Financing a Startup Business with Accounts Receivable Factoring

Finance your startup business with accounts receivable factoringOften times for a new startup business, it can be difficult to obtain financing. SBA loans are usually out of the question as banks will want to see a track record and will require collateral that a startup business most likely wouldn’t have. Venture capital is an option, but is usually reserved for tech companies that have a huge potential for growth, plus often times it requires you to give up ownership of your business. However, accounts receivable factoring is a great way for a startup to finance their business without having to give up any ownership or taking on new debt.

What is Accounts Receivable Factoring?

Accounts receivable factoring is a type of financing where you sell your receivables to a factoring company for a discount. For startups the main benefit is that you get funded the same day you invoice your customers rather than having to wait 30 days or longer for them to pay you for goods or services that you have already provided them. As a result you have healthy cash flow so that you can take on more orders as well as larger orders without having to worry about how you will pay your suppliers. Since you are selling your receivables to your factoring company, the funds they provide you with are yours to keep, there is no need to repay your factoring company as your customers will be paying them once their invoices become due. As a result accounts receivable factoring is one of the few financing options available that doesn’t require you to take on any new debt.

Additional Benefits of Accounts Receivable Factoring

While improved cash flow may be the main reason a startup business would use accounts receivable factoring, it isn’t the only one. Since your factoring company is relying on your customers to pay their invoices in order to get repaid, your factoring company will also handle all of the credit checking for you. For a startup business the last thing you want to do is spend several thousand dollars subscribing to a credit agency so that you can determine whether or not an order you receive is from a credit worthy company. Your factoring company will also handle all of your collection work so there is no need for you to spend time making collection calls and no need to purchase accounts receivable management software. Finally, with non-recourse factoring, your receivables are insured against non-payment for financial reasons. So if one of your customers goes bankrupt or out-of-business you still get to keep the funds that your factoring company gave you.

How Does My Startup Business Qualify for Accounts Receivable Factoring?

Unlike a traditional bank loan, accounts receivable factoring is not a loan, your factoring is instead extending a line of credit to your customers. As a result, your factoring company isn’t too concerned with your company’s credit or your personal credit, but rather with your customer’s good credit. So as long as you are selling to reputable businesses you qualify for accounts receivable factoring.

How Much Funding Can My Startup Business Receive with Accounts Receivable Factoring?

With accounts receivable factoring there is no limit to how much funding you can receive. The amount you are funded is tied directly to how much you have in receivables. So as your receivables grow so does the amount of funding you receive. While your factoring company will assign credit limits to your customers, since you are not receiving a line of credit there is no limit to how much you can get funded.

So What’s the Catch?

Obviously there are fees associated with accounts receivable factoring and these fees can vary based on which factoring company you choose to factor with. At DSA Factors we offer a flat rate factoring fee, meaning that we do not charge you interest if your customers do not pay their invoices on time. The factoring fee we charge is very similar to a payment processing fee that you would pay to take a credit card. So if you can afford to take a credit card, you can afford to offer your customers net 30 payment terms with accounts receivable factoring. While every factoring company charges a factoring fee on each invoice they purchase, these rates do vary and you may be subject to other fees as well. At DSA Factors we do not have any annual fees, there are no fees for setting up new accounts, we have no minimum volume requirements, and we have no long term commitment. Please read our article on how to find the lowest rate for accounts receivable factoring to learn more about what types of fees you can expect to pay for factoring.

What if I Need Additional Help Financing a Large Purchase Order?

Sometimes waiting until you invoice to get funded isn’t enough, especially if you need to pay your factory for a container before they will release it. In situations like this your factoring company may offer you purchase order financing. Purchase order financing is a short term loan that allows you to pay for a container in order to fulfill a large order. Even though you may not qualify for a business loan, since you have developed a relationship with your factoring company, and you will be factoring an invoice as a result of the purchase order, your factoring company may be willing to give you a short term loan to finance the purchase order.

So How Do I Get Started With Accounts Receivable Factoring?

Factoring is a fast and easy process where credit decisions are made in minutes, not months. Getting started is easy, give DSA Factors a call today at 773-248-9000. With just one call you can be well on your way to getting the financing your startup business needs to succeed. We can be funding you for your invoices in as little as 24 hours.

Invoice Factoring – Improve Your Cash Flow and Grow Your Business

Invoice Factoring - Improve Your Cash Flow and Grow Your BusinessInvoice factoring is the perfect way to improve your cash flow so that you can grow your business. Rather than waiting around 30 days to get paid for a product or service you have already provided, you can get funded the same day you invoice with invoice factoring. Factoring is not a loan, the funds you receive are your to keep. If you have accounts receivable, give DSA Factors a call today at 773-248-9000 and we can be funding you in as little as 24 hours.

