Best Business Credit Cards in Canada [Checklist Included]

Best Business Credit Cards in Canada

Looking for a credit card for your business? The research process for finding the best business credit cards in Canada can be a bit like one of those logic problems where the farmer plants a tree in a field, but you have to figure out how many apples are in the barn and which farmer owns a cow. (Don’t panic, we’re here to help. And we promise: There’s no quiz at the end.)

With higher limits than personal credit cards, business credit cards help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) free up cash flow by delaying payment on day-to-day expenses until a set point each month. For the average business trying to make ends meet on operational cash flow alone, this is a fairly significant benefit.

Business credit cards also help build a business credit history and they streamline expense tracking. Depending on your business, the rewards programs can also provide added perks. But, how do you know which credit card is the right one for your business?

What are the best business credit cards in Canada?

At PayPie, we wanted to know, too. So, we started by visiting the three review pages that topped our search results for the best business credit cards in Canada:

We also asked our CEO, Nick Chandi for his thoughts on choosing the best business credit card. He said:

“Best is subjective. There’s no single make or break variable. Some business owners may want travel rewards. Others, like myself, prefer cash back. It’s a matter of what’s best for each business.”

(We knew you’d pick the money, Nick.)

Read more: The 10 best businesses for cash flow. 

The top three business credit card brands in Canada

After comparing the tables from each of the sites above, we found that brand-wise, the top three business credit card in Canada are American Express®, Mastercard® and Visa®. In most cases, American Express offers its cards directly, while Mastercard and Visa are available through several Canadian banks.

How do the best business credit cards in Canada compare against each other?

The best ways to show a comparison is to create a table, which is exactly what we did. We took the best business credit cards in Canada from each of the top comparison sites and compiled them into this table.

Table: The best business credit cards in Canada

Our table comparing the best business credit cards in Canada is organized alphabetically by brand. It includes links to each brand’s or issuer’s main website as well as links to details for each individual card.

There’s a lot to compare and consider when choosing a credit card for your business. This is why we’ve also created a checklist with questions to ask and variables to consider. You’ll find it right below the table.

American Express®

Business Gold Reward Card

Card Type: Charge card (Balance must be paid in full each month.)

Rewards: 1 point for every $1 in purchases and 1 extra point for every $1 in eligible purchases from your choice of 3 participating vendors.

Employee Cards: $50 each

Interest: 30% annual interest rate for balances not paid in full.

Annual Fee: $250

Welcome Offer: 30,000 points with $5,000 in purchases in the first 3 months.

Business Platinum Card

Card Type: Charge card (Balance must be paid in full each month.)

Rewards: 1.25 points for every $1 in purchases.

Employee Cards: $199 each

Interest: 30% annual interest rate for balances not paid in full. | 55-day grace period.

Annual Fee: $499

Welcome Offer: 40,000 points with $5,000 in purchases in the first 3 months.

AIR MILES® for Business

Card Type: Charge card (Balance must be paid in full each month.)

Rewards: Earn 1 mile for every $10 in purchases from participating vendors and 1 mile for every $15 in other purchases.

Employee Cards: $50 each

Interest: 30% annual interest rate for balances not paid in full.

Annual Fee: $180

Welcome Offer: 2,000 miles with $5,000 in purchases in the first 3 months.

AIR MILES® Gold

Card Type: Credit card

Rewards: 1 mile for every $15 in purchases from participating vendors and 1 mile for every $20 in other purchases.

Employee Cards: Free (Misuse protection not included.)

Interest: Purchases 19.99% | Advances 22.99% | Missed payments 23.99% and/or 26.99%.

Annual Fee: None

Welcome Offer: 150 miles with $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months.

Mastercard®

BMO®

Rewards® Business Mastercard®

Card Type: Credit Card

Rewards: 3 points for every $1 you spend on gas, office supplies and cell phone/internet bill payments. Earn 1.5 points for other expenses.

Employee Cards: Free

Interest: Purchases 14.99% | Cash advances 22.99% | 25-day grace period.

Annual Fee: $120

Welcome Offer: 35,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. Plus, no annual fee for 1 year.

AIR MILES® Business Mastercard®

Card Type: Credit Card

Rewards: 1 mile for every $10 in purchases and 1.5 miles for every $1 spent at Shell®.

