A study published in 2016 from MarketWatch found that Australian businesses are the worst at paying their invoices on time. As an Australian business owner, you want to make sure that your company is protected from insolvency and bad debts. In today’s global economy, it’s also crucial that you protect your bottom line from political risks. Can a trade credit insurance policy help protect your business and increase your growth? At Niche Trade Credit, we’ve been helping Australian businesses find the best credit insurance coverage for their needs. Today, we’ll explore how trade credit insurance policies work.
How does trade credit insurance protect a business?
When a business sells its goods and services on credit, it puts itself at risk of non-payment. If the buyer is unable to pay for the goods and services after they’ve already received them, the business can be seriously harmed. Cash flow, profitability, and balance sheet problems can
hit your business when buyers don’t pay. Worst case scenario? The company will fail.
So, what can companies do to protect themselves? They can purchase a trade credit insurance policy to cover their losses in the event of non-payment. Trade credit insurance helps businesses maintain a positive, predictable cash-flow so that they can remain competitive in their industry and prevent business failure.
A trade credit insurance policy gives suppliers with the accounts receivable protection they need to protect their business from a buyer default. That includes defaults because of the buyer’s financial instability, or even widespread political instability. Trade credit insurance solutions can protect part or even all of a client’s account receivables. In some cases, policies can also give business owners the ability to set buy credit limits and manage those limits via online systems.
Businesses of all sizes can use trade credit insurance to protect international and domestic trade. Trade credit insurance can also help companies secure financing and working capital from lending institutions, and enable companies to explore new markets and attract new customers with attractive credit terms.
How is the level of coverage determined?
When it comes to trade credit insurance, there is no “one-size-fits-all” policy. Your specific needs and goals will dictate the amount of coverage and the cost of the policy. The size of your credit portfolio, the level of risk associated with your customers, and where your market is located are important insurance factors that will be unique to your business and industry. A trade credit insurance policy is tailored to your particular business. It’s crucial that you reach out to a knowledgeable credit insurance company to discuss your specific needs and your business goals so you can get the best value on a trade credit insurance policy.
What are the significant benefits of a trade credit insurance policy?
Protecting your company from bankruptcy isn’t the only thing that trade credit insurance can do for you.
- Increase your customer base since new leads will be attracted to your improved credit terms.
- Expand your market since you’re protected from political calamity.
- Insured cash flow means you can build stronger relationships with employees and suppliers.
- Enhanced credit terms can help you retain the customers you already have.
- Increase your access to favourable credit terms from banks.
- Give your stakeholders or board increased peace of mind with trade credit insurance protection.
- Decrease your tax liability by using your credit insurance as a tax-deductible business service.
Are you ready to reap the benefits of trade credit insurance solutions, and rest easy knowing your company is protected against insolvency and failure? Please contact our knowledgeable representatives at Niche TC today. Together, we’ll explore your options for a trade credit insurance policy that will protect your business and accelerate your growth.
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