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Credit extensions from trade accounts is another source of business capital. Suppliers may choose to allow invoices to go unpaid for 30 to 60 days or may draft a formal agreement issuing credit for a specified period of time.

Issues to Consider

  • Some written agreements may stipulate a penalty for late payments. Review all contracts and agreements carefully.
  • Ask whether there are any additional fees or consequences associated with paying invoices late that are not stated in the agreement.
  • Carefully consider your rate of profit as you weigh your ability to pay over time.
  • Understand the consequences of potentially being viewed as a credit risk. If you repeatedly ask for an extension, vendors may refuse to do business with you in the future.
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Advantages
  • Can be arranged quickly and on a relatively informal basis.
  • There is no application or processing fee.
Disadvantages
  • Must be used carefully. For example, if you do not repay a contract until after the 30-60 day period, you may get a reputation of paying your bills late and be viewed as a credit risk.

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