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Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Byhalia MS

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.”

Dianne Berry
Berry Financial Services, Inc.
(901) 757-4447
1917 Hazelton Drive
Germantown, TN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, MBA

Mr. Gary Lee Kieffner Jr., CFP®
(901) 603-8911
6225 Bear Cove South
Olive Branch, MS
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Investment Management

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(901) 969-4500
8295 Tournament Dr Ste 150
Memphis, TN
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Dogwood Financial Planning
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Comprehensive Financial Planning, Planning for Couples, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning, Social Security Planning, Women's Finances
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



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(901) 748-4899
8245 Tournament Dr Ste 130
Memphis, TN
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Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network
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Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, Education Planning, Elder Care

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(901) 316-0160
1135 Halle Park Circle
Collierville, TN
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Pickler Wealth Advisors

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(662) 342-5100
8860 Deer Creek Ln
Olive Branch, MS

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(901) 490-2266
8454 Saddlebrook Trail
Olive Branch, MS
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AJ Groscost, CPA, PLLC
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Accounting, Education Planning, Tax Planning, Tax Preparation
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Average Net Worth: $100,001 - $250,000

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

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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(901) 322-4215
3725 Champion Hills Dr
Memphis, TN
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Private Wealth Management, Inc
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning

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(901) 355-8515
1755 West Poplar Avenue
Collierville, TN
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SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.
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Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Estate Planning, Government and Military

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(901) 237-2822
305 Poplar View Pkwy
Collierville, TN
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Trustmark Financial Services
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $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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