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Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Bozeman MT

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.”

Robert Frey
Professional Financial Management, Inc.
(406) 587-1604
945 Technology Blvd., Suite 102
Bozeman, MT
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CLU

Mr. Earl W. Hanson, CFP®
(406) 581-7470
PO Box 3505
Bozeman, MT
Firm
Earl W. Hanson

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Dr. Stephen R. Hample, CFP®
(406) 587-4300
300 N Willson Ave
Bozeman, MT
Firm
Financial Planning Associates, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, Intergenerational Planning, Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: Not Applicable

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
David G. Cole, CFP®
(406) 582-1082
777 E Main St Ste 202
Bozeman, MT
Firm
Raymond James
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Management, Long-Term Care, Retirement Planning, Risk Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

Data Provided by:
Mr. Brian A. Brown, CFP®
(406) 587-5461
529 E Main St
Bozeman, MT
Firm
DA Davidson & Co

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John Shellenberger
P.O Box 4758
Bozeman, MT
Company
Company: Estate Conservation Associates
Education
Franklin & Marshall College A.B.
Stanford University M.A.
Years Experience
Years Experience: 34
Service
Supplemental Medicare Insurance,College Planning,401k Rollover From Employer,Income for Life/ Preserve Principal,Medicare Planning,Annuities,Alternative Asset Class Planning,Investment Consulting & Allocation Design,Insurance & Risk Management Planning,Retirement Income Distribution Planning,Education Funding & Financial Aid Planning,Fee-Only Comprehensive Financial Planning,Long-term Care Insurance,1031 Exchanges,Wealth Engineering,Stock Market Alternative,Wealth Management,Life Insurance,Inves

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Berkley Evans Hudson, CFP®
(406) 587-5166
1711 W College St
Bozeman, MT
Firm
McKenna Financial
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Life Planning, Retirement Planning, Small Business Planning, Women's Finances

Data Provided by:
Ms. Wendy J. Lessley, CFP®
(406) 522-4759
1276 N 15th Ave Ste 202
Bozeman, MT
Firm
Northwestern Mutual Financial
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

Data Provided by:
Mr. Edward M. Tompkins, CFP®
(406) 586-9120
612 N Montana Ave
Bozeman, MT
Firm
KMS Financial Services Inc
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, General Financial Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



Data Provided by:
Mr. John B. Dubose Iv, CFP®
(406) 582-5104
211 W Main St
Bozeman, MT
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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



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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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