How to Increase Return on Investment and Manage Cashflow in Business?

How to Increase Return on Investment and Manage Cashflow in Business?

In this post, I will cover what is ROI, how to calculate this, its connection with margins, and managing overall cash in your business. I will tell you how important ROI is and the biggest mistake entrepreneurs make here.

You will understand how to increase your margins in different ways and having maximum cash flow in your business. So, let’s start with the first point.


What is ROI?

ROI (Return on Investment) is the amount invested by your business on that you are getting certain returns.

So the mistake here is, most retailers or businessmen calculate their profit margins on the value of the goods. Just calculating your profits is not just enough. You also have to calculate the amount invested by your business. If the returns on investment are higher than 12% then the ROI is good. So, here even if your margins are low you can get high ROI by keeping your investments lesser. Below is the formula for calculating your ROI.

Calculation of Return on Investment:

ROI= Yearly Profit/Investment value or Equity

For e.g ROI= 200/100 = 50% ROI

So, always evaluate your business based on the amount invested and check that the ROI should not be less than 10%, otherwise you need to make improvements in your business.


What are the Steps to Increase the ROI?

1) Identify which products in your business give high & low margins. Also, see how many times the product gets rotate. Higher the rotation higher will be the profit even its margins are low. And the products with high margins but less rotation and costs your time and investment, remove such products.

Keeping only the ones that get profits with more rotation can increase profitability which in turn increases your ROI.


2) Keep your inventory limited, in required quantities. As keeping more inventory in your business will lead to the higher interest which decreases your margins. So, pay attention to your inventory.


3) Take advance money from people and deliver services later. So, that you can invest the received amount in marketing & expansion that leads to more rotation of your products instead of keeping your money idle.




How to manage your cash flow in business?

Many entrepreneurs struggle with having enough working capital in their hands. And there are some steps that are mentioned below that can help you to have enough working capital so that you can use that cash for further expansion.

1) If you are in the trading business then sell your products directly to the consumer. They will pay you in immediate cash. So, your capital will not get stuck and you will have enough cash.

2) For credit sales, check the character, the capacity of the person to whom you are selling. Check his reputation in the market through his PnL, B/S, and see whether he has the capacity to pay you. If necessary take something collateral from him like land, or a car.

3) Have a good relationship with your supplier. If you pay your dues on time and fulfilled your promise then your reputation in the market grows. Make a proper billing system to pay your supplier timely.

4) After having enough cash in your business. You can invest that in purchasing more inventory having more demand. You can also invest in mutual funds or FDs for safer options.


debt management


Debt Management

Having huge debt on your business can result in insufficient cash flow and you can face huge losses. Also, if your margins are low and the interest rates are high you can face the problem of cash flow. To manage your debt properly and keeping enough cash flow in your business, follow these 4 steps:

1. Expansion with low gross margins- Many businesses try to expand in spite of having low margins and they don’t have the capacity to pay huge interest rates. So, make sure that you have sufficient gross margins for the long term to keep enough cash flow.

2. Restructure your Debt- If you find it difficult to repay your debt, you can restructure it by extending the duration that will increase your current cash flow.

3. Save Cost- Clear your debts by saving the cost of different business expenses like marketing, transportation, or sales. Save these costs and try to get a higher credit period that will help you to manage your cash flow effectively.

4. Relationship with your supplier- Build a strong relationship with your supplier. Give him good rates, visibility and some extra benefits from your side. In return, take extra credit period that will reduce your burden and profit margins increases.

How to Reduce Cost in Different ways and manage effectively

How to Reduce Cost in Different ways and manage effectively

Costing is the important part of the business that gives you an idea about at which level your business is working and how you can improve it. This post will give you how you can follow a sustainable strategy and different ways to reduce your cost from 16% to 35%.

That will result in an increase in profits and increases your efficiency in business. That’s why overlooking your costs can make you huge losses. So, before diving in I will tell you some mistakes to avoid while reducing the cost.


