30 Apr How Dave Ramsey is hurting your business cash flow
Dave Ramsey and his
battle against debt has swept the nation and has rescued countless numbers of
hard working men and women that have been willing to "live like nobody
else so that they can live like nobody else."
The problem is that
his tools and techniques are fantastic for the hard-working, nine-to-five, W-2
employee that represents a healthy portion of the baby boomer generation. The
generation that is now stuck between undelivered promises of pensions and social
security and a new generation that entered the work-force understanding that
their retirement depended 100% on their own efforts to save money and prepare
for the future.
These men and women will have to work forever. And
Walmart can only hire so many door greeters…
But you are
different. You chose to breach out into the wild unknown with your own
business. You eat what you kill and are thriving…or are you?
It is possible to do many jobs for a healthy profit, and have a healthy-looking business on the outside, but still not have cash in the bank. The problem is Cash Flow vs. Debt.
and even many of the upper-class, have been raised with the pre-conceived
notion that debt is BAD! If you like the tinfoil-hat-wearing direction for
things, it is completely manufactured by a small group of people controlling
you and keeping you as servants!
But really, think
for a moment about why you want to be out of debt. Is it because you want the
millstone off your neck or because you want one less payment each month? One
less payment that you can now use for a more abundant life, or perhaps to
invest and create even more wealth for yourself.
People like Warren
Buffet do not see debt as bad, they see negative cash flow as bad. He
understands that a deal that would cost him a $100 debt payment each month is
well worth it if that deal brings in $500 a month. You just don't see him going
out to buy a new car on the regular because there is no positive cash flow in
that purchase--unless he decides to start driving for Uber.
Let me describe
quickly the cash flow problem you are having. You bring on a new client and
that client is going to pay you at the end of the project. This is called
Receivables. In the meantime, you still have to pay payroll, vendors,
utilities, rent, etc., etc. They are not going to wait until you get paid
before they will demand payment, especially the employees.
You are stuck in a
situation where you have extended a short-term loan to your customer, but have
no cash in reserves to get you by until you finish the project and get paid by
There are solutions for your cash flow and they involve debt.
So unless you have a
large cash reserve set aside and can afford to extend loans to your customers
for the duration of the project, you need debt to keep your business going.
There are several
options for the debt, some involving interest only payments, which are very
manageable in the interim and really need to be built into your estimate for
Regardless of the
tools you use to fix the problem, it is very important to realize that unless
you have a large store of cash you can use for lending, running a cash only
business, as Dave Ramsey recommends, will kill you slowly. And sadly, the
bigger the project, the more quick the hurt comes, making it very difficult to
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