In financing a small business, there are a multitude of tools available. One way to finance inventory is by using the 30 day pay program with your vendors. Another tool is seasonal payment program and a third tool is exercising a line of credit tied to receivables or sales history.
Emphasis on Earning Cash
When referring to cash flow, the emphasis for any small business operation should be on earning the money over other forms of acquiring cash.
In business, liquidity is defined as the period of time it takes to turn assets into cash. It takes 20 minutes to turn the balance in the checking account into cash. You head on down to the bank and present a check. You get cash. But most businesses run on just more than the cash in the bank account.
All vendors look for avenues to expand their market share or maintain their market share. Many times it is to their benefit to provide start-up capital to potential point of sale opportunities. If they can assure themselves of a long term buyer of their product or service, then they will give serious consideration to a new business opportunity.