23. May 2012 12:19
Are all factoring companies equally capable of financing every deal? From the perspective of someone seeking credit for your business, it can be tempting to knock on the door of every bank and non-traditional lender in your area and online. But is it really better to work with anyone who will give you the kind of loan you need?
Your Field Is Unique
Immersed in the daily reality of life in your industry, it's easy to lose perspective on just how unique your business really is. The flow of revenue for the transportation industry – punctuated by delays, spiking gas prices, and lag time between payments – is very different from the expected pattern in a staffing agency, which in turn is different from a retail business. Because non-traditional lenders are often relying on these patterns to provide financing, it's vital that they have an understanding of what to expect. Your explanations may not tell them what they need to know.
A Specialized Company Has Custom Solutions Ready To Go
Many fields have developed specific lending practices that are unique within that industry. For example, trucking has freight bill financing and fuel cards. Government contract financing has to understand the additional paperwork and disclosure requirements that are necessary when working with federal or state organizations. A company that has worked with your field before knows what to expect and has already created unique solutions that are designed specifically to meet your needs. You just won't find that level of service in factoring companies that don't know your business.
Crestmark has always been proud of our customized offerings for fields like staffing, manufacturing, transportation, apparel, and government contracting. Even when we don't have prior experience in your field (a rarity considering the diversity of our staff and years of lending across industries) we know the questions to ask in order to provide you with the right non-traditional lending tools for your needs.
16. May 2012 05:35
Trucking is a unique industry because your product is moving the products of others. You move the country, ensuring that everything from food to clothing to furniture to mail reaches its destination on time. Because you fill such a unique and vital position within the economy, your business structure and revenue stream is sharply different from other companies. Freight bill financing is a unique concept, designed for trucking companies and used by many of the biggest transportation companies in the nation.
What Is Freight Bill Financing?
Although similar to accounts receivable financing or factoring, freight bill factoring is custom tailored for transportation. Once your freight bill is ready, you are eligible for financing based off of it. A non-traditional lender and transportation specialist like Crestmark will purchase the bill from you, paying you a portion of it immediately. Once the account clears with your client, you get the rest minus an administrative fee. Freight bill factoring can be traditional or discount depending on your needs.
Why It Works
You know how volatile the transportation industry can be. There's often a lag time between invoice and receipt of payment. In addition, shifting conditions like gas prices and unavoidable delays from weather can lead to a dramatically variable revenue stream. Financing can help smooth out the operation, ensuring that you have the cash you need when you need it.