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Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Barre VT

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.”

Jamie Milne
Milne Financial Planning, Inc.
(802) 476-0602
51 Church Street
Barre, VT
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Middle Income Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Socially Responsible Investments, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Divorce Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CDFA, CFP®, MBA

Mr. William E. Patno Ii, CFP®
162 N Main St Ste 200
Barre, VT
Firm
Granite Financial Group

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Joseph P Preddy, CFP®
(802) 479-0645
316 North Main Street
Barre, VT
Firm
Community Financial Services Group, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning, Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. John A. Farrow, CFP®
(802) 728-4287
283 Boudro Rd
Randolph Center, VT
Firm
Farrow Financial Inc

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TD Bank
(802) 479-3313
Depot Square
Barre, VT
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Branch
Drive Up Hours
Mon-Fri 8:00-6:00
Sat 8:00-1:00

Joyce Cole
J. Cole Financial Advisers, Inc.
(802) 225-1314
30 Center Road
Montpelier, VT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Financial Issues Between Generations, Socially Responsible Investments, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Mr. Lee A. White, CFP®
(802) 476-6191
86 Summer St
Barre, VT
Firm
Lee A White & Associates

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Mr. Michael Scott Pinkans, CFP®
(802) 272-6390
80 Osborne Rd
Barre, VT
Firm
Zenith Marketing Group, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management

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Mr. Mark C. Giometti, CFP®
(781) 729-2031
147 Sugarbush Woods Rd
Warren, VT
Firm
Black Diamond Financial Planning, LLC

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TD Bank
(802) 371-1622
School Street and Main Street
Montpelier, VT
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 8:00-6:00
Sat 8:00-1:00
Drive Up Hours
Mon-Fri 8:00-6:00
Sat 8:00-1:00

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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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