In a small and congested Singapore, where competition is always at its peak, it is not easy for anyone to decide that they want to start a business and make it out alive.
At some point in their entrepreneurial journey, they will need help.
It can get exhausting on both mind, body, and spirit to run a business.
Often times, some financial assistance is needed to support a business on its way, mostly in times of cash flow problems which can happen to the best of any business.
How to get help for your business?
Exploring the option of obtaining a business loan is always a viable solution to cash flow problems. It buys you time and space to grow and get things sorted.
While some may oppose the idea of jumping in debt the moment cash flow problems arise, debt can also be a wonderful thing if handled properly.
1. Solve Immediate Cash Flow Issues
Like most businesses, there will always be a cost incurred before a profit is made. In most cases, these are recurring operational costs – rent, salary, utility etc.
It would be a major disaster if all your staff walked out on your business because the business could not pay their wages. Who would help to run the company?
Do not fall into the misconception that these are problems that only arise for new businesses.
Seasoned businesses that have been around for years can also run in unexpected trouble that they have no control over.
Being ready to weather these storms is crucial to ensuring the survivability of your business.
Cash flow problems seem to come more often to businesses that operate on credit payment terms, where payments could take months to come in.
In months where there are more delayed payments than usual, you do not want to be caught in a situation where you have run short of money to continue operations.
In all these scenarios, a business loan can be a good way to tide through the rough patches that every business will face at some point.
2. Expand Your Business
Deciding on whether to expand your business is always a tough decision to make. More often than not, there will be a considerable amount of risk that comes with any expansion.
A business expansion could mean that more capital injection is needed to expand the operations of the company, which has to be readily met with an equal increase in revenue or risk suffering loss.
On the other hand, it could also be a scenario that where an expansion is met with an overwhelming inflow of business. The point is that when a business is looking to expand its capacity, a business owner should always be prudent to ensure that there is enough cash flow to sustain the growth of the business.
A good way to ensure that there is enough capital for sustenance is to take up a business loan.
3. Weather a Storm
Business owners can make 5 to 10 year business plans, with visions of a booming business and strategies of how to make this happen.
However, we all know that no one gets to decide what life may throw our way.
A sudden downturn of the global economy could easily cause a business to plunge, and there would be nothing that you could do to control such external situations.
Therefore, it is good for a business to always be prepared for any unexpected circumstances, which ensuring that there is enough cash flow to continue business operations.
However, if your business is already facing cash flow problems, and you are not confident of making enough profits to cover the monthly installments on time, plunging into additional debt may not be the best of ideas.
In such a situation, a business loan could turn out to be a bad thing.