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5 Rules for Keeping Your Business Cash Flowing

I teach a Hospitality Entrepreneurship class at a local community college and the final exams were held yesterday. While reading the exam answers last night, I noticed that everyone got one of the questions right, and that was “What are the 5 Rules for Keeping Your Business Cash Flowing?”

I’m not surprised by that though — All new business owners want to know how to keep the cash flowing.  Just in case you were wondering what the answers are, they are listed below —

1. Collect Cash as Soon as Possible. When you make a sale request a large retainer immediately or try to get paid on the spot.

2. Schedule Your Payments for the Due Date.  Don’t pay any sooner than your due date.  And, don’t pay after your due date — You want to keep your credit in tact.

3. Check on your Cash Balance Regularly. Always know what is going out and what is coming in on a daily basis.

4. Lease Your Equipment Instead of Buying It.  Most of your equipment will depreciate almost immediately, and servicing that equipment when it breaks down can get pricey.  So, consider leasing the equipment. Plus, the tax incentives are better with leasing.

5. Avoid Buying Inventory That You Do Not Need.  It’s very tempting to fully stock your office or studio with equipment and supplies that you believe you will need eventually.  To avoid having this inventory just sit in your office, only purchase it when you need it.

Love and Soul Always, Kawania

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Hey there trailblazer!

I’m Kawania (kuh won nee ah) and I own and lead two successful businesses in the creative industry.

When I started Howerton+Wooten Events in 2007, I found myself “googling” a bunch of business questions that aren’t always discussed in business books. You know what I’m talking about, right?!? Those “start up” challenges that keep you up until the wee hours in the morning.

Believe me, I’ve been there — That’s why I launched this blog. To provide you with a resource you can reference with those “middle of the night” questions as you launch, run and scale your own successful (and sustainable) business. There’s lots of information in this blog, so bookmark it and hit me up if you have any questions. We all need a little guidance every now and then, right? Take care friend. Keep shining!

Love and Soul Always, Kawania

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