Whether you are manufacturing, importing, or providing a service, with invoice factoring you can improve your cash flow. Allowing you to expand your customer base, and give you the confidence to soar your business to new heights. All it takes is one phone call and you can be on your way to growing your business!

What are you waiting for? Give DSA Factors a call today and start watching your business grow!

The Quickest Way to Improve Your Cash Flow

Improve your cash flow with accounts receivable factoringStarting a new business or growing your existing business can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t have the cash flow necessary to pay your suppliers, meet payroll, make rent, or take on large orders. While many business owners are familiar with SBA loans, the application process is lengthy and many businesses who apply don’t qualify for a loan. Oftentimes you may miss out on a large opportunity while waiting for a bank to make a decision. However, with accounts receivable factoring, not only can you start getting funded within 24 hours, you will qualify for factoring even if you have less than stellar credit.

Factoring is one of the quickest and easiest ways to get instant cash flow so that you can start growing your business. In addition, factoring is not a loan, when you factor your invoices you are taking on no new debt, instead you are simply selling your receivables and getting funded immediately while still being able to offer credit terms to your customers.

The way factoring works is quite simple. When you sell your product to another business that is requesting payment terms, you invoice them and then need to wait 30 days or longer to get paid for the merchandise or service you provided. However, with factoring you will get paid the same day you invoice your customer. Your customers still receives the payment terms that they need, but when the invoice is due they pay your factoring company. As a result, you no longer have all of your money tied up in receivables, instead you have working capital that you can use for whatever you need it for.

In addition to improving your cash flow, factoring also allows you to reduce your expenses and cut losses. Your factoring company will provide all of the credit checking on your customers for you, eliminating the need for you to subscribe to expensive credit agencies. Your factoring company also handles all of your collections for you so you no longer need a dedicated employee handling your receivables. Finally, with non-recourse factoring, your factoring company insures your receivables, so you no longer need to worry about customers who are unable to pay for the merchandise you sold them.

If your business can benefit from improved cash flow, accounts receivable factoring might be just the tool you are looking for. At DSA Factors we have been providing accounts receivable factoring for over 30 years. We work with a wide range of industries including, furniture, bedding, giftware, housewares, textiles, apparel, food, trucking, marketing, staffing, and many more. Whatever your industry, if you have receivables, DSA Factors has the money you need to grow your company. Call us today at 773-248-9000 and we can be funding you in as little as 24 hours.

Traditional Factoring vs Fintech

Accounts Receivable Factoring vs FintechThere has been a lot of talk in the news about fintech (financial technology) lately.  Certainly there is a lot to be said about alternative approaches to financing over more traditional methods offered by the banks. However, accounts receivable factoring has always been an alternative financing method over what the banks offer, and has a long track record of success. In fact, many of the fintech companies even offer factoring programs, but they tend to be bare bones versions of factoring that only offer some of the benefits gained by factoring, and oftentimes even charge higher rates than traditional factoring companies.

The factoring industry has been around for a long time. It was well established in Europe when the original colonists brought it over to America. In fact, the king and queen of Spain offered a form of factoring to Christopher Columbus when he wanted to set sail for the “New World”. While this may seem antiquated in our modern technology driven world, the fact is that most factoring companies do take advantage of modern technologies, offering most of the benefits of fintech, but with much more experience, a proven track record of helping to grow small to medium sized businesses, and much lower rates.

To see the difference, the chart below compares traditional factoring with DSA Factors to similar programs with PayPal Working Capital, Bluevine, and Fundbox, three of the more popular fintech companies offering similar programs to invoice factoring.

