Cash flow shortages can happen to almost any business, but invoice factoring can provide a quick, easy solution. Invoice factoring involves the selling of your account receivables or invoices to secure immediate working capital.
Proforma invoices basically contain much of the same information as the formal quotation, and in many cases can be used in place of one. It should give the buyer as much information about the order as possible so arrangements can be made efficiently. The invoices inform the buyer and the appropriate import government authorities details of the future shipment; changes should not be made without the buyer's consent. As mentioned for the quotation, the points to be included in the proforma are: 1.Seller's name and address 2.Buyer's name and address 3.Buyer's reference 4.Items quoted 5.Prices of items: per unit and extended totals 6.Weights and dimensions of quoted products 7.Discounts, if applicable 8.Terms of sale (include delivery point) 9.Terms of payment 10.Estimated shipping date 11.Validity date
To give you an idea about how invoice factoring transactions work, here are some of the main steps in the process: You submit an application to an invoice factoring company. After you're approved for invoice factoring with the company, you can start forwarding your customers' invoices to the company for cash advances. (Your customer will receive a bill from the factoring company, which will be responsible for all payments processing activities related to the invoice.). Assuming everything checks out, you'll be advanced up to 90 percent of the value of the purchased invoices. Your customers most likely submit payments to the company that bought their invoice. This company, in turn, will forward you the remaining, unpaid portion of the invoice excluding the invoice factoring fee, of course.