What are some examples of working capital expenses?
Working capital expenses include the short-term financial demands of the business. A few examples include the day-to-day operational costs, rent, payroll, and monthly debt payments.
What do positive and negative working capital indicate?

Positive working capital indicates that a company is financially able to cover its short-term obligations. Negative working capital indicates that a company doesn’t have the funds it needs to meet its short-term financial demands. Generally, negative working capital is considered an issue for businesses. 

Why is working capital used?

Working capital is used to meet short-term obligations and fund the day-to-day operations of a business. Without working capital, it can be difficult for a business to meet its payment obligations on time. By keeping an eye on working capital, business owners ensure they have the funds they need to keep the doors open.

What is the working capital cycle?

The working capital cycle represents the amount of time it takes to convert total net working capital into cash. For example, businesses can speed up the working capital cycle by selling inventory quickly and collecting payments from customers quickly.

What happens if a company has low working capital?
When a company has low working capital, it has limited resources available for an unexpected expense. Although the company has just enough to make ends meet, it might struggle if anything doesn’t go according to plan.

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