DueCourse: Cloud-based invoice finance to support small business growth
DueCourse marks a break from traditional forms of invoice finance. The company’s cloud-based software platform provides cash advances to small business owners througha confidential and flexible finance model, capitalising on the prominence of cloud accounting to access real-time accounting data.
Business Advice spoke to co-founder and CEO, Paul Haydock, to find out more about DueCourse’s innovative approach to invoice finance, and how he hopes to change the fortunes of small companies.
(1) Who are you and what’s your business?
Im Paul Haydock and I am the CEO and co-founder of DueCourse, a cloud-based invoice finance service for SMEs.
(2) How long have you been around for?
DueCourse was founded in September 2014.
(3) How do you make money?
We let small business owners access the funds in their unpaid invoices whenever they like. This means they can get hold of their cash early to use as working capital towards growing their business and meeting their ambitions.
We make money by charging a daily fee from the day the advance is taken to the day it’s paid back, so it’s a very affordable and convenient fee with no contract or monthly costs.?(4) Whatmakes you different and why should people take notice?
Definitely the convenient, smart technology. Every aspect of our invoice finance’service is online and you can install our software in just two clicks. All businesses have to do is upload an invoice, and we do the rest.
Once a business owner decides to go ahead with an invoice advance, the money is in their account within an hour. In this respect, a small business using our software can essentially go from dealing with 30/60/90-day payment terms to zero-day terms just like that, which is pretty amazing.
(5) What was key in terms of getting started?
We had some early investment backers, which helped us enormously with building the early prototypes of the invoice finance software, so that was key in getting us off the ground.
Also, we collaborated with cloud accounting packages and started working closely with other small businesses. This helped to ensure we were getting in front of the right people in those early days.
(6) What’s your biggest achievement to date?
Definitely our latest round of investment, which was the biggest investment raised for a fintech company outside of London. We were really happy with that, but weve still got a lot to do.
(7) What setbacks have you had along the way?
Far too many to mention, we have a few every week!
As a startup you’re always going to get setbacks and obstacles it’s part of running a business. it’s how you get around them and solve the problems that’s key, and weve had a lot of practice.
(8) In five years? time, we will be?
Praseeda Nair is the editorial director of Business Advice, and its sister publication for growing businesses, Real Business. She's an impassioned advocate for women in leadership, and likes to profile business owners, advisors and experts in the field of entrepreneurship and management.
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