2022 top blogs for business growth

2022 Year in Review: Top blogs for business growth

Our top blogs for business growth from 2022 will set you or your client on the path to success in the year ahead.

Top blogs for business growth

From cash flow management tips and learning how to determine a company’s cash conversion cycle, to the benefits of invoice factoring, the overarching theme that these blogs shared was preparation.

So kick off 2023 with a solid funding toolkit and a clear plan for whatever the future may hold for you or your clients with these top articles of the year!


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Create your cash flow budget 

For companies to grow and thrive, they need to have adequate cash flow so they can fulfill financial obligations such as paying salaries, vendors, suppliers, loans and investing back in the business. Creating a cash flow budget shows you exactly how much cash is coming in and how much is exiting your business accounts.

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How to determine your company’s “cash conversion cycle”

As a business owner, you want to make sure you have the money you need when you need it, and the very last thing you want to experience is cash flow issues that restrict business operations. Understanding your cash conversion cycle (CCC) is key to ensuring you’re on top of your company’s working capital. Learn the basics of a “cash conversion cycle” and how you can use it to your company’s advantage.

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5 tips to reduce business debt

Reduce business debt and increase your available working capital

Growing businesses need to have ample access to working capital, but carrying debt is a problem that holds many companies back. Don’t let your business debt hold you back from achieving your goals. Use these top tips to get back into good financial standings.

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Choose the right invoice factoring partner

When your business is poised for a major growth opportunity or you’re about to make a significant operating decision, your cash flow is vital. If you’ve decided that invoice factoring is the solution for your cash flow needs, here are the first 4 things you should consider when choosing a factoring partner.

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How can invoice factoring companies help fund business growth?

Running a business is stressful. Funding your business growth shouldn’t be. Working with an invoice factoring company could help you unlock the power of your outstanding accounts receivables, so you can focus on growing better and stronger.

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top blogs for business growth - Recession-proof your business and thrive during challenging times

Recession-proof your business and thrive during challenging times

Ensuring your business is prepared for recession takes a multi-pronged approach – focused on your network, your cash flow and some strategic thinking. Here are ways to guard your company against the coming challenges:

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If you or your client are looking for new ways to fund business growth, contact your Liquid Capital Principal today!

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Leveraging alternative funding to fuel growth in the energy sector

Companies are preparing to seize new opportunities for growth in the energy sector. Are you ready to join them?

growth in the energy sector

For small to mid-sized companies in the energy, oil and gas sector looking for opportunities to take their businesses to the next level, the last couple of years have proven to be anything but easy – but with the industry poised for growth in 2023, putting yourself in a position to be able to take advantage of new projects is paramount.

Although a potential recession is on the minds of many small and medium-sized business owners heading into 2023, growth in the energy sector is set to continue.


Continued recovery after volatility

Helped by factors including tailwinds from the completion of the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline and the Coastal GasLink natural gas project next year, the Canadian Association of Energy Contractors (CAODC) is projecting a 15% increase in the number of wells drilled in 2023, as well as more than 5,400 direct and indirect jobs created in the sector.

This is a far cry from the situation the sector faced only a couple of years ago.

The first year of the pandemic was volatile for all players in the oil and gas space, with demand for energy products falling – and the industry experiencing historic low oil prices and drilling activity, says the Canadian Association of Energy Contractors (CAODC.)

Following the challenges of 2020, oil and gas extraction industry revenue grew in 2021 thanks to a rebound in economic activity, rising oil and natural gas prices and increased production volume as demand for energy products climbed, says StatsCan.

This year, recovery has continued for the sector as energy prices reached record highs — although oil prices have eased off since the summer peak, they are still well above the levels seen during the early part of the pandemic.

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On the ground, cash flow challenges continue

In spite of improving conditions for many oil and gas companies, small and mid-sized energy firms still face challenges when it comes to cash flow and getting invoices paid on time.

Although many smaller producers are building relationships with large, reputable customers in the oil and gas sector and have agreements in place for their invoices to be paid at net 30 days, payment often gets extended to net 45 or 60 days.