Employee Cards: Free

Interest: Purchases 19.99% | Cash advances 22.99% | 25-day grace period.

Annual Fee: $120

Welcome Offer: Up to 3,000 miles after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. Plus, no annual fee for 1 year.

CashBack® Business Mastercard®

Card Type: Credit Card

Rewards: 1.5% cash back on eligible gas stations, office supplies purchases and on your cell phone and internet recurring payments. | 1.75% cash back at Shell®. | .75% cash back on other purchases.

Employee Cards: Free

Interest: Purchases 19.99% | Cash advances 22.99%. | 25-day grace period.

Annual Fee: None

Welcome Offer: 6% cash back on gas, office supplies and cell phone/internet bills for 4 months.

AIR MILES® No-Fee Business Mastercard®

Card Type: Credit Card

Rewards: 1 mile for every $20 in purchases and 1.25 miles for every $1 spent at Shell®.

Employee Cards: Free

Interest: Purchases 19.99% | Cash advances 22.99% | 25-day grace period.

Annual Fee: None

Welcome Offer: 500 bonus miles after the first purchase.

RBC

Business Cash Back Mastercard®

Card Type: Credit Card

Rewards: 1% cash back on eligible purchases. | Save 3¢/L on fuel and earn 20% more Petro-Points at Petro-Canada locations.

Employee Cards: Free

Interest: Purchases 19.99%

Annual Fee: None

Welcome Bonus: 2% cash back on eligible purchases for the first 3 months.

Visa®

CIBC

bizline® VISA® Card

Card Type: Credit Card

Rewards: None | Selling Point: Up to $50,000 credit limit.

Employee Cards: Free

Interest: Between CIBC Prime Rate +1.5% and Prime Rate +13%.

Annual Fee: None

Welcome Offer: None

RBC

VISA® Business Card

Card Type: Credit Card

Rewards: None | Save 3¢/L on fuel and earn 20% more Petro-Points at Petro-Canada locations.

Employee Cards: $12

Interest Rate: Purchases 19.99%

Annual Fee: $12

Welcome Offer: None

Scotiabank

VISA® Business Card

Card Type: Credit Card

Rewards: 1% cash back on all eligible purchases.

Employee Cards: Free

Interest: Purchases 22.99% | Cash advances 22.99%

Annual Fee: Silver card $75 | Gold card $105

Welcome Offer: None

Read More: What’s a Business Credit Report?

Choosing the best business credit card

When you visit the comparison sites and the credit card sites themselves, you’ll find that you get bits and pieces of information on the best business credit cards in Canada.

Once you identify your best choices, contact the credit card company and get answers to all your questions. Make sure you know exactly what you’re committing to and if it’s the right fit for your business.

Getting your questions answered will also give you a chance to experience the provider’s level of customer service. And — as a final step — don’t forget to do the math.

While we’ve found some of the best business credit cards in Canada, what really matters is finding the one that’s best for your business.

Checklist: Choosing a business credit card in Canada

According to the Forbes Coaches Council, asking questions represents a growth mindset. And, seriously, how else are you going ensure you understand exactly how your business credit card works? As promised, here’s our checklist:

Read More: A real-life cash flow case study.

Do you need a business charge card or credit card?

While a charge card has no pre-set limit, it won’t let you carry a balance from one month to the next and the interest for unpaid balances is high.  Purchases are reviewed based on your spending and payment patterns. (It’s not a blank cheque.)

A credit card has a set limit, but it also gives you the flexibility to carry a balance when needed. However, you’ll pay interest on the outstanding amount.

Note: If you already know that you’re likely to carry a balance, consider the interest rate you’ll be paying. This might either lower or outweigh the value of the rewards.

Will you need employee cards?

All of the cards listed offer employee cards. The difference is whether or not there’s a fee for each card. Another question to ask is if the employee cards include misuse protection.

The information for the American Express® AIR MILES® Gold Card made specific note of this exclusion. There’s always a reason for this kind of thing. It doesn’t hurt to ask why.

Do you want a rewards program?

Air miles, cash back and reward points are the main choices available. If you don’t want a reward program at all, the CIBC Bizline® VISA® is your card.

It’s hard to beat cash as a reward. Just make sure you understand how the program works and if there are annual maximums for your main and employee accounts.

