When you’re running your own business, there are rarely enough hours in a day. So finding more efficient ways to get things done can have a real impact on your lifestyle – and your bottom line.

According to CommBank Small Business research1, businesses that harness the power of technology feel more likely to gain an edge over their competitors and express greater confidence about their future growth.

So here are five easy tips for using technology tools to help manage cash flow, understand your business better, and help your customers pay you on time.

1. Automate your admin

The days of having to manually transfer and reconcile data to your accounting systems are over, with automatic data feeds making it easy to take care of this admin task.

Automatic data feeds quickly bring all your financial information together – transferring data from your transaction and savings accounts, business loan accounts, term deposits and business credit cards directly into your accounting system.

With automatic bank feeds, you’ll no longer need to manually export or enter your banking transaction data, saving you time and hassle when it comes time to reconcile your accounts. And because you have access to up-to-date transactions and all your financial information in one place, you’re able to take greater control over your finances and make smarter business decisions. 

2. Stay on top of cash flow

Cash flow is one of the key challenges for Australian small businesses. Finding ways to stay on top of it can make a big difference to your success – and peace of mind. Real-time alerts are one way to make that job easier, with instant messages that update you on the status of your account. 

Set alerts on your Business Transaction Account to let you know when your account balance is low, high, or if you’ve just been paid. That way you’ll know when you have enough money to cover outgoing payments – or extra cash to top up your business savings account. 

3. Gain business insights

Your financial data can be a valuable source of business and customer insights – the key is being able to access it quickly and easily. 

If you’re registered for Netbank or CommBiz, you may be eligible to access tools like CommBank’s Daily IQ which puts essential information about your customers at your fingertips – including their age, gender, location and spending behaviour.

This enables you to shape your marketing strategy to maximise its impact and target your ideal customer.

With access to Daily IQ, you can also track your cash flow in real time and view your business performance over selected periods – helping you manage your operations and expenses. 

What’s more, by comparing key financial data to the wider industry and area, you can see how you rank alongside similar businesses. This can help you find new ways to attract customers and stand out from the pack. 

4. Speed up payments

Advances in payments technology is making it easier to speed up customer payments – and get money in your account straight away. Instead of waiting hours or days for transfers from another bank, you can send and receive money almost instantly with PayID for business

With PayID, your customers can pay you with just your email, phone number or ABN – so they don’t need to have your BSB and account details at hand. It’s quick and easy to register – and once you’re set up, customers can pay you using their own PayID – and have the money in your business account in less than a minute.

5. Make deposits easy

Managing your cash flow is crucial to the success of your small business, and any delays in payments can cause a major financial strain. ATM deposit codes enable you to deposit money into your business account outside of branch hours – with no wait times and no queuing. 

These reusable and scannable codes can be pre-filled with your account deposit details, making it easy for your staff to manage the deposits on your behalf. What’s more, it’s a simple solution for customers to pay you directly to your account – even when the branch is closed.

All you need to do is create a code in NetBank or the CommBank app, then send it directly to the depositor via email or mobile phone. The person who receives the code is then able to deposit up to $10,000 cash into your account at any CommBank ATM with instant deposit. 

Get the right support

Need help starting, running and growing your small business? CommBank offers comprehensive online tools and resources to support you at every stage of your business journey – visit commbank.com.au/smallbusiness

Things you should know

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This article is intended to provide general information of an educational nature only. It does not have regard to the financial situation or needs of any reader and must not be relied upon as financial product advice. As this information has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs, you should, before acting on this, consider the appropriateness to your circumstances.