Pros and Cons of Accounts Receivable Factoring
- Receivable factoring allows you to get money for your business right away, generally within two to five days and sometimes within twenty-four hours if the factor offers online invoicing.
- You can potentially qualify for more up-front funds through factoring than you would receive through a small business loan.
- You alleviate yourself of extra work by outsourcing your accounts receivable collections to somebody else.
- Industries that find it difficult to receive funding through traditional means may be able to receive the advances they need accounts receivable loans.
Of course factoring is not a perfect solution in all situations and for all businesses. There are some potential downsides to this business funding option:
- If you have slow-paying clients or some of your clients have less-than-stellar credit, this can affect the discount rate that you pay to the factoring company.
- If your clients prove to be unreliable or do not meet a factor’s standards, you may receive a lower percentage up front, or it may even cause you to be ineligible for funding through this method.
- Factors are also not collection agencies so if a client fails to pay their outstanding balance by a predetermined date, or they fail to pay altogether, this will likely increase the amount of money that you owe a factor in addition to adding to your current workload.