Managing cash flow

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Financial support for small businesses

  • Read about available support to help you access credit for your business during COVID-19.
  • Learn about the Australian Government's Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme that provides guarantees to small and medium enterprise (SME) lenders for new unsecured loans to be used for working capital.
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Your cash flow is the money you have coming in from revenue and going out for expenses. Good cash flow management will ensure you always have money available for paying your expenses when they are due.

Even profitable businesses can fail if cash flow is not managed properly. If you don't have enough money available to pay your lenders or suppliers, banks may foreclose and suppliers could cut supplies.

There are many areas in your business that can impact on your cash flow. It is important to understand how customer payment terms, supplier payment terms, loan payments, future spending decisions and other items can affect your cash flow.

This guide will help you to manage your cash flow and understand how to use cash flow analysis to inform business decisions.