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Make 2020 the Year to Grow Your Business

Happy New Year! With 2019 behind us, many businesses are looking to make progress towards growth. However, to grow your business, there are a few things you need to do to ensure smooth sailing.

Start with the Simple Stuff

If you want to grow your business, you need to make sure there is nothing holding you back. That means making sure your quarterly IRS tax liabilities are in order. As it is January, businesses will be filing for the quarter of October to December of 2019. Next, it is time to take a look at your business credit report. See where your business stands and if there are any red flags that would stand out to lenders. To grow your business, you want to be in the best position possible, which means paying down outstanding balances and making sure there are no lingering marks on your credit report. Ideally, you should be checking your business credit report quarterly, at minimum. Removing those red flags will be reflected the following month. With taxes and credit history out of the way, the next move is to get a better handle on revenue.

Grow Your Business with Better Cash Flow

Many businesses are kicking off the new year by waiting on payments from invoices issued in the previous quarter. If you want to grow your business, you need access to as much working capital as possible without taking on additional debt. Unfortunately, waiting on payments from sales made a month ago or longer can pose a challenge. To accelerate the rate of capital coming in, businesses turn to accounts receivable factoring. By using accounts receivable factoring, unpaid invoices are turned into cash within a single day. This allows your business to catch up on revenue and improve cash flow. Additionally, with a greater influx of capital, you can build up reserves so you can act on opportunities to grow your business instead of putting off plans because of unpaid client invoices.

Take the Next Big Leap

By taking care of liabilities and credit, along with improving cash flow through accounts receivable factoring, you can create a sound strategy to grow your business. At New Century Financial, we provide the most comprehensive factoring services to help businesses improve cash flow and achieve rapid growth. Make this year even more successful, and grow your business with fast, flexible, and efficient factoring from New Century Financial.

The Difference between AR Financing and AR Factoring

While the rate at which everyone does business has increased tremendously from even a few years ago, one thing remains constant – invoices are issues with payment schedules of 30 days or longer. This forces businesses to wait up to a month or more for revenue to trickle in. When businesses want to boost cash flow and access revenue faster, they can choose between AR financing and AR factoring. While both methods may seem similar, they function in very different ways.

AR Financing at a Glance

Accounts receivable financing – or AR financing – is a form of asset-based lending. Receivables are used as collateral to create a line of credit that businesses can borrow against. Often, true AR financing involved term contracts, and the amount of financing available can go up or down depending on the number of receivables in a given review period. Some AR financing providers also impose upkeep fees on these asset-based lines of credit. Other forms of AR financing offer loans against the receivables, which could impact credit ratings.

AR Factoring at a Glance

AR factoring is a different approach to leveraging receivables for capital. AR factoring is a fast and transparent procedure that delivers money for receivables, often within a single business day. AR factoring is structured around the actual receivables and the “creditworthiness” of the clients who were issued the invoices. AR factoring provides capital for receivables, so there is no line of credit. Additionally, true AR factoring services do not charge maintenance fees or lock clients into long-term contracts. AR factoring is also versatile, allowing businesses to choose which invoices or parts of invoices get factored.

Pay Attention to the Details

AR financing and AR factoring are often conflated, so it helps to pay attention to which services you are actually getting from your provider. Do not hesitate to ask questions to make sure you are not getting into a contract when you only need funding for your receivables right then and there. Also, check to see if there are maintenance fees and other charges.

At New Century Financial, we provide true AR factoring services, so businesses can access capital for their unpaid invoices within 24 hours. There are no contracts or extra fees, and businesses are able to choose which receivables or parts of receivables get factored. When you want fast cash for your receivables without any strings attached, contact the experts at New Century Financial.

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Creditworthiness: What You Need to Know About Your Clients

Creditworthiness is a term often used by financial institutions to gauge their ability to secure loans or other types of financing. It would stand to reason that business owners are concerned about their own creditworthiness, which is why many are focused on building credit ratings for their organizations. But should you be concerned about the creditworthiness of your clients?

Credit Worthiness and Cash Flow

The creditworthiness can give you insight into your clients. You can take a quick glance and see if they are relatively new, have a robust and established track record, or if they are going through a rough patch. Additionally, the creditworthiness of your clients can be an indicator of how quickly you will be paid for the invoices your issue after sales are made. A client with a high credit record is likely to provide timely payments on goods and services. A client with a lower score may take longer, or even ask for an extension. Others may be more troublesome, and receivables could age out of the payment schedule and end up going to collections – a situation no business owners wants to deal with.

