Benefits of Leasing Your Equipment

If you’re a business owner or hope to start a new business, you understand the importance of cash flow.  New businesses are especially vulnerable to cash flow challenges.  However, one way to reduce the strain on your business’s finances is to lease your equipment, from your manufacturing machinery to your technology, including the number of computers within your company.  Consider the following benefits of equipment leasing.

Cash Flow Stability

By leasing your equipment, you avoid spending your available cash flow on equipment alone because leasing fees are significantly lower than purchase prices.  Instead, you can use your savings to pay salaries, purchase inventory and raw materials, or make repairs.  If you lease machinery, you may be able to pay either a one-time or monthly fee for the time you want to use it.

Better Financing Options

Leased equipment financing typically covers everything.  Your machinery is purchased, installed, and maintained.  However, if you finance equipment for purchase, you can only finance the purchase price, leaving you to pay for the installation and any repairs and maintenance the equipment may need.

Tax Benefits

When you purchase equipment, you’re only able to deduct your equipment’s depreciation over a number of years.  But leased machinery can be deducted immediately.  Thus, each lease payment you make is directly deductible on your taxes.  These payments reduce your taxable business income.

Increased Flexibility

When you lease equipment, you increase your company’s flexibility.  You can easily add or reduce the amount of machinery you lease based on your needs.  This is especially beneficial for seasonal businesses that need much less equipment during off seasons, and growing companies that need to rapidly expand their production capabilities.  Your lease is typically set for a specific period of time, but it can be easily expanded based on your needs.
In addition, your machinery can be easily upgraded.  If your current equipment is out of date, you can have that equipment returned and then lease a newer piece of equipment when your existing leasing contract concludes.
Machinery can be expensive, and the purchase price and maintenance can be a drain on your cash flow.  But with equipment leasing options, you can improve your cash flow position, increase your company’s flexibility, and experience tax benefits.  Additionally, you’ll be able to take advantage of better financing options.
If you’re looking for ways to reduce your costs while maintaining your production capabilities, consider leasing your technology and equipment. 

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