If travel is a regular requirement, air miles might be a good fit. Some providers will let you roll over your miles into other travel programs, so check if this is a possibility.

If simple reward points are your gig, make sure you know when and where you can redeem them If you have company vehicles, a few of the MasterCard® options had alliances with specific gas stations.

If you’re considering a cash back program, find out if you have to use a specific gas station or if any gas purchase qualifies as a business purchase.

Is there an annual fee?

Each of the top three brands of the best business credit cards in Canada has cards with and without annual fees. Find out if these fees ever increase and, if so, has this happened recently in the pasts few years?

Both BMO® Rewards® and AIR MILES® Business Mastercards® wave the annual fee for the first year through introductory offers.

Among the cards listed, there’s no clear correlation between the annual fee and the interest rate or reward program

One thing to consider — in most instances, your annual credit card fee can be claimed as a business tax deduction. Interest fees can be claimed as well, but why pay extra when you don’t need to? It’s a cost-benefit sort of thing.

What’s the interest rate?

Make sure you know and understand what interest rate you’ll pay. Verify if there are different rates for specific activities, like cash advances or late payments.

If you’re given an introductory rate, find out how long this rate will be valid and when it’ll change. Ask how often the rates change and how you’ll be notified of rate increases.

Where is your business credit card accepted or not accepted?

One of the main benefits of having a business credit card is so that you can charge all of your expenses to the same account. If your business makes regular purchases from retailers or wholesalers, make sure the brand of business card you choose is accepted at those establishments.

What information do you need to apply?

According to Ratehub, you’ll need to provide proof that your business is valid business through documents including your articles of incorporation, business license, tax assessments or financial statements.

How long is the application process?

If you’re applying for your business credit card in anticipation of making a large purchase or using it to boost cash flow, you need to know the timeline. All the business credit card sites promote a quick approval process. But, as you know all too well, there’s never a one-size-fits-all solution.

Read More: Separating Business and Personal Finances.

The final step: Doing the math

You asked your questions, you’ve got all the variables. Now you need to do the math to determine which of the best business credit cards in Canada is best for you. This example from the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) shows you how it’s done. (Note: It also assumes you don’t use your card again until the balance is paid.)

Step 1 — Calculate your average owing balance or for simplicity, pick a rounded number and estimate. For this example, we’ll use $4,000.

Step 2 — Take your top credit card choices and run the numbers.

Example # 1 — Comparing business credit cards based on interest rates

In this example, we’ll pick two basic credit cards with no rewards programs. All we’ll look at is interest. While one card has a fee and the other doesn’t, the difference in interest rates is enough to offset any discussion of an annual fee.

Card # 1 — CIBC bizline® VISA® Card — no annual fee or rewards

$4,000 X 14.99% = $599.60 in interest

(At the time of publishing this article, the CIBC prime rate is 3.7%. If you add 13%, you get 16.7%. As that’s a worst-case scenario, we picked the lowest interest rate on our table 14.99% for estimation.)

Card # 2 — RBC VISA® Business Card — $12 annual fee, no rewards

$4,000 X 19.99% = $799.60 in interest, even without the fee.

$799.60 + $12 = $811.60 with the fee.

The winner — CIBC bizline® VISA® Card based on interest rates alone.

Example #2— Factoring in rewards, annual fees and welcome offers  

In this example, we’ve picked two BMO® Mastercards® — each with the same interest rate. Because of this, the value of the rewards programs and the annual fee will be the determining factors. Additionally, both cards have welcome offers, which are also taken into consideration.

Card # 1 — BMO® AIR MILES® Business Mastercard® — $120 annual fee | rewards miles program

$4,000 X 19.99% = $799.60 in interest

Miles = 1 for every $10

Using their calculator, if you spent $4,000 each month, in a year you’d earn 7,800 points. This is enough for a trip from Yellowknife to Maui or a high-end coffee maker. (With the welcome offer, you get $3,000 miles, so maybe you can get a milk frother to go with the coffee maker or fly from Vancouver to Maui.)