Accounts Receivable Factoring and Creditworthiness

Businesses use accounts receivable factoring to get access to revenue faster than waiting on staggered payment schedules. Receivables are converted to cash within 24 hours, resulting in a stronger cash flow and the ability to build up reserves for growth. New Century Financial goes a step further, and provides business owners with the ability to check on the creditworthiness of their clients. Having this insight gives business owners an idea of which clients might become a risk with payments in the future, or which ones are in good standing and might be worth perusing for long-term accounts and larger sales.

New Century Financial is a national leader in accounts receivable factoring services. Our process is fast, transparent, and we allow business owners to decide which receivables or parts of receivables get factored. There are no long-term contracts, and we provide the tools necessary to check up on the creditworthiness of your clients and plan for long-term success. Contact New Century Financial today to get started.

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Getting a Head Start on Your 2020 Business Taxes

Business taxes may seem like the best thing to look forward to in 2020, but taking time to get organized and sorted now can save business owners a lot of headaches in the new year.

Assess Your Business Liabilities

The deadline for 2019’s quarterly tax year is on January 15, 2020. Businesses must pay 100 percent of the previous year’s liabilities and 90 percent of the current year’s income taxes to avoid heavy penalties from the IRS. Business taxes in the form of IRS liabilities are different, depending on the size and type of organization you run. Businesses making fourth-quarter tax payments in January need to calculate taxes separately, especially if capital gains benefits are involved.

Estimated Business Taxes

Making four estimated business tax payments is often easier than making one large payment. Estimated business taxes are calculated by figuring out taxable income, deductions, credits, adjusted gross income, and other items. Paying estimated business taxes can help to make things easier throughout the year, especially if your business has started handling taxes for new employees.

Keep Track of Expenses

Recent tax reforms now hold that businesses can only claim 50 percent deductions for meal and entertainment expenses. Previously, businesses could claim 100 percent deductions, so be aware of this when filing in 2020. When filing business taxes, keeping track of your deductible expenses such as meals, travel, equipment, and more makes the process much easier.

Pass-Through Status

There are a number of new deductions for business owners who pass through a sole proprietorship. Qualifying business owners will be able to deduct up to 20 percent of their qualifying business income. The pass-through status does not apply to doctors, attorneys, athletes, or dentists.

Talk with Your CPA

If you enlist the services of a CPA, they will be able to keep you apprised of the latest reforms for business taxes, and how they will impact your quarterly or yearly payments. Talking with your CPA can help you streamline the tax filing process so you can focus on running and growing your business without staying up late with a headache and a calculator.

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Make “Reducing Business Debt” One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

Many businesses are closing out 2019 with debt and other liabilities on the books. Reducing business debt is a great and realistic resolution that entrepreneurs can set for themselves in 2020. Reducing business debt helps to improve credit ratings, widen financing options, and removes strains on cash flow. Creating a plan for reducing business debt is not as insurmountable as it may initially seem.

Step 1: Reducing Debt through Consolidation

Some new and small business owners are entering 2020 with debt and liabilities centered around loans. In many cases, those small business owners are balancing payments on multiple loans, each with it’s own installment amount and interest rate. Debt consolidation is a way to combine those loans into one singular loan with manageable installments and interest rates. By having business debt under one loan, entrepreneurs can pay off multiple creditors quickly and efficiently.

Step 2: Stay on Top of IRS Liabilities

It is of the utmost importance to stay on top of IRS liabilities, such as 941 payments. Letting IRS liabilities to slip can impact business credit ratings, lead to tax liens, revenue garnishment, and more. Owing the IRS money is not something to be taken lightly, and paying attention to those quarterly 941 payments will help your business stay in good standing with the IRS. If you cannot make IRS tax payments on time, let them know. The IRS has forms for delays or to work out a resolution on owed taxes.

Step 3: CPA Services

Many small business owners find themselves wearing multiple hats, including the one for in-house accountant. Hiring a CPA or even accounting software can reduce the headaches caused by balancing the books. CPA services can help guide entrepreneurs who are focused on reducing debt and create budgeting strategies.

Step 4: Improving Cash Flow

Boosting cash flow is a great way to ensure there is capital on hand to cover overhead, liabilities, and reduce debt. Accounts receivable factoring is a debt-free method of converting unpaid invoices to capital. Since many small businesses issue invoices with staggered schedules, waiting on payments can cause lag in revenue, which can lead to liabilities and debt. Factoring gives businesses faster access to revenue and the ability to build up capital reserves, which can correct strains on finances.

New Century Financial is a national leader in accounts receivable factoring services for businesses of all sizes. If you are focused on reducing business debt, accounts receivable factoring is a fast and efficient way to build up the capital you need to make payments on loans and IRS liabilities. Contact New Century Financial today to get started.

