Payroll funding is a type of invoice factoring specific to the staffing industry. Just like invoice factoring, payroll funding turns a business’s outstanding invoices into cash by selling them to a third party.
Staffing companies often fall victim to long invoice terms and slow-paying customers. At the same time, they’re forced to make payroll and other routine expenses, leaving them in the predicament of consistently not having enough cash on hand. Payroll funding allows these staffing companies to access fast cash by paying a small fee in order to liquidate their invoices immediately.
How does payroll funding work?
Once you’ve applied for payroll funding, and are approved, you will submit invoices to your customer as usual. The payroll funding company will purchase those outstanding invoices from your business and give you 80-90% of the cash value that day. The provider then collects the invoice directly from your customer. Once collected, the provider returns the remaining 10-20% to your business, minus a small payroll funding fee of 1-5%.
For more complete information about payroll funding and available providers, visit payrollfunding.com.
Is payroll funding easy?
Yes, payroll funding is very easy, particularly when compared to other types of traditional financing or bank lending. Because the provider is counting on your customers to ultimately pay your invoices, they care more about the creditworthiness of your customers than your business. That allows business owners with poor credit or limited operating history to still acquire payroll funding.
Payroll funding is not a loan – it’s a sale of your assets (invoices) in exchange for cash. That means that the financing does not count as debt on your balance sheet, and only minimally impacts your credit (simply from the initial credit checks). This is another reason staffing companies find payroll funding to be a preferable option for immediate working capital needs.
Are some providers better than others?
Yes, there are certainly better payroll funding companies than others. Some specialize in the staffing industry, while others serve a broader range of invoice factoring customers. Not all companies will be transparent about their fees and terms. As a responsible business owner, you need to protect your staffing company by thoroughly vetting your payroll funding provider, ensuring that you read the fine print of your agreement. Trust is critical with any financing, and it’s no different for payroll funding. Do your research and select a company you can trust.
Is payroll funding right for my business?
Payroll funding is specific to the staffing industry. If you own a staffing company, and struggle with slow paying customers, long invoice terms and other cash flow issues, payroll funding may be the perfect solution.
If your business falls in any other B2B industry, but you similarly struggle with cash flow issues, you should consider invoice factoring – a more broad solution that will likely fit your needs.
What will I need to get started?
Every payroll funding company has its own unique process for approval, but to get started, most simply want to get a better understanding for your business, your customers and your invoices. They’ll likely request a financing application, proof of identification, invoice aging and customer list. Be prepared to provide information quickly to take full advantage of the fast turnaround time that payroll funding can offer.
To get started with your application, request a free quote today.
Grey Idol is the head of digital marketing for altLINE. With over five years’ experience in small business operations, content creation and digital marketing, he helps businesses find the information they need to make informed decisions about invoice factoring and A/R financing. In his free time, Grey enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two dogs.
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