What is invoice finance and what types exist?
It is common for companies to tie up a lot of capital in the company, as result of the time lag between when a company's customers pay compared to when the company has to purchase goods.
Invoice finance is a good option to improve liquidity and reduce administrative burden in the company. Invoice finance means that a company sells or pledges its invoices to a invoice financing company, which pays for the invoices directly. Invoice finance frees up capital in the company, which gives more room for investments and new projects.
A invoice financing company pays you most of the invoiced amount immediately and then collects the payment directly from your customers. They also handle administration and any reminders.
The day after your invoicing, you will receive 80-100% of the invoices value in your account
Your limit is continuously adjusted. You get a larger limit if sales increase
You sell single invoices or several invoices continuously and get paid the entire invoice value minus commission
You always use the credit to 100%, which can lead to higher costs
4 questions to decide if invoice financing is right for your business
Are your sales within B2B?
Invoice financing is most advantageous for B2B invoices. However, there are also invoice financing companies that accept invoices for private individuals.
Does your company have at least SEK 1 million in turnover?
Invoices will be sent by the factoring company. It takes some time to setup the integration and therefore several invoice financing companies have a minimum turnover requirement.
How much capital do you need to borrow?
If you need to borrow for a purchase or generally a larger sum, a business loan or business leasing might be more relevant.
What credit terms do you have?
Ideal are payment terms of 30-90 days. The factoring company will assess the creditworthiness of the invoice recipients to determine which invoices can be sold.
How you get better terms on factoring with Krea
Up to 30 banks compete for your business
Selection of our banks and lenders
We expose the most banks and lenders to competition on the market.
Invoice financing with best terms guarantee
You always get the same or better terms with Krea as with the invoice financing company.
How we save time for you
Krea does the hard work for you throughout the entire process
You get a dedicated advisor
When you start an application, you will be assigned an advisor dedicated to your business. The adviser's task is to ensure that you get the best terms possible.
Krea optimizes your application
We recommend how to improve your application. Based on 20,000 previous customers, we know how to get the best terms.
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There are not only advantages to invoice financing
Since invoce financing is a fairly new way of financing the company, it can feel like a big advantage - a solution to poor cash flow and a lot of administration. But a growing percentage of companies have had negative experiences.
- High costs - especially if you pay more than 3-4%
- Locking in expensive contracts - a regular contract has no binding period!
- Clumsy handling of the customer relationship
It is therefore important to carefully consider the pros and cons before signing an agreement.
You get paid immediately when you send a new invoice and don't have to wait 30-90 days
Du kan försäkra risken att kunden inte betalar (notera dock att du även kan göra det utan factoring)
You can insure the risk that the customer does not pay (note, however, that you can also do it without factoring)
Grows with your business - if you sell more, you get more space
It costs and you lose 1-2% of the turnover
Usually more expensive compared to loan financing
Many invoice financing companies have a minimum turnover requirement and therefore it is usually not suitable for start-up companies
You lose control over the management of accounts receivable, which can make it more difficult to maintain good customer relationships
Do customers feel negatively about invoice financing?
Invoice financing is sometimes a negatively charged word. Many business owners think that customers think that their own business is going badly if they need to sell invoices.
Over time, however, costs for invoice financing have become more and more like a regular loan, and more and more entrepreneurs see it as a smart solution for temporary liquidity. What determines the most for the customer is probably which factoring company is chosen, as customer treatment can differ quite strongly. It is therefore more important than with a loan to check different options and review customer reviews.
How much does invoice financing cost? | Calculate the monthly cost for your business
Invoice financing in three steps
Upload your invoices or ledgers
Create the application yourself or book an appointment with one of our advisors free of charge.
We optimize your application
We ensure that your company is presented in the best possible way. Only 1 credit report is taken.
We help you choose the best offer
Sign the agreement and get the money paid out. Usually within 1-10 days.
Since 2018 Krea has supported 20 000 business owners to find financing with better terms and take their business to the next stage. Read more about Krea.
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Will Brand AB
We are growing faster than we expected and our webshop for companies needed a boost at the same time as we needed to prepay the production of two large autumn projects.
At Krea, it works surprisingly quickly and you get nice and good treatment from their service staff. The process was much smoother compared to the old fashioned "banking world".
Pierre Gasslander, CEO
The Italian Cousins
We are starting a major expansion where we will open two new restaurants. Krea's advisors helped us find the right financing, while we could focus on the expansion. It was time-efficient and by Krea exposing different banks to competition, we also secured good terms for the new financing.
Enrico Artoni, Founder
Saltö Marin AB
I think it was a good way to compare different conditions, especially now that the big banks are not as interested. The process via Krea is significantly faster and saves time compared to going directly to the bank.
Mats Lindqvist, CEO
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