During the first year with no annual fee: $799.60 in interest

After the first year with an annual fee: $799.60 + $120 annual fee = $919.60 in interest and fees

Card # 2 — BMO® CashBack® Business Mastercard® — No annual fee | cash back program

$4,000 X 19.99% = $799.60 in interest

Cash back = 1.5% on eligible purchases (6.0% for the first 4 months), 1.75% at Shell® and .75% on other purchases

($3,000 X 6.0%) + ($500 X 1.75%) + ($500 X .75%) = $180 + $8.75 + $3.75 = $57.50 cash back

(After the 6.0% intro offer expires, the rate resets to 1.5%, which equals $45 when you have $3,000 in eligible purchases.)

During the welcome offer: $799.60 – $192.50 = $607.10

After the welcome offer expires: $799.60 – $55.50 = $744.10

The winner — BMO® CashBack® Business Mastercard® hands down — even when the annual fee is waived for a year on the other card.

(Now we really know where Nick was coming from in choosing cash back.)

Our Pick: The Best Business Credit Card in Canada

Our verdict is [insert drumroll]… the BMO® CashBack Business Mastercard®. Of all the reward formats, cash is the most universal. After all, a dollar equals a dollar. Point-based rewards have to be redeemed at specific locations and saving up miles is its own ball of wax.

Of the three cash back cards on our list, this one beat out the others because it had the highest rate of return — 1.5% on eligible purchases. It had the best welcome offer along with no annual fee (ever) and it’s the only cash back card with a 25-day grace period (perfect for those months when your cash flow doesn’t flow quite as expected).

Purchases and expenses are only part of your cash flow story

While a business credit card is a tool that can help you control how you track purchases and when you pay for expenses, it’s really just one piece in the puzzle.

A credit card statement only tells you what you’ve spent, it doesn’t give you any information on when you’ve been paid. A cash flow forecast puts all the pieces together by looking at all the aspects of your business that affect the money flowing in and out of your business.

Businesses live and die by cash flow. This is why PayPie is dedicated to creating tools that help businesses take charge of their cash flow and focus on growth and financial health.

Are you a QuickBooks Online user? Get started managing your cash flow today.

This information does not replace the expertise that comes from working with an accountant, bookkeeper or financial professional. It is also not an advertisement or endorsement for any of the banks or credit cards name. The credit card details are valid as of the publishing of this post.

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New Beta Sneak Peek: Cash Flow Forecasting

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PayPie is extremely excited to announce that we’ll be releasing a substantial update to our beta in the coming weeks. One of the main focal points of the update is our beautiful and cutting-edge cash flow forecasting tool.

Sneak peek: Spectacular cash flow forecasting

Cash flow is the lifeblood of any small to medium-sized enterprise (SME). At PayPie, we want to give these businesses the tools they need to thrive. Our cash flow forecasting fulfills this promise brilliantly.

It gives business owners and/or the financial professional advising them a better way to visualize the financial indicators affecting the company’s cash flow. (Our proprietary risk score contained within the cash flow forecast is an extension of these metrics.)

In the long-term, the cash flow forecasting and risk score will be tied to our business financing capabilities. However, for the moment we’re focusing on the overall significance of cash flow forecasting in terms of best practices for business financial health and value-added services for the financial professionals serving these businesses.

PayPie Cash Flow Forecast Example

How SMEs can use cash flow forecasting

Through our QuickBooks Online integration, all that small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) or the professionals representing them have to do to use the cash flow forecasting tool is sign up for PayPie and connect the company’s QBO account.* No tedious data or customization entry required.

Better yet, the cash flow forecasting tool is free! Businesses may also use it as often as they’d like to turn basic financial data into highly visual and informative reports.

Side note: We plan to begin formally reaching out to a range of QBO audiences this summer.

See the recently refreshed the PayPie website. 

Why data visualization matters

Have you ever tried to draw conclusions from simply reading spreadsheet or string of numbers? It can be done, but it’s not always the easiest or most intuitive way to go about it. The indicators, charts and graphs in our cash flow forecast bring this information to life — making it even more valuable for “connecting the dots.”

A company’s quick ratio, cash flow ratio, current ratio and debt-to-equity ratio are at the top, with the risk score taking center stage. A cash flow graph quickly shows the relationship between the money flowing in and out of the business. Plus, useful tabs let users drill down even further into receivables, payables and other areas.

Learn more about reading a cash flow statement, how cash flow forecasting works and basic cash flow concepts.