 DSA FactorsPayPal Working CapitalBlueVineFundbox
DSA FactorsPayPal Working CapitalBlueVineFundbox
Take on New DebtNo, the funds DSA provides you with are yours to keep.Yes, PayPal is offering you a loan, so you are taking on new debt.Maybe, if your customers don't pay BlueVine, they will require you to pay them back after 90 days.Yes, Fundbox is offering you a loan, so you are taking on new debt.
Credit LimitNo, with DSA Factors we will fund you for all of your receivables.Yes, the lesser of 18% of your annual sales on PayPal or $97,000.Yes, $20,000 to $500,000 based on your company's credit.Yes, $25,000.
Based on Your CreditNo, since DSA is giving your customers a line of credit, credit decisions are made based on your customer's good credit.No, the loan amount is based on your annual sales volume with PayPal.Yes, BlueVine will assign you a credit limit based on your credit worthiness.Yes, Fundbox determines your credit limit based on your credit worthiness.
Charges You InterestNo, DSA offers a flat rate factoring fee.Yes, the interest is charged to you up front when you get a loan, regardless of how long it takes to pay the loan off.No, BlueVine also offers a flat rate program, but at 10-15% their rates are at least triple or quadruple the rate that DSA offers.Yes, based on the size of the loan, Fundbox may charge you anywhere from 5-12% over the course of a 84 day loan.
Term LimitNo, DSA Factors has no problem working with extended terms.Yes, PayPal requires you to pay back 10% of the loan every 90 days, with the full amount due in 540 days.Yes, if payment has not been received after 90 days, you are required to pay back BlueVine.Yes, you must pay off the loan in 12 weekly installments.
Collections OutsourcingYes, DSA Factors handles all of your collection work.No, your customers must make payments through PayPal, but PayPal does not help with collections.No, your customers are required to make payments to a BlueVine drop box or bank account, however BlueVine does not help you collect.No, Fundbox does not handle collections for you, it is strictly a loan that you need to pay back.
Insure Your ReceivablesYes, with DSA's non-recourse factoring your invoices are insured against non-payment.No, PayPal only does payment processing for you.No, if an invoice has not been paid after 90 days of being funded for it, you are required to pay back BlueVine.No, Fundbox is strictly a loan that must be paid back in 12 weekly installments.
Choose Which Invoices You FactorYes, DSA Factors does not require you to factor all of your receivables.No, a percentage of all payments made through PayPal will be applied towards your loan.Yes, you can choose which invoices you want to get funded on.Yes, however there is a $100 minimum in order to get funded for an invoice.
Minimum Volume RequirementNo, at DSA Factors you are not required to factor a certain amount, and there are no annual fees.Yes, PayPal requires you to pay back 10% of the loan every 90 days if you aren't doing enough volume.No, BlueVine does not require you to fund a minimum amount each year.No, Fundbox does not require you to draw a minimum amount each year, however, they will not fund you if an invoice is worth less than $100.
Long Term CommitmentNo, with DSA Factors you can stop factoring at any time, but since many of our clients have been with us for over 20 years, we don't think that you will want to stop.No, once your loan with PayPal is paid off you can start looking for alternative sources of financing.No, BlueVine allows you to stop drawing on your line of credit at any time, but you will need to pay them back for any invoices that they have not received payment on.No, once you have paid off your loan with Fundbox, you are free to pursue other financing options.
Charge Payment Processing FeesNo, DSA will never charge you for processing a payment.Yes, you are required to accept payments through PayPal and pay their payment processing fees.No, although BlueVine will funnel all payments into their account without your customers knowing that BlueVine is receiving the payment.N/A, Fundbox does not process payments.
Available TechnologyDSA offers its clients an online portal where they can get automatic approvals, view agers, remittance reports, and other reports in real time. Your customers may also go online to make payments.With PayPal you get a loan online and customers make payments online.BlueVine requires the use of Quickbooks or similar software to get funded.Fundbox requires the use of Quickbooks or similar software to get funded.
Good Old Fashioned ServiceAs a family owned and operated business, you can call DSA at any time and speak with a principal who can come up with creative solutions to help grow your business.PayPal doesn't even list a phone number on their web site.BlueVine may have a phone number, but it is doubtful that you will be able to speak to anyone who can actually help you.Fundbox may have a phone number, but it is doubtful that you will be able to speak to anyone who can actually help you.

As you can see, traditional accounts receivable factoring with DSA Factors offers all of the benefits that the fintech companies offer, along with many more.  You still get an online portal where you can efficiently do business and your customers can make online payments, but you also can pick up a phone and speak with one of our principals at any time.  As a result, we can come up with creative solutions for your business that might not fit into a fintech company’s software, such as purchase order financing.  So if you are looking for ways to finance your business, go with a time-tested method that works, accounts receivable factoring.  Give DSA Factors a call today at 773-248-9000 and we can be funding you in as little as 24 hours.

What are the Benefits of Accounts Receivable Factoring

Benefits of Accounts Receivable FactoringMany companies out there aren’t familiar with all of the benefits that accounts receivable factoring has to offer. While cash flow might be the main reason why companies use accounts receivable factoring, it is not the only one. Companies that don’t use accounts receivable factoring often times are missing out on the bigger picture, and as a result, may not be able to grow their business as quickly as they would like or as quickly as competitors who do factor their invoices. Below are some of the benefits of accounts receivable factoring.

Improved Cash Flow

The main reason why companies choose to factor their accounts receivable is for the improved cash flow that factoring offers.  Rather than wait around 30 days or more to get paid for merchandise you have shipped or a service you have performed, with factoring you can get paid the same day that you invoice your customers.  This improved cash flow can help you to make payroll, pay off your suppliers, or cover any other expenses you have in growing your business.

