Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Bennington 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.”

Janice Swenor
Langtree Associates
(802) 442-9311
115 Elm Street
Bennington, VT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA, MS

Ms. Kristin W. Reed, CFP®
(802) 442-9311
204 South St
Bennington, VT
Firm
Langtree Associates

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Mr. Michael E. Slattery, CFP®
(802) 681-7396
160 Benmont Ave Ste 17A
Bennington, VT
Firm
Northwestern Mutual®
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $250,001 - $500,000

Profession: Business Executives

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Ms. Gail A. Mauricette, CFP®
(802) 442-8174
311 North Street
Bennington, VT
Firm
Crossroads Accounting LLC

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Ms. Doris Hancock Karampatsos, CFP®
(413) 663-2343
795 Main Street
Williamstown, MA
Firm
True North Financial Services

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Mrs. Brenna Ann Warren, CFP®
155 North St
Bennington, VT
Firm
The Bank of Bennington, Money Concepts

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Mr. Brian D. Mckenna, CFP®
(802) 447-1538
207 Main St
Bennington, VT
Firm
D.B. McKenna & Co., Inc.

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Mr. Donald B. Mckenna, CFP®
(802) 447-1530
207 Main St
Bennington, VT
Firm
Bennington Finl Plng Group
Areas of Specialization
Estate Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Life Planning, Tax Planning, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $50,001 - $100,000



Data Provided by:
Mr. David W. Orton, CFP®
(518) 852-6026
585 Sumner Road
Stamford, VT
Firm
Pyramid Funds Corporation
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $50,001 - $100,000



Data Provided by:
Mr. Bruce P. Mullen, CFP®
(802) 464-8998
PO Box 400
Wilmington, VT
Firm
Mullen Financial Strategies
Areas of Specialization
Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

Average Income: $50,001 - $100,000

Profession: Not Applicable

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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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