Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Appleton WI

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.”

Kirt Rezek
Professional Financial Management
(920) 687-2600
200 West Elm Drive, Suite B
Little Chute, WI
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, College/Education Planning, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mr. C. Peter Kerntke, CFP®
(920) 733-3874
3701 E Evergreen Dr Ste 500A
Appleton, WI
Firm
Kerntke Otto McGlone Wealth Management Group
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: Not Applicable

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. R. Michael Otto, CFP®
(920) 733-3874
3701 E Evergreen Dr Ste 500A
Appleton, WI
Firm
Kerntke Otto McGlone Wealth Management Group
Areas of Specialization
Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning

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Mrs. Kris A. Bougie, CFP®
(920) 628-4564
2000 E Milestone Dr
Appleton, WI
Firm
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Planning, Life Transitions, Long-Term Care
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. David J. Hesse, CFP®
(920) 739-1155
4620 N Ballard Rd
Appleton, WI
Firm
NMFN
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning

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Christopher C Crotty, CFP®
(920) 882-3916
119 N. McCarthy Rd.
Appleton, WI
Firm
Ameriprise Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Business Executives

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Mr. Jeffrey L. Bergsbaken, CFP®
(920) 628-3008
4321 N Ballard Rd
Appleton, WI
Firm
Thrivent Financial

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Mr. James M. Mcglone, CFP®
(920) 733-3872
3701 E Evergreen Dr Ste 500A
Appleton, WI
Firm
Kerntke Otto McGlone Wealth Management Group

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Mr. Nathaniel G Gehring, CFP®
(920) 358-0150
3412 E Lexington Dr
Appleton, WI
Firm
KeatsConnelly
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Education Planning, General Financial Planning, Life Planning, Life Transitions, Planning for Couples
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: Not Applicable

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. Andrew Weyker, CFP®
(920) 731-0324
119 N McCarthy Rd Ste E
Appleton, WI
Firm
Ameriprise
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Government and Military, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Life Transitions, Long-Term Care, Retirement Planning

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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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