Larger Orders, Larger Accounts

While it is true, many customers are happy to give you a credit card when they place an order, when you offer your customers payment terms they are more likely to place larger orders with you. The reason for this is quite simple, cash flow is very important to them. Your customers are just like you, they’ve got payroll expenses, rent, and utility bills, plus they need to pay their vendors. Even if sales are slow, they still need to meet payroll, pay rent, and pay the utility bills, if they don’t they will face some pretty serious consequences. If their vendors require them to pay with a credit card, then they also need to pay that credit card bill on time and in full every month or they can be facing late fees and high interest rates. As a result a company that is giving you a credit card is going to be conservative with how much they are ordering, if they can’t sell it all between the time the order is placed and the time the credit card statement is due they will have some pretty serious problems. However, if you offer them payment terms they know that if they pay a few days late that there won’t be any consequences. As a result they will be more willing to place larger orders knowing that if it takes them a week or two extra to pay the bill that they won’t be facing any interest charges or late fees.

Then there are the big box stores and online retailers. If you want to sell Walmart, Costco, Amazon, or any of the other big boys, there is no way that they will give you a credit card, in fact they may even request longer terms such as net 60 or net 90. If you want to get these large accounts it is absolutely crucial that you offer terms.

Eliminate Bad Debt

With non-recourse factoring you no longer have to worry about bad debt because your factoring company insures your receivables. If one of your customers is unable to pay for the merchandise you shipped them due to financial hardship, including bankruptcy or out of business, your factoring company assumes full responsibility for the bad debt and you still get to keep the money that they gave you for the invoices. And unlike insurance companies who will only insure receivables for large corporations with great financial strength, such as Walmart, factoring companies are willing to take a lot more risk and will not just insure sure bets, but will also insure mom and pop stores, online retailers, and a variety of other businesses. So by factoring your receivables you not only improve your cash flow, but you also get insurance on the accounts that you need insurance on

Outsourcing your Accounts Receivable

With factoring you are also outsourcing your accounts receivable department which has several benefits. For one, you won’t need to have any staff dedicated to accounts receivable, which can lower payroll or allow you to refocus their efforts on another aspect of running your business. You also won’t need to subscribe to expensive credit agencies in order to stay on top of which customers are credit worthy, instead your factoring company will do this for you.

Your factoring company will also handle all of your collection work for you. Furthermore, your factoring company also has more leverage in collecting on seriously delinquent accounts than you would. Since your factoring company has a large number of clients, it is possible that they may have five, ten, or even more clients who sell also sell to your customer. If your customer doesn’t pay you then you will stop shipping them, however, they will still be receiving merchandise from other vendors who they pay in a more timely fashion. If your customer doesn’t pay your factoring company, then they will be cut off from a large number of their vendors.

No New Debt

When you factor your accounts receivable you aren’t assuming any new debt.  Factoring is not a loan, the money you receive from your factoring company is in exchange for your invoices. Basically all you are doing is selling your invoices to your factoring company, and therefore the funds they provide you with are yours to keep. As a result you can spend these funds in any way you choose, these is no need to justify where the money is being spent like you would with a loan from a bank, the money is yours to spend however you wish.

Purchase Order Financing

While purchase order financing is not the same as accounts receivable factoring, it is a service that some factoring companies offer to their clients. Unlike accounts receivable factoring, purchase order financing is a loan. The loan is based on a purchase order that you have, and the funds you receive are to be used to fulfill that purchase order. Once fulfilled and the merchandise is shipped to your customer, you would factor the invoice and your factoring company will apply a portion of the invoice toward the loan they gave you and give you an advance based on the remainder.

How do I Start Factoring?

Factoring is quick and easy. Unlike securing a loan from a bank, factoring companies are able to make decisions in minutes rather than months. At DSA Factors we offer a simple flat rate fee factoring program and can be funding you in as little as 24 hours. We are a family owned and operated business that has been providing accounts receivable factoring for over 30 years. Call today at 773-248-9000 and find out just how easy factoring can be.

How to Find the Lowest Rate for Accounts Receivable Factoring

Finding the Lowest Factoring Rate
If one number is all that mattered, then every business would work with the same factoring company that gives the lowest rate. However, a lot goes into a factoring rate and it’s important that you understand exactly what that rate means.

There are a lot of different accounts receivable factoring companies out there, and for most businesses looking to factor, the biggest concern is how much factoring will cost them. While a low factoring rate is very important, it is also important to make sure that when you get two different rates that you are comparing apples to apples. It isn’t only looking at services such as advance rates, approval rates, or recourse vs non-recourse, but also looking at fees and interest charges. So while you could call five, ten, fifteen, or even twenty factoring companies to find out their rates, it might not be so clear-cut as to which company is the cheapest and provides the best service. This article will show you how to find the best factoring company for your business.

