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How to use cash management to grow your business

Small Business: Finance Your Business

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As a business owner, you’re always looking for opportunities to grow and improve your business. Your bank’s cash management team, sometimes referred to as treasury management within the financial services industry, is the group that provides business efficiency and financial solutions. 

What is cash management?

Cash management helps business owners better manage their businesses. In addition to overseeing a business’s financial assets, cash management consultants can mitigate risk in day-to-day operations. Simply put: Cash management can help in saving business owners time, money and stress. Wondering if cash management is right for your business? Book a consultation with a business banker at U.S. Bank to learn more.

What cash management services and products are available?

Because all businesses and business owners are different, cash management isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. 

Those services and products include:

  • Remote Deposit Capture: Especially beneficial for businesses that deal with a lot of checks, remote deposit capture solutions, such as mobile check deposit or on-site electronic check deposit, save time by allowing deposits to be made from the comfort of your own office.
  • Accounts payable: Not only does an accounts payable system automatically pay your vendors so you don’t have to, it can also strategically optimize your payment schedule. “If a vendor gives you 30 days to pay, why not use all 29 days? That way, through those 29 days, you could use that capital for something else that allows you to grow your business. Then you can pay on day 30, and cash management will make those payments for you,” Jackson says.
  • Liquidity management: Cash management creates efficiencies with your collections and payments systems. 
  • ACH credits and debits: ACH, or Automated Clearing House, is a form of electronic payment that allows you to automatically debit or credit a bank account.
  • Merchant payment processing: Allows a business to accept credit — such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover — as a form of cash.
  • Wire services: Some vendors  especially if they’re located overseas  prefer to be paid via wire services. By setting up a wire transfer platform through cash management, you eliminate the need to make these transactions at a bank.
  • Corporate credit cards: Rather than dealing with petty cash or writing checks to employees for on-the-job expenses, cash management can set up corporate credit cards, giving employees access to funds in a controlled way.

What type of business is a good candidate for a cash management system, and what are some of the benefits?

You don’t need to be a Fortune 500 company to take advantage of cash management services. Even if you only want to implement one or two of the cash management services, the impact on a business can be huge. It can help you:

  • Identify areas to reduce operating costs and avoid liquidity shortages
  • Create time efficiencies by automating tasks
  • Streamline payments and receivables
  • Grow your business by creating new opportunities, like being able to accept various forms of payment
  • Mitigate risk by putting controls in place, such as limiting employee spending and granting oversight on business decisions

What are the first steps for implementing cash management in a business?

Start by reaching out to a bank representative, who can schedule a meeting with a cash management consultant. Gathering information like quarterly, mid-year or annual financials can be helpful in preparation for the meeting, but it’s not necessary.

Book a consultation with a business banker at U.S. Bank to learn more. 

Editor’s note: This article was written by our partners at U.S. Bank.

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