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Regardless of the size of your business or the industry you work in, working capital is something you need to ensure the long-term financial health of your organization. In a recent PWC report, 65% of executives admitted that working capital management is the primary objective of management change and restructuring activities. Here’s what you need to know about working capital, why it’s important, and several tips for effective working capital management. 

What is Working Capital?

Working capital is the amount of cash or other current assets remaining after calculating your business’s liabilities. Put another way, working capital is the difference between what you owe (expenses, salaries, taxes, debt payments, etc.) and the liquidity you have on hand (cash, bonds, stocks, treasury bills, and inventory) over the next 12 months. 

Why Your Business Needs Working Capital

Having positive working capital is important for your business for several reasons:

  • Business Liquidity — Organizations that have the right level of working capital can weather various challenges and take advantage of unexpected opportunities for business growth. 
  • Operational Efficiency — By optimizing your working capital, your business can avoid various risks that can cost it time and money. This financial safety net allows your business to operate smoothly. 
  • Higher Profits — When you have more working capital, this also generally means you are doing what’s necessary to improve the efficiency of your accounts payable and receivable. When these departments are running smoothly, your business will be more profitable. 

5 Tips for Effective Working Capital Management

Now that you know why working capital is important, here are five tips for effective working capital management. 

1. Manage Inventory and Procurement

Effective inventory management is essential for maximizing your working capital. Having too much stock on hand can tie up your resources, and not having enough can result in lost sales. 

2. Improve Your Receivables Process

It’s important to set expectations with customers and vendors, so your business’s invoices get paid on time and in full. Otherwise, your business will end up in a cash crunch. 

3. Pay Business Partners on Time

Every business has bills to pay, but those debts will cost you more if you don’t pay them on time. By keeping your business partners happy, it can save you money and help you get better terms in the future. 

4. Manage Costs Effectively 

Of course, it takes money to make money, but your costs shouldn’t eat away at your profits. Make sure you are tracking business expenses closely and reducing costs wherever prudent. 

5. Make More Informed Financing Decisions

If your accounts receivable and inventory aren’t enough to cover short-term expenses, you can explore working capital loans to help you pay these bills and free up some valuable liquidity. 

Manage and Grow With CAB Capital

As you can see, there are many ways your business can manage its working capital. If you need access to additional capital to ensure the health of your business, CAB Capital can help. We assist small businesses throughout the United States by offering many different alternative lending solutions. We can help match you with a solution that meets your particular business needs and goals. Contact us today for more information.