Adjustable Rate Factoring vs Flat Rate Factoring

Adjustable Rate Factoring

There are two different types of rates that a factoring company may charge you. The most popular type of factoring these days is adjustable rate factoring. With adjustable rate factoring the factoring company will offer what seems like an impossibly low rate, they may advertise anything from .5% to 1% as a base rate for factoring your invoices. However, they will then charge you interest from the day they advance you the money until payment is received and then they will add an additional 10 days for payment to clear the bank.  The way that this interest is computed can vary, but it is most common for factoring companies to use blocks.  A block may be a period of 10, 15, or 30 days.  For each block that passes, the factoring company will charge you an additional fee.  For example, if a factoring company offers a .5% base rate and uses 15 day blocks and charges 1% for each block, this how you would be charged for factoring an invoice.  Lets say the invoice is purchased on July 1st, then you will be charged the base rate of .5% for factoring on that day, in addition you will also be charged 1% for the first 15 day block.  On July 15th if payment has not been received yet and cleared the bank, then another 1% will be charged for the 2nd 15 day block. Lets say payment is received August 10th, you will be charged another 1% on July 30th, and on August 14th, since the factoring company is still waiting for the funds to clear the bank, you will be charged a final 1%.  As a result, your overall costs for factoring the invoice will be 4.5%.

Flat Rate Factoring

With a flat rate factoring program your factoring fee is much easier to compute. If you are offered a rate of 4% then that is exactly how much money you will pay for factoring the invoice, regardless of how long it takes your customer to pay your factoring company. While the base rate may appear much higher with flat rate factoring, the actual rate you pay to factor an invoice is typically lower, especially if your customers don’t pay their invoices early.

Service Differences

While the overall rate may be the main reason why you choose to go with an adjustable rate or flat rate for your accounts receivable factoring, it is also important to consider the service that goes along with these two different rate structures. With an adjustable rate, the longer it takes your factoring company to get paid, the more money they make. As a result, an adjustable rate factoring company has little motivation to collect from your accounts until they start to become seriously past due. With a flat rate factoring program, your factoring company is very motivated to collect from your accounts when the invoices become due. This motivation to collect doesn’t just affect how much you pay for factoring, but can also affect if future orders from your customers get approved. If a customer is past due on your invoices, then they won’t get approved until they catch up. As a result a factoring company with an adjustable rate may not be able to get you approvals in a timely fashion causing your customers to become upset.

The Advance – Improved Cash Flow

Perhaps the most important reason why companies want to factor their invoices is because of the advance that provides them with the improved cash flow they need. When choosing a factoring company, the most important question should be if they provide an advance and how long it takes. Most factoring companies should be able to provide you with an advance on your receivables within 24 hours, or even the same day. A factoring company who is offering you rates to good to be true may not be providing you with an advance. After that you need to look at the rate of advance. All factoring companies hold back money in reserve, but some companies hold back more than others. However, rather than advertise how much they hold back, factoring companies prefer to advertise how much they advance. So if a factoring company holds back 10%, then they have an advance rate of 90%. Advance rates can vary anywhere from 75%-90%, so it is important to make sure that you are getting a high advance rate.

Recourse vs Non-Recourse Factoring

Another benefit of factoring is the insurance that it provides on your receivables. A company that offers non-recourse factoring will insure your receivables against non-payment for financial reasons, meaning for example, that you will not be on the hook if a customer of yours goes bankrupt. However, if your factoring company only offers recourse factoring then they are not providing you with any insurance, and you will be have to pay them back if one of your customers files for bankruptcy.

Approval Rate and Credit Limits

Because a factoring company may be insuring your receivables, they are also assuming some risk. How much risk they are willing to take can vary. As a result it is important that you choose a factoring company with a high approval rate. It is also important to learn about how your factoring company assigns credit limits. It is important that your factoring company assigns your customers a credit limit based strictly on your business with them. Some factoring companies assign a single credit limit to a business that applies across all of their clients, as a result, if another client has orders that reach that credit limit, your orders will get turned down until that other client’s invoices are paid off.

Hidden Fees and Commitments

Of course the last thing you want is to get a bill from your factoring company asking you to pay a bunch of hidden fees. Many factoring companies may charge you fees for day-to-day operations such as running a credit report. Other companies may charge you annual fees or fees for not meeting minimum volume requirements. While some companies may lock you into a long-term contract and will charge you fees if you choose to stop factoring or want to change factoring companies. Another thing to consider is whether you are required to factor all of your accounts. Some factoring companies will require you to factor all of your accounts, including ones that pay on credit card, meaning that you will be forced to pay factoring fees even on accounts that you don’t factor. It is important that you look at these fees as they of course affect the overall rate that you are paying to factor your receivables.