The benefits of cash flow forecasting

A cash flow forecast shows how money flows in and out of a business over a specific period of time by:

  • Comparing the overall flow of cash into the company against the flow of cash out of the company.
  • Identifying the times when the cash reserves are at their highest and lowest.
  • Pinpointing opportunities, like which invoices are overdue in terms of cash value and days past due date.

If a business has a lot of historical data in their QBO account, our algorithm uses this information to create a forecast. For new businesses (or businesses that have just started using accounting software), the insights from their forecasts will grow as their data grows. For all businesses, cash flow forecasting offers the information needed for strategic, data-backed decisions.

An opportunity for financial pros 

“Every annual financial cycle is an opportunity to sit down and set goals and project numbers forward with your significant clients. Looking forward is not only important, but often essential to identify and avoid any looming business issues or, more positively, for identifying new opportunities too.” — Richard Francis, Spotlight Reporting Founder, AccountingWeb

As artificial intelligence eliminates data entry, there’s more time for value-added services, such as cash flow forecasting. This also opens the doors to scenario planning, debt reviews and other related services.

Build long-term relationships with PayPie

We recognize the critical role that accountants and bookkeepers play as advocates to their SME clients. This is why PayPie is developing a suite of tools for start-to-finish cash flow forecasting and management. We’ve started with the cash flow forecasting tool, which includes risk scoring.

Once we bring our invoice factoring services online in the near future, we’ll be able to help financial professionals identify and solve cash flow problems — all in one platform.

In order to deepen our relationships with financial professionals, we’re also committed to creating strong partnership programs.

Accountants and bookkeepers can get started the same way an SME would, all you have to do is sign up.

*PayPie currently integrates with QuickBooks Online. Additional integrations are coming soon. 

This article is for informational purposes only. To receive monthly email updates, click on “Get Newsletter” in the upper right-hand corner of the blog page.  

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Cash Flow Forecasting: What You Need to Know

cash flow forecasting stock photo laptop with cash on the keyboard

Every morning at my children’s bus stop, there’s a foolproof way to tell that the bus is about to arrive: When you see a hoard of children running from the park to the bus stop, you know the faithful yellow hardtop is on its way.

Is this child’s play or strategy? I’d say tactical because experience has shown these kids that they have just enough time to get from the park to the bus stop once they’ve seen the bus heading their way. What does this have to do with cash flow forecasting, like a free assessment from PayPie? Everything.

If you pay attention to how and when cash is flowing in and out of your business, you’ll never miss the bus. Or, at the very least, you’ll have a pretty solid idea when the bus is coming, if it’s running late or if you’ll need alternate transportation.

Another reason to watch for the bus known as your cash flow: Nearly 60% of all failed businesses say cash flow was the main reason for their demise.

What’s a cash flow forecast?

A cash flow forecast (cash flow projection) is a report created over time, using information from a business’ cash flow statement (cash flow analysis). Think of it this way: When you have a checking account, you get a monthly statement. If you develop a system for comparing these statements over time, you get a history of your checking account activity. Using this history, you can then make forward-looking predictions.

If you only look at one statement, you’re only getting the details for one specific period of time. It’s like taking a survey of five people instead of 500. When your sample is smaller, your results are less reliable, and cause and effect is much harder to prove or discern.

This is where cash flow forecasting comes into play. Building upon regular cash flow analysis, cash flow forecasting helps you develop a better, more comprehensive picture of your cash flow over time.

“When it comes to liquidity analysis, cash flow information is more reliable than balance sheet or income statement information. Balance sheet data are static — measuring a single point in time — while the income statement contains many arbitrary noncash allocations — for example, pension contributions and depreciation and amortization. In contrast, the cash flow statement records the changes in the other statements.”

— Journal of Accountancy

In the words the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Ephesus, “The only thing that is constant is change.”

What can a cash flow forecast tell you about your business?

A cash flow statement looks at all the main areas where cash comes in or out of your business. When you pull all this information together and repeat the process over time through cash flow forecasting, you can see:

  • Where your cash comes from:
    • Sales of products and services
    • Sales of assets, like equipment
    • Funding from investors or loans
    • Your own savings
    • Cost-cutting activities
  • Where your cash is going:
    • Production, inventory or labor costs
    • Loan or investor payments
    • Research and development
    • Marketing and advertising
    • Facility or office expenses
  • The timing of when:
    • Bills are due
    • Customers pay you
    • You need to pay your employees
    • You have the highest and lowest levels of cash flow
    • A potential cash flow shortfall could happen

The more you often you complete a cash flow analysis, the more information you have to build your cash flow forecasts and the better perspective you’ll get of how your business is really performing.