#1 Randomly reducing your cost

These is the most common mistakes that entrepreneurs make. This can cost you more instead of saving. For this you have to be careful and needs to understand how it will impact my business. So, don’t cut your cost randomly.


#2 Not knowing your Cost Structure

Most entrepreneurs don’t know how their expenses are affecting the business. Since they are focussing on the main work but they should have an idea of how much the cost of my business is and is it increasing or decreasing.


#3 Taking previous year reference

Many businesses take the previous year’s record and on that basis, they decide the current price. But they don’t know that there can be extra wastage, big mistakes or the budget may be under-priced in the previous year. So, look at the current year’s situation, objectives and then decide your budget.


Zero Based Budgeting Technique


This technique can make your business more profitable by cutting unnecessary expenses. For this, you have to assume that you have no expenses, no rent, no production. So, you have to start from zero. And to implement this strategy you have to follow the below steps:

Define the Objective for the year– Set the objective for the year, it can be increasing your sales, working on manpower, or marketing your brand effectively. It can be anything and it should be for the whole year.

Distribute the Objectives in various departments- So the objectives defined in the first step distribute them to different departments. So, now you have main objectives for your company and you will be objective-oriented.

Classify your Must-Have and Good to have expenses- Keep these expenses separately. Must have expenses are those which are necessary for your business like electricity & investments and good to have means that are not necessary but helps your business, like transportation.

Reduce Good to have Expenses- Good to have expenses are those that cost you and that are not goal-oriented. Reduce them as much as you can, it can be extra charges for your software, you can go for another alternative.

a) Make must-have expenses goal-oriented- Spend these expenses according to your objectives only. Invest your money as per the importance of your objectives. Ask yourself, are they achieving my objectives?

Automate your Business- Business automation will help you to reduce your major manpower cost and keeping the latest technology can build your efficiency.

Implementation in departments- While implementing this strategy, take one or two departments and implement it in these departments. Then you can practice this strategy in different departments. Keep every team member together and incentivize for their efforts.

Communicate well- Communicate clearly with your employees what you are going to achieve from reducing your cost and your purpose behind it. Regular communication will build transparency and trust with your employees.

These were the steps for the Zero Based Budgeting technique practice this first in few departments then apply to various departments. Below are some ways to reduce your cost based on this strategy.


Different Ways to Reduce Cost

1) While promoting your product in the market, use low-cost marketing ideas that will save your major cost and builds good brand identity. Visit this detailed article for knowing low-cost marketing ideas.

2) Buying in bulk from your suppliers can get you huge discounts. These discounts will work for you as profits. If you don’t buy in bulk quantities then get a 1-year contract to receive maximum discounts.

3) Utilize your resources efficiently. Your machinery, manpower, and other resources should be utilized properly. If you can arrange good manpower at a low cost then you can save major costs. This can be done by giving good training to your employees, reducing the cost on extra work and using the latest technology.

4) Use inbound marketing in your business. Regularly publish blog posts, videos and social media content of your website. Give the highest service to your customer to convert him into a loyal one. So, that your customer will become your marketer. Building good reputation on social media creates a good image of your brand and you don’t have to spend a lot on ads to attract people. 

5) If you are paying interest on your loans then the capital is insufficient for you. For that, you can take advance money from your customers, giving some shares to investors, or taking funds from your family or generating passive incomes for your business like stocks, bonds, etc.

6) Vendors are the most important part of your business where you get the major supply. You need to build a good partnership with him, paying him at the right time, helping in difficult times, and building long-term relationships that can help your business to be more profitable. So, build trust and relationships with your vendors.


investing cash


So, these were some of the ways to reduce your cost based on the strategy given. But you also need to consider the right investment for your cash. You can use this extra money in hiring skilled members, loan repayment, technology, or buying fresh inventory. So, that cash will maintain and business will grow.

Thank you for reading my article, if you like the points mentioned above share them to those who are suffering from costing and see you in the next post.