Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Birmingham 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.”

Charles Haines
Kinsight, LLC
(205) 871-3334
600 University Park Place, Suite 501
Birmingham, AL
Expertises
Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Alternative or Private Investments, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MBA

Donna Gordon
Wesban Financial Consultants, P.C.
(205) 995-7778
1800 Providence Park, Suite 200
Birmingham, AL
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, RFP

Gary Clark
Clark Planning & Investment Advisory
(205) 981-1120
1900 Providence Park, Suite 200
Birmingham, AL
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, ChFc, CPA/PFS

B. Alan Gaylor
Alder Financial Group
(205) 988-5881
924 Riverchase Pkwy West
Birmingham, AL
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

Miss Amanda L Mccollum, CFP®
(205) 443-2597
2208 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL
Firm
L Paul Kassouf and Company
Areas of Specialization
Accounting, Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning

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Stewart Welch
The Welch Group, LLC
(205) 879-5001
3940 Montclair Road, 5th Floor
Birmingham, AL
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, CLU

Bryan Hancock
Timberchase Financial, LLC
(205) 980-7118
1211 Edenton Street
Birmingham, AL
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, MBA

Eric McClain
Wesban Financial Consultants, P.C.
(205) 995-7778
1800 Providence Park, Suite 200
Birmingham, AL
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mr. Ted Pewitt, CFP®
(205) 453-0225
2101 Highland Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Firm
Anderson Pewitt & Associates
Areas of Specialization
Budget Development, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Education Planning, General Financial Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning

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Ms. Michelle G. Carney, CFP®
(205) 443-2521
2208 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL
Firm
Kassouf & Co

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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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