Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Bay Minette AL

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.”

Mark L. Baggerly, CFP®
(251) 990-3456
9812 Millwood Circle
Daphne, AL
Firm
RockBridge Wealth Management
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000



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Mr. Cleveland D. Gantt, CFP®
(251) 626-9113
PO Box 7418
Spanish Fort, AL
Firm
Genworth Financial

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Mr. Terry E. Nager, CFP®
(251) 626-1140
29000 US Highway 98
Daphne, AL
Firm
Southern Capital Services, inc

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Wells Fargo - Spanish Fort Town Center
(251) 625-2475
10000 Town Center Ave
Spanish Fort, AL
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Thu 08:30 AM-05:00 PM
Fri 08:30 AM-05:30 PM
Sat 08:30 AM-12:00 PM
Sun Closed

Wells Fargo - Daphne
(251) 621-9300
2535 Us Hwy 98
Daphne, AL
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Thu 08:30 AM-05:00 PM
Fri 08:30 AM-05:30 PM
Sat 08:30 AM-12:00 PM
Sun Closed

Mr. William G Dorriety, CFP®
(251) 625-8885
9805 Millwood Circle
Daphne, AL
Firm
Optimum Asset Management, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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Mr. David L. Braud, CFP®
(251) 626-2894
PO Box 2474
Daphne, AL
Firm
Wealth Management Consultants,
Areas of Specialization
Estate Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning, Tax Planning, Wealth 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. Derek M. Louch, CFP®
(251) 345-8839
3617 Janlake Dr
Saraland, AL
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Charitable Giving, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Business Executives

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Regions Bank - Loxley
(251) 964-7474
2095 East Relhem Drive
Loxley, AL
Type
Branch
Office Hours
M-F 9:00-5:00
S CLOSED
Su NA
Drive Up Hours
M-F 8:30-5:00
S CLOSED
Su NA

Wells Fargo - Loxley
(251) 964-5075
3625 S Hickory St
Loxley, AL
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Thu 08:30 AM-05:00 PM
Fri 08:30 AM-05:30 PM
Sat 08:30 AM-12:00 PM
Sun Closed

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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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