Invoice financing is a “blanket” term that covers every sort of transaction in which you transfer your unpaid invoices to a third party in exchange for payment. Organisations of many different types participate in invoice financing.
Examples include both traditional financial companies, like banks or specialist investors, and new online crowdsourcing platforms, like Platform Black or Market Invoice.
In the United Kingdom, invoice financing breaks down into two principal groups: factoring and invoice discounting.
The rise of the crowdsourcing approach, where financial resources are provided by groups of investors rather than institutions, has led to much more invoice trading, creating a third significant financing method.
Here are the details (and the potential advantages and disadvantages) of each method.
Using Factoring To Increase Cashflow
In this sort of situation, an experienced financier manages a companies sales ledger and reaches out to customers to collect the money they owe to the business.
Examples of firms that specialise in this service include Calverton Finance and Bibby Financial Services.
The factoring company takes full responsibility for all of the company’s invoices.[Continue reading]