What is ability to pay
The ability to pay refers to the ability to handle ongoing costs at any given time. This requires that the individual or company has access to sufficient cash in the bank account.
Ability to pay is also often referred to as liquidity, which means the amount of liquid funds one has access to meet financial obligations. To improve predictability in payment ability, many companies choose to set up a cash flow budget.
Payment ability is a challenge, especially for new companies
Many companies struggle with payment ability in the start-up phase because there are many costs associated with being a new business.
In such cases, companies can choose to use solutions such as invoice finance or factoring, where a credit institution or bank advances payment for invoices the company has sent out, to improve access to liquid capital.