What Is Minimum Working Capital?

Most company owners, banks, and financial managers agree that some working capital is necessary for a business to operate smoothly because it provides a buffer against declining revenue.

Working capital is vital to ensure the lights are kept on, payroll is covered, and vendors are paid. You can measure it weekly, monthly, or yearly as a pulse check for your firm’s financial health. However, knowing that your business has a specific amount of working capital available might not be enough.

The crucial question is how much capital your company needs to have sufficient protection from financial bumps in the road. You may need to delve deeper to discover this figure. Not knowing it could mean you are operating your company in the dark. What is minimum working capital? Keep reading to find out.

More About Working Capital

Your company’s working capital is the amount of money you need available to pay your inventory, supplies, leases, and incidentals. There are formulas that you can use to give you a working capital baseline.

Determining your working capital ratio can give you an idea of your firm’s short-term health:

Current Assets / Current Liabilities = Working Capital Ratio

Calculating your net working capital will provide information on how much cash you have readily available to cover your current expenses:

Current Assets – Current Liabilities = Net Working Capital

To make your calculations, use short-term assets including:

Inventory that will be sold within 12 months
Accounts receivable (including money owed to you from customers)
Cash in your checking, savings, and money market accounts

For your short-term liabilities, include:

Accounts payable money that you owe clients and other creditors
Accrued income tax payments
The interest your business pays on borrowed money

Now that we have a basic understanding of how to calculate working capital, let’s take a closer look at the minimum working capital.

 

Minimum Working Capital Requirement

The least amount of cash you will need to cover your expenses is your minimum working capital requirement. Your company needs to determine an acceptable level of working capital to match its needs.

Once you know this required amount, make sure you have it available before factoring in sales numbers. If you rely on a fluctuating number like revenue to cover costs (which are typically fixed), you will have to guess and hope the money will be there to finance your operations.

Ways to Meet Your Minimum Working Capital Requirement

Having minimum working capital to cover expenses will keep your company’s finances on solid ground. Yet many business owners struggle to keep up with bills or pay for incidentals, let alone have access to enough working capital to meet minimum requirements.

Business Line of Credit

One way to do this is by opening a business line of credit. A business line of credit (or bank line) is a type of financing that offers more flexibility than a loan. The issuing financial institution allows you to borrow cash when you need it up to a fixed limit.

Your credit line works like a credit card where you draw and repay funds how and when you need to. You only pay interest on the money utilized, and as you make payments your fixed limit is reset. Banks generally charge a lower interest rate for a line of credit, but you need decent credit to be approved for one.

If not, and your personal credit hovers around 550-600, you could be charged an interest rate that ranges from 60%-99%. These are for credit lines up to $250,000. Most banks want your company to have a few years of history and substantial revenue to qualify. You will need to put up collateral for a larger bank line limit, which can be confiscated by the lender if you fail to pay.

These hurdles make it tough to qualify for a line of credit, even if you have support from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

 

Business Credit Cards

Even though business credit cards are lines of credit, they differ in a few ways. A business line of credit provides a higher credit limit than a credit card, and when you make a draw, actual cash is issued to your bank. When you get a cash advance through your business credit card, you will be charged a higher annual percentage rate (APR) and other fees.

Other business credit card fees include late-payment and annual fees. If you aren’t careful, all of this can add up to take a sizable chunk out of the minimum working capital you’ve calculated for your business.

To be approved for a decent business credit card, your personal credit score should be 670 or higher. Even though business income will pay your balance, your individual credit score can be impacted if you miss payments.

The Revenued Business Card

Considering the credit score requirements, fees, and annual percentage rates associated with the financing choices above, the Revenued Business Card is by far the better choice. Advantages include:

No minimum FICO score prerequisite—You can have a subprime ⦁ credit score and still qualify for the Revenued Card.
No APRs or annual fees—With a business line of credit or a business credit card, you have compounded interest that continues to increase until the loan is paid back. The Revenued Card uses a factor rate based on your sales, banking activity, and credit information. This number ranges between 1.1 and 1.5 and is multiplied by your purchase amount to determine your payback. The only other fee we charge is a bounce fee, a $35 charge if there is not enough in your account to cover your payback.
No cash advance fees—When you need cash, you can make a cash draw against your spending limit through your online portal. There are no extra fees for this service.
Financial transparency—There are no complicated fee calculations or hidden charges. The factor rate is a calculation our underwriters utilize to assess costs you make with your Revenued Business Card.
No required collateral—Many companies that need working capital lack the assets to offer up as collateral. With Revenued, your assets remain with you.

 

Revenued Has Your Minimum Working Capital Needs Covered

Ensuring your business has enough available to cover its minimum working capital requirements is vital to keeping your company on solid financial footing. Make sure your financial needs are met by opening a Revenued Business Card account today. Dial
+1-877-662-3489 or complete our online application to see if you qualify.

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