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.