Extending runway without making cuts for B2B SaaS in 2024

The Capchase Team
The Capchase Team
Posted on
June 12, 2024
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Extending runway without making cuts for B2B SaaS in 2024

Extending the runway of a B2B SaaS company without having to make cuts can be a major strategic challenge, especially in today’s competitive market environment. A longer runway allows companies that have not yet achieved profitability to operate for more time before requiring additional funding. And if additional funding is needed, many VC firms and potential lenders look for a solid runway before choosing to invest.

Regardless of whether your company sees outside growth funding or not, a reliable runway is foundational to future growth. Today, we’ll break down several strategies that can help B2B SaaS companies extend their runway without implementing drastic cost-cutting measures. 

Invest in customer retention

Retaining existing customers is often more cost-effective than acquiring new ones. A strong customer retention strategy, led by your Customer Success team, can proactively address customer needs to reduce churn rates and maximize customer lifetime value. 

Optimize your pricing strategy 

Evaluate your pricing models to ensure that they’re aligned with the value that you’re delivering to customers. Some SaaS companies offer tiered or usage-based pricing. Our customers use Capchase Pay to offer flexible payment terms that allow buyers to pay monthly while we pay full ACV upfront. This solution allows B2B SaaS companies to close at higher ACV and have cash on hand to power growth while meeting buyer budget constraints. 

Pursue strategic partnerships

Strategic partnerships can increase runway by helping you reach new customer segments and expand into new markets. Partnerships can also provide access to additional resources, expertise, and distribution channels without major upfront costs. 

Improve operational efficiency

Most companies have room to improve operations efficiency before making cuts. Start by streamlining internal processes and identifying redundancies or bottlenecks, then consider integrating automation tools that can help your teams save time. Capchase Collect helps automate invoicing and collections so your teams can focus on more important tasks. 

Close faster and higher

Customer acquisition costs are higher than ever, largely because sales cycles are longer than ever, which negatively impacts several other metrics as well. The negative waterfall effect is what led us to create Capchase Pay, allowing our customers to speed up sales cycles by 30% and increase their average customer size by upwards of 50%.

Cuts aren’t always the answer

Many B2B SaaS companies prefer to pursue alternative strategies to extend their runway prior to considering cuts due to the cost of recruiting and onboarding new talent. Especially for companies with fewer resources, efficiency is key. 

By implementing the strategies we shared above, B2B SaaS companies can extend their runway and position themselves for long-term growth and success without compromising on quality or cutting essential resources and staff. Flexibility, innovation, and a focus on customer value are key drivers for sustainable growth in today’s competitive SaaS landscape.