Service and Benefits

Finally, the last thing you need to look at it is the service and benefits that your factoring company can provide you with. When it comes to service, many larger factoring companies will treat you simply as a number and assign you to an account manager who may not be able to make difficult decisions. Often times these larger factoring companies are owned by banks or are headquartered overseas, meaning that it may take them a long time to make simple credit decisions. With smaller factoring companies, and especially family owned companies, you will always be able to speak with one the companies principals, and quick turn-around times on credit decisions or anything else are another advantage that they offer. Of course, sometimes you need a little bit more than just factoring, so it is important to look at some of the other benefits factoring companies may offer.

Purchase Order Financing

Sometimes when you get a large order from a major retailer you may need a little extra help fulfilling the order. As an importer you may need to pay the overseas factory to start production, and certainly they will want payment in full before a container is released. As a manufacturer you may need funds to purchase additional materials so that you can start production. Whatever the case may be, some factoring companies offer purchase order financing, which is basically a short term loan based on the purchase order so that you have no problem getting the order fulfilled. Even if you don’t need purchase order financing right now, it is important to choose a factoring company that offers it to their clients as you never know if you one day may need it.

Small Business Loans

Some factoring companies may even offer their clients small business loans in addition to factoring services. If you might need a loan from time to time, whether you need to pay to attend a trade show, or you are developing a new product line, it is nice to know that your factoring company may be able to help you out. Since you will have established a working relationship with your factoring company, they will be much more likely to offer you a loan than a bank, and will also make a decision much quicker.

Choosing the Right Factoring Company

As you can see, there is a lot that goes into choosing the right factoring company for your business. At DSA Factors we offer low, competitive, flat rate factoring fees with the personalized service that you would come to expect from any family owned and operated business. Our clients receive non-recourse factoring with a 90% advance rate. Furthermore, we have an approval rate of over 95% and most companies get approved instantly when submitted on our web page. We have no hidden fees, no minimum volume requirements, and no long term commitments. We also offer purchase order financing to our clients and have offered small business loans to clients who we have developed a working relationship with. DSA Factors is well known throughout the factoring industry as one of the best companies to work with, earlier this year we were named by Factoring Club as the Best Micro Factoring Company for 2016. If you are looking for a factoring company to help grow your business, give DSA Factors a call at 773-248-9000, and find out just how easy factoring can be.

What is Invoice Factoring?

Improve Your Cash Flow with Invoice FactoringWhat is Invoice Factoring?

Invoice Factoring is a way of improving your cash flow without taking on any new debt. When you factor an invoice, what you are doing is selling that invoice to a factoring company. As a result, factoring is not a loan and you can get paid immediately for the products or services that you invoiced for, rather than having to wait until the invoice becomes due.

Why Should I Use Invoice Factoring?

While invoice factoring isn’t the only way to speed up your cash flow, it offers many benefits that you won’t get from other methods. Below are a couple of common methods used to improve cash flow and how they compare to invoice factoring:

Bank Loans vs Invoice Factoring

With a bank loan, or SBA loan, you are taking on new debt, the money you receive is not yours and has to be paid back. However, when you factor an invoice the money you receive is yours to keep. Banks, also assign you a strict credit limit, you can only borrow up to that credit limit. However, with invoice factoring the sky is the limit, the more invoices you have, the more money you can receive. Furthermore, securing a bank loan is a cumbersome process and often times you may wait months only to find out that you haven’t been approved because your credit isn’t good enough. With invoice factoring decisions are made quickly, often times within minutes, and decisions are based on your customers’ credit, not your own.

Investors vs Invoice Factoring

While taking on an investor is a good way of getting a quick cash infusion without taking on any new debt, it also means that you are giving up a portion of your company. From a financial point of view you no longer own a significant portion of your business. However, even more problematic is that you are giving up control of your company to someone else. If you and your investor don’t meet eye to eye on various matters you may be running into trouble. With invoice factoring this is not an issue, you still receive the cash that you need without having to give up any portion of your company or having anyone else tell you how to run your business. Furthermore, invoice factoring is a continual process, it can provide you with unlimited positive cash flow for many years to come. With an investor it is a one time deal for a fixed amount of money, unless of course you want to give up even more of your business.

How can I Use Cash Flow I Receive from Invoice Factoring?

The positive cash flow you receive from invoice factoring can be used in any way you want. With invoice factoring you don’t need to answer to a bank or to an investor in your company, you are still in the driver’s seat. The cash flow you receive can be used to meet payroll, get a container released, attend a trade show, start a new marketing campaign, upgrade equipment and facilities, or for anything else that you can think of.

Are there Additional Benefits to Invoice Factoring?

In addition to the improved cash flow, invoice factoring also provides you with other benefits that you will not receive from other sources. With invoice factoring you are also outsourcing your entire accounts receivable department. You no longer need to worry about keeping tabs on your customers, your factoring company will handle all of your credit checking for you. Further more you no longer need to keep on top of your customers since your factoring company will handle all of the collection work for you. If that isn’t enough, with non-recourse factoring you are also insured against non-payment of your invoices, your factoring company will assume the risk for you.

