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Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Acworth GA

With the current economic crisis, are your customers stretching out their payments or disappearing without paying off their debt to you? If so, it’s time to review the basics and art of collecting accounts receivable without damaging customer relations. First of all, remember the cardinal rule, “It’s your money and you needn’t be bashful about seeking prompt payment for your goods and services.”

Thomas Tillery
Paraklete Financial, Inc.
(678) 290-3930
1230 Valley Reserve Dr. NW
Kennesaw, GA
Expertises
Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, CLU, CRPC, MSFS, EdM

David Hultstrom
Financial Architects, LLC
(770) 517-8160
107 Weatherstone Drive, Suite 510
Woodstock, GA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Tax Planning, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, ChFc, MBA

Kenneth Frenke
Kenneth Frenke & Co.
(770) 509-4835
2265 Roswell Road, Suite 100
Marietta, GA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Financial Issues Between Generations, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MS

Jon Houk
JPH Advisory Group, Inc.
(770) 859-0076
600 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

B. Alan Gaylor
Alder Financial Group
(770) 563-8240
300 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1650
Atlanta, GA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Teryl Tornroos
Evergreen Financial Planning, LLC
(678) 763-1372
123 Church Street NE, Suite 250 Denmead Building
Marietta, GA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Thomas Cloud
Eleven Two Fund Management, Inc.
(770) 971-2888
3162 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 260-27
Marietta, GA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Middle Income Client Needs, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Tax Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, CFP®, ChFc, CSA

Kevin Woods
Gratus Capital Management
(404) 961-6000
1300 Parkwood Circle, Suite 170
Atlanta, GA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Norris Edmonson
Beacon Financial Advisers, Inc.
(678) 750-1700
3330 Cumberland Blvd., Suite 500
Atlanta, GA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CPA/PFS

Lesley Cole
Ronald Blue & Co., LLC
(770) 644-0500
2100 Riveredge Pkwy, Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts

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When Times Get Tough, Receivables Get Tougher To Collect
By Richard J. Maturi

With the current economic crisis, are your customers stretching out their payments or disappearing without paying off their debt to you? If so, it’s time to review the basics and art of collecting accounts receivable without damaging customer relations. First of all, remember the cardinal rule, “It’s your money and you needn’t be bashful about seeking prompt payment for your goods and services.”

Timely Invoices and Billing Statements
The cornerstone of your accounts receivable system is providing timely invoices and billing statements. Every day you delay, is another day you don’t get your money. It helps to know your customers’ payment cycle. If they pay once a month on the fifteenth, and you send out your invoices on the 20th, you missed their payment cycle. By timing invoicing by customer, you may receive payment early, improving cash flow dramatically. If your receivables are large enough, a bank lockbox speeds up collections by eliminating the time it takes to process receipts in-house and deliver them to your bank.

Clearly Spelled Out Terms
Make sure your terms are clearly spelled out on invoices and billing statements. The invoice establishes the existence of the debt and should contain several key bits of information to prevent any confusion should conflict arise. First of all, date your invoice. This helps your customer determine when payment should be made based on the terms (net 30, 2% discount if paid with 15 days of invoice, etc.), which should also be prominently placed on the invoice. Know the current Dun & Bradstreet industry norms for payment cycles so you do not make your terms too stringent and thus lose customers to competitors with more lenient payment terms. Make sure you provide an accurate and complete description of the goods and services received by the customer. Inventory code numbers are great for your computer but mean nothing to the customer.

Accounts Receivable Schedule
Keep a pulse on billing activity and accounts receivable. Prepare an accounts receivable schedule by customer and payment due date. When the payment does not arrive on the expected date, make a friendly call to let your customer know you appreciate their business and inquire what has delayed payment. This usually gets the check in the mail. It lets customers know that you expect payment on time and are not the one who will let things slide. It’s also a good tool to help determine if a particular customer is experiencing financial difficulty. If so, you might try to work out a payment schedule that satisfies both of you. Working with your customer through a rough patch, may make them a faithful customer for many years.

Solving Problems
Ask when you can expect payment or if there is anything you can do to help move payment along. If any problems exist, now is the time to get them solved. It may be as simple as faxing a c...

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