Did you take on more debt by signing up for an EIDL loan? Have you been funded with 1, 2 or even 3 loans in the last 2 years? If so, please continue to read this very important message that I want to convey that you might not realize what you signed up for when you took on more debt from the SBA.I worked with one of my clients last week to learn about how the payback schedules are going to be kicking in. Most of my clients started receiving EIDL funds in 2020 and then some have taken 1 or 2 more loans. Each time, the government is deferring when your FIRST payment will be due.
SBA Loan – Gift or Burden?
How nice of the SBA to let you know that your loan(s) payments are being deferred for 12 or 24 months from your initial funding. Here’s the kicker…… your loans have been accruing interest from day 1 of receiving those funds. I learned that my client has accrued $14,500+ of interest on approximately $650K loan payoff. I also learned that until the accrued interest is paid off, we won’t touch the principal balance of the loan. Client’s interest is charged at $65.47/day until she is current. Oh, by the way, her first payment is not due until May of 2023 because the govt will defer another 12 months from her last funding. How nice of the SBA, or not???? Who is making money off your debt? Is it a gift or is it a burden?Steps to Find Your Accrued Interest
Think about that for a minute……If you have not looked into your EIDL loan and are just sitting back waiting for that deferred payment schedule to kick in; I would like to strongly encourage you to find out what the accrued interest amount is sitting on your account. Here are a few steps you can follow:
- Find the last email/letter from the SBA that is for the loan. This will be your original loan document or the last AMENDED notice for the loan.
- You can call the 800 number on that letter for help. What I learned walking through this process with my client is we went to this website: Capital Access Financial System (sba.gov).
- You will need to ENROLL by clicking the NOT ENROLLED link.
- You can create your login information. (This is a different site than where you originally signed up for the loan.)
- It’s very easy. But, again, if you need help, call the 800 number on the loan document that you have received.
- Once you get logged in, it will tell you what the total balance is including the accrued interest amount. This is what needs to be paid before you will start hitting the principal amount.
- You will also see when your first payment will be due.
Dirty Little SecretFrom my seat in the sandbox as a CASH FLOW expert, it’s important to create debt servicing strategies in line with how your cash flow can support them. Understanding how to manage cash flow takes more than just reading your Profit and Loss. You MUST understand the Balance Sheet that is tracking all your debt. How much you are posting to the principal portion of the loans are posting here. This money going out has NOTHING to do with your Net Profit/Loss.Proposed Solution
I would welcome the opportunity to help you create those debt servicing strategies from a proactive perspective; not reactive. We are continuing to offer our SWOT Package to help you know where you are currently with your cash flow. The good, the bad and the ugly. Here is a snapshot of what this package can offer: SWOT Packages | Get Total Cash Clarity | Centennial Revenue Mgmt (centennialrevenuemanagement.com).
Beginning the month with promising figures can turn discouraging within thirty days, if funds are back to zero. Dirty Little Secrets of cash flow confidence are ways to control payables to ensure money lasts and even grows through each month rather than disappears. Penny pinching is a thing of the past, there are ways to succeed in every financial situation.
Business owners truly have the opportunity to decide how to spend. Conditioning accounts payable to act more like a bottle neck than a fire hose is the first step to nurturing a business bank account.
With increased production costs, employee wages, and interest rates about to climb; the economic environment is shouldering business owners decision making. Being conscience to fend off emotional spends or splurges to save a dollar is another trade secret in healthy cash flow. Click to read more on Money Habits.
Many business owners try and tackle their financial situation alone with the notion that they’re saving money. The truth is, hiring a team of financial experts can actually save you more money than the fees of its respective members. A cashflow specialist is a key guide to designing the road map to build valuable cash flow forecasts which eliminate the stress of uncertainty.
Savings Lift Off!
Unfortunately, there is no magic number that determines the right amount of cash on hand. This important figure varies from business to business. Essentially, the sweet spot for a particular business can be determined through cash flow forecasting.
From my seat at the table, the correct amount of beginning/ending cash balances will be defined by how easily a business owner can find peace of mind at the end of the day and go to sleep without worrying about cash flow each month.
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Trick or SWOT? Treating your Finances…. To Outside Eyes!
Don’t be tricked by your numbers. Understanding cash flow in your business should not be frightful! Don’t play it safe going into the end of the year and not know what ghosts and goblins are interfering in maximizing your net profits and optimizing your cash flow.
Do you know the answers to these scary questions?
- Have you figured out if you are spending more money each month than you are bringing in on a cash collection basis?
- Do you know how to read your Balance Sheet that has lots of dirty little secrets?
- Do you know what your monthly breakeven revenue amount needs to be so you don’t run out of money?
- Do you know what your monthly cash reserves amount needs to be so you don’t have to juggle payroll and vendor bills?
Now more than ever, it is important to keep yourself financially educated to have a healthy business in 2021. Achieving cash flow wellbeing takes a team of trusted advisors. If you’re wrapped in wonder of it what would be like to step into November with a full awareness and presence in your financial arena, it is time to treat your business to a cash flow analysis.
SWOT Package Special 25% OFF through November. Become empowered by knowing what your cash on hand will look like for the next 8 months and schedule TODAY! Click to find more information on a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats). As an expert of cash, I bring outside eyes to your financial arena. I will do a deep dive into your financials, create a working forecast model, and will deliver it to you in a 2 hour consultation. If you need support with collaborating with your CPA, I welcome the opportunity to help.
Find confidence and comfort in the financial health of your business. For the month of November, we are offering a cash flow package to help educate you on the movement of money in your business. Schedule your complimentary consultation today by calling (303) 835-7992.
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Debra is passionate about helping business owners and their teams to better understand their numbers and how to use that knowledge to grow and prosper. As such, the team at CRM provides ongoing cash flow and revenue management insights, tips and tools to help you build your financial muscle.
Using her professional background and current experiences mentoring business owners, Debra shares ways she has helped her clients from around the country with quick how-to’s on following the money to improve cash flow.
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How Much Cash on Hand is Enough? Cash reserves/cash on hand are the amounts of cash accessible to a business once outstanding balances have been paid. It’s an important metric to measure and determine what amount is enough for emergencies or dips in business. How much you need on hand? Read More…
The Bad Money Habits You Need to Break – I’ve seen those bad habits broken with big payoffs. What follows is a selection of some of the most common bad habits I’ve encountered during my time as a cash flow specialist, as well as how to address them. Read More…
The Role of your Bookkeeper – Most business owners think of their CPA as a go to expert for financial reporting, when in fact they should be going to their bookkeeper – The keeper of the cash flow. Read More…
Where is your Company positioned in the Cash Flow Arena? It is not uncommon for a company to show a net profit on their income statement and still find that they are having shortfalls of cash each month. Why is that? The art of managing cash flow is to look 90 to 120 days into the future. My cash flow modeling methodology forecasts 8 months into the future to predict a likely outcome. Full Article…
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