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If you are a small business owner facing a declining business,  there are many ways to turn it around and change the circumstances so they are in favor of your business.  The book “Corporate Recovery: Managing Companies in Distress”, but authors Slatter & Lovett, gives valuable advice on turning companies around.  Some of the steps they recommend for your small business are as follows:

1.  Get control of cash flow and short term financing with a plan for Crisis Stabilization.  Understand all of the resources you have at hand, including your small business loan and funding resources.

2.  Perform a thorough assessment and make sure your leadership team is the one that is going to get the job done for your small business.

3.  Keep the lines of communication open with stakeholders, and make sure you have their support.

4.  Focus existing resources – be willing to sell peripheral assets to generate cash.

5.  Make any structural changes needed, including laying off unneeded employees.

6.  Understand the reasons your small business got into trouble in the first place, and focus on changing those processes.  Figure out how to be efficient and lean.

7.  Restructure the business financially, if needed.  Only make commitments that you can meet.  Raise working capital, or find other sources of funding.

Cash management is also critical to turning around a failing business.  Don’t spend cash unless it leads to generating revenue directly.  Prioritize payments.  Develop plans so that suppliers who aren’t getting paid understand when they will receive payment.  Communicate constantly with your creditors.  Implement a cash-only basis with your customers.  Provide status and updates for everyone involved in your business process.

The stress on communication is critical; creditors know that if your small business ends up in bankruptcy, they will likely receive very little return on their invoice, so many will be willing to work with you AS LONG AS you keep the lines of communication open.

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Are you one of the many people who find themselves in need of working capital, but have a history of bad credit scores?  If so, you may find no lending institution will consider your loan application, even for amounts as small as $1000.  Faced with this dilemma, many people run out of ideas on how to get the cash you need to run your business.  Don’t despair, however – spending a little time researching the subject, you may find that you can get a business loan from the very same bank that previously denied your application.

Research and Network

Start by networking with people you know, as poor credit scores are common in today’s economy, and many people are in the same situation.  Through networking, or through an Internet search, you may very well find valuable suggestions on how to get the loan you need.  Many lending institutions understand the economy and are willing to give small business loans to people with poor credit scores but strong working ethics.  You should be willing to offer any assets your business has as collateral, such as your home or other equity.

Get Someone to Co-Sign for your Loan

Alternatively, look for a friend, family member, or business partner with good credit who will agree to co-sign on the loan for you.  Often you will need to offer these individuals collateral (such as a percentage of your business) as well, but this is a small price to pay to get the loan you need and keep your business afloat.  The bottom line; small business loans for business owners with bad credit are available, if you’re willing to do your homework.

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Jul
14

Why Working Capital is Essential

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Working capital is a necessary part of developing your business.  But too many small businesses get caught in a bind when they don’t plan for growth or expansion expenses.  Here is a breakdown of how working capital comes into play and why you need to plan on it if you wish to run a successful business.

New Ideas Need Money

Imagine developing a new product launching your business to the next level.  When this occurs, there are many costs involved.  You need to pay the people that are working on it, cover project materials, any legal filings necessary, testing expenses, and more.  In addition, once the product is completed, there is marketing, social networking, promotions, advertising needed to be implemented.  There is cost involved in every aspect of this new product and/or idea.  And this is where small business owners get stuck.  They do not comprehend the full picture.  They think great we have an idea, but since we did not financially plan on the costs involved, we are just going to sit on this opportunity.  There are many problems with this way of thinking.  For while you are waiting, another company could swipe the idea before you.  Technology could change causing the research and development to occur from the beginning again.  Sitting and waiting only wastes money and time.  Both of which you do not have.

To make sure none of this occurs, talk to a small business loan professional about how to attain working capital.  Find out what your options are and don’t get caught in a financial trap.  It only hurts your small business and you.  You need to jump on the opportunity to expand your business when the iron is hot.  Otherwise, it may be too late.

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