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Improve Cash Flow and Achieve Growth for the New Year

As 2019 winds to a close, many businesses are trying to position themselves for a robust start to the new year. Some want to improve cash flow to reduce gaps in revenue from customer payments. Others want to achieve growth and reach their projected goals without relying on debt-based loans. All of these are attainable, and there’s no better time like the present to start.

Improve Cash Flow for 2020

Many businesses that make sales at the end of 2019 will not see revenue from their customers until 2020. Invoices with staggered payment schedules of 30, 60, or even 90 days could find themselves waiting until January, February, or March to see revenue for their sales. This could force businesses to put plans on hold or enter the new year in a financial position that is less than ideal. The best way to improve cash flow is to use invoice factoring. Invoice factoring converts unpaid receivables to cash within 24 hours, so businesses can stop waiting on staggered payment schedules and greatly increase the amount of revenue coming into their accounts.

Achieve Growth

When your clients are making payments on invoices according to staggered payment schedules, accumulating the capital necessary to roll out growth projects can be challenging. Businesses are forced to move internal goal posts, stalling what would otherwise be rapid expansion. As shown above, invoice factoring can improve cash flow, but it can also help businesses achieve growth. As the rate of cash flow improves, businesses can build up capital reserves to take advantage of growth opportunities without relying on debt-based loans to reach the next big milestone.

Make 2020 a Lucrative New Year

Invoice factoring can help your business start off 2020 with a big advantage. At New Century Financial, we specialize in invoice factoring solutions to help businesses improve cash flow and achieve growth. Our comprehensive invoice factoring services are fast and transparent, with no contracts or hidden fees. We also place control in your hands, so you can choose which invoices or parts of invoices get factored. Contact New Century Financial today and make the upcoming year a prosperous one.

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Rethinking Standard Business Procedures for Receivables

For the longest time, businesses of all types have been issuing invoices with staggered payment schedules. This courtesy gives clients a period of 30, 60, or even 90 days to pay for goods and services received from businesses so as not to place a strain on finances, especially for large orders. However, the business landscape has changed over the decades, and commerce takes place at a much faster rate than ever before. Apart from banking, weekends mean less and less in the business world, and our constant connection via the internet and mobile devices have us closing deals and making sales with the swipe of a finger. So why should your business still have to wait a month or longer to receive payments on aging receivables?

Unpaid Receivables Place a Strain on Businesses

While the standard business procedure of issuing invoices with staggered payment schedules works out great for customers, it can create a major strain for businesses. Waiting a month or longer for payments causes gaps in cash flow. During that time, businesses have to make payroll, cover regular overhead expenses, pay for materials and inventory to fill customer orders, maintain marketing campaigns, and more. This means that at any given time, businesses are spending more money than they are receiving, and it makes it nearly impossible to achieve successful growth.

Rethinking Receivables

Businesses need access to working capital to cover all the expenses listed above, and to take advantage of growth opportunities. For these reasons and more, businesses are taking advantage of the benefit of accounts receivable factoring. While factoring is not a new concept, it is the one form of financing that has kept pace with the business world so companies can get money quickly and efficiently. By factoring receivables, businesses can get their unpaid invoices converted to cash which is made available within 24 hours. There are no contracts or hidden fees, and businesses can choose which receivables or parts of receivables get factored. Factoring provides a fast turnaround and the flexibility that today’s business owners demand.

New Century Financial provides the most comprehensive accounts receivable factoring services and solutions. Contact our offices today and stop letting standard procedures slow down your cash flow.

Need Fast Cash for Your Business? Not All Financing Is the Same

Our economic landscape is moving at a faster pace than ever before, which means businesses need access to capital to keep operations moving and to achieve successful growth. Yet in the realm of business financing, not all programs that offer fast cash are created equal.

Short-Term Business Loans

When businesses need working capital to smooth out finances or to take advantage of time-sensitive business opportunities, many opt for short-term business loans. After all, loans are easy to understand and have been around for centuries. However, the process for traditional loans is changing. Lenders are raising their requirements, so businesses may not receive the funding they need, even if they meet the credit and collateral qualifications. Similarly, small businesses may not have the established credit history or collateral to qualify, so short-term loan requirements end up pushing entrepreneurs to the sidelines. Because lenders have so many checks and balances in the approval process, funds may not be made available for weeks. And to top it all off, a short-term loan places debt on the books, and making those regularly scheduled payments can place a severe strain on cash flow and finances further down the line.

