By Mr Bankruptcy
31st October 2022
If you run a business, you’re probably used to feeling that managing finances is a rollercoaster ride; there are plenty of ups and down and on occasion you feel like everything’s coming off the rails.
This takes its toll at the best of times, but it’s even worse when you’re managing your way through a sustained period of financial turbulence, with the uncertainty and stress this causes.
Despite the personal impact that problematic debt can have, business owners feel obliged to work even harder to sustain their business during challenging times because others depend on them. But how can you make that task a little more manageable?
The business environment for SMEs
Between Brexit, lockdown, political leadership changes, inflation and threat of recession, recent times have been tumultuous for small and medium-sized businesses.
Although they still account for 99.9% of the UK’s business population, it’s hardly surprising there’s been a 6.6% drop in SME numbers since 2020. The ONS reported that turnover for 45% of SMEs fell by 20% since the pandemic.
And the Bank of England reported last year that 33% of SMEs had debt levels over 10 times their cash balance, a 14% increase from before Covid. For 18% of SMEs, monthly debt repayments take up more than 15% of their income (a 3% increase), and that 10% of SMEs have high debt levels and high debt repayments.
With news like this, it’s not at all surprising that many business owners are feeling overwhelmed.
Time to get organised
One way I’ve seen business owners try to deal with looming financial challenges is to ignore them and put off decisions, however, this solves nothing. Instead, getting organised and addressing debt can give that important feeling of being back in charge, making key decision-makers more positive about the future.
Here are some helpful steps anyone with mounting business debt can take:
The economic turbulence looks set to continue for the foreseeable future, so it’s important to organise your affairs now, so that you’re fighting fit and ready to take your business through to better times.
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