Is (Lack of) Cash Flow Killing Your Business Partnership?

By Nina Kaufman, Esq.

Yes, lack of cash flow can kill any business, but it seems to hurt more in business partnerships.

First, there’s the denial phase (“sure, we can continue to meet expenses and take our monthly draws”).  Then, there’s the belt-tightening phase (“we’ll hunker down, but this, too, shall pass”).  And then, like a slowly seeping poison, there’s the finger-pointing stage (“you’re taking more than your fair share”; “you authorized paying for that new computer system when we needed that for the rent”).

So many business partnerships are run with talented people who have no clue about how to run their business from a cash flow/financial point of view.  If neither one of the business partners is particularly numbers-savvy (or independently wealthy and willing to keep the company afloat), you have two options:

  1. Learn to read the numbers; or
  2. Hire someone who can

If you’re experiencing cash flow problems in your business and aren’t sure why, have a look at Cash Flow Rollercoaster’s Cash Flow checklist.  It asks you 25 important questions to help diagnose where the leaks might arise so that you know where to focus.  But if you’re not really ready to do #1, make it your New Year’s resolution to do #2 (no pun intended).  🙂

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