Nearly 60% of all failed businesses say cash flow was the main reason.

How can cash flow forecasting help you make smarter business decisions?

Imagine if you didn’t pay attention to your bank account balance and your cash management system was saying a tiny prayer every time you used your debit card. Not the most effective or confidence building method, right?

The same rules apply to the financial health of your business. Having an awareness of how and when money flows in and out of your company through cash flow forecasting, lets you plan and prepare more effectively for:

  • Cash flow surpluses and shortages
  • Current and future tax obligations
  • Labor needs
  • Strategic purchases or initiatives
  • Short- or long-term funding

For seasonal businesses, cash flow forecasting gives you a better idea of how to plan for busy and slow periods. For any business, comparing the numbers in your cash flow statements against your projections will determine just how accurate your predictions are. This can also further pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in a range of areas.

If sales are higher than projected, you can plan to order more product or enhance current features. You might even consider a price increase. On the other hand, if sales are down, you’ll need to figure out what’s happened and why. Before the issue eats away at your cash flow.

Is it time for a sale or special offer? If you’re watching your financials closely, you’ll have a much better idea of what the answer should be.

Read more on how to read a cash flow statement.

What are two areas that get the most scrutiny in a cash flow forecast?

Two areas that get a lot of attention as part of a cash flow forecast and analysis are accounts receivable and accounts payable. This makes sense from a top-down level because accounts receivable is what a business is owed from third parties and accounts payable represents the amount of money a business has to pay to other third parties.

When you monitor your cash flow as a business, you need to be specific about when payments are due versus when you get paid. For instance, you may have several bills due at the start of each month. However, due to you your payment terms, the cash from your customers won’t hit your account until the end of the month.

Two metrics that you’ll want to determine and keep track of over time are:

  • Average collection period — How many days it takes for your customers to pay you.
  • Average days payable — How long it takes you to pay your bills.

Keep in mind that both of these numbers are averages. Some vendors will always take longer to pay and there will always be that one debt that you’ll have to keep whittling down. The norms for your industry will also affect these figures.

It’s all about knowing the patterns. It’s like keeping your personal calendar up to date so that you don’t forget you have a meeting next Tuesday at 3 pm.

Discover the 10 best businesses for cash flow. 

Are there other indicators to look at as part of a cash flow forecast?

Ok, this was a leading question. Of course, there are. Fair warning… there’s math ahead.

Once you’ve started systematically recording your cash flow metrics, you can begin to leverage this data. One way this is done is through ratios — using the relationship between variables to create a new indicator.

It’s “playing” with your numbers, but in a good way — not a burn-the-books-they’re-at-the-door-with-a-warrant sort of way. When you request a free cash flow assessment from PayPie, the following ratios are featured at the top of your report:

  • Cash inflow to cash outflow ratio — Your total cash inflows ÷ total cash outflows indicates the proportion of assets to debts over a set period of time. As you want your inflows to be greater than your outflows, you should aim for a number that’s 1.0 or higher.
  • Current ratio — A current ratio (current assets ÷ current liabilities) shows if you have enough cash to meet your current levels of debt. Ideally, you want this number to be 1.0 to 2.0 or higher, signifying that you have more money than debts. Again, that’s a little simplistic because it all depends on the business, its lifecycle and other factors. For instance, in the early stages, any business might have more debt than income as it’s getting off the ground.
  • Debt-to-equity ratio — Your debt-to-equity ratio (total liabilities ÷ equity) demonstrates how much debt your business carries in relation to every dollar in assets — telling you how much debt is currently affecting your business. In a perfect world, this figure should be 1.0 or lower.
  • Quick ratio — A quick ratio (cash and cash equivalents + short-term investments + accounts receivable ÷ current liabilities) is an “acid test” for liquidity. This is because it includes things, like inventory and accounts receivable, which are considered assets that are easily converted into cash.