In many cases, customers in the sector are stretching out payment terms even as far as net 90 days, because of the realities of their own cash flow cycles. When combined with small margins, many energy companies find it hard to take advantage of opportunities to grow.


How alternative funding helps energy companies succeed

As Deloitte notes, more than 90% of oil and gas executives are positive about the industry in the coming year. With the chance to take advantage of new business in the sector, having quick, reliable access to working capital is essential. In this economy, however, banks are tightening their lending criteria and re-evaluating lending risk as interest rates rise.

An alternative funding solution like invoice factoring can help ensure you’re in a position to hire new employees, meet payroll and confidently say yes to taking on new projects.

Whether you are in exploration, extraction, refining or another part of the upstream or midstream oil and gas industry, an alternative lending partner with the expertise in helping companies in this sector grow is not only a source of working capital – but will see the potential in your business, go deeper into your story and be a valuable source of advice as you navigate your next steps.

How alternative funding helps energy companies succeed

With large, credit worthy customers in the sector, small and mid-sized oil and gas companies are perfectly positioned to take advantage of invoice factoring. This flexible solution will help accelerate your cash cycle, quickly replacing your near-current assets — or invoices — with cash. 

With an invoice factoring solution, your business will receive up to 85% of the value of your invoices and the factor collects payment from your customers on your behalf. The process can also be customized to meet your needs, so you won’t be locked into a long-term contract.

Asset-based lending is another flexible funding option that allows you to secure a line of credit against all your valuable assets, including accounts receivable, inventory, equipment and real estate. With borrowing amounts typically calculated weekly, the ability to borrow can increase more quickly for companies in a strong growth cycle.

Looking to the future

With demand in the energy sector set to continue in 2023, forward-thinking energy companies are looking to agile, flexible funding solutions to ensure they’re positioned to take advantage of opportunities to build relationships and grow their market share.

Are you or your client looking to access flexible funding for your energy company? Contact a Liquid Capital Funding Expert today to learn how our alternative funding solutions can help you be ready for anything.


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Remain agile and lay the groundwork for growth in the manufacturing industry

To experience growth in the manufacturing industry, companies need to be ready to pivot in the face of changing conditions.

growth in the manufacturing industry

While demand has recently been steady for companies in some sectors, for others it has eased off. For instance, this year in the manufacturing industry, persistent industry and economic roadblocks are making it hard for manufacturers to stay agile, meet their obligations and take advantage of opportunities to grow.

So what is the best way forward for manufacturers, no matter what scenario they find themselves in? Keep reading to find out more about the factors affecting growth in the manufacturing industry and why having the working capital to stay flexible is critical to success.


Unpredictability is the new norm for manufacturers

For most in the industry, conditions have been in a constant state of flux over the last three years, starting with the COVID-19 pandemic, where restrictions affected more than 85% of Canadian manufacturers in 2020.

The sector faced major supply chain issues between the onset of the pandemic and summer 2022. In Canada, the total number of manufacturers dealing with raw materials shortages nearly tripled during that time. And a July 2022 Deloitte survey of more than 200 U.S.-based manufacturing executives found that shipping delays and part shortages had the biggest impact on manufacturers’ supply chains in the previous 12 to 18 months.

Respondents also noted that their top operational concern is the rise in shipping costs, which Deloitte says rose by more than 77% from January 2021 to August 2022, due to rising fuel prices, labour costs and logistics challenges.


Manufacturers may have also experienced suppliers reneging on contract pricing, increasing their costs at short notice in response to rapidly shifting global conditions, such as COVID-19 restrictions and the war in Ukraine.


While sales came back – growing nearly 28% between January 2020 and June 2022 — challenges continue. Although the Bank of Canada notes that inflationary pressures from supply bottlenecks are easing, economic growth is expected to slow next year – to 1% in Canada and 0.2% in the United States.

Faced with their own economic hurdles, your customers may be paying their invoices at net 45, 60 or even 90 days – creating a longer payment cycle that hinders your ability to meet your payment obligations or even to take on more contracts.

