The Best Accounts Receivable Factoring Company
Your inability to choose the best accounts receivable factoring company for your business can significantly impact your profitability in the long term.
The key to success with accounts receivable factoring is to select the right business partner to work with.
Take your time, shop around and benchmark the various companies against each other to pick the best partner for you.
While you shop around, remember that accounts receivable factoring cost and rates care vary widely between one factoring company to another, but there is a lot more to choosing the right accounts receivable factoring company than just the cost.
Your screening procedures are going to be critical in determining how successful you can execute accounts receivable factoring.
Longevity and Industry Experience
The longer the accounts receivable factoring company has been in business, the more information you can find on them.
It is usually better to go with a company that is well established, has stood the test of time and one that has expertise in the specific industry your business is in.
With the amount of complexity and nuances involved in various industries, teaming up with a partner who understands what you do will usually turn out better for your business.
Ask the accounts receivable factoring company you are evaluating if they have a client similar to you in their portfolio.
If you are a retail business, ask if they have other retail clients. Industry experience is a key factor in determining your success with factoring.
Conducting Due Diligence
When conducting due diligence, or your independent research, consider contacting the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and see whether the company has any complaints, the nature of the complaints, and what it did to resolve them. Contact your local Attorney General’s office to learn whether there are complaints against the company.
Ask the accounts receivable factoring company for a copy of the notification they send to your customers and read it for tone and reasonability of language. It is also not uncommon to ask to tune into the collection calls they make to your customers.
Customer Service Considerations
Customer service is the back bone of any business. Take your time to evaluate the customer service of the factoring company you are considering.
Can you only reach them from 9 to 5, or are they available outside normal business hours? This is especially important if your business operates outside normal working hours.
Understand how their customer service style can impact your business’ customers. In other words, is your reputation at risk because of say aggressive collection tactics?
Do not risk losing your customers. Your customers deliver revenues, which is what you factor. Without the customer, you won’t have anything to factor!
The last, but certainly not the least factor in evaluating the best accounts receivable factoring company to work with is conducting reference checks. Do not be shy to ask for references.
A good company will not hesitate to provide you with businesses that they work with either.
Conduct reference checks is probably the single best determinant that will tell you whether you should work with the factoring company. There are many accounts receivable factoring companies out there today. If one doesn’t work out, move on to the next.
I have been doing this long enough, I have seen it all and done it all. They key take away lesson I want you to walk away with after reading this is that cost is not everything. Customer support and core services are most critical when selecting a factoring company.
I have talked to countless companies in my entrepreneurial career. There are some bad apples out there and I won’t name names. But there are also some very good ones out there, which I talk about on this website. You might want to consider those companies first.
You will find out that some companies are limited in what they offer, whereas others provide the world. Some have average customer support while some have overwhelmingly very good support.
On a final note, do not be fooled by big brand names. There are some large conglomerates out there that offer everything, but you don’t want that.
You want a very specialized factoring company that has been in business a long time, who understands the industry you are in are is the best in what it does. Go for the best service when it comes to accounts receivable factoring, not necessarily the cheapest one.
All the best,