4 Steps to Get Your Small Business Out of Debt

Debt can often be helpful for companies. For example, a business may go into debt so that it can open a new factory which will make the company a lot of money. However, debt can be riskier for small businesses that do not have the financial security of larger ones.

In fact, if a small business takes on too much debt too soon, it can quickly find itself in trouble. Small business debt can be a real burden on new companies that are trying to quickly raise profits and expand. Here are some great steps small businesses can take to get out of debt.

1. Sell assets

Many small businesses may have at least a few assets that they can sell. For example, there may be an extra computer, some office chairs, some tables, etc. lying around the office. Selling assets that are not essential to the functioning and growth of the company can help your company to get out of small business debt.

2. Increase revenue

It is a lot easier to get out of debt when your company is making more money. So if your company has a lot of debt, use it as motivation to go and make more money. You may have to get creative on how you do this. However, as the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention.

3. Reduce unnecessary costs

While you are trying to pay off loans, it is crucial to reduce unnecessary costs. So, if you have hired a cleaning person for the office, or have been buying snacks for the office, you should stop doing these things. Yes, cleaning people and snacks are great, but you need a company to benefit from these things, and you might not have a company if can’t pay off your debts.

4. Chase down late paying customers or clients

Some customers simply do not pay on time. This can reduce your cash flow, and it is not healthy for your business. So, if you are struggling to pay down debt, then you should look to late paying customers and clients to generate funds to pay the debt. You can chase these clients down by calling them, emailing them, and sending them late payment notices. You can even threaten to cut business ties with them or take legal action if they do not pay. Hopefully this will get them to pay.


Debt can be a major burden on and threat to your small business. For this reason, it is wise to get out of it as quickly as possible. Using the tips in this blog can help your business to escape debt quickly. Then you can focus on running your business worry-free!

Karin Jakovljevic

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Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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