Author Archives: Robyn Barrett

Robyn Barrett

About Robyn Barrett

Robyn Barrett is founder and managing member of FSW Funding, formerly Factors Southwest LLC, specializing in factoring financing for small to mid-size companies.

The Year In Review: Take Inventory Of Business Practices That Can Help The Bottom Line

business practices
by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

As 2012 comes to a close, many of us begin thinking about personal resolutions we’d like to make and the things we would like to improve upon in the coming year. This time of reflection is also valuable for business owners and entrepreneurs. The year’s end is a good time to also examine a company’s… Read More →

Steps To Improve Cash Application Percentage

Steps to Improve Cash Application Percentage
by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

Better Payment Application Improves Cash Flow: Simple steps can make significant difference. When a payment is received by a customer or client, businesses often consider the transaction to be complete, overlooking the last step of the sales cycle — applying. The ability to apply payments to invoices correctly can be difficult for most companies for… Read More →

How To Avoid Non-Payment Of Invoices

How to Avoid Non-Payment of Invoices
by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

While it is ideal if you can have your customers pay prior to or when the delivery of goods or services are rendered, it is not always possible to finalize a deal on these terms.  More often than not, goods and services are purchased on credit or on term agreements to pay in the near… Read More →

New Technology Makes Financial, Inventory Management Easy, Affordable

New Technology Makes Financial, Inventory Management Easy, Affordable
by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

The expansion of the Internet and the growth of online financial tools continue to change the way we do business. With the development of Web-based and online tools, it is easier than ever for small business owners to manage day-to-day operations, track financial transactions and measure performance. Unlike the more costly software packages many companies… Read More →

Creative Financing: Innovative Options For Funding Business

Creative Financing: Options for Funding Business

Whether you are just formulating a business plan for launch or you already have a company that is in need of a cash infusion, bank loans are often unattainable if you don’t meet the proper requirements. Fortunately, there are a variety of creative ways to fund the growth. If your banker turns you down, instead… Read More →

What Your Financial Statements Can Tell You About Your Company

financial statements

You don’t have to be a CPA or rocket scientist to decipher the information on financial statements. If you have been intimidated or reluctant to take the time to learn to read your company’s financial statements, now is a great time to learn. Below are a few quick and easy steps to untangle the web… Read More →

Protect Your Business From White-Collar Crime, Embezzlement


In a tough economy, white-collar crimes are more rampant than ever. A study by Marquet International, Ltd. on 2010 embezzlement data found that the average scheme lasted more than 4.5 years, the average loss was $1 million and two-thirds of the incidents were committed by employees who held finance and accounting positions. Whether you run… Read More →

Entrepreneurs: Three Key Things To Consider Before Starting Your Business


Three key things for entrepreneurs to consider before starting their own business The benefit of a challenging economy has been the inspiration for new business. As individuals find themselves out of a job they may have held for decades, they are no longer taking their talents elsewhere. Instead they are choosing to create their own… Read More →

Protect Your Business Credit Score, Improve Business Policies

Business Credit Score

Most people know that how you manage your personal finances directly impacts your credit, but many don’t realize that proper management of your business financials is significant for protecting your company credit standing and ultimately a company’s growth and success. Just as a poor credit score can make it difficult for you to get a… Read More →

How Can You Make Your Business More Appealing To Potential Investors?

Attracting Investors
by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

The reality is more and more companies are competing for a limited supply of funding, so much like in the dating scene you want to appear attractive and engaging. Whether your business is seeking financial support from a bank, a private investor or a venture capitalist group, it is crucial that you make the right… Read More →

Planning Ahead: Steps To Selling The Company

by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

With the new year, entrepreneurs and business owners are looking ahead and putting plans in place for the coming year and beyond. For most the focus is on increasing sales and revenues to grow the business, for some it is looking to take things in a new direction, and for others it may be stepping… Read More →

Run Your Business Effectively: Evaluate Operating Procedures, Expenses

Review Operation Procedures, Expenses
by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

Run Your Business Effectively: Evaluate Operating Procedures, Expenses Managing expenses effectively is a vital part to running any business. With the new year approaching, what better way to celebrate than to make sure your business is operating as smoothly as possible. Operating procedures are often the first thing a customer or vendor encounters when interacting… Read More →

Managing Receivables: A Key To Improving Cash Flow

Managing Receivables and Increasing Cash Flow
by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

Managing Receivables: A Key To Improving Cash Flow Managing cash is critical to the success of any business. Whether you are providing a good or a service, it is important to make sure cash flow allows for day-to-day operations and growth. As a business owner, you never want to find yourself in a position where… Read More →

SBA Loans 101: Funding Small Business Expansion

Small Business Association, SBA Loans
by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

Funding expansion of small business creates new jobs: SBA Loans 101 All the talk about the American Job Act has many thinking about how crucial the creation of jobs is to an economic turnaround. The reality is a majority of new jobs will not be a result of hiring by large corporations or government; new… Read More →

Considering Factor Financing Helps Companies Protect And Grow

Factor Financing
by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

Considering Factor Financing Helps Companies Protect And Grow Companies faced with a cash-flow squeeze and slow-paying customers can quickly find their own credit ratings at risk and face difficulty securing a credit line or loan. When you don’t quite qualify for a traditional loan, receiving an advance against invoices or accounts receivable from asset-based lenders… Read More →