Invoice finance vs. other types of lending
Invoice finance is a type of asset-based lending that helps businesses get paid almost immediately for the products or services they have delivered and invoiced, rather than waiting for the duration of the payment terms. What is the asset? It is the invoices that a company has issued which have yet to be paid by the customer.
Small businesses choose to use invoice finance instead of other types of lending because it provides an advance for the cash you have already worked hard to earn, rather than taking on new debt. It’s that simple.
Here, we compare invoice finance to other forms of lending, so you can see if it’s right for you
Invoice finance vs. a bank loan
Bank loans often require a lengthy application and approval process. New and small businesses can lack the credit history and assets that the bank is looking for when evaluating a loan application, so it can be quite tricky for a small business to secure.
With Hydr there’s no complicated paperwork or lengthy approval processes. Your application is considered seamlessly through our platform integration with Xero, all with a simple, fair and fixed fee for 100% payment of your invoice within 24 hours. No extras, no interest, no hassle.
Invoice finance vs. an overdraft
With invoice finance, you are generating cash for work already delivered. It’s an advance on the money you’ve earned and you have full visibility on the fixed fee you will be charged to have your cash in the bank within 24 hours. With an overdraft (a bank facility where you can withdraw funds in excess of your balance), you are creating a new debt which will accumulate daily interest charges on it. You can also incur extra charges if you go over your limit, so it can be unclear how long you will be paying for it, and how much it will cost you in the end.
Invoice finance vs. a credit card
Credit cards can come with very high-interest rates and if you can’t pay back what you borrow, your debt can quickly mount up. This can also impact your credit rating and ability to secure future funding. You can get hit with extra fees too, like going over your credit limit or being charged to use an ATM.
With invoice finance, you are not taking on any new debt and you have complete visibility on exactly what the fixed fee will be for payment of your invoice, in full, within 24 hours, giving you complete peace of mind.
Invoice finance vs. supply chain finance
Invoice finance and supply chain finance are the same, right? Wrong.
In supply chain finance, the buyer of your product or service agrees that they will pay your invoice early for a discount. The benefit to you is that you receive early payment. The benefit to the buyer is they can further extend their payment terms.
The big difference is that these funding decisions remain with the buyer, not the supplier. They decide the funding partner and they dictate the terms, such as the amount of the discount the supplier has to accept. What this means is that supply chain finance doesn’t change the often unbalanced relationship between big buyers (who are often the ones with the very long payment terms) and small business suppliers. You, as the small business supplier, do not gain the certainty and control that you do with invoice finance, where in contrast, you determine what invoices you would like to finance based on your cash flow needs – as well as having complete visibility on what the fixed fee will be and if it works for you.
Invoice finance by Hydr
If you want to be in control of your finance partner but also get paid almost immediately for your hard-earned work, give us a try today. Our fees are fair and fixed, we have no hidden charges and absolutely no mounting interest. We protect each invoice with credit insurance as part of our fee and, even if your customer is a few days behind making payment, that fee stays fixed. Check our invoice finance pricing today!
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