Over time as you figure out which metrics to watch, you’ll put together more and more pieces of the cash flow puzzle.

Among SMEs only 12.5 - 57% routinely measure or project their cash flows

When inventory management is integral to your cash flow…

If your business is heavily reliant in inventory as a source of revenue, you will also want to determine an average of how long it takes you to sell or turn over your inventory. The official term for this is days inventory outstanding. In conjunction with this metric, you’ll want to calculate the number of times you deplete or sell all of your inventory per year as well as your cash conversion cycle (average collection period + inventory outstanding – average days payable).

Is there an easy way to automate my cash flow forecasting?

Cash flow forecasting doesn’t have to be time-consuming. With PayPie, you simply connect your accounting software, select the business you’d like to analyze and go.* Our unique algorithms do the rest. Best of all, your highly visual and easy-to-read report is free and you can run your forecast as often as you need — so that your cash flow statements can give you enough history to create long-term projections.

“A cash flow forecast is considered one of the most critical early warning systems for companies that operate with debt, and should be done on a regular basis.” — QuickBooks Resource Center

Is there any margin for error for cash flow forecasting?

As you get into a regular routine of measuring your cash flow statements against your cash flow forecast you’ll start to see the allowable percentage of variance for your business. Should a result skew high or low of this percentage, it’s a sign to take a deeper look and take action.

In most cases, you’re really only able to use your cash flow projections to look ahead about a year. This is because there are some many things that you can’t control, like interest rates, minimum wage increases, fuel costs and other variables.

If my business is profitable, do I need a cash flow forecast?

The short answer is yes. Profitability is just the money coming in from the sale of goods and services. But, it’s only one part of the equation. You can be making money, but if you’re not paying attention to where you’re spending your money, a surplus can evaporate quickly. (More quickly than an unsupervised bowl of candy at a children’s party.)

The customer may always be right. But, cash is always king. Surveys conducted by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) show that among small to medium-sized businesses only 12.5 – 57% routinely measured or projected their cash flows.

If you’ve got enough drive and determination to own your own business, you’ve got the fortitude to take a good hard look at your numbers with cash flow forecasting (shown below).

Ready to get started? Sign up here.

PayPie Cash Flow Forecast Example

*PayPie currently integrates with QuickBooks Online. Additional integrations are coming soon.

This article is intended to be informational only and does not replace the expertise that comes from working with an accountant, bookkeeper or financial professional.

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Improving Your Cash Flow in a Click

Do you remember the last time you tried to get some quick financing for your business? I bet it wasn’t the best of experiences, right? These procedures usually take forever and still give you a less than satisfactory answer in the end. Even when trying multiple sources at a time can be frustrating since they all can take forever to make a decision that should be decided in seconds instead of weeks.

Gladly, technology is bringing the ultimate solution for this recurring pain point. Starting early next year, things are going to change and a new opportunity will be created where you will be able to get instant financial approvals against your outstanding invoices. Using a simple process, you as a business connect your accounting data with PayPie and let the magic happen.

PayPie will analyze your relevant financial transactions and will assign the most accurate credit risk score for your business. This will enable you to radically change the performance of your business since your data will be automatically integrated and you won’t have to manually enter any data or invoice. The days of making mistakes and wasting time entering data in different platforms are over.

If you are one of the millions of businesses using online accounting software like QuickBooks Online, Sage, or Xero, you are in for an early treat. You will be among the first ones to harness technology to solve your cash flow problems.

We will integrate with all major accounting software so that we fit naturally into your workflow to become an app that you love and use on regular basis. PayPie will truly deliver end-to-end intuitive experience that is easy to use right from within your accounting software.

PPP token holders are creating efficiencies through technology and automation for you allowing you to focus 100% on your business so that you can take advantage of the countless business opportunities that unveil.

The liquidity provided can be used for further inventory purchase, equipment purchase, or just to hire a new employee to catapult your marketing efforts. We are here to help your business grow and ensure long-term success. With PayPie at the heart of your short-term liquidity needs, there is no better friend today.

Sign up for our short-list now and we’ll promptly inform you once we’re are ready to take live credit risk score of your business to the pool of worldwide lenders, first time ever powered by the blockchain: https://goo.gl/forms/sdDMx1ANQ532aN9I2

 

 

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