In tough economic conditions, ensuring your manufacturing business can continue to thrive really means having enough working capital on hand to pay employees and meet day-to-day obligations, as well as purchase inputs and take advantage of any opportunities to grow your market share.

But as many traditional banks are tightening lending criteria, this may mean looking to a more flexible funding solution.

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Alternative funding — helping manufacturers through a volatile market

Finding a funding partner that considers the creditworthiness of your customers — not the immediate challenges facing the industry — may be the ideal solution for manufacturing companies looking to meet day to day obligations in this environment, and those hoping to take advantage of strategic opportunities to grow.

Even if your manufacturing business doesn’t align with traditional lending guidelines, asset-based lending (ABL) or invoice factoring , can offer you alternative financing that’s both fast and flexible.

For companies with a strong credit rating and verifiable financial reporting (such as receivable and payable summaries), ABL has the ability to secure loans against your accounts receivable, inventory, equipment and real estate.

Similarly, invoice factoring can also help manufacturers accelerate their cash cycle, quickly replacing near-current assets — or invoices — with cash.

With factoring, Liquid Capital purchases your outstanding invoices, advances your business up to 85% of the value of your invoices and collects payment from your customers — which allows your company to avoid costly interruptions to your manufacturing cycle. You receive the working capital you need to pay employees, replenish inventory or components to make further sales — and take advantage of opportunities to grow your business.


Perhaps just as importantly for manufacturers in this market, by working with an alternative lender, you’re forming an invaluable partnership with an experienced advisor who has deep knowledge of your industry, will look past current challenges to see the potential in your business and will work alongside you to find the right funding solution.

Looking beyond traditional criteria

Take E-Systems Corp. for example – an electronic contract manufacturer providing services and products to major U.S. defense contractors, health care device manufacturers, and the entertainment and consumer electronics industries. Although the company was on a high growth trajectory, it still didn’t meet the rigid, technical criteria for traditional bank financing.

Invoice factoring represented the ideal way for E-Systems Corp. to free up money tied up in accounts receivable, to fund its rapid growth.

While E-Systems Corp. had a huge backlog of booked orders — almost $1 million worth — it lacked the funds to buy the supplies it needed to manufacture orders. To further complicate things, as the company formed through the acquisition of another firm, it was considered a new entity and didn’t qualify for traditional bank financing. The owners also were not willing to give up equity to attract additional capital.

However, its strong portfolio of credit-worthy invoices made the company a prime candidate for invoice factoring. Through factoring, the company was not only able to receive between $85,000 and $125,000 of funding each month, but also the critical advice and partnership that Liquid Capital provides that extends far beyond factoring.


“Whenever a company is growing, it will experience cash flow anomalies. Factoring helps us reduce the time delta between paying our suppliers and getting paid by our customers. It provides us with the up-front cash we need to finance our growth.” — Ron Finlayson, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman, E-Systems Corp.


For another manufacturing company seeking a more flexible approach to financing, Liquid Capital’s approach to invoice factoring also proved to be the right move. Ridgeline Manufacturing, manufacturers of aluminum recreational products primarily for the summer, had limited off-season cash flow and challenges accessing traditional financing as their building and tangible assets were only worth 40% of their original price tags.

Ridgeline Manufacturing

While Ridgeline pursued invoice factoring with other providers, co-owner Nick Newman was not in favour of the short-term approach or lack of flexibility within most factoring contracts, including the need to pay interest on lines of credit even if he wasn’t using the funds.

After meeting with Liquid Capital, Nick liked the idea that there were no minimums and no penalties for factoring one day and not the next. He also appreciated that Liquid Capital didn’t charge interest on money already collected.


“Sure, factoring is higher interest, but we build it into the cost of our product and it’s seasonal. So if I pay more than I would with a bank, but can factor for just a few months a year, that’s a big bonus.” — Nick Newman, co-owner, Ridgeline Manufacturing


Staying flexible in this economy to achieve success

With conditions changing rapidly in the industry and the broader economy, a manufacturer’s ability to respond quickly to meet challenges or opportunities is crucial to success. Agile manufacturers are leveraging alternative funding to get quick access to the working capital they need, bypassing the bank bottlenecks that are even more pronounced in this economy, so they can keep things moving.