How can I Start Invoice Factoring Today?

Give DSA Factors a call at 773-248-9000 and one of our principals will be happy to speak with you. DSA Factors has been providing non-recourse invoice factoring for over 30 years to a wide range of industries, including but not limited to furniture, bedding, giftware, housewares, textiles, clothing, trucking, food, marketing, and staffing. As a family owned and operated business you not only receive low competitive rates, but also personalized service that the larger, bank-owned factoring companies can not provide. Call us today, and we can be providing you with improved cash flow tomorrow.

Upholstery still dominating furniture sales in 2015

UpholsterySo far upholstery has accounted for 41% of sales at furniture stores this year, with case goods coming in at 35% and bedding at 14%.  Accessories only accounted for 5% of sales, while outdoor furniture only accounted for 2% of sales.

Leading the pack for upholstery was the stationary group which made up 24% of sales for furniture stores this year, a 1% increase over 2014.  The big change however has been in the motion category, while only holding a 6% share of furniture sales in 2010, it holds an 11% share today, with recliners holding another 6% share of sales.  For upholstery, custom orders account for a quarter of all stationary sales, 10% of motion sales, and 6% of recliner sales.

When it comes to case goods, master bedroom holds a 12% share of all furniture sales, which is over one third of all case goods sales.  Youth bedroom only accounts for 4% of all furniture sales.  For dining, casual is more popular than formal.  Casual dining takes a 6% share of furniture sales, while formal dining only has 4%.

Overall furniture sales were up 4.6% in 2014, and thru August of this year are up another 6.2% over the first eight months of 2014.  Stores report that their best sales month is December, followed by November, August, May, and March.  However, despite increased sales volumes, stock turns and close ratios are both down.  The average store reported a stock turn of 4.3 times this year as compared to 4.5 times last year.  Close ratios dropped by 1% to 25% this year.  This of course doesn’t make much sense when overall sales on the rise, but that is due to the fact that the best selling price points are on the rise.

The largest price point jump this year came from entertainment centers, with a median sales price of $799, the category experienced a 33% increase over last years $599.  After that leather upholstery has experienced experienced the most change.  Leather sectionals have gone up in price by 23% this year with the average sectional costing $3699 as compared to only $2999 last year.  Leather stationary sofas are up 14% in price from $1399 to $1599, leather motion sofas are up 11% from $1399 to $1549, and leather recliners are up 12.5% from $799 to $899.  Despite the rising prices in leather upholstery, fabric upholstery prices have remained fairly stable over this last year.  The other large jump this year came in the dining category.  A casual dining set with 4 chairs is up 12.5% this year with the average set costing $899, while formal dining sets with 6 chairs are up 20% with the average set costing $2399 this year.  The only category that experienced a drop this year is the youth bedding category, down 10% from last years $499, the average twin size bed only cost $449 this year.

Data for this article was collected from a survey by Furniture Today.  Companies representing more than 10,000 storefronts responded to the survey.

It’s important to stay up to date on industry news.  If you are spending all your time making collection calls, you don’t have time to be staying on top of the industry and attending the trade shows that the stores are attending.  The average furniture store attends four trade shows each year, and if you aren’t at these shows, then you aren’t making sales.  Let DSA Factors handle your receivables, we have been specialists in the furniture industry since 1986, and have the knowledge and resources you need to grow your business.  Give us a call at 773-248-9000 today to find out how we can work for you.

Home Sizes on the Rise

Big House, Little HouseWith so much interest in tiny homes and urban living, it may come as a bit of a surprise that new homes are actually increasing in size. According to a study by Furniture Today and the US Census Bureau, the average home built in 2014 was 2,657 square feet, a 2.3% increase over 2013’s 2,598 square feet.  Of the 620,000 new homes built in 2014, 45% of them had 4 or more bedrooms, 36% had 3 or more bathrooms, and 31% were over 3,000 square feet.

While the average home size for the entire country is increasing, it is interesting to note that different regions are growing at different rates.  Leading the pack is the Midwest which experienced 7.3% increase in size last year and a 13.6% increase since 2010.  However, despite such large growth, especially in the last year, the Midwest still has the smallest homes in the country.  The average new home in the Midwest last year was 2,574 square feet, up from 2,398 square feet in 2013 and 2,265 square feet in 2010.

Following the Midwest comes the South, which now has the largest homes in the country at 2,711 square feet for homes built in 2014.  While this is only a 0.8% increase over 2013’s 2,689 square feet, it is a 13.2% increase over 2010’s 2,393 square feet.

