’re waiting for customers to pay for your services or products.
Invoice factoring (also known as debt factoring) is where the funder takes control of your sales ledger and lends against your customer invoices.
This means that your business will receive most of the invoice value (usually up to 90%, minus a lender fee) immediately, instead of the typical 30-90 days.
Invoice factoring is an alternative to a bank loan, overdraft or credit card, and the amount of finance is usually stated as a percentage of your outstanding debtor book or sales ledger.
Payments will usually go from you customers to the funder so they will be aware that you are using the product.
Invoice factoring works by you providing the goods/services to your customer and invoice them as normal. After this, you will send the invoice details to the invoice finance provider, but then effectively ‘sell’ those invoices to a factoring company. After verifying the invoices, the factoring company will pay you most of the invoice amount (usually around 90%).
Your customers will then pay the factoring company directly and the factoring company will chase the customer, if necessary. Finally, you will then receive the remaining invoice amount, minus the factoring fee, once the factoring company has been paid in full.
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Invoice factoring is like invoice discounting, however there is one fundamental difference. With factoring, your customers might know that you’re in receipt of finance because the lender will typically manage your sales ledger and credit control processes. As such, the bank will chase any late payments on your behalf. On the other hand, invoice discounting allows you to retain autonomy over all communications and customer service.
Some of the advantages of using an invoice factoring facility are:
Invoice factoring works well for business owners who require fast funding and can afford the fees that come with selling invoices to a third party.
It can also provide better cashflow control where there may be different credit terms across your clients and customers.
Invoice factoring is a versatile product for start-up businesses or smaller businesses where there is little time to stay on top of administration.
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