MCA

A merchant cash advance, or MCA, is often advertised as a way for businesses to get fast cash without debt. Digging a little deeper, while it’s true that MCAs do not place debt on the books or impact credit ratings, they still create a liability. Businesses can only access merchant cash advances if they accept credit card payments from customers at a point of sale. A small percentage of that sale is applied electronically to the balance owed. Because no collateral is required, interest rates are typically higher than with traditional loans, and there are extra fees attached for processing payments. At the end of the agreement, if the balance is not repaid in full, businesses must pay off the remainder in one lump sum. While MCAs may seem like a way to get fast cash, there are a lot of strings attached.

Invoice Factoring

Businesses across all industries use invoice factoring to get fast cash without debt, long processing times, or high requirements. There are no hidden fees, no contracts, and no liabilities. Invoice factoring is a simple process where businesses submit unpaid invoices so they can be turned into fast cash within 24 hours. This improves cash flow instead of waiting 30, 60, or 90 days to receive payment from clients. By using invoice factoring, businesses can boost cash flow and achieve rapid growth. The approval process is simple, and invoice factoring is an ideal fit in our fast-paced economy.

New Century Financial is a leader in factoring services. Contact our offices today to learn why businesses prefer our factoring services when they need fast cash.

MCA vs. Factoring: Comparing Working Capital Solutions

Business owners are always seeking reliable sources of working capital and new ways to improve cash flow. Accounts receivable factoring and merchant cash advance (MCA) programs provide working capital, but how they provide capital and how it impacts your business are completely different. We’re going to take a look at how both funding methods work from the perspective of a business owner to show the benefits and disadvantages.

Access to Capital

Access to capital is essential to every business. No one wants to wait weeks or months to get the funding they need. A merchant cash advance can take upwards of 10 business days for approval and funding. Accounts receivable factoring provides cash within 24 hours on submitted invoices.

Repayments

Most financing solutions create a balance that your business must repay within a certain timeframe. MCAs do not have fixed payments, and are instead repaid from a small percentage of sales. If there is a remaining balance, your business will owe a balloon payment to cover the principal, interest, and any remaining fees. Accounts receivable factoring does not have any payment schedules. A small amount is deducted from the total amount of the invoices submitted.

Fees and Transparency

The world of business financing is shifting and entrepreneurs are demanding more transparency. A merchant cash advance has fees tacked onto the initial funding, which means it can be very challenging to pay off the balance within the agreed upon terms. Accounts receivable factoring from New Century Financial is completely transparent. There are no hidden fees or contracts. Businesses can select which invoices or parts of invoices get factored.

Working Capital

Both MCAs and factoring services provide working capital. A merchant cash advance is an infusion of capital that creates a liability which must be repaid. Accounts receivable factoring leverages unpaid invoices and converts them to working capital immediately. There is no balance, no liabilities, and businesses can use the supercharged cash flow to position themselves for growth, as well as handle overhead expenses.

Get Started Today

At New Century Financial, we provide the most efficient, transparent, and flexible accounts receivable factoring services. If you want to improve the cash flow of your business and get access to funds quickly, contact the team at New Century Financial and learn why businesses prefer factoring services over MCAs.

Getting Out In Front of Your IRS Liabilities

No one likes to owe anyone anything. Business owners sometimes owe debt to banks, which can eat into revenue and impact credit ratings, but that can easily be solved with factoring services. However, when a business has a liability owed to the IRS, the repercussions can be more severe, which is why it is important to get out in front of IRS liabilities.

IRS Liabilities

At the core, a business gains IRS liabilities when taxes aren’t paid. These taxes could range from filing yearly taxes for the business owner or company to the quarterly 941 taxes which take into account unemployment taxes and more. The first step is to send a notification to the business of liabilities. The second step is to move the liabilities to IRS collections, which can result in tax liens against the business, garnishment of revenue, extra fees, and more.

The First Step Is Recognizing that Liabilities Exist

Ignoring notices from the IRS will not make the problem go away – it will only make things worse. When most businesses file their quarterly taxes, the amount owed becomes very apparent. However, even if the liability cannot be paid in one lump sum due to revenue constraints, there are still options that will prevent the situation from escalating. Requesting an extension can give business owners added time to pay off liabilities. Additionally, business owners can file for a payment plan, which can spread out the amount owed over more manageable installments. The IRS doesn’t forget when a business owes a liability, and inaction leads to severe repercussions. The best course of action is to work with the IRS to create a resolution that satisfies their need for tax revenue without placing a severe strain on business finances.

Preventive Steps for Businesses

IRS liabilities do not appear out of nowhere. Working with a CPA or professional business tax service on a regular basis can give you a heads up about upcoming liabilities so you can set aside the capital necessary to pay them. Getting out in front of your IRS liabilities can remove a lot of stress and allow you to focus on building and growing your business successfully so that when liabilities arise, they can just be folded into yearly or quarterly operational costs.