When you’re worried about cash flow, waiting for payment from your customers can put additional stress on your business. But what if you had access to the money you were owed before the invoice was paid?
What is invoice financing?
Invoice finance gives businesses access to the value of invoices that have been issued to customers, but not yet paid. There are several types of invoice finance on the market – including invoice factoring and invoice discounting.
Invoice factoring is when your unpaid invoices are on-sold to a third party, which then takes responsibility for collecting the outstanding funds. You might choose to use invoice factoring if you want to outsource your debt collection, while obtaining immediate funding for the unpaid invoices. You’ll likely sacrifice a percentage of the invoice as payment to the factoring company. You’ll also lose control of the customer relationship at this point, with the third party chasing your customers to pay.
While invoice discounting is similar, you are still responsible for collecting the accounts receivables, while the lending institution provides funding based on the unpaid invoices you submit to them, less a lending fee. Many invoice discounters will require you submit your entire receivables ledger as collateral so they can assess the creditworthiness of your clients.
Compare the two types of invoice financing
While both of these types of invoice finance have their benefits – they tend to be expensive and may take time to be assessed and approved. However, there is a new option available for businesses seeking to use their accounts receivable to access more funds.
A new approach to invoice finance
CommBank’s Stream Working Capital is a new type of invoicing financing, that acts as a secured business overdraft.
By connecting directly to your accounting software, Stream Working Capital provides access to finance as soon as you nominate customers’ invoices, which means funds are available 24/7.
To qualify, you need a minimum of $15,000 a month in unpaid invoices. CommBank will then provide finance for up to 80% of the value of your customers’ invoices. The amount of funding available is calculated in real-time as invoices are added to your system, and the loan balance outstanding is adjusted as your customers settle invoices by paying into your Stream Working Capital Transaction Account.*
One of the great advantages of Stream Working Capital is that it scales to meet your unpaid accounts receivables. As you add more invoices, available funding increases instantly too so you don’t need to keep applying for finance. And unlike a business loan, you only pay interest on the funds you draw down. You don’t have to worry about long waiting periods for approval either, and you don’t need to provide property or equipment as security because the invoices act as security.*
CommBank’s Stream Working Capital makes managing your cash flow simpler, more accessible and streamlined. Because it integrates directly with your business banking and accounting software you can worry less about administration and concentrate on the day-to-day running and growth of your business.*
Flexible business financing solutions
Stream Working Capital unlocks the value of your funds tied up in unpaid invoices to help with your cash flow.