Are you or your client looking to access flexible funding for manufacturing? Contact a Liquid Capital Funding Expert today to learn how our alternative funding solutions can help you be ready for anything.


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Fostering innovation for long-term organizational success

Leaders need to foster and embrace innovation in their companies to unlock long-term organizational success. 

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For businesses in most sectors, continuing to adapt, focus on and embrace innovation is critical when it comes to standing out from competitors and overcoming oversaturated markets — ultimately cementing your long-term success.

In fact, according to one study eight out of 10 digitally maturing companies say innovation is a strength of their organization, as they report constantly driving toward digital improvement and investing more in innovation than less mature organizations.

But as Deloitte’s 2021 Innovation Study found, for some companies, innovation has become both a business-critical concept and a buzzword that means nothing at all.

To avoid simply paying lip service to the broad concept of ‘innovation,’ which can result in missed opportunities and put you at risk of falling behind the curve, leaders need to nurture an environment where productive, valuable ideas can genuinely flourish.

For many, the key to success means zeroing in on the ideas and processes that offer the greatest value and exploring how best to encourage creativity across your entire team.

Here’s how you can shift towards a management approach that fosters innovation:


Move away from hierarchical management structures

Although most of a company’s business knowledge required for innovation comes from non-management employees, says the Harvard Business Review (HBR) — many consider innovation outside of their remit. Others may be discouraged from participating in the process by cultural norms or organizational barriers like authority bias. As a result, allowing bottom-up innovation to thrive requires a move towards cultural flatness.

As McKinsey explains, flattening and unstructuring your company can unlock a great deal of long-term value. When you minimize management layers and ‘decentralize’ the innovation process, your company can gain  greater speed and agility to move at the pace of change.

As an example, Google takes a decentralized approach to innovation, where different product groups are encouraged to work independently of one another.

This approach will help you empower the front line of your organization to make decisions and enable those closest to customers, clients and products to have a voice and collaborate – allowing for more rapid innovation and effective decision-making.

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Focus on offering value to the human experience via technological advances

Making moves to integrate more artificial intelligence (AI) into the workplace can help employees find better, more efficient ways of doing certain tasks, freeing them up to think more creatively.

As HBR notes, automating processes by using smart technology can make workplaces “more fulfilling and less exhausting” for employees. However, it’s important to note that employees should still be responsible  for tasks that require empathy and intuition.

Essentially, smart tech can take over the more mundane tasks, leading to a more manageable employee workload and reduced stress, allowing people to focus on other activities like problem solving and intuitive decision making.

For example, time-saving software, such as online collaboration or project management tools, can take basic processes out of employee hands and add valuable time to their schedules, so they can take on more innovative tasks.

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Develop a system to identify where innovations may arise

As an absolute necessity to the long-term growth and success of your business, innovation and potential innovation needs a metric. Just like sales and marketing initiatives, you need to know where you should be directing your attention – and your funding.

As CEO World magazine explains, while it is a creative process, innovation is also about discipline, so it can be measured – as long as your company is clear on what you mean by innovation. For example, is innovation something new and disruptive in your industry, or simply an improvement to your existing products or services?

Implementing a system to take stock of where innovation is happening in your business is not always easy, according to the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at Wharton. For example, while some companies look at financial metrics like percentage of sales from new products or revenue growth, it’s hard to link this data exclusively to certain innovations or processes.

Instead, consider process effectiveness metrics when measuring innovation, says the Mack Institute, such as the percent of projects that are major improvements, number of new products launched, average time to market, cost/investment and patenting activity.


If your company is ready to unlock the tremendous value of fostering innovation, you need to have a solid plan with concrete steps to analyze and support your company’s journey. That includes having the working capital you need to achieve your goals.


Need a reboot to your cash flow strategy to support your growth plans? Contact a Liquid Capital Funding Expert today to learn how our alternative funding solutions can help you be ready for anything.