Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Carencro LA

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 Morella
Apex Capital Management
(337) 984-7010
701 Robley Dr., Ste. 200
Lafayette, LA
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Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Advising Entrepreneurs
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Mr. Stephen R. Moore Jr., CFP®
(337) 232-4141
PO Box 51901
Lafayette, LA
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KCSC Financial Services, LLC
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(337) 233-6066
213 N College Rd
Lafayette, LA
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(337) 261-9815
400 E Kaliste Saloom Rd Ste 5100
Lafayette, LA
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New York Life Insurance Company
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Retirement Planning
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Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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(337) 889-0250
140B Rue Beauregard
Lafayette, LA
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Investment Partners of Acadiana/ Raymond James
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Retirement Income Management
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Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



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(337) 254-3094
102 Versailles Blvd Ste 808
Lafayette, LA
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Met Life
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Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Planning, Retirement Planning
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Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Business Executives

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(337) 232-1141
PO Box 53007
Lafayette, LA
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Summit Financial
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(337) 266-6015
1021 E Saint Mary Blvd
Lafayette, LA
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UBS Financial Services Inc.
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(337) 289-5830
1220 Camellia Blvd
Lafayette, LA
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Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
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Wealth Management
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Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Average Income: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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(318) 792-8824
217 Rue Louis XIV Ste 103
Lafayette, LA
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Modern Woodmen of America Financial
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Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Retirement Income Management, Small Business Planning
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Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

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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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