Out West houses have been growing at a much more stable rate with the average new home in 2014 at 2,603 square feet.  This was a 3.2% increase over 2013’s 2,523 square feet, and a 9.1% increase over 2010’s 2,386.

While the Midwest, South, and West are seeing much larger houses getting built each year, it may come as a surprise that the Northeast, which had the largest homes being built in 2010 at 2,613 square feet, has pretty much stayed level.  In 2014 the average new home was 2,617 square feet, a 0.7% drop from 2013’s 2,635 square feet.

With home sizes getting larger in 3 out of 4 regions of the US, this can translate to consumers buying more furniture while also looking for larger individual pieces of furniture.  According to data collected by Furnituredealer.net in the first six months of 2015, the most popular dimensions for a sofa are 87″ long, with a depth of 39.4″, and a height of 37.6″.  When it comes to sectional sofas, consumers are looking for a footprint of 116.1″ by 98.3″ with a height of 37.7″.

If you are a furniture manufacturer, it’s important to keep up on housing trends and make sure that the furniture you are making meets the demands of today’s consumers.  If you are spending all of your time chasing down past due receivables, it’s hard to stay on top of what really matters.  Let DSA Factors factor your accounts receivable for you, not only will you save time and money, but we will also improve your cash flow.

* In this study, the Midwest includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The Northeast includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The South includes Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC, and West Virginia. The West includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Patios: The Most Popular Outdoor Space

Backyard PatioIn a recent survey done by Casual Living, it was found that one third of all Americans use their patios.  Six out of ten houses have a patio, and just over half of all houses have a porch, while slightly less than half of them have a deck.  When it comes to condos, four out of ten have a patio, three out of ten have a balcony, while porches and decks each appear in two out of ten condos.  For apartment dwellers, almost half of them have a balcony, while just less than a third of them have a patio, and two out of ten have a porch.

When it comes to how people use their patios, or other outdoor spaces, nine out of ten people use their outdoor spaces for relaxing, while nearly three quarters of Americans enjoy reading outside.  Also popular are grilling, entertaining, and gardening with each activity being done by approximately seven out of ten Americans.  About half of all Americans will have family meals, use a computer or tablet, and listen to music outside.  Three in ten Americans enjoy sunbathing in their outdoor spaces, and nearly a quarter of all Americans use their outdoor spaces for playing with their children.

While just over four in ten Americans made upgrades to their outdoor spaces in the second half of 2014 and first half of 2015, six in ten Americans either have or are planning on making upgrades in the second half of 2015, with another two in ten planning on making upgrades in 2016.  The most common upgrade by far is planting vegetation with over three quarters of all people who either made or plan to make upgrades planting new trees, flowers, or other vegetation.  Next up is maintaining a deck or patio.  Nearly half of all people who already made upgrades performed maintenance work on their deck or patio, with another third planning to do so.  Other popular improvements include buying furniture and outdoor accessories, installing lighting, buying a grill, buying some sort of shade device, and performing other landscaping work.  The least popular improvement is installing a new swimming pool.

When it comes to outdoor furniture, dining furniture is the most popular, closely followed by conversation groups, and then other seating options such as benches or hammocks, and finally fire pits.  While alternative seating options and fire pits may be the least popular furniture choices, they are gaining in popularity as more people plan to purchase them than have already done so.  Fewer people plan to buy outdoor dining furniture as have already done so, while conversation groups are remaining stable with just as many people planning on purchasing them as those who have recently done so.

With outdoor accessories it should come as no surprise that the most popular items are potted plants and flowers, with nearly nine in ten consumers who accessorize purchasing these.  Just over half of people accessorizing will purchase decorative pillows, and a little less than half will purchase outdoor rugs.  Tableware and wall decor are each purchased by about three in ten people accessorizing, while two in ten purchase statues.

For lighting, strands or strings of light bulbs are the most popular with just over half of all consumers using them.  Only slightly less popular is hard-wired fixtures.  After that about a third of people use lanterns and a quarter of people use landscape lighting.  The less popular options include portable lamps, torches, candles, lighting under shading devices, and solar lights.

Finally with shading, a roof or umbrella is the most prevalent from of shade with a little less than half of all consumers using each.  For umbrellas, table umbrellas are about twice as popular as free standing umbrellas.  About one in ten Americans will use a tree for shade.  The other less popular options include pergolas, awnings, gazebos, curtains, and screens.

With all these improvements being made in front and back yards across the country, if you manufacture products for the outdoors it is important that you have the ability to handle large orders if you want your merchandise to be stocked with major retailers.  Let DSA Factors help you grow your business.  With nearly 30 years of experience in the furniture and accessories industries, we have the ability to provide you with the cash flow you need while also managing and insuring all of your receivables.  Give us a call today at 773-248-9000 and find out how we can help your business grow.