Tightening the Belt: 5 Savvy Tips to Push Your Business Through a Cash Crisis

The world of business can be unpredictable, and no matter how stringent you are with financial planning and how hard you work, sometimes a cash crisis is out of your control.

Around 80 percent of businesses fail due to cash flow issues that they aren’t able to survive, so it is important that you have a plan in place for when a crisis hits your business.

This article will discuss some savvy tips that can help you push your business through financial difficulties, coming out stronger on the other side.  

1- Adjust Your Business Plan to Improve Profits

If your business is suffering from a cash flow shortage, you should refer back to your business plan so that you can clearly see your processes, expenses, and operations. This may help you to identify why you have encountered a cash crisis (if it is something within your control), and also how you can start to make changes and free up some extra cash to avoid running out of money in future..

You should take the time to look at how much money the production of your service/product costs and see which areas of your business are most profitable. By doing this, you can adjust your business plan accordingly so that you generate as much profit as possible.

2- Consider Borrowing Options

When your business starts to suffer a cash crisis, it is important that you don’t panic and instead continue to think logically and clearly about the options available to you. If you are waiting for some assets and cash to be freed up, then you may decide to look at borrowing money to tide you over.

However, this is something you should spend a considerable amount of time thinking about and don’t rush into any permanent decisions. Be sure that you understand and can afford the interest rates on any loans and don’t simply keep putting off the inevitable.

3- Cut Costs and Save Where You Can

You should take a look at every single dollar your business spends and consider where you could potentially make some cutbacks and save some money. Making cuts isn’t always a negative thing, and instead, it could make your business more efficient and profitable in the long run.

For example, take the time to compare business energy costs and get different quotes from different suppliers. Comparison sites like EnergySeek can help you save your business hundreds a year on your energy bills.  

4- Sell Non-Essential Assets

If you have some assets that are not essential to your day to day operation, then you could consider selling them. Not only will that free up some money that you can use elsewhere, but it will also give you the time to focus on your business.

But remember that this is only a temporary fix as once you have sold an asset, you can’t make any more money from it. However, it is a quick and easy way to get some of the cash you need.  

5- Prioritize Projects That Generate Revenue  

In every business, there are some projects that make more money than others, and while all projects should be valued, when money is tight you should prioritize the more lucrative ones. This is a great way to increase your company’s overall efficiency, as well as generate the extra money your business needs to survive.

The Bottom Line

A cash crisis for your business could come from a range of sources, from economic difficulty to unexpected and uncontrollable disease pandemics, so while you can’t always predict the crisis that could emerge, you can have some contingency plans in place.