Profit vs cash

There’s a massive difference between profit and cash. We explore the differences to make a better plan to increase both.

1. Sales
Profit increases when you increase sales; cash increases when you collect the money from customers. To increase both your profit and cash from sales:

  • delight your customers
  • generate more leads and referrals
  • convert a higher number of quotes or proposals
  • increase transaction frequency
  • increase transaction value.
2. Invoicing
Profit increases when you send an invoice to a customer; cash increases when you collect the invoiced amount. To increase both your profit and cash:
  • set clear terms of trade
  • offer a small discount for early payment
  • agree the price in advance
  • stick to your payment terms
  • don’t do work for people who have overdue payments.
3. Margins
Increasing your margins will increase your profit; collecting the increased margin will increase your cash. To increase both your profit and cash:
  • increase your prices
  • invoice faster
  • negotiate better payment terms with suppliers
  • reduce errors and rework
  • train and empower your team
  • increase your efficiency.
4. Financing
Reduce your finance costs to increase your profit; borrow money for assets to increase your cash. To increase your profit and cash through financing:
  • spread the costs of assets over three to five years instead of buying them outright (e.g. vehicles)
  • borrow from a bank instead of a finance company
  • secure the asset purchases over ‘bricks and mortar’ (if possible).
5. Overheads
Reducing your overheads will increase both your profit and cash. To reduce your overheads:
  • negotiate with suppliers
  • measure your return on your spend (e.g. advertising, accounting fees, etc.)
  • review your subscriptions
  • go paperless.

This is not an exhaustive list of ways to increase your profit and cash. We can help you identify specific areas of improvement in your business to increase both profit and cash. Please get in touch.

"Never take your eyes off the cashflow because it’s the lifeblood of the business." 
- Sir Richard Branson