There is a tendency, particularly among those who have not attempted to do business in a tricky financial climate as well as among people whose businesses are largely recession-proof, to think that only badly-run businesses fall upon hard times and go bust. While it is true that the better run businesses will have the best chance of surviving a financial crisis, the fact of the matter is that recessions are not all that picky. During the worst of a financial downturn, businesses of all kinds will be swallowed, and this includes those that have tried to do everything right.
Make no mistake about it, the business world is made up of countless interlinking companies and organisations, and when one of these fails it can take a number of others with it. When major banks are failing, they are certain to take even more businesses out as they go, and it can have the result that a business which does its level best to meet every invoice instantly suddenly finds that its own debtors are not paying, making it all the harder for that business to meet its commitments. Even the most scrupulous business can be at risk when people aren't paying.
It goes without saying that this is monstrously unfair. A business that has never missed an invoice before can be left seriously exposed because invoices sent in good faith are not being honoured. The presence of a solution for this glaring problem needs to be common knowledge. If a business finds itself in this kind of strife, then it helps to know that there are invoice factoring providers that can take on the debt of these unpaid invoices and give the business the financing it needs to both meet its invoices and to keep the cash flowing in order to keep business going.
The use of business factoring also allows a company to concentrate on doing what it is good at. When you specialise in a sector such as the arts, for example, or catering, you may lack the ability to negotiate with a customer who is unable or unwilling to pay. However, factoring providers have these skills in abundance, and are well placed to chase up invoices for debts that they have bought with the finance that they have forwarded to your business. Indeed, it may even suit your customers better, as a financial expert may be best placed to find a structured payment solution which meets everyone's needs.
The author is an expert in business finance and has helped numerous recession stricken companies turn their fate around. He is on the board of an Invoice Factoring company which has helped companies large and small meet their commitments and prevent the recession from tipping them into administration. He has also provided advice on business factoring to several organisations both public and private, helping to save thousands of jobs in the process and is currently working on a guide to recession-proofing your business.