Sadly, late or non-payment of invoices is a big problem within the small business community, and can quickly lead to major problems with cash flow. Ultimately this means that they can be the difference between a business being successful or not. A lot of business owners look to profit to gauge their success, but as I’ve said many times before, profit means absolutely nothing without good cash flow.
Blogs about Invoicing
I’ve seen many bad invoices in my time, you’d be surprised how many businesses don’t actually include their payment details! Late payment of invoices is the bugbear of every business and it’s important to have good processes in place for dealing with white rabbits (people who are always late!) But you also need to make sure that you’re making it as easy as possible for your customers to pay you, and a lot of that starts with the invoice itself.
So you’ve won the client and completed the work, the hard part’s over now so you can sit back and wait for the money to come rolling in on schedule…right? Sadly this isn’t the case for a lot of small businesses, according to data from Bacs Payment Schemes Ltd the average UK small business is owed £36,186 in unpaid invoices. Late payments can cause big problems for your cashflow, as well as taking up a lot of your time and distracting you from the areas of your business you enjoy.