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Construction glossary

What is Factoring?

Factoring in the construction industry refers to a financial service where a business sells its unpaid invoices, usually at a discount, to a third-party factoring company (the factor). This process provides the company with immediate cash flow to cover business expenses, like paying for supplies or labor wages. It's like a financial tool to keep up with the industry's fast pace where immediate payment is commonly required. The third-party factor then takes the responsibility to collect full payment from the customer. This method is particularly useful in the construction industry, where projects can be lengthy and cash flow stability is crucial.